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Hue x Michter's Whiskey limited-time Supper Menu
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Editor’s Picks: Where to drink in Hong Kong this September

Bars to hit up for drinks this month

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Tatum Ancheta
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Since the reopening of bars in the city, there is no lack of options when it comes to boozy drinks and after-work tipples. Whether it's a fancy cocktail, a dram of whisky in some new swanky bar, or affordable drinks for happy hour that you're after, Hong Kong has everything and more.

Plus, with Mid-Autumn coming up and bars extending their Negroni Week until the end of the month, we have plenty of reason to celebrate with a drink in hand. To help you narrow your search, here are our editor’s lists of the best places to hit up for drink deals, new cocktail menus, and new product releases this September. 

RECOMMENDED: Don’t miss new bottle releases and the latest food and drink events in town.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars

Over 90 bars and restaurants across Hong Kong participated in Negroni Week which ended on September 19. If you missed the celebration of this cult Italian cocktail, don't fret, because there are so many bars in the city that offer perfectly stirred Negronis all year long. To help you narrow down your quest, we've made a list of our favourite bars in the city that provide excellent serves of this bitter aperitif. Whether you are looking for classics or innovative twists, all of these bars make legendary Negroni renditions, even after Negroni Week. Click below to read more.

  • Restaurants
  • Soho

Great Wines of the World recently held its biggest tasting of the year at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. The two-day Autumn edition wine tasting is the final event for the year, and more than 200 wines were showcased during the event that almost felt like a regular industry tasting, only socially distanced. If you missed the sessions, there's still a Masterclass Programme running until October 2, at James Suckling Wine Central. You can also book the Great Wines of the World Tasting Package ($588) for a 90-minute tasting at the Central bar from Thursdays through Saturdays. Fifty-five select wines from the grand autumn tasting are available for sipping. The session starts at 5.30pm and 6pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 4pm on Saturdays. Book now to secure a seat via 2539 7999. 

You can also plan ahead and bookmark your calendar for two new grand tastings – Great Wines of Italy on November 4 and 5, 2021, at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, and Great Wines of Bordeaux from November 29 to December 4, 2021 (trade only), and December 11 and 18, 2021 (open to consumers) at James Suckling Wine Central. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Zero-waste bar Penicillin revamps its menu with new cocktails presented into five core elements, concrete, wood, ceramic, metal, and glass. New drinks on the menu include a new recipe for their One Penicillin, One Tree ($110) – for every cocktail sold, a tree is planted in the endangered Kalimantan rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia – which is a sweet, sour rendition of the classic Penicillin, featuring white chocolate-infused whisky, strawberry brine water, coconut kefir, served with a cold avocado seed – collected from the kitchen on nearby Spanish Taqueria Super Macho – as ice replacement. The revamped menu also includes Agung Prabowo's A Moveable Feast ($100), which you may have tasted in The Old Man Hong Kong's earlier menu, this time the savoury recipe uses discarded seashells to flavour the vodka by blending the shells and the spirit together with water and salt and processing it through a rotary evaporator. One of our favourite serves on the menu is earthy This Changes Everything ($100), which falls under the 'metal' category and uses basmati rice-infused whisky, spent coffee amaro, mezcal, and beets. To add a metal flavour to the drink, a fiery copper pyramid is dunked into the mixing glass before mixing it with ice. Make sure to sit by the bar if you're ordering this drink because it's fun to watch and definitely worth snapping for your Instagram.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

The 2021 Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey just launched in Hong Kong, and the small-batch distillery from Kentucky is celebrating its release at contemporary Australian restaurant Hue. If you're looking to hang out for after-dinner drinks with a view, and a taste of the new bottle release, head over to TST on Thursdays and Fridays, 8.30pm, from September 23 to October 29, and catch the limited-time Supper Menu ($550 per person) that allows guests to sample four bottlings of Michter's Whiskey. The menu offers small bites of sweet and savoury dishes, including a smoked mackerel Beignet, fried chicken and croquette, and petit fours vanilla and fig tartlet, mini doughnut, and pavlova, along with two drams of Michter's (Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Rye and Michter's US*1 Original Sour Mash Whiskey) and two cocktails Rye Crusta – a riff of New Orleans' classic cocktail Brandy Crusta using Michter's US1 Single Barrel Rye Whiskey as a base blended with range curaçao, Maraschino and fresh lemon juice – and an Old Fashioned made with ​​Michter's US1 Bourbon Whiskey, cold-drip coffee bitters, brown sugar, garnished with orange peel.

Hue is also setting up their artisan cheese and Petit Four Trolley alongside a cocktail trolley where guests can order classic cocktails that change depending on the day. Reserve seats via huedining.com.hk, and make sure you secure a spot with a waterfront view. 

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