From the latest bar openings, to happy hours, new drinks menus and more, here’s where to drink in Hong Kong this month.
Keen to know all about the latest bar openings and drinks deals? From the newest drinking destinations to our favourite happy hours, here’s where to drink this month. Chinese New Year may have been and gone but with Valentine’s Day around the corner, expect plenty of drinks specials and more this February.
The Diplomat is the latest bar to set up shop in Central’s H Code. Opened by mixologist, John Nugent, the new bar seeks to bridge the gap between pubs and speakeasies. The 18-seater space is decked out with custom chrome fittings. It will be well at home with other H Code drinking dens, including Tell Camellia and Saketen. The cocktail menu is set to be a winner, with popular tipples sure to include the 𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐞, made with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Martell VSOP, Tensaito, Elephant Grounds Cold Brew and cold cream.
Along with serving creative and (more importantly!) delicious sushi hand rolls and Japanese-inspired dishes, rowdy restaurant TMK is also a great option for drinks. So if you’re looking for a mid-week pick-me-up, don’t miss the new “Wasabi Wednesday” deal. Paying homage to its name, the specially crafted Katana ($50) is a wasabi-infused margarita that packs a punch. A deal not to be missed, guests can also enjoy Asahi beers for $40 and selected temakis (also for $40).
TMK, Shops G & H, G/F and M/F, 77-91 Queens’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.tmk.hk
Taking its cue from the flavours and culture of Japan, Frank’s Library has a whole new drinks menu this month. Hidden inside popular drinking den, Foxglove, the speakeasy bar tells the story of fictional character Frank Minza’s travels; this time conveying his love for Japan. Available until mid-summer, don’t miss the easy drinking Impossible Highball ($150) made with Rotovap coconut milk and rum, Giffard peach liqueur, vanilla liqueur and 1724 tonic, the delicate Sakura Blossom ($160) with hibiscus-infused Baijiu, sous vide marshmallow, half & half, lemon juice, sugar syrup and maraschino liqueur, topped with a delicate layer of raspberry dust, and the Tradicion ($150), with Nikka from the barrel, Four Fox Sake, sous vide nori, rice horchata, yuzu, lime and saline, among other creative libations.
Frank’s Library, Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.mingfathouse.com/franks-library
Enjoying the mild weather and keen to enjoy some beachside sundowners? Repulse Bay favourite Limewood has us covered. Every Monday through Thursday, make the most of $50 speciality cocktails and $60 wines and beers during our Happy Hour from 3pm to 8pm. And if you’re heading down to the beach at the weekend, be sure to stop by between 3pm and 7pm on Saturday to enjoy Sunset Sessions, featuring live DJs.
Limewood, Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.limewood.hk
It wouldn’t be February without some Valentine’s Day drinks specials, and The Café Gray Bar team has created two love potions for the occasion. Sweet and floral, Cupid’s Arrow keeps things simple with notes of ginger, lychee and hibiscus tea. If you’re looking for a more refreshing and fruity drink, don’t miss the aptly-named Flirtation, made with home-infused Tanqueray with osmanthus.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.upperhouse.com
Le Petit Maison’s Valentine’s Day cocktail is also sure to have you seeing pink this month. The new La Colombe Rose cocktail ($120) – translating to “the pink dove” in English – features a light and refreshing homemade strawberry-infused tequila, blended with dry vermouth, fresh strawberry and grapefruit juice. Served in an exotic cocktail glass, the colourful drink is topped off with dried strawberries.
Le Petit Maison, Shop 1, H Queen’s, 23-29, 1/F Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.lpmlondon.co.uk/hongkong
Available throughout the entire week of the 14 February, the cheekily named Cupid’s Coconuts ($99) at Frank’s is sure to be a hit. Made with coconut water, lemongrass-infused vodka, lychee juice, kaffir lime leaves and roselle and vanilla syrup, the cocktail is garnished with a velvety rose petal.
Frank’s, G/F & 1/F, No. 79 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.frankshk.com
Looking for a little spice this Valentine’s Day? On offer all month long, don’t miss the Spicy Lover ($90) at Terrible Baby. Not only will the bar’s spacious alfresco terrace impress your date, but the mix of Sailor Jerry rum, Disaronno, cherry heering, lemon, hazelnut syrup, egg white and orange, mandarin bitters and a garnish of fiery pink peppercorns is sure to be one to remember.
Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.terriblebaby.com
If you’re on the hunt for even more love-filled concoctions, Maximal Concepts’ favourites Limewood, Sip Song and Stockton will have you covered this Valentine’s weekend. If you’re down in Repulse Bay, try out Limewood’s Love Elixir ($100), made with Tried & True Vodka, lime, pomegranate, saffron, sparkling rosé, passionfruit and Lillet Espuma, or opt for Sip Song’s Thai Me Down ($80), with Widges Gin, elderflower, lemon juice, prosecco and strawberry. Over in Central, head to speakeasy-style bar, Stockton, where love birds can try the Ode to Anita ($100) – a blend of vodka sous vide with cocoa nibs, Lillet Blanc and chocolate bitters. All three bars will also be serving special Valentine’s desserts all weekend, for those looking for more than just drinks.
Limewood, Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.limewood.hk
Sip Song, Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/sipsonghk
Stockton, G/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.stockton.com.hk
Psst! Valentine’s Day is not the only February holiday to get excited about. Did you know that the month of love is also home to National Margarita Day? Falling on Saturday, 22 February, we can’t think of a better excuse to gather your squad and drink the night away. To celebrate, the team at Baja-inspired Taqueria Super Macho are putting on special pitchers of their classic frozen margarita for just $198. Available from 6pm onwards, for one night only!
Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2333 0111, www.taqueriasupermacho.com
Tackling Dry January? Best known for its delectable desserts, Mina House at The Peak also serves up some of the best mocktails in town. These Instagram-worthy beverages are colourful and captivating and sure to be a hit with those attempting Dry January. Choose from the Plum Spritz ($48) with ginger ale and plum foam, the Berry Love ($48) – a blend of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry, topped with silky cream or the refreshing Osaka Sunset ($48) with passion fruit, pineapple, coconut and lemon.
Mina House, Shop G03, G/F & Shop 101, 1/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2885 3320, www.thefoodstoryhk.com/minahouse
Another great option for the New Year, to complement its vibrant Vietnamese cuisine, Le Garçon Saigon also has a delicious array of “Les Innocents” to choose from. We’re fans of Les Amoureux – a mix of mango, passionfruit and lemon, and the Memoires de Saigon, which is made with Vietnamese lotus tea, apple, strawberry and mint.
Le Garçon Saigon, 12 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.legarconsaigon.com
If you’re after something a little stronger than a mocktail this month (we don’t blame you!), look no further than MEATS new happy hour. “MEAT Me @5,” is the restaurant’s new daily drinks deal, featuring an array of drinks and bar bites for $40, $50 and $60. The happy hour runs from Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7:30pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 3pm to 7:30pm. With delights on offer including fish tacos, Cajun fries, cocktail and more, it’s not to be missed.
MEATS, G/F, 28 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.piratameats.hk
Offering a whole new take on happy hour, MANA!’s new “healthier hippy hour” features a variety of organic wines, beers, spirits and snacks. Ideal for those who don’t want to miss out on post-work drinks, but still stay health-conscious, the new drinks deal is available every day from 6pm to 8pm. The drinks menu features the “G&K” made with organic gin and house-made kombucha and “Babylon! Brew” gluten-friendly beer, along with a range of organic and vegan beers and a selection of biodynamic, organic and vegan red and white wines. All drinks start from $50 and are complemented by a range of plant-based snacks. The vegan cheese platter features hand-crafted, locally-made vegan cheeses including brie, bleu, and a MANA! zaatar-infused cheese bomb, but other snacks such as hummus, baba ghanoush, rainbow yams and more will also be available (from $50).
MANA!, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mana.hk
If you’re out celebrating the new Lunar New Year this month (not to mention the extra days off work!), don’t miss Hutong’s special CNY cocktail. The Rising Dragon cocktail ($148) is made using a blend of Monkey Shoulder whisky, yuzu wine, pineapple, pomegranate and egg white, and is topped off with a lucky dragon made of rice paper – befitting for the occasion and promising good luck for the year ahead..
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hutong.com.hk