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Tatum Ancheta

Tatum Ancheta

Editor-in-Chief, Time Out Hong Kong

Tatum joined Time Out Hong Kong as Editor-in-Chief in 2020 and is currently responsible for the magazine's overall digital and print content. She loves to travel and learn about different cultures and what the local eats. A curious spirit who is obsessed with the colourful world of mixology, she enjoys checking out new bars in search of the best tipple in town. She loves to sing but often out of tune, she thinks she's a rockstar in another life.

Follow her misadventures on Instagram @tatumancheta or drop her a line at tatum.ancheta@timeout.com.

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50 Best bars in Hong Kong

50 Best bars in Hong Kong

May 2022: From May 19, bars are finally allowed to reopen, operate until 2am, and seat four patrons per table. All patrons must have two doses of Covid-19 vaccine and scan the LeaveHomeSafe app to enter these premises. Keep in mind that when the third stage of the vaccine pass gets implemented on May 31, all patrons must have three doses to enter designated premises.  Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a hidden bar, a bottle of biodynamic wine from a neighbourhood watering hole, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, a new bar to discover, or something else entirely, there's something for you in the city. We've put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 50 best Hong Kong bars to visit right now.  RECOMMENDED: Looking for new bars? Here's a list of all the hottest openings in the city. For more bar-hopping ideas, check out the winners from our 2021 Time Out Bar Awards. Watch this space for the announcement of this year's nominees! 

Explore the city: Revisit these underrated bars in Hong Kong

Explore the city: Revisit these underrated bars in Hong Kong

In a city filled with Asia's best cocktail bars, wine bars, whisky dens, and hidden drinking joints, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to drink. And now that bars have reopened and dining operations are extended to midnight, we have more reasons to toast and knock back a few boozy drinks. The only dilemma is where to go. Not all bars are created equal; some bars are more popular than others, and some have more awards than our fingers could count, but there are definitely some gems that get brushed under the rug. So, this week, we'd like to show some love to a few bars that, if you haven't been to already, you should definitely visit now.  Explore the city with Uber Taxi and take control of how you travel. Uber uses an auto-matching technology that brings the closest taxi driver to you. Your trips are in your hands as Uber gets an estimate of your arrival time, route, and fare prior to your trip. From now until June 3, 2022, Uber is treating Time Out Hong Kong readers to an exclusive 20 percent off on your next Uber Taxi ride. Enter the TIMEOUTHK22 promo code when you book your ride to enjoy the discount! Terms and conditions apply. RECOMMENDED: Whether you're looking for a short relaxing getaway, a cultural or thrilling experience in Hong Kong, check out our 'Explore the City' guide to help you plan your next city adventure.

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong's art scene in H Queen’s for Arts Month

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong's art scene in H Queen’s for Arts Month

Hong Kong Arts Month is currently in full swing, and the city's art galleries and museums have been hard at work preparing for this highly anticipated event. If you're an art lover and want to immerse yourself in the best art exhibitions in town, look no further than H Queen's in Central, a building dedicated to art and lifestyle. H Queen's prestigious galleries are filled with inspiring programmes and events to celebrate the works of local and international artists for the vibrant month. Read below to learn about the lineup of exhibitions happening at H Queen’s. 

New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this May

New restaurants to try in Hong Kong this May

May is a bit of a special month in Hong Kong, with the relaxed dining restrictions allowing us to enjoy a meal out until midnight, there is really no better time than the present to treat yourself to an evening out. The city’s dining scene is still hot with restaurant openings to appease the appetite for new bites. This month, we see the launch of a Spanish fine dining restaurant, a tech-driven food hall and a couple of neighbourhood bistros, among others.  Keep reading to find out where the latest and greatest restaurants to get stuck into this month are.  RECOMMENDED: Also check out the 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong, or try to get a booking at Hong Kong's toughest tables. 

Explore the city: Travel abroad without leaving Hong Kong

Explore the city: Travel abroad without leaving Hong Kong

Many cities around the world are reopening borders to more international visitors. Yet with flight costs, the probability of flight cancellations, and the mandatory quarantine when you return to the city, travelling is still a luxury for Hongkongers. So, to cure your wanderlust without ever leaving the city, here are places that you can explore to make you still feel like a globetrotter. From a hidden Japanese garden, a colourful village reminiscent of Taiwan's Rainbow Village, and a peaceful nature reserve in the scenic mountains, get ready to explore some under-the-radar places in Hong Kong.  Explore the city with Uber Taxi and take control of how you travel. Uber uses an auto-matching technology that brings the closest taxi driver to you. Your trips are in your hands as Uber gets an estimate of your arrival time, route, and fare prior to your trip. From now until June 3, 2022, Uber is treating Time Out Hong Kong readers to an exclusive 20 percent off on your next Uber Taxi ride. Enter the TIMEOUTHK22 promo code when you book your ride to enjoy the discount! Terms and conditions apply.  Watch this short video for a preview of the city's hidden gems: RECOMMENDED: Whether you're looking for a short relaxing getaway, a cultural experience, or thrilling adventures in Hong Kong, check out our ultimate guide to planning your next city adventure. 

