Channel that holiday feeling and drink your way around the world!
Not literally of course, but with Middle Eastern, Japanese, Thai and Indian-inspired cocktails all making an appearance (plus some island-themed bars for good measure), it certainly feels that way. There are new openings to try and old favourites to re-visit. With everyone coming and going over the summer, there is always an excuse to schedule a catch-up!
This Middle Eastern bar and restaurant has just released its new summer cocktail menu. Featuring reinvented classics alongside new libations inspired by the exotic flavours of the Middle East, you’re sure to find something to please. Grab yourself a Nomad, a mix of rum stirred with pineapple coffee cordial. Or maybe a Bisha is more to your liking. It’s named after the Bedouin ritual to detect lies! For those who prefer their drinks without the alcoholic kick, the mocktail menu has also been refreshed – try out the Garden Party and The PG.
We’ve been loving the Indian/international fusion cuisine Cardamon Street has been serving up since it opened on Elgin Street earlier this year. The cocktail menu also includes that same spice influence! Look out for the Cardamon-tini, All Spice Margarita and the Clove Fashioned for new twists on old classics. If you prefer to stick to the standard beer and wine offerings, be sure to get there from 3pm to 7pm each night to take advantage of Happy Hour prices. Bottled beers start at $42, wines are $50 a glass and there’s a special cocktail for $52. Get yourself a seat overlooking the street and settle in for some people watching!
Cardamon Street, G/F, 38 Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2780 8484, www.cardamonstreet.com
Have you heard the news? VEA has just been recognised as one of the World’s Best Restaurants! While we do love its innovative Chinese/ French cuisine, what we thirsty mamas really like is sipping cocktails on the balcony at sunset (with 20% off food and bev from 5pm to 8pm daily). Award-winning mixologist Antonio Lai, best known for his “Multisensory Mixology,” has shaken up some delicious concoctions that are quintessentially Hong Kong, and perfectly refreshing for the summer. We can’t wait to try the Kumquat, a gin-based, citrussy mix or the Mango Pomelo, reminiscent of the local dessert mango sago pudding.
This pizzeria took the Western District by storm when it opened a few months back and we think it makes the perfect spot for your next Mama catch up. For some good ol’ fashioned fun, order one of the signature milkshakes – the “Coffee Eyes” is just what mums need for a decadent pick-me-up! Prefer your drinks with a bit of a kick? Head over on Fridays for “Build Your Own Martinis.” Inspired by the Hong Kong yum cha restaurants, you will be invited to fill in your order form to create your perfect combination (alcohol base, dryness, dirtyness and garnish). If you are looking to get your week off to the right start, the buy-one-get-one-free “Margheritas and Margaritas” is one of the best deals in town.
Homeslice, Shop 3, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3619 4026, www.homeslice.com.hk
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Be transported to the beaches of Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui without leaving Hong Kong Island. The cocktail and mocktail menu at this new opening is just made for relaxed beachside drinking! The team has called on an expert team of mixologists to create a menu featuring playful ingredients and kitschy presentation. We can’t wait to try the Pandan Colada, Tom Yum or Coriander Mojito! This will make the perfect mid-week mama’s lunch, but if you do have the little ones in tow, be sure to try a traditional Thai Iced Tea, flavoured soda or shaved ice drink (also available in a boozy version!).
For those who like their cocktails a little bit fancy, it’s time to try Zuma’s latest summer cocktails – combining traditional Japanese with the best seasonal ingredients to give you a contemporary drinking experience. Pick a prime position on the terrace and enjoy the refreshing Fujisan, Raspberry And Passionfruit Martini or the Big Apple Berry (all $120). We particularly like the sound of the Geishi Smash – a fresh fusion of Belvedere vodka, cucumber, shiso and yuzu. Yum!
Sensu at Gosango is a new opening in Causeway Bay, perfect for a refreshing drink after a day of retail therapy. It offers coveted brews from Matsumoto, a distinguished 230-year-old Japanese sake brewery. The expert mixologists have carefully used sake to create a refined list of enticing and delicate sake-based cocktails. We love the sound of “松”, a very Instagrammable, refreshing cocktail made with Matsumoto sake, blue flower syrup, Kyoho grapes, and mint. Perfect for the summer time! Sensu has also thought about the non-drinkers out there and has crafted an equally tempting mocktail menu. Try the Mid-Summer, a blend of pineapple, mint, apple, house-made tea syrup, and rose, topped with raspberry sorbet. Happy hour runs daily from 5:30pm to 7:30pm – order any alcoholic drink or mocktail and enjoy a complimentary Hiyama A5 Wagyu mini burger.
Sensu At Gosango, 1/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2885 0533, www.gosango.com.hk
This has got to be one of the best value happy hours in Central. A drink on the terrace at Mr Wolf is the perfect way to unwind after a day in the city. Treat yourself during the week (3pm to 9pm) with $45 drinks including beer, wine, prosecco, espresso martinis, Aperol spritz bellini and lychee martinis. A gin and tonic more your style? Start your week off with G & T Monday where Mr Wolf serves up this classic (made with Collector Gin and Fevertree Tonic) alongside a serve of the Salmon Tartare Nachos for just $88.
Channel those summer holiday vibes with a cocktail at Honi Honi. A highlight here is definitely the selection of tiki drinkware to make your Happy Hour even more Instagrammable! Until 7pm you can grab a beer for $40 or a selection of classic cocktails (daiquiris, mojitos and caipirinhas) for $50. We’re sure you and the girls will love unwinding in this island-themed bar.