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Where to drink in Hong Kong this April

From reopening venues to the latest bar openings, here's where to quench your thirst this month

Tatum Ancheta
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Tatum Ancheta
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From April 21, nightlife returns to Hong Kong. A lot of venues are already gearing up for their reopening, and that includes temporarily closed bars with catering permits. If you're looking to get a drink this week or planning to meet your friends for some after-work drinks, here's a roundup of the best places to hit up this April. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

It’s been weird seeing this usually bustling corner bar on Hollywood Road empty, but The Daily Tot is finally welcoming back patrons this month. For Easter, guests can visit the bar from 12pm to 6pm on April 15 to 18, but once the city eases the restrictions, they will kick off operations on April 21 from 3pm to 10pm. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Hip-hop lounge Candour is gearing up for its reopening on April 21 and is scheduling its operations from Wednesday to Saturday from 3pm to 10pm each week. Expect a revamped menu that includes two new refreshing cocktails: gin-based Green Light ($118) and Coast to Coast ($118) made with coconut oil-washed ABA Pisco. The bar will also offer ‘The Warm-Up’, a happy hour programme featuring six signature cocktails priced at $78 per serving. Those who want to reserve tables can start booking here or email enquiry@candourbar.com.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

The Wise King’s Sandeep Hathiramani (formerly of Tell Camellia) opens a spacious new bar on Hollywood Road. Complete with multiple outdoor terraces overlooking various parts of Soho, Thirsty Shaker is perfect for gatherings and celebrations. The drinks menu is composed of party punch cocktails served in bowls and single servings of drinks that some of us used to drink in the 90s. Expect reinterpreted versions of lychee martini, tequila sunrise, Blue Hawaii, and Amaretto Sour using premium spirits and fresh ingredients. The bar is currently in its soft opening and operates from 1pm to 6pm. Once the Covid restriction lifts on April 21, the bar will open from 3pm to 10pm. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Filipino mixologists Joe Villanueva (formerly of Lobster Bar and The Wise King) and Bryson Rivera (formerly of JW Marriott‘s Bar Q88) joined forces to introduce a new breed of tiki bar to Hong Kong. Set to open in Central on April 21, The Social Den is a hip Polynesian-themed bar featuring killer happy hours, DJs on deck, and bar industry veterans stirring up fun craft cocktails behind the bar. Expect Chinese liquor based cocktails with exotic fruit flavours and Polynesian and Cantonese bar bites, including Char siu pork neck with pineapple sauce and zucchini fries with salted egg dips. Watch this space for more information! 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

If you miss Zzura’s spice-infused cocktails, the Sahara Desert-inspired bar is finally reopening its doors on Hollywood Road starting on April 14 to celebrate the Easter long weekend from 12nn to 6pm. From April 21, their operating hours will be moved to 4pm until 10pm. Watch out for the launch of their new menu in May. Click here to reserve a table. 

  • Restaurants
  • Izakaya
  • Central

Showmen Group’s Brooklyn Yakuza reopened its doors on April 12 from 11am to 6pm. Those looking to indulge in sake can enjoy their bottomless sake brunch during weekends (available at $598 for a two-hour free-flow). For an additional $100, guests can enjoy an extra hour of free-flow at the Oyabun bar located on the ground floor of Brooklyn Yakuza.  

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