Explore the city: Sweet escapes

Explore the city: Sweet escapes

Whether you're looking for a short relaxing getaway, a cultural experience, or thrilling adventures in Hong Kong, 'Explore the City' will tick all the boxes on your list. Hopefully, it will inspire you to get out and experience the city again. This week, enjoy a relaxed and stress-free adventure in the city and get up close with nature. From glamping to chasing the sunset and dining in secluded parts of Hong Kong, these itineraries will let you reconnect and recharge while immersing in the city’s beautiful sceneries.  Explore the city with Uber Taxi and take control of how you travel. Uber uses an auto-matching technology that brings the closest taxi driver to you. Your trips are in your hands as Uber gets an estimate of your arrival time, route, and fare prior to your trip. From now until June 3, 2022, Uber is treating Time Out Hong Kong readers to an exclusive 20 percent off on your next Uber Taxi ride. Enter the TIMEOUTHK22 promo code when you book your ride to enjoy the discount! Terms and conditions apply. RECOMMENDED: Whether you're looking for a short relaxing getaway, a cultural experience, or thrilling adventures in Hong Kong, check out our ultimate guide to planning your next city adventure.

Explore the city: Get your caffeine fix at these hip, revitalised spots

Explore the city: Get your caffeine fix at these hip, revitalised spots

Hong Kong has a unique urban landscape that features age-old buildings against refurbished architectures and modern skyscrapers. From Tai Kwun to Central Market, The Mills to 618 Shanghai Street, a lot of historical landmarks in the city have been transformed into new places of interest which blend seamlessly into Hong Kong’s unique historical and cultural tapestry. Thanks to the combined efforts of many dedicated individuals from the public and private sectors, these revitalised projects breathe new life into the community. For your next coffee break, consider these three revitalised properties, savour a delightful brew and the history of the shop itself. Explore the city with Uber Taxi and take control of how you travel. Uber uses an auto-matching technology that brings the closest taxi driver to you. Your trips are in your hands as Uber gets an estimate of your arrival time, route, and fare prior to your trip. From now until June 3, 2022, Uber is treating Time Out Hong Kong readers to an exclusive 20 percent off on your next Uber Taxi ride. Enter the TIMEOUTHK22 promo code when you book your ride to enjoy the discount! Terms and conditions apply.  RECOMMENDED: Take a trip down memory lane and flip the pages of Hong Kong's history books with these day trip ideas that will reconnect you with the city's storied past. 

New bars to try in Hong Kong now

New bars to try in Hong Kong now

Most of the city's strict social distancing rules have been relaxed, and starting May 19, we'll finally see the reopening of bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Plus, with the return of dinner service,  bars with catering permits have also reopened, so we can finally head out afterwork for a toast to celebrate. If you're looking for new drinking joints, we've got you covered. Whether you’re after a hip new hangout spot, a restaurant bar, or a wine bar, read below for a list of new drinking dens to add to your bar-hopping itinerary.  We will continue to update this list so you can keep tabs on new openings throughout the year, so bookmark this page!  RECOMMENDED: But first, eat before you drink! If you're looking for new bites in the city, here's a list of new restaurants to try. 

What's on: The latest foodie happenings to catch in the city

What's on: The latest foodie happenings to catch in the city

With dining service now increased to eight people per table, and late-night bites extending to midnight by next week, there's a lot of foodie options in the city this month. Along with new bars and restaurants to try, Hong Kong's food and drink scene is bustling with all kinds of happenings. Whether you're looking for new menus, interesting launches, or foodie events, you'll be sure to find something on our guide to some of the most delicious activities happening across Hong Kong.  Save this page for more updates, as we'll keep adding the latest news as soon as we hear it! Do note that events and promotions may change according to the latest social distancing restrictions. Please check with the venues before visiting or making a purchase.  RECOMMENDED: Also, check out the new restaurant openings in Hong Kong this month. 

The best scenic bus rides in Hong Kong

The best scenic bus rides in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is easily one of the most convenient cities in the world thanks to its efficient transportation system such as minibuses and the MTR system. However, our bus services are definitely most worthy of applause, covering almost every corner in Hong Kong from bustling business districts to tranquil areas and hilly terrains. While there's still no hope to travel beyond Hong Kong given the way things are right now, why not turn to our excellent bus services for an affordable sightseeing ride across the city instead? Sit in front on the upper deck of a bus and soak in all the beautiful views our city has to offer with this roundup of the most scenic bus rides in Hong Kong. Just remember to carry an Octopus card with you!  RECOMMENDED: For your next weekend vacation in the city, here's a roundup of hotels and inns where the main attraction is the beach and the priceless picturesque views. 

