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Editor’s Picks: Where to drink in Hong Kong this August

Where you'll see us sipping a refreshing drink this summer

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Tatum Ancheta
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Hot and rainy summer is here, and if you're feeling a little hotheaded, one of the best ways to stay cool is to unwind with an ice-cold drink. And with bars now operating past midnight, there are more options to hit up for late-night boozy drinks in the city. From new bar openings, pop-ups, and seasonal summer menus, here's a list of spots to check out this season. 

RECOMMENDED: For dining inspiration, visit our list of the top restaurants to eat at this month and check the latest eat and drink news in the city. 

Where to drink in Hong Kong this August

  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Wan Chai

Black Tot rum is popping at St Regis Bar this August, and bar manager Mario la Pietra crafted two summer sippers ($158 per glass) for you to enjoy. Black Tot is a multi-layered rum crafted from a blend of spirits from Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica. Taste its complexity in the refreshing Corn' n Oil cocktail (mixed with Amaro Bastaldo, Intorcia Almond Wine, Mr Three & Bros Ginger Falernum, Japanese brown rice green tea Genmaicha, garnished with toasted baby corn), La Pietra's version of the Caribbean classic cocktail that doesn't really contain corn and oil, but it is named so because of the dark rum that resembles a dark oil floating on top of the cocktail mix. For a spirited take, enjoy El Estadista (mixed with Amaro Montenegro, Dry Curaçao, a blend of Mancino vermouths, and a special homemade tomato and passion fruit infusion), St Regis' homage to the classic Cuban drink El Presidente which is usually made with light rum, orange curacao, dry vermouth, and grenadine. 

This month, Fair Trade-certified and sustainably sourced premium rum from Nicaragua, Flor de Caña, is launching a global Zero Waste Month initiative, pooling top bars in more than 30 countries including Hong Kong and Macao to create zero waste cocktails. Zero Waste Month is supported by Food Made Good – a global non-profit that promotes sustainability within the foodservice industry – that worked with bars for the project and tackled sustainable practices for the venue’s everyday operations. Argo, Stockton, Foxglove, The Pontiac, Ozone, The Wise King, and Hong Kong Jockey Club’s 360 Bar have prepared sustainable cocktails made with Flor de Caña rum and ingredients derived from the local community and repurposed food or leftovers from their venues.

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Lillet Spritz your way in town
Photograph: Courtesy Lillet

Lillet Spritz your way in town

Switch your usual orange fizzy drink to a golden hue and enjoy a bubbly and refreshing spritz made with Lillet, a fruity, floral French aromatized aperitif wine made with a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes and fortified with citrus liqueurs. This summer, you can order glasses of Lillet Spritz garnished with fresh fruits, citrus, herbs, and spices, topped up with sparkling, tonic, and other bubbly mixers from nine bars in the city. Head to Épure and enjoy five Lillet concoctions ($138 per glass), including a 'make your own' spritz where you can choose your preferred garnishes. Drop by during happy hour (Monday to Friday 5.30pm to 7:30pm) and get your next spritz at 50 percent off. Other bars include Popinjays ($120 per glass), Staunton ($88 per glass; $198 two-hour free-flow during weekends and public holidays), Cococabana ($110 per glass), Hungry Pal (@ $98 per glass), Shu K ($88 per glass; $220 for three- hour free flow from 3pm to 8pm), Ye Shanghai ($88 per glass), Shady Acres ($60 for Lillet Slushie), and Red Sugar ($108 per glass; $78 per glass from 4pm to 8pm).

