From the latest bar openings to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where we’ll be drinking this month!
Wondering where to drink this month? The start of September may signal that summer is coming to an end, but our city isn’t showing any signs of slowing down (or cooling down for that matter). With plenty of new bar openings on the horizon, along with old spots with refreshed happy hours and menus – not to mention a few delicious bar snacks thrown in for good measure – here’s where you’ll find us drinking this September.
Wine lovers, get ready, this month sees the opening of ThinkWine, Hong Kong’s first sommelier-led speciality wine bar. Set to open in SoHo towards the end of September, it promises to bring a sophisticated yet affordable wine and food-pairing experience to the city. Stocking close to 600 different wines, the extensive menu at ThinkWine sets out to showcase the diversity of the drink, including many offerings that are rarely found in Hong Kong. Great wine is all well and good, but is made even better with great food and ThinkWine will offer that, along with carefully-curated food pairings and bar bites.
ThinkWine, 2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/THINK-WINE
Recently opening its doors in Central’s H Code, Blush is one for the Insta-savvy drinkers. Decorated in shades of pink, the ‘gram-friendly bar and restaurant serves multi-national lunch sets, canapes, bar snacks and handcrafted cocktails. We’re opting to forgo the bargain lunch set (priced at just $88!) in favour of the buy-one-get-one happy hour (Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 9pm). Featuring cocktails, wine and beer from $88, be sure to complement your drink with a side from the bar snack menu, featuring parmesan truffle fries ($68), popcorn chicken ($98), nachos ($88) and more, and finish your night off with a round of beer pong.
Blush, 3/F, The Steps H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/blushcentralhk
Louise opened its doors earlier this summer and wowed the city with its delicious French fare (ourselves included), but it’s the downstairs Parlour bar that we have set our sights on this month. Perfect for the (hopefully!) cooling weather, those who enjoyed an alfresco drink at Aberdeen Street Social’s outdoor terrace, will love the revamped space. Decked out with plenty of greenery, marble and teal tones, whether you’re sitting indoors or outdoors, it’s the perfect spot for pre or post-dinner drinks. Choose from classic cocktails or wines by the glass (from $80). If you end up sticking around for more than “just one”, Louise’s bar menu has you covered with a selection of cold cuts and French cheeses, along with the must-try “Le Croque Louise”.
Louise, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.louise.hk
New Menus & Drinks
Giving us an extra excuse to drink this month, we can’t resist Gough’s on Gough’s new bar bites menu. Served at the ground floor Piranha Bar and available Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 7pm, don’t miss trying no-fuss favourites such as the fish finger sandwich ($68), beef dripping chips ($58) and bacon sandwich ($68). If you’re looking for a slightly more sophisticated dish to accompany your drink, try the grilled scallop ($128) or half-grilled lobster and chips (market price).
Drinks on offer include seasonal cocktails (priced between $88 and $108) such as the Berrilicious with Seedlip Groove, Cherry Heering, fresh seasonal berries, peach liquor, mint and ginger beer; along with Gough’s on Gough signature cocktails (priced between $78 and $98), wines and bubbles by the glass (priced from $68), spirits (from $78), and beers and ciders (between $68 and $88).
Gough’s on Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.goughsongough.com
Serving a selection of “live beers” and a small menu of seriously good eats, Sheung Wan’s Blue Supreme is one of our favourite places to head to in the area for weekend brunch (don’t miss the chicken and waffles), but we also can’t resist its happy hour. The new Funky Hour runs Tuesday to Friday from 3pm to 7pm and offers diners and drinkers 20% off their bill.
P.S. Blue Supreme is also totally dog friendly, so don’t leave your furry friends at home when heading to this cosy local!
Blue Supreme, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.bluesupreme.live
Although known for its unique French fine dining, Bibo shouldn’t be overlooked for drinks. With its new daily charcuterie hour – featuring complimentary charcuterie with any drink between 5pm and 8pm – it’s the perfect spot after a long work day. Red and white wines by the glass start from as little as $70 and bottles are also available from around $300.
Bibo, 163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.bibo.hk
Get a little taste of the Caribbean this month with Rummin’ Tings new drinks deals and offers. Along with the new “Carnival Thursday”, featuring two-hours free-flow of the special Junkanoo Punch (made with Plantation Dark Rum, Fiji Honey Rum, citrus juice, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine) for $200 – not to mention a new carnival bar menu, including Battered Jerk Chicken Bites – there is plenty more going on throughout the week. The all-day happy hour every Tuesday is not to be missed, with drinks starting at just $45, but if you can’t make it on Tuesdays, “Island Hour” is also available every day from 3pm to 8pm, along with the weekly Monday night quiz, Wednesday Ladies Night, and the Zion Brunch every weekend.
Rummin’ Tings, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.rummintings.hk