11 of Hong Kong's best beachside restaurants

11 of Hong Kong's best beachside restaurants

Looking for alternative eats away from the city? Why not consider heading out to restaurants and bars that offer the best seafront views in town. You can escape the hustle and bustle, get out for a bit of a breather, and take in the panoramic ocean views. So, without further ado, here it is. Our list of the best beachside dining and drinking spots in Hong Kong.    Before you visit make sure to contact the venue to check if there are any changes with their opening hours. RECOMMENDED: Want to eat indoors instead and dine amidst stunning views? Check out our list of the best Hong Kong restaurants with the most breathtaking views of the city.

The most beautiful hotel pools in Hong Kong

The most beautiful hotel pools in Hong Kong

Swimming pools are finally allowed to reopen just in time as temperatures begin to rise in the city. So beat the heat and make a splash at the most stunning swimming pools in Hong Kong worth checking in for. From fancy swimming pools surrounded by luxurious lounges and rooftop pools boasting epic views of the city, there's something for everyone to enjoy.  Make sure to call the hotels before booking to check on current regulations and operating hours. Visit this guide to stay up to date with the city's latest pandemic regulations RECOMMENDED: For staycations with a dose of vitamin sea, check out the best beachside hotels in Hong Kong for coastal escapes This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

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Tell Camellia pops up at The Aubrey for a Japanese shochu and tea affair

Tell Camellia pops up at The Aubrey for a Japanese shochu and tea affair

Tea focused cocktail bar Tell Camellia will be popping up at Mandarin Oriental's Japanese izakaya The Aubrey from April 14 to 16, 3 pm to 6pm. Indulge in spirited drinks this long weekend and catch Gagan Gurung behind the bar as he whips up Japanese shochu and tea cocktails. The menu includes Roast & Toast made with Torikai Kome shochu, sencha, miyoga and carrot, oyster distillate, and wasabi salt; Matcha Mate made with matcha, miso, Kyoto grape, plankton, and Yasuda sweet potato; and Hachi Old Fashioned made with Hachi Mugi Shochu, genmaicha, seaweed, and bee pollen (all cocktails are availavle for $160 per serving). For those who want to explore the shochu offerings, they're serving a Shochu Flight ($150) of Torikai Kome Shochu, Yasuda Sweet Potato, and Hachi Mugi Shochu.

LCSD cancels Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2022

LCSD cancels Cheung Chau Bun Festival 2022

The current situation in the city has forced a lot of venues to temporarily or permanently shut and multiple events to cancel. Following all these cancellations, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) have also decided to cancel the much-awaited 2022 Bun Festival – the biggest and busiest festival in Cheung Chau – to avoid large gatherings and reduce the risk of infections in the community. The Bun Festival originally started as a celebration for the end of the plague in Cheng Chau but was eventually transformed into one of Hong Kong's most famous festivals and an important celebration of the city's cultural heritage. Thousands of people descend to the tiny island for the festival annually to join the celebrations. The festival usually lasts a week-long and features a carnival, a lively and colourful traditional parade, and the iconic Bun Scrambling Competition, where participants climb giant bamboo towers covered with buns and try to grab as many buns as possible.  Originally scheduled from April to May at the soccer pitch of Pak Tai Temple Playground on Cheung Chau, cancelled activities for the 2022 Bun Festival includes training on bun tower climbing, selections for bun scrambling competition and the actual contest, and the climbing carnival.  However, the ongoing 2022 Bun Carnival's Student Colouring and Drawing Competitions will continue. Representatives from LCSD will notify the winners individually, and awards will be sent to the respective schools.  For e

Brooklyn Yakuza

Brooklyn Yakuza

Watch our first look video of Brooklyn Yakuza: Brooklyn Yakuza is the third restaurant from chef-entrepreneurs Arron Rhodes and Chris Grare, owners of Showmen Group, the company behind Kinship and Smoke and Barrel. The new venue houses two concepts under one roof. On the ground floor, guests can enjoy drinks at Oyabun (which translates to the supreme leader of the Yakuza clan), a spacious Japanese-American-inspired cocktail lounge bar. On the second floor, customers can take their seats at Brooklyn Yakuza, a late-night restaurant serving Japanese American cuisine with an interactive sake bar. The restaurant can seat around 90 people, and the downstairs cocktail lounge can accommodate 80 seated guests. The new venue is located just across Smoke and Barrel; if you are by the terrace, look across you'll see Brooklyn Yakuza's silver signage on the left side. Expect sharing-style tasting plates of westernized Japanese food, including cold dishes like the NYC spicy tuna ($150) as well hot dishes that include black cod in bean sprout risotto with edamame ($198), salmon in red and white miso served on seasoned rice ($188), and Wagyu beef cheek glazed in orange and roast garlic ($268). For dessert, enjoy a delicious Ishigaki pineapple souffle served with gelato and compote ($88). Customers are encouraged to drop by the sake bar in between meals to enjoy servings of sake from their selection of fruity, floral, or umami sakes, which can be served in glass-blown cups, handcraft