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Are you tired of drinking in dimly lit spaces imitating clandestine drinking? Head up to this not-so-hidden bar in Amber Lodge on Hollywood Road, which takes the former space of whisky joint Thirty Six Bar & Co. Zzura is a Sahara Desert-inspired bar designed by NC Design & Architecture. The same firm created the interiors of the 1950s-style bar Foxglove. Expect interiors featuring polished desert hues of soft white and muted neutrals with peach undertones and contrasting pops of green and orange on the furnishings. Sip on spice-infused cocktails using Middle-Eastern flavours crafted by bar manager Princebir Singh in collaboration with Tell Camellia co-owner Gagan Gurung. Must-tries include an easy-to-drink cocktail called Kafyar ($120) – made with Finnish low ABV spirit Kaska infused with Earl Grey Tea, blended with kaffir lime leaves syrup and lemon juice – and Around The Globe ($120) cocktail made with cumin-infused Brazilian cachaça Abelha, yuzu juice, and cumin syrup served with citrus-smoke filled edible bubble.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

A new watering hole with al fresco seating in TST just opened this month, and it's offering Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine, signature cocktails designed for summer, and shisha services. Located on the 4th floor of boutique hotel Attitude at Granville Road, the venue ​​takes up the old spot of Urban bar. The Pearl provides an indoor and outdoor area and a long bar where people can watch bartenders behind the stick. The resto-bar is the brainchild of its co-owner, artist and interior designer Rolland Cheung, whose artworks are seen all over the venue, from hand-made resin art pieces and the dining tables. Tuck into signature dishes like the linguine pasta served in creamy uni sauce topped with fresh uni ($218) or the restaurant's special Roast Whole Chicken ($488; pre-order one day in advance) stuffed with black truffle and served with Japanese Nanohana and Matsutake. Wash it down with a rum-based cocktail, The Creation of Adam ($128), made with pineapple, apricot liqueur, and lemon juice, or go for a more potent drink Orange Gem ($148) made with Laphroaig 10 YO, Aperol, Dolin Vermouth, orange bitters, garnished with smoked pancetta. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho

It looks like Hong Kong's obsession with CBD is not dying anytime soon as we see more and more applications of Cannabidiol in the city. This summer, visit Staunton hidden bar The Poet to sip on zero-alcohol CBD drinks as well as boozy cocktails made by their resident bartenders in collaboration with OTO CBD Bitters. Expect ten concoctions with drops of OTO bitters which will give you 18mg of CBD per drink, taking your after-work drink to a very chill step further. You can't go wrong with a refreshing Castaway mocktail ($138) made with pineapple juice, lime juice, lemongrass syrup, gum syrup, and four drops of CBD bitters or have a glass of spirited cocktail Coriander Feast ($158) made with mezcal, lime juice, celery seed syrup, jalapeño pepper, coriander leaves, and CBD bitters. For more information about OTO CBD products, visit hk.otocbd.com

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  • Restaurants
  • Soho

New Okinawan restaurant on Peel Street is finally serving alcoholic beverages, and this month, you can take advantage of their boozy brunch package. Awa Awa's brunch starts at 12nn every Saturday and Sunday, and for an additional $198, you can sip on Awa punch, beer, sake, rosé, and sparkling wine. Along with bottle offerings, you can also try their new cocktails, which include Awa Awa's riff to the classic The Last Word called The Last Attempt, using an Okinawa Gin and served with a housemade Maraschino Umeboshi made with ripe ume cooked with spice, maraschino liqueur and cherry brandy. 

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Lan Kwai Fong

If you haven't checked out the new modern Japanese izakaya that took over the old Brickhouse spot in Lan Kwai Fong, Roji is inviting you to drop by to enjoy their extended hours for drinks until 2am and last food orders until 11.30pm. They're also introducing new additions to their cocktail programme featuring new summer entries. New cocktails include a Margarita twist called Pepper Miso ($120) – made with a mezcal and combination of reposado and blanco tequila, combined with yuzu and mango juice, red miso, garnished with a Japanese pepper – a crimson cocktail called Yamanashi ($120) – made with a berry-forward red wine from the Yamanashi prefecture mixed with Japanese melon liqueur, sake, white cognac, Antica Formula, a dash of fresh lime juice, served with pickled cucumber – and Roji Shot ($85), the venue's a take on the old-school Tequila shot featuring flavours of coconut and pandan mixed with tequila and mezcal served with with a slice of frozen seasonal fruit sprinkled with kombu salt. Drop by every Friday and Saturday and enjoy live DJ beats to ramp up the weekend vibes.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho

