This is where you should be drinking this month
Forget the Halloween candy this month, nothing beats a delicious drink in hand surrounded by your best mates. Okay, who are we kidding, Halloween candy always pairs well with booze and besties! Mamas, it’s time to pull out your calendars and set a date for a spectacular girl’s night out as October has some stellar events, new bars and cocktails that you’re not going to want to miss. From flashy pink drinks for a cause, a free flow charity event, hand-crafted Chinese zodiac-inspired cocktails to some tasty Italian booze-infused affogato (that’s a coffee cocktail poured over vanilla ice cream, it doesn’t really get any better than that?!)
Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month? During the month of October, Komune has created a special drink to help raise awareness and money for breast cancer. The “Soft Kiss” ($90) is a vibrant pink cocktail made with Tanqueray Gin, homemade lime syrup, fresh redcurrant, basil and Peychaud’s bitters. Not only is this delicious drink a great deal, but you can also feel good in knowing that $10 from each “Soft Kiss” purchased will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Drinking with the girls and for a cause? Yes, please!
Komune, Ovolo Southside Hotel, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside, 3460 8100, www.komune.com.hk
Drink for a great cause! Fang Fang, Beverage & Co, and Highlight Asia are hosting a special bartending night featuring female influencers who help shape our media and F&B industry. Proceeds go towards The Helen David Relief Fund, for bartenders affected by breast cancer. Professionals shaking up their signature cocktails include Danielle Giambattista (Little Birdy), Genna Bennett Soh (Highlight Asia), Holly Graham (DRINK Magazine), Fiona Man (Pernod Ricard Asia), Tiana Ludhani (Ming Fat House), and Sassy Hong Kong’s very own Surmayee Tetarbe! It’s a public holiday on Wednesday, so head to Fang Fang for a stress-free night. Event details here.
Time: 6pm till late
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2983 9083, www.fangfang.com.hk
Also participating in Breast Cancer Awareness month is Te Quiero Mucho who’ve created a fun pink margarita that pairs nicely with its edgy Mexican-themed interior. The Pink Awakening ($80) features Cimarron tequila, Cointreau, grenadine and a splash of lime juice. With every purchase of The Pink Awakening, Te Quiero Mucho will donate $10 to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. Woo! Order another round!
Te Quiero Mucho, Mojo Nomad Hotel, 286 Queen’s Road, Central, 3728 1000, www.mojonomad.com
You may have heard of PONG before and that is because this beer-pong famous bar already has one successful location in Knutsford Terrace. PONG has just opened a brand new 2,900-foot location in Midtown Soundwill Plaza II. PONG Midtown is bringing out all the bells and whistles with its brand new PARTYConnect table that offers tons of interactive and fun games for up to eight people. Three other award-winning PONGConnect tables with new exclusive games are also offered within this spacious and glamorous interior. If you and your girls love music, PONG Midtown is also a great location as there are DJs cranking out the tunes or if you would rather do your own performing, there is also a karaoke room available to rent. If you are looking for an entertaining and unique outing with your lady friends then this new location is not to be missed.
We’ve all spilt our sorrows to a bartender after a few but have you ever entrusted one to tell you your fortune? LKF’s popular Fang Fang bar has added 13 new Chinese zodiac-inspired cocktails, 12 of them follow the traditional Chinese zodiac and the 13th one is up to the bartender to determine your fortune with a handcrafted surprise. Many of these unique cocktails were created by the award-winning bar manager, Gagan Gurung, and are served in special hand-painted cocktail glasses. A taste of what to expect, the Rat – Fly Me Mediterranean, is a unique blend of parmesan-washed Gin Mare, Sakura sake, white cacao, bergamot and popping candy. Or for those born under the sign of the Monkey, the Monkey-inspired Prankster includes Rebel Yell Rye, balsamic vinegar, banana and strawberry shrub. Priced at $110 each these luxurious and beautiful beverages are truly works of art.
Fang Fang, 8/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2983 9083, www.fangfang.com.hk
If you’re looking for some good Italian food and drinks made from local, premium and organic ingredients, take your crew to Posto Pubblico for its new cocktail menu. Posto Pubblico has a modern and refreshing take on some classic drinks. The Posto’ni ($120) is made using Koval dry gin, Belsazar vermouth and a Nardini bitter (an Italian favourite) making for a fun spin off the classic Negroni. It wouldn’t be Italian without garlic so how about a Garlic Bloody Mary ($129), a recreated classic made with Koval rye vodka, garlic EDV, lemon, and fresh tomato juice. Yum!
Hunter & The Chase is going to be your new go-to with the ladies. This brand new earthy and refined cocktail bar and restaurant specialises in contemporary cocktails and soul-soothing food. The Chase is the cocktail bar and it is perfect for light lunches, snacks and after work drinks with the girls. The Chase is casual and chic and is located in a comfortable outdoor space with an ideal view of Central. One of The Chase’s speciality cocktails is the scrumptious Raspberry Cobbler, make with Pinot Noir, raspberry, Crème de Framboise and mixed citrus. The floor above The Chase is the Hunter, a refined and sophisticated dining experience complete with a cheese bar, highlighting 18 different types of American artisan cheese. With cocktails and a cheese bar, Hunter & The Chase is a perfect pairing for a great night out.
Arrrrgh! If you’re looking for a pirate-inspired evening of fun check out Honi Honi. After a successful Episode One, Honi Honi bar brings you Tales of Tiki Episode Two with four brand new swashbuckling cocktails and one new pirate shot. The drinks themselves are actually inspired by real-life pirates! Like the Singapore Sling, inspired by Madame Ching, a former prostitute turned Pirate Lord! Or the Davy Jones Locker, inspired by another lady pirate, Anne Bonny. Don’t delay though as this new cocktails are only available until the start of December, so grab your pirate hats and peg legs and come on down to give one of these delightful new drinks a try.
Honi Honi, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, 2353 0885, www.honihonibar.com
Think of your favourite ice cream or shaved ice dessert, now think of combining it with your favourite cocktail… At Armani/Privé they have made this magical combination a reality. Available only until 30 October, Armani/Privé has a new line of ice inspired cocktails that are perfect for enjoying the last few warm days before winter kicks in. Priced at $155, there are five new cocktails to sample, like Wild Fairy, a modern take on an Italian affogato this decant drink is perfect for coffee lovers; shaken with dark rum, a double espresso, and a coffee liqueur then served over vanilla ice cream and dehydrated strawberries. Or if you want something reminiscent of summertime, try the Visions of Aperol which included shaken Aperol, texturized orange marmalade, yuzu sorbet and then finished off with prosecco. Talk about the perfect Halloween treat!
Armani/Privé, 2/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), Central, 3583 2828, Facebook.
Image #1 courtesy of Helena Yankovska via Unsplash, Image #2 courtesy of Komune via Facebook, Image #3 courtesy of Te Quiero Mucho via Facebook, Image #4 courtesy of Pong, Image #5 courtesy of Fang Fang, Image #6 courtesy of Posto Pubblico via Facebook, Image #7 courtesy of Hunter & The Chase, Image #8 courtesy of Honi Honi via Facebook, Image #9 courtesy of GHC Asia