Negroni Week 2018

Treat yourself to the famous Campari cocktail during the week of June 4-10 and help raise money for charity
Negroni Week
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Negroni Week is now in its sixth year as an international celebration of the famous Italian cocktail that traditionally mixes Campari, gin and red vermouth. For seven days, thousands of bars around the world will be championing the nearly century-old cocktail and raising money for charitable causes in the process.

The festival was
 launched by American drinks magazine Imbibe in 2013 to celebrate the creation of one of the world’s most iconic cocktails, invented by Count Camillo Negroni in Florence in 1920 as a variation on the Americano, substituting gin for soda.

During 
Negroni Week, participating venues will be donating a portion of the sales of Negroni cocktails and other related items to a charity of their choice. Last year’s event involved 7,700 venues in 60 countries and succeeded in raising $4 million.

So how can you take part? Simply head down to one of the following top bars and order yourself a Negroni. It’s that easy.

The best Negroni Week bars in Hong Kong

Restaurants, Italian

8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana

icon-location-pin Central

Long overlooked as a drinking destination – not a surprise when your bar is part of the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have three Michelin stars – 8½ is finally getting credit for its drinks as well as its food.

Featured Negroni special
The 8½ Negroni is particularly fruity and fresh take on the original. Look forward to a cocktail that combines Gin Mare, Campari, vermouth, Scrappy’s Orange Bitter, Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitter, Barolo Chinato, and comes garnished with lemon slices and orange wedges.

Chosen charity
Little Free Library

Restaurants, Mexican

11 Westside

icon-location-pin Kennedy Town

One of Hong Kong's best Mexican restaurants, the bar at 11 Westside – not to mention the patio – is a great place to drink year round.

Featured Negroni Special
If you go down to Davis Street try the Negroni Slushie. Get it with gin or tequila, Campari, Cinzano Rosso vermouth, Grand Marnier and – the key ingredient – strawberry puree.

Chosen charity
Water for People

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Restaurants

208 Duecento Otto

icon-location-pin Sheung Wan

Italian restaurant and bar 208 is all about unpretentious, comfortable dining. Bringing together good food, quality drinks and a great atmosphere, this is a perennially inviting neighbourhood joint.

Featured Negroni special
Order up 208’s Negroni on Tap for a refreshing tipple that combines Campari, Cinzano 1757 red vermouth and dry gin.

Chosen charity
Slow Food International

Restaurants, Pizza

Alvy’s

icon-location-pin Kennedy Town

A cosy neighbourhood hangout located in Kennedy Town, Alvy’s serves up excellent pizza and drinks in equal measure. The venue is reminiscent of a casual New York neighbourhood bar – ideal for sipping a Negroni.

Featured Negroni special
Alvy’s has two Negroni on offer, its Tom Cat Negroni and White Negroni version.

Chosen charity
City Harvest

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Restaurants, Italian

Amalfitana

icon-location-pin Repulse Bay

It might not be as swinging as its sister establishment – popular Hollywood Road drinking spot Rummin’ Tings – but the quality Italian fare at Amalfitana more than compensates.

Featured Negroni special
Amalfitana is keeping its cards close to its chest. You’ll just have to go along to discover what secret Negroni the bartenders there have planned.

Chosen charity
No Kid Hungry

Restaurants

Aqua

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

Be dazzled by Aqua’s two-storey-high glass windows with their unparalleled view of Hong Kong’s famous skyline. If the drinks don’t win you over, there’s also the exquisite pastas, robotayaki, sushi and beautiful desserts.

Featured Negroni special

Try the Mille Lire, which sees Gin Mare, Campari, red vermouth, rosolio liqueur and coconut water thrown together in a Campari coconut dusted rock glass.

Chosen charity
Autism Speaks

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Bars and pubs, Hotel bars

Bar Q88

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Recently refurbished and reconceptualised, Bar Q88, the space behind JW Marriott’s Lounge restaurant, is a sleek place to chill.

Featured Negroni Special
Bar Q88 is offering three custom Negronis for the celebrations, including an intriguing Artichoke Negroni. Our pick of the lot, however, is the Coffee Negroni, an invigorating surrounding mix of gin, Campari Coffee Beans and Cinzano 1757.

Chosen charity
Paws

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Cafe Gray Deluxe

icon-location-pin Admiralty

Nine years after its opening in 2009 – a lifetime in Hong Kong’s hectic F&B world – Cafe Grey Deluxe remains among the best restaurants in the city, favouring organic seasonal ingredients and European, American and Asian influences.

Featured Negroni Special
The Admiralty restaurant has a whole range of featured drinks to tempt you. Take your pick from a Barrel-Aged Negroni, Negroni Sbagliato, “Bloody” Negroni and a Smoky Negroni.

Chosen charity
WILD Foundation

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Coa’s Pistacho Horchata
Photo: Krzysztof Gora
Bars and pubs

Coa

icon-location-pin Central

Hong Kong’s one-and-only Oaxaca-inspired bar is home to the most extensive and in-depth mezcal collection in the city. That’s not all, though. Founder Jay Khan is a master mixologist and has prepared something special for this occasion.

Featured Negroni special
Make your way to Sheung Wan for Coa’s Caffeinated Negroni. Featuring clay pot distilled mezcal joven espadin, dry gin, Burundi coffee-infused red vermouth and Campari, this is one of the most distinctive Negronis in town.

Chosen charity
No Kid Hungry

Restaurants

Dear Lilly

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Ashley Sutton’s latest project – following the similarly fantastical J Boroski, Iron Fairies, Ophelia and Yojimbo – Dear Lilly has been yet another success. Order up your drink, take in the romantic harbour view and be transported to another world.

Featured Negroni special
Mix things up with Dear Lilly’s twist on the tried-and-tested classic. The version here features Gin Mare, Campari, an aperitif wine, chocolate bitters and a garnish of orange zest and dried orange wheel smoke.

Chosen charity
WILD Foundation

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