Hidden Staunton bar The Poet just launched new additions to their cocktail menu, and they are perfect for drinking this summer. Crafted by beverage director Tony Hsu together with The Poet's talented bartenders Chiho Cheung and Henry Ho, the new drinks are inspired by classic cocktail recipes. If you're feeling experimental, try the Haru#2, a shiso infused shochu based cocktail with savoury flavours of pickled radish – warning if you don't like the pungent smell of radish, this drink is not for you! – or the Corpse Reviver inspired B.M.C.R., which is filled with fresh notes of bittermelon that adds to the aroma of the drink but doesn't make the drink bitter. Our favourite from the new menu is the Golden Negroni (made with gin, jasmine-infused Suze and Lillet Blanc, Pampell – a ruby red grapefruit aperitif – and rosemary saline solution), a light and refreshing white negroni perfect for the hot season.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

You don't need to wait to see who will triumph in the billionaire space race to enjoy libations from the cosmos. This summer, head to Kowloon and experience a moon-inspired cocktail menu from Rosewood's award-winning bar, DarkSide. Rosewood's director of bars Arkadiusz Rybak and DarkSide beverage manager Simone Rossi, together with the bar's talented team of bartenders, crafted a creative menu featuring eight cocktails ($180/cocktail) inspired by the phases of the moon and what their regular patrons like to drink. Each cocktail is presented in unique vessels crafted by Ryan Foote of R L Foote Design Studio and Polish abstract resin artist Magdalena Klim, making the drinking experience a lot more fun. Start with the light and refreshing Waxing Gibbous filled with tropical flavours of coconut, pandan, and lychee, before moving to more spirited drinks, which include our favourites: the earthy, sour, and herbaceous Negroni-style Waning Crescent, made with tequila infused with priprioca - a spicy and woody aromatic root from the Amazon - which blends well with the earthiness of the beetroot, and the Waxing Crescent, a light, Old Fashioned-style drink made with cognac and an interesting blend of eaux-de-vie, port, and drops of essence that you'd mostly find in perfume like labdanum and tonka bean. If you can't settle on what to order, DarkSide also provides a magic 8-ball to decide the drink for you. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Jordan

Terrible Baby's new bar manager Axel Gonzalez recently unveiled his latest creations for the Jordan bar, and they are perfect libations for summer. Along with the bar's best-sellers, 10 new refreshing cocktails are now available on their menu. Must-tries include two sour cocktails, the calamansi daiquiri Puppy Love ($95) – made with an overproof rum from the Ron Colón Salvadoreño range, lime leaves, calamansi juice, topped with a creamy fruit guava foam that acts as the sweetening agent (this one is easy to drink but packs a punch, so savour it) – and the whisky sour Rebel Hell ($95) – made with bourbon, shiso leaves, yuzu juice, and citron jam. You can also catch their All Day Happy Hour, which is available daily from 12pm to 8pm – select cocktails and wines are available for $68 per serving, as well as bottled beers for $48. 

 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Soho

Over at Staunton Street, Sandeep Kumar has revamped The Wise King's menu with some new summer tipples. Whether you like something refreshing or spirit-forward with a twist, you'll find it in the nine offerings on the menu. Try some of our favourite warm-weather coolers – a Bloody Maria twist called Anger ($120), made with porcini mushroom-infused tequila, served in a red pepper rimmed glass; rum sour Hunter ($120) filled with tropical flavours, served in a Nick and Nora glass brushed with a spiced coffee reduction; and the savoury Pickled Margarita ($120) made with bay leaves infused tequila blended with mezcal.  

