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Superhooman
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New bars to try in Hong Kong this November

Here's where we'll be drinking this November!

By Tatum Ancheta
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Even with tightened social distancing restrictions, Hong Kong's bar scene is going from strength to strength. This month, we see a slew of fascinating new watering holes to add to Hong Kong's cocktail scene. Whether you are after a new al fresco cocktail den, a craft beer bar, or bars serving sustainable drinks and apothecary-inspired sips, bookmark these places and get your drink fix. 

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More bars to check out in the city

Penicillin
Penicillin
Photograph: Courtesy Penicillin

Penicillin

Bars and pubs Central

Bar veterans and founders of The Old Man Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale have finally opened the highly-anticipated Penicillin in Central. Touted as the first eco-conscious bar in Hong Kong, the cocktail menu, titled You Gotta Sustain it, is divided into three sections and focuses on locally sourced or upcycled ingredients and stays as authentic as possible to the flavours of Hong Kong. The menu includes a Penicillin section highlighting a series of drinks inspired by the original Penicillin cocktail, offering cocktails like Something Clear ($90) – infused with goat's milk whiskey, clarified citrus, ginger honey wine, and a smoky flame – and Foraged and Found ($90) – made with locally foraged ingredients such as wild oregano and gooseberry. For the more adventurous, there's an On-and-Off section, a rotating selection of cocktails made with seasonal local farm produce and ingredients. The last part of the menu offers non-alcoholic Organic Ferments, which highlights Penicillin's selection of fermented ingredients. 

The Ale Project (TAP)
The Ale Project (TAP)
Photograph: Courtesy TAP - The Ale Project

TAP - The Ale Project (Mong Kok)

Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Mong Kok

After closing down their original venue last September, Tap - The Ale Project reopened their taproom just two doors down from its previous location, on Hak Po Street in Mong Kok. The new taproom, which is no so different from the previous Tap, offers casual vibes with 18 craft beer taps to choose from, as well as a revamped food menu that includes new dishes and fan favourites from the past. The new interior remains stripped back to better showcase the beer taps themselves and feature everything from locally brewed beers to experimental beers fermented with a cocktail of wild yeasts.

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Boticario
Boticario
Photograph: @boticariohk

Boticario

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Tsim Sha Tsui East

Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East's waterfront, Boticario aims to transport cocktail lovers to 1920s Buenos Aires, a time when Argentina was one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This new cocktail den features a two-level cocktail bar and grill with both indoor and al fresco seating. Staying true to the theme, the bar's cocktail menu combines the herbal healing traditions of South America's pharmacies with the timeless heritage of spirit botanicals while the food on offer showcases Mediterranean and Latin dishes. Expect a menu of craft spirits and drinks made with homemade sodas, phosphates (citrus substitute), tonics, tinctures, and infusions. 

Superhooman
Superhooman
Photograph: Courtesy Superhooman

Superhooman

Bars and pubs Café bars Tin Hau

Enjoy coffee by day and cocktails by night at Tin Hau's newly-opened cafe and bar Superhooman. Located next to boutique hotel Tuve, this new hangout spot features a pan-Asian food menu and craft cocktails created by consulting bartender Shelley Tai (bar manager of Singapore bar Nutmeg & Clove). The cocktail programme offers eight signature drinks ($118/order) three of which are served on draught. Cocktails include a riff on a classic espresso martini, Superhooman Espressotini, a herbal sour Wake-Up-Call, and a fruity take on the classic aperitif, Rhubarb Negroni. 

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Avenue75 Bar & Eatery
Avenue75 Bar & Eatery
Photograph: Courtesy Avenue75 Bar & Eatery

Avenue 75 Bar and Eatery

Bars and pubs Tsim Sha Tsui East

Another recent opening joining the lineup of bars in Tsim Sha Tsui East is Avenue 75, an intimate cocktail bar and restaurant serving Asian-inspired tapas and craft cocktails. Helmed by bartender Shane Siu – who is also the creative mind and hands behind the venue's wall paintings – the cocktail programme takes inspirations from the famous artworks of masters such as French artist Paul Cézanne, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Severinovich Malevich. Sample cocktails like the pandan-flavoured Diamond Black, coffee-laced Poker Soul, and creamy concoction See My Pearl, among others.  

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