Brooklyn Yakuza

Brooklyn Yakuza

中環開設全新美日式居酒屋 Brooklyn Yakuza,打造全新飲食概念。餐廳將分為上下兩層,地下的雞尾酒吧以美國日式酒吧作構思,名字以 Oyabun(おやぶん)來命名,Oyabun 就是日本社團手下對大佬的稱呼,非常有氣勢,而最令人印象深刻的更是牆上的 graffiti 畫有日本黑社會身上的魔鬼紋身對著紐約布魯克林大橋,融合了美國與日本文化。客人可先來淺嚐雞尾酒,再移師至二樓居酒屋 Brooklyn Yakuza,品嚐一系列美日 fusion 美食,餐廳總廚 Lorcan Tang 以往一直於 Rosewood’s Bayfare Social 工作,今次首次擔任餐廳總廚的要職:「今次我們主要以家庭式分享菜為主,希望客人能吃到簡單的美式日本美食,同時能吃得舒適,而且吃完也不會覺得很昂貴!」

Le Magasin

Le Magasin

If you are in Sai Kung, be sure to drop by at Le Magasin store and get your shopping cart filled with authentic French products. They have everything from packed appetizers, condiments, cold cuts, cheese, and even soaps. Peruse their selection of organic and biodynamic wines and if you happen to catch the owner, Jean Charles, in the store, he'll be happy to assist you with the best wine recommendations.

A.P.E (A Perfect Escape)

A.P.E (A Perfect Escape)

A.P.E (A Perfect Escape) is a small hidden whisky bar tucked inside Esc coffeeshop in Tin Hau. The venue is brought to you by the same people behind InterContinental Grand Stanford's 1920s-style Tiffany's New York Bar. But compared to Tiffany's posh and classic gentleman's bar interior, A.P.E is more relaxed with a raw industrial design made for the younger crowd. The menu features over 30 bottles of Scotch from Speyside, Highland, Islay, and Lowland regions which can be tasted in three flight selections or as 30ml single drams (from $80 to $520 depending on the bottle. You can find whiskies from Independent Bottlers Douglas Laing, Thompson Bros, Elixir Distillers, Asta Morris, among others, as well as Original Bottlings from Ardbeg, Clynelish, Lagavulin, Bruichladdich, and Auchentoshan distilleries. Those who want to drink cocktails can also choose from six classic whisky cocktails, including highball, Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, and whisky sour ($90 per glass). Complimenting the drinks are sweet and savoury dishes that include cold cuts, nachos, fish and chips, creamy kimchi carbonara, and other desserts like churros and a whisky-infused raisin trifle (tip: order an extra shot of smoky whisky and drizzle it on the trifle for added depth).  Learn more about A.P.E from this feature. 

Argo

Argo

Four Seasons Hotel's new innovative bar Argo – the latest project from Four Season's beverage manager and Time Out's 2020 Bartender of the Year, Lorenzo Antinori – just docked in Hong Kong, and it's here to challenge the way we think about drinks. Officially opening its doors on July 15, the new bar replaces the former Blue Bar located in the hotel's lobby and marks the second phase of the hotel's renovation.  Compared to Caprice bar, located on the sixth floor of the hotel, which has a more formal setting and focuses on seasonal ingredients, Argo is more relaxed and 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. Interesting bottlings include the world's first AI-created gin Monker's Garkel, lab-made whisky Glyph, Argo's very own signature gin crafted with Never Never Distilling Co ($880 a bottle; or with a martini glass at $1020), and other quirky spirits that break away from traditional production. I enjoyed so many cocktails from the men

Barcode

Barcode

Barcode – bar, coffee, dessert – is a new hip coffee shop on Glenealy in Central. The shop serves snacks, desserts, and hand drip coffee in the morning, but once the clock strikes six, a hidden room will welcome you for some after-work drinks. Helmed by tea-cocktail connoisseur and Tell Camellia's co-founder Gagan Gurung together with bar manager and London Essence Co's brand ambassador Natalie Lau, this intimate after dark spot serves classic cocktails – Old Fashioned, Bees Knees, negroni, margarita, daiquiri, and martini – and signature mixes crafted to pair well with desserts. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the gin-based Rest of the Time ($100) – blended with rooibos tea, coconut, and fresh raspberry – and Peanut Butter Whiskey Sour ($100) – made with chamomile honey, lemon juice, egg white, peanut butter fat-washed whisky.    

Lung Fu Pao

Lung Fu Pao

Does the name sound familiar? Yep, this new resto-bar takes its name from the Hong Kong adult magazine, Lung Fu Pao. Located on Elgin Street, this new hangout is a raunchy-themed yakitori-sushi restaurant and bar from the group behind the eatery Holy Eats. Staying true to its namesake, the venue is peppered with racy images and sexual innuendos – from the series of bananas hanging by the entrance to its hentai-themed menu and toilet walls filled with porn magazine tear sheets. Expect modern servings of sushi, kushiyaki, and maki served on plates printed with risqué images. Try the snapper carpaccio ($148) and any of the sushi boats ($228 to $458) but do watch out for the uni if it's fresh. For drinks, you can pair their dishes with highballs, Chuhai cocktails (shochu, soda, and fruit juice), or any of their naughty-named drinks like mezcal based Kitty Juice, refreshing Kabuki Mule, or the fizzy Pornstar. They also provide a great selection of Japanese whisky or sake, so you’ll have plenty of options for your libation. Space is a bit tight, so the place is mostly packed during dinner time. Make sure to book a reservation to secure seats.    

