From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where we’ll be drinking this month!
May is here and the city is heating up, so here’s where to stay cool and hydrated this month. From the classic summer drink of Aperol spritz, to G&T deals, new craft beer openings, and al fresco happy hours, this is where you’ll find us drinking this May.
A Mong Kong staple since its opening in 2014, TAP – The Ale Project has just opened a second location within The Mills in Tsuen Wan. Much like the first location, the menu features over 15 rotating local and international brews, including offerings from HK beerhouses Young Masters, Heroes and Carbon Brews. Food items will also keep long-time fans happy with appearances from TAP signature dishes such as the Toasted Gai (thick sourdough French toast, kaya butter, crispy fried chicken and malted barley syrup) and the Retired Superman (signature beer bread, sweet ham, pastrami, salami, crispy bacon, runny fried egg, dill pickles, tomato, avocado and horseradish aioli), along with a range of new pasta and rice dishes.
TAP – The Ale Project, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thealeproject
For details on all of the new restaurants that are set to open in Hong Kong this May, click here.
New Menus & Drinks
Buenos Aires Polo Club may be known for its Argentinian steaks, but have you been to its Thursday night Rock Club yet? Every Thursday from 10pm to 2am night the lights go down and the music goes up for what’s always a raucous affair, and this month, cocktail masters Axel Gonzales and Agustín Da Sambiagio have refreshed the drinks menu, with unlimited rocktails on offer for $388 for two-hours. Alternatively, guests can choose to enjoy two-hours of free-flow sparkling wine for $288 or Champagne for $588
Also be sure to keep an eye out for Buenos Aires Rock Club guitar picks that will be handed out at other Black Sheep Restaurants on Thursday nights! Hang onto yours until your next visit to BA Polo Club, to exchange them at the bar for special offers and drinks.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.bapoloclub.com
The humidity has hit Hong Kong, meaning that summer is officially on its way! So there’s no better time for Staunton Street favourite Stazione Novella to bring back its much loved Summer of Spritz. Every Monday from 5pm unwind and cool down with Aperol Spritz for $58, served alongside unlimited aperitivo.
Stazione Novella, 52-56 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.stazionenovella.com
If you’re a lover of a cool and refreshing G&T, then make sure you head to Winston’s in Sai Ying Pun for its Gin and Tonic Tuesdays! Happening on Tuesday, 7 May and Tuesday, 14 May, head to the local fave to enjoy the drink for $50 all day long, with a range of Glendalough Distillery Gin & tonics on offer, as well as a selection of weird and wonderful gins that are not widely available in Hong Kong.
Winston’s, Shop 4, G/F Rich Court, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/winstonscoffeehk
Alongside its menu of modern Cantonese fare, John Anthony stands out from the crowd with its selection of house-infused gins, and its new happy hour is sure to lure in the crowds. Every Monday to Wednesday, guests can enjoy 30% off all signature cocktails, which include the likes of Sencha (made with Beefeater Gin, sencha tea and Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic) and The Seafarer (with Beefeater Gin, seaweed distillate, Mancino Secco, Naked Campari, beeswax, Amer Nouvelle and aerated white chocolate). If you’re looking to get your gin fix later on in the week, you can also enjoy classic gin cocktails for $70 on Thursdays and Fridays, along with signature G&Ts for $70 on weekends.
John Anthony, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.johnanthony.hk
After a happy hour that offers up more than drinks? Komune in Wong Chuk Hang may just have the answer with its new weeknight offering. Available Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, enjoy free-flow beer and sangria, along with all-you-can-eat fries and ribs for only $118 per person. Perfect for when the summer heat sets in, the al fresco terrace area also features a house band, that perform every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. And if ribs aren’t your thing, the bar and restaurant offers a daily happy hour from 3pm to 7pm, which includes beers starting at $35, wines and bubbles for $50, along with a daily cocktail and sangria for $40.
Komune, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.komune.com.hk
Cinco de Mayo may be happening on Sunday, 5 May, but at Wan Chai’s Back Bar, it’s celebrating “Ocho De Mayo” on Wednesday May 8, from 5pm. For the evening, the bar will offer up four types of Tequila cocktails and Estrella Galicia beers for $50, and also feature a guest shift from former World Class Hong Kong winner Tom Wood. Opt for the “Ocho or Mayo” cocktail to pick a token out of a sombrero behind the bar, with the “Ocho” token yielding a Tommy’s Margarita made with Ocho Tequila, while the “Mayo” gets you a serving of tortillas with chipotle mayo and guac. At 10pm, all guests will also be able to have a go at smashing a piñata in Back Bar’s alleyway – with the winner receiving their own Cocktail Kingdom Margarita Kit.
Back Bar, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.hamandsherry.hk/bar_about
Another Cinco de Mayo celebration can be found at Te Quiero Mucho this May! The restaurant’s “Cuatro de Mayo” event will take place on Saturday, 4 May, from 7pm until late, and will feature free-flow drinks packages, tacos and a live DJ. Four hours (from 7pm to 11pm) of free-flow margaritas, micheladas, classic palomas, wine and more is priced at $360, and tickets can be bought in advance here.
Te Quiero Mucho, 286 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.mojonomad.com
Along with Cinco de Mayo, May also brings World Whisky Day and yet another excuse to enjoy a drink. Taking place on Saturday, 18 May, in honour of the occasion all JIA Group restaurants will be offering Scotch Highballs, Bourbon Whiskey Sours and Rye Old Fashioned for $50 each all weekend long (from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 19 May).
For a weekday happy that’s sure to beat any mid-week blues, head to Madame Ching for cocktails, beers, wines and spirits starting at just $48. Available Monday to Friday, from 3pm to 7pm, the deal include a range of drinks, but we love the sound of the Dragon Boat ($48), made with sake, umeshu, lime juice, grapefruit bitter and dragon fruit, or opt for a classic spritz ($58). The offer also includes a variety of snacks, including sesame prawn toast, General Son’s chicken and more (all $68), so you won’t go hungry. Head to the hidden outdoor terrace to enjoy drinks al fresco when the sun shines.
Madame Ching, 5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.madameching.hk