From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where we’ll be drinking this month!
June may have crept up on us, but that doesn’t mean we’re not ready to embrace the summer months and enjoy some shameless day drinking. With a public holiday kicking off the month on Friday, 7 June and World Gin Day following on Saturday, 8 June, we already have plenty of excuses to enjoy a tipple or two – not to mention the brand new openings, happy hours and drinks that this month has in store.
New to Peel Street, The Shady Acres is already drawing in the crowds. The wine and spirit bar is open daily from 5pm to 2am, and we strongly suggest getting there early, as the mix of handpicked wines, bar bites (featuring everything from cheese boards and tacos to Impossible cheese burgers!), creative cocktails and the easy-going vibe is proving to be a winning formula. The relaxed bar ticks yet more boxes by offering not one, but two daily happy hours. One for the early crowd from 5pm to 8pm, and a second for the night owls, from 11pm to 1am. With $20 beers and special cocktails starting from $50, it’s hard to pass up.
The Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.theshadyacres.com
For those that frequent Kennedy Town, be sure to hit up newly opened To Be Frank. The new neighbourhood bar stays true to its name, and offers a no-nonsense and straight forward approach to drinks. Promising to serve “great wine, stiff drinks and jaffles” (toasted sandwiches), we’re sure it’s going to do just fine.
To Be Frank, G/F, 56 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tobefrankhk
New Menus & Drinks
Returning for its third summer, frosé will be back on the menu at Maison Libanaise from Saturday, 8 June! If you’re yet to try it, the icy and refreshing drink is made from churned frozen rosé wine and fresh raspberry purée, and we think it’s the ultimate summer drink. Available by the glass ($58) or pitcher ($198), guests can pick up some at Le Comptoir, Maison Libanaise’s ground floor takeaway, as well as in the first floor Le Salon dining room, although we think the drink is best enjoyed at La Buvette, the restaurant’s hidden rooftop. Frosé fans can also pick up the popular “Frosé All Day” t-shirts in the restaurant or online from the Black Sheep Restaurants website.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk
Tucked inside Ham & Sherry on Wan Chai’s Ship Street, Back Bar has long offered up an inventive array of drinks. Previously serving up bootleg video tape inspired cocktails, for summer 2019 Back Bar is turning to the world of comic books. The “Heroes and Villains” collection is set to launch on Monday, 10 June, with each uniquely crafted drink encapsulating a hero’s journey or a villain’s wicked ways. Signature cocktails include the Standoff in the Alley ($70), made with Montelobos Mezcal, Cocchi Rosa, Aperol, Vermouth, cream soda and chilli salt; the He’s So Lucky, Shiso Super ($90), with Aperol, watermelon, prosecco, shiso foam and super sprinkles; and the Ship Street Heroes ($100) – an ice-cold beer with a mini Old Fashioned on the side. Alcohol-free concoctions such as the Sharpest When Sober ($70), with Seedlip Garden 108, pink grapefruit, tonic, thyme and mineral salts; and the Take It Easy, Captain ($70), with Seedlip Spice 94, coconut water, lemon, ginger and earl grey tea also feature on the new menu.
Back Bar, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.hamandsherry.hk
Launching its Movie + Margaritas Mondays, head to Los Sotano this month to start your week with a bang. The LKF Mexican restaurant’s new Monday night offering is set to feature a different cult-classic film every week, along with free-flow margaritas and wine, three tacos and table-side guacamole, all for just $300. The lineup of movies includes: The Big Lebowski on 10 June, Sixteen Candles on 17 June, Clueless on 24 June, Legally Blonde on 1 July, and Mean Girls on 8 July. Tickets and more info can be found here.
Los Sotano, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.lossotano.com
Along with its new Friday night brunch, Zuma has also just launched a fresh new cocktail menu for the summer. Set to to show off the brand’s signature Japanese influence, new tipples include the Yume ($120) with Tanqueray gin, grapefruit ice, lemon and soda, and garnished with a sakura crunch; and the Glitter Gimlet ($140), which is a refreshing blend of Gin Mare, yuzu cordial, lime and grapefruit ice. Best saved for after dinner, don’t miss out on trying the Salted caramel old fashioned ($140), with Diplomatica Reserva dark rum, salted sherry caramel and bitters.
Zuma, Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.zumarestaurant.com
Partial to a gin and tonic? Head over to Vibes at The Mira and enjoy its new G&T revival menu every Thursday night from 6pm. Celebrating the classic drink, the new menu features a range of herbal, fruity, refreshing and light cocktails, which make use of artisanal and craft gin makers from Finland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany and France. The full menu can be found here, with drinks priced between $98 and $108.
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.themirahotel.com
If you’re a martini lover, you’re going to want to make your way to Homeslice come Friday nights for its all new “Build Your Own Martini” offering! The Sai Ying Pun pizzeria will be serving up the popular drink for just $50 all day long every Friday (except public holidays), with guests able to choose their preferred base alcohol, dryness, dirtiness and garnish using the yum cha-style order forms. Don’t forget to also swing by the restaurant on Monday nights for its buy-one-get-one Margheritas and Margaritas deal!
Homeslice, Shop 3, G/F, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.homeslice.com.hk
Taking place every Friday night from 8pm to 10pm, don’t miss Fang Fang’s new Jazz & Moët Free-flow Friday Nights. Priced at $498 per person, the free-flow affair includes endless Moët & Chandon Champagne, selected cocktails, sake, beer and wines, along with a selection of welcome bar snacks. Coupled with live old school jazz tunes, it’s sure to be the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.fangfang.com.hk
Looking for a convenient weekday happy hour? Look no further than Honi Honi’s Sunset Hour! Taking place Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm, the deal offers drinks starting from just $40.
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.honihonibar.com
Opening its doors only earlier this year, The Thirty Six bar is sure to bring in the crowds with its new two-for-one daily happy hour. Located on Hollywood Road, the bar focuses on offering up a selection of highballs, along with a menu of rare whiskeys, though the happy hour will include everything from draft Asahi and Tsingtao bottles, to house wines, and a selection of classic cocktails. Available every day from 5pm to 8pm, and with prices starting at $60, it’s the perfect accompaniment to The Thirty Six’s new izakaya-inspired food menu, which includes a selection of chargrilled skewers, rolls and more.
The Thirty Six, 2/F, No. 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TheThirtySixBar
Rounding out the drinks offers and deals that are up for grabs this month, select JIA Group restaurants and bars will be celebrating World Gin Day with $50 G&Ts all day long. Taking place on Saturday, 8 June, head to 208, Back Bar, Behind Bars, Chachawan, Commissary, Duddell’s Hong Kong, Ham & Sherry, Mak Mak, and Potato Head for a spot of day drinking!