House Welley Bar

House Welley Bar

4 out of 5 stars

Hong Kong is a city that is never short on places to explore a dram of whisky, but there has never been a bar that solely serves the spirit in its pure form. At House Welley Whisky Bar, there are no bartenders in sight stirring up an Old Fashioned or highballs, only three convivial whisky enthusiasts and a few servers going to and from the shelves serving up drams upon drams of liquid gold.  Created by three whisky enthusiasts Vincent Leung, Eric Ho, Jason Ngai, the trio aims to give whisky the attention it deserves. They have been long time whisky collectors and decided to open a bar to make their whisky hobby sustainable. Since they like to taste, and discover various expressions, and move on to the next bottle, by having a bar, they can buy bottles that they like and share it with the guests.   The place is located on the second floor of the Welley Building, and if you are not 'in the know', it's likely that you will not have even seen the place on your usual bar crawl. Veering away from the typical gentleman's leather den, House Welley Bar exudes a modern vibe that appeals to a young crowd, including both whisky noobs and enthusiasts. The atmosphere is easy going and chilled, with plenty of areas to sit down and relax. Behind the bar is a backdrop of over 200 whiskies served here, divided by style and region offering selections from Islay, Speyside, Japan, America, among others. Expect to find single cask, limited edition, hard to find independent bottlings (IB), and dist

Dr Fern’s month-long gin celebration

Dr Fern’s month-long gin celebration

On June 13, people all around the globe who are fans of the botanical spirit will celebrate all things gin. But, the doctors at Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour figured why celebrate gin for a day when you can make it a month-long event. So, for the entire month of June, Dr Fern’s is celebrating the festivity by giving highlight to Hong Kong gins – Two Moons Distillery Gin, Perfume Trees Gin, Gweilo Gin, Bauhinia Gin, N.I.P. Gin, and Porcelain Shanghai Mandarin Gin. Starting on June 1, drop by at their gin parlour and take advantage of their gin flight promotion highlighting these local gins.  Order three from any of the six bottles and avail a gin flight for only $250. The flights will come with tonics and botanicals should you want to enjoy it as a gin and tonic. The local gins are also available by the glass. Choose any G&T from the various pairings: citrusy Two Moons Distillery Gin paired with London Essence Indian Tonic ($145) with lemon peel, pink pepper, and cardamom for garnish; herbaceous Perfume Trees Gin paired with 1724 Tonic ($190) with orange peel, grapefruit peel, and edible flowers for garnish; citrusy Gweilo Gin paired with Goldberg Yuzu Tonic ($120) with a lemon wheel and juniper berries for garnish; floral Bauhinia Gin paired with Folkington’s Indian Tonic ($155) with a grapefruit peel, juniper berries, and edible flowers for garnish; piney and citrusy N.I.P. Gin paired with London Essence Indian Tonic ($160) with lemon peel, Dr Fern's tea bag, and juniper berries for

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Circular Collective: A second-hand fashion platform focused on wedding gowns and evening wear

Circular Collective: A second-hand fashion platform focused on wedding gowns and evening wear

Weddings are beautiful occasions to celebrate a couple's love and devotion to one another, yet these one-off events produce excessive waste. One time use of decorations, ribbons and plastics, excessive food, and the wardrobe make weddings very non-eco-friendly and unsustainable. A wedding dress might be the most unsustainable purchase in the bride's closet. A lot of brides spend enormous amounts of money on well-made designer bridal gowns that, after the bells have rung, usually end up in storage. Unless they pass down the dress to their daughters when the time comes, these lovely white dresses often never see the light of day again.  Photograph: TA I The shop sells preloved luxury wear, wedding gowns, evening wear, and accessories Realising how much wastage is generated from weddings after her own nuptials, Juliana Lo founded Circular Collective to help brides make more environmentally friendly choices for their special day. Launched in November 2021, Circular Collective is one of the latest second-hand fashion platforms to join Hong Kong's ever-growing industry that helps close the circularity gap in retail. The shop sells preloved luxury wear, wedding gowns, evening wear, as well as accessories like shoes and bags, some used and some never worn still with a tag on. Gowns and dresses start from $1,000 and above depending on the item.  "When we launched the platform, we also thought of how the pandemic affected customers' buying decisions," shares Lo. "People are a bit cho

