Set a date in the diary and head out with the ladies this month because there are new bars to check out and the drink specials are not to be missed!
We know you don’t need an excuse to grab your mates and go out, but admit it, we all like a bargain, right? This month is no exception, as there seem to be quite a few specials that will want you pencilling in a Ladies Night Out pronto! From special Aperol Spritz packages to free-flow oysters with wine, we found several great options that may have you going out more than you expected! Be sure to check out the newly opened spots, too!
New Bar Openings – Hugger Mugger, The Wise King & Room 309
We’ve heard of a few new bars opening their doors in Hong Kong, so if you didn’t know, Hugger Mugger, a 29-seat British salon reminiscent of 1970s London will be opening later this month on Wyndham Street (near Tai Kwun). The Wise King, which opened last month, is a modern classic bar serving up light snacks and drinks. And Room 309, the latest from Antonio Lai (known for Quinary, Origin, The Envoy, Angel’s Share Whisky Bar & Restaurant, and VEA), just had its soft opening. Take note: Room 309 is by invitation only, as the bar seats only 20 at a time, so just “check in” at the Pottinger Hotel reception desk to get a seat. You’ll be given a card key to enter.
Hugger Mugger, Basement, No. 43-55, Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2362 8988, www.huggermugger.hk
The Wise King, Basement, 25 Staunton Street, Soho (entrance on Tseng Wing Lane next to Pure Fitness), Central, Hong Kong, 2326 5822, www.thewiseking.com
Room 309, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.room309.hk
Sake lovers, get ready! When you order a snack at Matsunichi you’ll be able to enjoy a buy-one-get-one-free deal on selected sake, wine and beer from 6pm to 8pm daily. The snacks on offer include Japanese pork Teppanyaki ($100), cheese shuto ($80), and pan-fried dumplings ($60). Sake offers include Toyobijin Gentei Zipangu Daiginjo ($320), Tatenokawa Seiryu Junmai Daiginjo ($280), Hayku Jyurou Aka Zura Junmai Shu ($240). Kampai!
Matsunichi, Level 2, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, 3188 2760, www.matsunichi.com.hk
To celebrate its third birthday, Stazione Novella will be offering patrons a super cool Aperol Spritz package at its monthly block party. Starting 6 August (and running every first Monday until October), each 10-package Spritz will be just $500. Best of all, you can share it with your mates or roll it over until the next month’s block party. And, ladies, you can enjoy this package at both the mobile bar and inside Stazione Novella! And because we always want something to munch on, we were happy to note the savoury “aperitivo” bites were on offer until closing free of charge as well! Happy birthday, Stazione Novella! (Dates: 1 August and 3 September from 7pm, and 1 October from 4:30pm.)
Stazione Novella, 52-56 Staunton Street, Soho, Hong Kong, 2559 0559, www.stazionenovella.com
The everyday drinks menu here will make you think you popped in for happy hour! Serving up a range of street cocktails (served from the window only), you can enjoy Aperol Spritz, the Paloma (made with tequila, agave, lime juice and grapefruit soda), or the Chilcano (pisco, lime juice, ginger ale and angostura bitters) for just $70 each, and its signature cocktails range from $90 to $100.
Chifa, G/F, .26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2311 1815, www.chifa.hk
Bit o’ bubbly, anyone? Every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm during buy-one-get-one-free happy hour, glasses of Ayala champagne are $158 ($780 a bottle). If you prefer other spirits or wine, it’s just $40 per house wine glass, $40 for house spirits and $40 for draught Asahi, Corona, or 1664 beer.
Pastis Bistro Francais, G/F 65 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.french-creations.com/pastis
Does signature cocktails, wine and house spirits for $80 and select beer for $60 sound like a way to get the night started? Then head to Mercedes me for happy hour (Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm, Saturday from 12pm to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 7pm)!
Mercedes me, Shop 38 & 40, G/F, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mercedes-benz.com/hk/mercedes-me
We’ve been lucky to enjoy a few pleasant nights this summer, so drinking on a rooftop sounds fab to us! From now until 30 October Armani/Privé will be featuring a few delicious, special summer cocktails – we’re talking the Coco Matcha (cacao, pineapple, rum and condensed milk), Dolce Niente (Oporto, Amaretto, coconut milk), Art Basil (vodka, basil, lime and pineapple), Visions of Aperol (sparkling wine shaken with Aperol, orange marmalade and Yuzu ice cream), and Wild Fairy (rum, double espresso, Kahula), all at $155 per cocktail. Bottoms up!
Armani/Privé, 2/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3583 2828, www.armaniprive-hk.com
If a night out is just what the doctor ordered, these drinks will fill the prescription! Launching a new summer cocktail menu, the drinks on offer include new “gin on the rocks” drinks that are sure to cure your ailments! Some selections include the Bar Hill Tom Cat Gin ($270) and the Truffle Gin, a rare unique gin distilled with Italian white truffles ($550), but if going straight up is a bit too daunting, there are plenty of G&Ts that will satisfy any craving.
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2111 9449, www.drfernshk.com
These new cocktails at Uma Nota are simply tempting us to try them! Check out the $105 drinks such as Rōzu (gin, shochu, verjus, rhubarb cordial, tonic, Angostura bitters), a Brazilian-influenced Negroni called Argila (made with Capucana, Mancino Rosso, Cynar, orange bitters aged in a clay pot), and the Val Verde (pandan-infused cachaça, green Chartreuse, pandan syrup, lime juice, yoghurt). Yum.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2889 7576, www.uma-nota.com
Straight from Sweden, the cocktails at this newly-opened restaurant are created with a cool Scandinavian influence. Draught beers start at $90, white and rosé wines start at $100, and cocktails start at $120. Try out the “Stockholm G&T”, ($140, made with gin and tonic from a Stockholm brewery); or “Spicy Orange” ($120, made with Finnish Koskenkorva vodka). If the drinks make you feel a little love for the Nordish folk, say, “Hej” to the Swedish bartender!
The Flying Elk, 1 & 2/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2565 6788, www.theflyingelk.com
Does all-day oysters with wine sound like your kind of afternoon? Then head to Tipsy in Tai Hang because it will be serving up four freshly shucked Stella Maris oysters with two glasses of house white wine ($148)! Available all day, every day, this takes happy hour to a whole new level!
Tipsy, 1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tun Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2818 8807, www.facebook.com/tipsy
This fiery Mexican joint is serving up some refreshingly cool and tasty drinks this August! Head Mixologist Rob Kariakin has created a few tequila cocktails to sate any fanatic. We can’t wait to try the Sandia (Ocho Blanco Tequila, fresh watermelon, lime, agave and orange bitters, $130), La Copa De Señor Pimm (made with house tequila-based “Pimm’s”, ginger ale, fresh lemon, cucumber, strawberries, oranges and mint, $130), and Where There’s Smoke… (made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, fresh jalapeno, mango, lime and agave, $150).
Los Sotano, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2970 3887, www.facebook.com/LosSotano
We love a good happy hour, and Le Boudoir is offering a tempting one. Every Monday through Friday from 6pm to 9pm you can enjoy $50 drinks!
Le Boudoir, Basement, 65 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2530 3870, www.french-creations.
For one night only (29 August from 8pm), head to Fang Fang and try out an “edible cocktail” straight from Singapore’s Tippling Club while jamming out to some beats! The “Music x Mixology” night is in conjunction with The Lucid Loft (founded by Malaysian DJ Kenzo Yeo) and Tippling Club. The cocktails – which will be paired with gummy bears representing the four selected cocktails based on “dream and desire” – are $150 each (package of four for $500)
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2983 9083, www.fangfang.com.hk