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

Get an omakase drinking experience at Maximal Concepts and Mandarin Oriental's Japanese izakaya, The Aubrey. The venue's four-seater Omakase Cocktail Bar is set slightly apart from the buzzing centre of the izakaya, so guests can sit down, relax, explore quality Japanese spirits, and enjoy a personalised drinking experience led by mixologist Devender Sehgal. Each Omakase Cocktail Experience ($1,580 per person) comes with a personalised menu crafted using sake and lesser-known spirits like shochu, awamori, and umeshu, accompanied by light snacks from Chef Yukihito Tomiyama. The Omakase Cocktail Bar caters to groups of two to four guests at a time and is open from Thursday to Saturday. Bookings are released on the 15th of each month at 4pm for the following month.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Kyle & Bain – named after Scottish engineers William Kyle and John Bain, who set up Hong Kong's first ice plant in the 1870s – opens this June on the mezzanine floor of new European brasserie Margo. Led by The Diplomat's co-founder John Nugent, the venue is a Martini-focused bar that pays tribute to the history of Ice House Street. Taste a rotating list of Martini classics, exciting twists, and colonial-inspired signature drinks that include a cachaca-based Bajia Breeze, as well as herbal gimlet made with two kinds of gin and housemade salad cordial. All cocktails will be stirred, not shaken, so James Bond will have to adjust the way he takes his signature drink! Watch this space, so you won’t miss the opening by the end of June. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Four Seasons Hotel's new innovative bar Argo just docked in Hong Kong, and it's here to challenge the way we think about drinks. Argo highlights innovative spirits and offers a cocktail menu with ingredients at risk of becoming endangered in the future. The 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' menu celebrates six staple ingredients – coffee, honey, rice, cacao, vanilla, and apples – that face an uncertain future because of climate change or the way it is being cultivated. Spirit aficionados can explore new bottles – available in 50ml shots, tasting flights, or as a classic cocktail – with the help of the bar's spirit bible, 'Field Guide to the World's Innovative Spirits', that highlights each bottle's unique story and origin. Must-tries from the menu include the Single Origin Negroni ($140), a well rounded Negroni with subtle chocolate flavours, aged in cocoa pods from Malaysia; Argo Martini ($150) – served two ways: citrus or savoury – made with the bar's signature gin and it's not shaken or stirred but topped with seasonal hydrosols, also known as 'flower waters,' produced by distilling fresh ingredients like herbs and fruits with water; and a delicious clarified milk punch – a crowd favourite – Bark, Leaf & Love ($140) served in a ceramic glass. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Tsim Sha Tsui East

After soft opening for a week in November last year, this apothecary-themed bar has now reopened, transporting guests to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan 1920s Buenos Aires, set at the time of Argentina's economic affluence. The two-level cocktail bar and grill feature a main lounge and upstairs dining room that seats up to 100 guests, al fresco seating on the patio, and a spacious balcony. Boticario's innovative cocktail menu is inspired by the herbal healing traditions of South America's pharmacies with the timeless heritage of spirit botanicals, so this is the place to get craft spirits and drinks made with homemade sodas and various infusions. The cocktail menu is divided into five parts – sour, fizzy, spirit-forward, sweet, and a punch selection shareable for groups of two to six. Our favourites include the refreshing and malty Pear-scription Spritz ($118) made with Widges Gin infused with pear through a rotary evaporator, the tropical yet savoury Crazy in the Coconut ($98), and the rum sour Smoke Bomb ($98) served with a smoke bubble filled with flavours of berries and cedar wood.

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The Glenlivet Cocktail Capsule Collection 
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The Glenlivet Cocktail Capsule Collection 

The Glenlivet Cocktail Capsule Collection that debuted in London in 2019 is finally in Hong Kong. The Capsule Collection is made up of edible whisky pods (made from algae extracts sourced from the sea in Brittany, France) containing a shot of cocktail. The capsules are available in four flavours – Paloma (a whisky rendition of the classic Paloma infused with grapefruit extract), The Glenlivet Sour (a remake of the classic whisky sour using The Glenlivet 12 YO Excellence), Scottish Coffee (an Irish Coffee twist), and The Last King (a pineapple flavoured cocktail). Taste these innovative servings – complete with a whisky flight and whisky cocktail – in various bars and coffee shops in the city that includes Terrible Baby, Whisky & Words, Lobster Bar and Grill, The Cell, Bar Buonasera, Doubleshot, Dio, Morokok, among others. One of our favourite servings is Terrible Baby's signature Rebel Hell ($185) crafted with a The Glenlivet 15 YO whisky base, paired with a pod of The Glenlivet Sour, and a dram of whisky.

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