New modern tiki bar to open in Central this April

New modern tiki bar to open in Central this April

Here's a first look inside The Social Den:     With the city soon to resume dine-in service after 6pm and bars still temporarily shut, one important question is on everyone's minds –  “where's a good place to grab after-work drinks?” Well, technically, bars with catering businesses can operate, and a slew of these drinking joints are reopening from Thursday to welcome thirsty imbibers. This month, there are also a few bars that are joining Hong Kong's vibrant drinking culture, and one of them is The Social Den, a 'reinterpreted tropical drinkery' which will be having its soft opening on April 21.   Photograph: Courtesy The Social Den The Social Den is a hip Polynesian-themed bar that will feature killer happy hours, delicious bar bites, DJs on deck, contemporary tiki-inspired drinks, as well as signature classic cocktails with a tropical touch. Behind the bar are two Filipino mixologists and bar industry veterans, Joe Villanueva and Bryson Rivera, who quit their long time hospitality careers in hotel bars to set up a venture that will introduce a new breed of tiki bar to Hong Kong. "The last time I worked in Central was in 2010, and it's good to be back," enthuses Bryson, who spent almost a decade as bar operations manager at the JW Marriott Hong Kong's Bar Q88. Joe – who co-founded the award-winning bar The Wise King and was recently working as a senior corporate manager for Food & Beverage at Shangri-La Group – started working on The Social Den in 2021 and approached Bry

Coa takes first place again in Asia's 50 Best Bars list for 2022

Coa takes first place again in Asia's 50 Best Bars list for 2022

Hong Kong’s Oaxacan-inspired bar, Coa, once again claimed the top spot at the seventh edition of Asia's 50 Best Bars during a live ceremony in Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok on April 28. This is the first time since the 2019 awards in Singapore that the ceremony was held in person and was attended by mixologists, bar industry ambassadors, and cocktail enthusiasts.  Hong Kong continues to be well represented on the annual list even with pandemic imposed closures and borders being closed for two years. The 2022 list sees Four Seasons Hotel's innovative bar Argo – the latest project from Four Season's beverage manager and Time Out's 2020 Bartender of the Year, Lorenzo Antinori – climb to number 3 from its previous 72nd ranking last year. Other bars from Hong Kong that landed on the 2022 list include The Aubrey (number 38, new entry), The Wise King (number 34), The Pontiac (number 33), Penicillin (number 22), Quinary (number 16), and DarkSide (number 13). And though Honky Tonks Tavern didn't make the list, the Central bar took home the Campari One to Watch award.  "Bars in Hong Kong do an excellent job in translating and exploring storytelling through cocktails," says Mark Sansom, director of content for Asia's 50 Best Bars. "Home to many industry pioneers and acclaimed, world-renowned bars, Hong Kong has increasingly discerning drinkers who are supportive of the bar scene. It also hosts bartenders and bar owners who are always hungry to prove themselves, bringing intriguing fresh

Monkey 47 gin collabs with Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape

Monkey 47 gin collabs with Japanese fashion brand A Bathing Ape

Brand collaborations are the hottest retail trend of the moment. Whether it's charities partnering with businesses to promote a common cause, celebrities designing for fashion labels, or luxury brands teaming up with mass-market products, there seems to be an endless supply of it in the market as companies try to reach newer consumers and audiences. Fashion brands are the biggest collaborators in the industry, and they have a penchant for teaming up with alcohol companies. The latest one jumping on the bandwagon is Pernod Ricard's Monkey 47, a batch distilled and handcrafted gin from Germany's Black Forest, partnering with popular Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (BAPE).    Photograph: Courtesy BAPE x Monkey 47 The partnership will see the release of a limited-edition Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin bottle and a BAPE capsule collection, which will be available in 10 countries around the world, including Hong Kong, USA, China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Dubai, Singapore, UK, and Germany. From April 30, the apparel will land in BAPE's flagship store in Times Square Hong Kong, while the Monkey 47 bottles will drop at Watson's Wine, Hong Kong Liquor Store, Hong Kong Liquid Gold, and other retailers in the city.    Photograph: Courtesy BAPE x Monkey 47 Gin collectors and cocktail enthusiasts can collect the new Monkey 47's limited-edition bottle sporting its 'wunderbar' jungle print combined with BAPE's camouflage design. Inside the bottle is the same robust gin with flora

Hong Kong to further ease social distancing measures in May

Hong Kong to further ease social distancing measures in May

On Tuesday, chief executive Carrie Lam said that the government would proceed with its plans to further relax social distancing measures in the second half of May. The Hong Kong leader states that unless there is a sudden surge in Covid-19 infection cases, the three-stage relaxation initially announced on March 21 will go ahead as planned.  Phase two of Covid measures will see bars reopening, as well as all other temporarily closed venues like party rooms, karaoke lounges, beaches, and swimming pools. Dine-in services will be extended to midnight, and restaurants will be allowed to seat eight people per table. Operating hours for these designated venues and guest capacity will be further extended in the third phase. On April 22, the government announced that from May 1, non-Hong Kong residents would be allowed to finally enter the city; this policy will end the two-year border closure since it was first imposed in 2020. However, to reduce the importation of infected cases, rules currently imposed on inbound Hongkongers returning to the city will also apply to non-residents, which include vaccination proof, RAT and RT-PCR tests, and quarantine for seven nights in designated hotels.  According to Lam, to manage the surge of arrivals in the city, nine hotels serving as community isolation facilities will be converted into quarantine hotels for incoming passengers.    Recommended stories:Hong Kong to allow arrivals of non-residents from overseas starting next monthHong Kong desi

