From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, cheers to these drink specials in the 852!
If the return of Stone Nullah’s notorious Beat The Clock happy hour isn’t enough to get you out this month, we’ve rounded up plenty more new bars, drinks menus and deals. From local craft beers, much-awaited openings, and brand-new local inspired cocktails, it’s all happening this September.
Not strictly a new opening, but if you’re into your craft beer, you’ll want to know about new local brewer, Olive Ridley. Currently with just three craft beers available – Pacific Pilsner, Shell Shock IPA and Morjim Pale Ale – the brewer has caught our attention for its strong focus on protecting the turtles and the oceans they inhabit. The beers are brewed using the highest quality natural ingredients to produce unique small-batch artisan beers, and you can drink happy knowing that a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Turtle Foundation in an effort to protect and conserve endangered sea turtles. The beer is now available at 19 restaurants and bars across the city, including the likes of Locofama, The Flying Pig Bistro and more.
Olive Ridley Brewing Company, www.oliveridley.beer
We’ve been waiting for this one for a while, but the doors of Ashley Sutton’s latest design venture have finally opened in Tai Kwun. Tucked away in the chambers of the historic site, Dragonfly is now soft open and promises to transport guests back to the late 19th century, with a style and feel that is reflective of the Art Nouveau era. Serving an eclectic selection of creative cocktail creations and snacks, accompanied by soft-mood lounge music, the creative cocktail menu features signatures that have been fueled by inspirations from around the globe, along with a curated selection of Old and New World wines, and a diverse range of gins, whiskies and rum.
Inspired by the aesthetics of American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, Dragonfly aims to capture the spirit of the era’s decadence, bohemian salons and timeless artistry. The interior reflects Sutton’s respect for Tiffany’s celebrated aesthetic, with turquoise glass lamps featuring yellow dragonflies embellishing the ceiling, and a patterned mosaic decorating the floor and table tops. Over 500 dragonflies made from cast iron adorn the bar area and the walls of the space, and are sure to catch the eyes of savvy Instagrammers.
Dragonfly, Shop 10 & 13, G01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Dragonfly
New Menus & Drinks
With the recent launch of its new nighttime menu and concept, KONG, Bread and Beast is now offering up more than just sarnies (delicious as they are). Head here after dark and try out some concoctions from its new cocktail menu, which incorporates Chinese spirits in new and modern ways. We have our eyes on the The Vodka Fa Diu Soda ($98), which combines vodka, house infused pineapple huadiao and rose honey syrup, with soda water; along with the Ham +0 ($98) which marries a classic mule with local flavours by refreshing vodka with salted lemon kumquat syrup, house-made ginger ale, lime and bitters.
Bread and Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.breadandbeasthk.com
Another local favourite that has a new drinks menu this month is SoHo’s own Posto Pubblico. The menu features an array of classics, which have been given a signature Posto twist, with the addition of locally grown and organic ingredients. Two new additons include the Posto’ni ($120), a playful take on the classic Negroni, using Koval dry gin, Belsazar vermouth and a Nardini bitter, which provides a licorice finish with hints of orange; and the Oat’s Fashioned ($169), made with Koval oat whiskey, homemade walnut bitter honey, and Lemercier cherries, fresh Morello cherries bathed in cerise liqueur.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.postopubblico.com
Happy hour fanatics, listen up! The city’s most-loved drinks deal is back. For those who aren’t familiar with Stone Nullah’s infamous “beat the clock happy hour” – the deal basically consists of all standard drinks starting at just $1 (yep, $1!) at 5pm every Monday through Friday, with the price doubling every 20 minutes until 7pm. Guests can knock back their choice of house wine, spirit or beer for the full two hours each weekday, or show up 20 minutes before the happy hour ends, and still enjoy beverages for only $32. Hurry though, as this Temporary Back-to-School Edition of the happy won’t be around for long!
Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.stonenullahtavern.com
Newcomer to SoHo, F Word, is now bringing us a new “cocktail party” inspired happy hour. Available daily from 5pm to 9pm, the deal includes Aussie craft beers for $50, Aussie (and other) reds and whites from $55, cocktails from $75 and house spirits from $55. A great after work spot, we suggest heading out back to the secluded courtyard to toast to the end of the day!
F Word, 38 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, www.fwordhk.com
Another new happy hour in town that’s not to be missed can be found at the recently opened Pinot Duck in Wan Chai. The term happy hour may be deceiving for this deal, as the restaurant is offering two-for-one drinks all day long! This includes the likes of cocktails such as the Fresh Grape Mojito ($120) and the Three Kingdom ($120), along with Moonzen Brewery favourites such as Moonzen Jade Emperor IPA ($70/500ml; $55/300ml) and Moon Goddess Chocolate Stout ($60/330ml).
Pinot Duck, Ground Floor, 18 Lun Fat Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.pinotduck.com