The weather is heating up, so cool down with a chilled cocktail this May!
While we’ve had a chilly start to the month, there’s no doubt that summer is coming. We say bring on the balmy evenings, which are perfect for a drink with your besties. We’ll be heading out for new openings, special happy hours, ladies’ nights and of course, to celebrate Mother’s Day! Here’s our pick of the latest drinks deals being offered round town for your next mama’s night out.
Our favourite hidden bar has teamed up with Monkey 47 gin to kickstart your ladies’ night this month. Head down the secret alley off Wyndham Street to Stockton’s Monkey O’Clock Carnival! Running every evening from 6pm to 8pm until Saturday, 25 May, you’ll find a special menu serving up a variety of Monkey 47 cocktails as well as a series of gin-inspired carnival games. Just don’t get up to any monkey business!
Head down to Stazione Novella for a little slice of Italy right in the heart of Soho. This summer, one of our favourite wine bars welcomes back its Monday night Summer of Spritz. Inspired by Florence’s apertivo culture, it’ll be serving up Aperol Spritz on tap for just $58 a glass. Pair this with a generous spread of Italian nibbles and your week just got off to a fantastic start. Grab your mamas and enjoy a refreshing al fresco tipple as the sun sets.
A chilled out place to enjoy an afternoon happy hour with the girls. Every day from 3pm to 7pm its craft beers go on special (it has 14 local brews by Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery on tap!). If beer isn’t your thing you can also grab a gin and tonic (also on tap) or a range of other cocktails and speciality tequilas. Speaking of Mexican specialities… head down for Tequila Tuesdays when the margaritas start flowing for just $30 and you can add on a taco for $30 as well.
We love the Nordic vibes of The Flying Elk that make you feel like you’re in an alpine cabin rather than in the heart of bustling Central. Grab the girls and check out its secret menu, only available to those in the know. Sit up at the kitchen counter, order the Fish & Chips “TFE” or Veal Schnitzel “Björn Frantzén”(two of our favourite dishes!) and you’ll be able to add free-flow red or white wine for just $90. What a deal!
Sitting perfectly between Statement and The Chinese Library is the Dispensary, a wonderful place to get a drink this Mother’s Day. Head there on Sunday, 12 May for a “Mother Knows Best”(so appropriately named!), a floral mix of Tanqueray Gin infused with dried hibiscus flowers, lychee puree, aquafaba, lemon juice, honey and plum bitters. Sit in the bar or relax on one of the verandahs overlooking the Tai Kwun Parade Ground or Hollywood Road.
The Dispensary, Police Headquarters, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2848 3000, www.statement.com.hk
Looking for something sweet on the Kowloon side? Head over to Terrible Baby at the Eaton Hotel for its signature dessert and cocktail pairing menu. We like the sound of the “Berry Coconaughty” (with strawberries, Amalfy blood orange gin and Takamaka coconut liqueur) teamed up with a chocolate mousse and raspberry compote. Just after drinks? Its got that covered too with a creative cocktail list that’s sure to please.
Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton Hotel, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2710 1866, www.terriblebaby.com
Head out with your friends for something a little different, like Burmese cuisine and cocktails! The Pansodan is in Hong Kong for just three months so get in quick. Burma sits at the crossroads of China, India, Bangladesh and Thailand so expect fusion fare that is distinctly unique. It’s not neglected the drinks so make sure you try the botanical cocktails featuring the likes of the Mandalay Spritz, Yangon 75, Tamarind Margarita and an Irrawaddy Fizz. Delish!
Dreaming of a Thai escape, but no time to get away? Soul Food Thai is channelling the bustling streets of the city with its Bangkok Nights menu available before 7pm. It’s a small menu of just five handcrafted, fresh street snacks for $198 which pair perfectly with an icy cold Singha beer. A great casual way to start your night.
Fans of private members’ club Maggie and Rose will be familiar with its gorgeous garden terrace. Well, at 7pm, once the kids have gone home, the area transforms into The Leah, welcoming guests through a dedicated private entrance. We can’t wait to check it out when it opens on 21 May! The Leah’s Collins selection (a play on the classic Tom Collins) sounds like the perfect summer sundowner but there is plenty on the menu to choose from, all with a distinct nod to its British roots, including the Wimbledon Cup, the Camden Spritz and the Cotswold-Ade. Not drinking alcohol these days? There’s something for you too, with homemade lemonades and iced teas on the menu. You’ll want to stick around to try out the dinner menu, brought to you by James Sharman who’s known as the “world’s most adventurous chef”.
The Leah, 3/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, 2337 7651, www.facebook.com/TheLeahHK
Summer is definitely in the air at DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant. It’s giving all mamas who head there on Wednesday nights a complimentary glass of prosecco! As an added bonus from 6pm to 7:30pm, you can enjoy a selection of tapas-style treats on the house. With a huge selection of wines by the glass, you’re sure to find something to sip on.
DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2167 8883, www.divinogroup.com