Hong Kong to allow arrivals of non-residents from overseas starting next month

Hong Kong to allow arrivals of non-residents from overseas starting next month

On Friday, the government announced that starting May 1, Hong Kong will finally allow non-residents to enter the city. This step will end two years of stringent border controls since it was put in place in March of 2020. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and are required to undergo the same quarantine requirements imposed for inbound Hong Kong residents. As of date, returning Hongkongers are required to book a mandatory quarantine for seven nights at any of the designated hotels. Arrivals will be required to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) and one RT-PCR test once they land at the airport. Travellers with negative RAT results will be allowed to go to the designated quarantine hotels to wait for their PCR results.  According to the authorities, there are plans to relax the threshold for suspending incoming flights by next month. The flight suspension mechanism will be cut from seven days to five. And flights will only be banned if they bring in five or more infected passengers. Further announcements will be made in due course. Meanwhile, the city's Covid-19 cases continue to decline. The government reported only 574 infections on Friday, 11 of which were imported.   Interested in travelling to Hong Kong? Check out this travel guide for incoming Hong Kong passengers. For further updates, watch this space.  Recommended stories:Best things to do in Hong Kong this weekendStay up to date with the city's latest pandemic regulationsHong Kong designates 60 more parks to welcome pets

5 Hong Kong bars named in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100 list

5 Hong Kong bars named in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022 51-100 list

For its second year, Asia’s 50 Best Bars is revealing its extended 51 to 100 list, which includes bars spanning 24 different cities across Asia. Japan and Singapore lead the way representing nine bars each on the list, followed by Hong Kong with five bars.  While the city continues to be closed off from the rest of the world, and bars are temporarily shut since the beginning of the year, our local bars aren’t deterred, and are still represented on the regional scene. Last year, the extended list named three local bars, which included The Old Man Hong Kong at number 54, 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana at number 65, and Peel’s Street’s The Shady Acres at number 68.  For the 2022 reveal, The Old Man Hong Kong dropped to number 81 and Tell Camellia fell to number 53 from its previous ranking at 23 last year. The list also includes the newly opened Quality Goods Club (number 56) and Honky Tonks Tavern (number 55) – two venues from the guys behind The Shady Acres. And, we’re happy to finally see beloved Wan Chai hidden bar Mizunara: The Library in the limelight, as it comes in at 71 on the list.  Photograph: Courtesy Mizunara: The Library The 51 to 100 ranking is created from overall Asia’s 50 Best Bars voting process and comes as part of 50 Best’s strategy to shine a spotlight on a greater number of hospitality establishments across the region. “As countries open up and gastronomic travel resumes, it gives us great pleasure to recommend double the number of establishments that visit

Hong Kong launches new platform for recovered Covid-19 patients

Hong Kong launches new platform for recovered Covid-19 patients

From April 19, people who've recovered from Covid-19 can now download a QR code issued by the government via the Covid-19 Electronic Vaccination and Testing Record System and use the electronic record when entering designated premises like restaurants, shopping malls, and supermarkets instead of the vaccine pass. The QR code is valid within six months from the date of recovery.  Downloading the recovery record QR code will require recovered Covid-19 patients to provide the number and date of issue of their Hong Kong identity card, discharge date from the hospital, or positive test result for identification. The recovery QR code may also be downloaded using the iAM Smart app and the latest version of the eHealth app. Those who received isolation orders issued by the Department of Health (DH) will instantly get the recovery record QR code. The QR code may be saved in the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application to facilitate scanning when entering Vaccine Pass premises. Those who had received two or three doses of vaccine, and have recently recovered from the virus, are not required to obtain additional vaccine doses to comply with the Vaccine Pass requirement. Unvaccinated recovered patients and those who only received one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are required to receive the required dosage of vaccine during the validity period of the recovery record QR code.   Those who are unsure if they had previously contracted the virus or whose records are not in the DH's system should recei

Seoul’s two Michelin-starred Mosu opens in Hong Kong

Seoul’s two Michelin-starred Mosu opens in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not a city short of fine dining experiences, but can you really have too many luxury establishments? Joining the lineup of world-renowned restaurants is new kid on the block, Mosu. The innovative Korean fine dining restaurant has already made its name back home in Seoul, and now, the refined cuisine will be made available in Hong Kong.  Photograph: Courtesy Mosu Hong Kong Set in the newest museum of visual culture, M+ Museum, the restaurant melds its creative dining within the destination for art, technology, and gastronomy in the West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong. The interiors are simplistic and contemporary, with wall to ceiling windows lining either sides of the restaurant, the lush greenery, skyscrapers, and artwork flood through the space giving the whole dining experience more dimension and depth. Aside from the bright dining room, the restaurant also includes two private rooms for more intimate gatherings.  Photograph: Courtesy Mosu Hong Kong The ‘tasting menu-only’ restaurant is based on reconstructing Korean traditions in a forward-thinking and sophisticated manner, reviving old humble ingredients and transforming them in a way that is rarely seen in contemporary fine dining culture. Chef Sung Anh of Mosu Seoul replicates his signature dishes from Korea to Hong Kong, while also adapting his recipes to fit the local palate and utilise local ingredients as well. The seasonally changing menu will give diners a refreshed experience on a regula

Hong Kong designates 60 more parks to welcome pets

Hong Kong designates 60 more parks to welcome pets

To meet the public's demands for pet-friendly parks in the city, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) decided to convert more than 60 leisure venues across the territory to be designated for use as 'Inclusive Parks for Pets' starting April 21. In 2019, LCSD opened six parks under the trial scheme of Inclusive Park for Pets. Following the successful implementation, these parks were followed by 35 more in 2021.   These parks will include Central Pier Waterfront, Central and Western District Promenade (Central and Sheung Wan section), Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Victoria Peak Garden, Wing Lee Street Rest Garden, Aberdeen Promenade, Ap Lei Chau Park and Waterfront Promenade, Hung Shing Street Rest Garden, Shek O Headland Picnic Area, Stanley Promenade, Bowen Road Garden, Kai Tak Sky Garden, Sheung Li Uk Garden, among others.  Extra cleaning work will be carried out in these facilities, and dog poop collection bins and hand-washing facilities will be added for dog owners' convenience. Dog owners are required to keep their dogs on a leash, supervise their pets to avoid nuisance to other park goers, and clean up any mess caused by their pets to maintain cleanliness in the parks. Visit this page to see the complete list of new venues converted for 'Inclusive Parks for Pets'.  Related stories:Hong Kong’s best dog parksStay up to date with the city's latest pandemic regulationsDisneyland, Ocean Park, and other venues reopening in Hong Kong Our global survey of city-dwell

Hong Kong is finally extending dine-in services to 10pm on April 21

Hong Kong is finally extending dine-in services to 10pm on April 21

On March 21, the government laid out a road map to ease social-distancing rules in three phases starting April 21. Speaking at her daily press briefing on Thursday, chief executive Carrie Lam announced the first phase of the relaxed measures. Rules will include the extension of dine-in services to 10pm, table service will be increased to four from the previous two, and banquets will be allowed to welcome 20 people. Temporarily closed venues will reopen, including gyms, beauty salons, sports venues, performance venues, theme parks, amusement game centres, places of worship, cinemas, bowling alleys, skating rinks, and museums. Unfortunately, bars, swimming pools, beaches, spas, and BBQ sites will not reopen in the first stage. Public gatherings will be relaxed to four from the previous two, and household restrictions involving more than two households will also be lifted. Restaurant staff will be required to undergo rapid antigen tests every three days. Entries to designated venues will require the use of LeaveHomeSafe mobile app. Hongkongers without vaccination passes will not be able to enter specific premises.  Cinema patrons will now be allowed to consume food and drinks during the movie screenings, but entry to the premises is limited to people with three jabs of the Covid-19 vaccine or recovered patients with two vaccine shots, except for children under the age of 12.  Local tours will also resume, allowing 30 people per tour. The tour staff are required to have three Cov

Hong Kong adds new quarantine hotels for returning Hongkongers

Hong Kong adds new quarantine hotels for returning Hongkongers

With flight suspension now lifted for nine countries, including Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the UK, the US, and Nepal, a lot of Hong Kong residents returning to the city this month have been scrambling for quarantine hotel bookings.  To accommodate the demand, the government announced on April 12 that community isolation facilities Royal Pacific Hotel, The Kowloon Hotel, and Cordis, Hong Kong, will be converted to quarantine hotels starting April 14.  From May 1, four hotels that are currently reserved for foreign domestic helpers – Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong in Sha Tin, iclub Ma Tau Wai Hotel, O’Hotel, and Rambler Garden Hotel – will start accepting other Hong Kong residents returning to the city. Domestic helpers who have already made their bookings at these hotels will not be affected. Bookings will be open starting from April 19, 10am.  With all the new additions, a total of 14,000 rooms will be available in May for the mandatory quarantine of inbound travellers.   To check the status of quarantine hotel booking, visit designatedhotel.gov.hk. Related stories:Travelling to Hong Kong? Here's what you need to knowRestaurants, bars, and other venues reopening in Hong KongStay up to date with the city's latest pandemic regulationsOur global survey of city-dwellers is back for 2022 – and we want to hear from you. Take the survey now. Follow us on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news and up