Fall is in the air and you know what that means – a change of season calls for a change of scenery! Get ready, because the ever-evolving Hong Kong bar scene strikes again with a handful of hotspots worth checking out. Besides giving us an excuse to step out into the cooler weather for a night out with the girls, we all love a good happy hour! Here are 5 new bars to try in Hong Kong this October.
Ladies, prepare yourselves for a mystical experience that will take you back to childhood never-never land. Iron Fairies HK, sister bar to those in Tokyo and Bangkok, was one of the most anticipated bar openings this season. Adorned with candlelit clad iron enclaves situated beneath 10,000 butterflies dangling from the ceiling, you must see it to believe it! Enjoy one of many finely crafted cocktails amidst dim lighting and jazz tunes. It feels like you’ve been transported to another world, and sometimes we need that after a long week!
The Iron Fairies, LG, 1 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TheIronFairiesHongKong
Hong Kong can always use another craft-beer taproom, in our opinion! That’s why we can’t wait to try out ‘Second Draft’, a new gastro pub in Tai Hang that boasts a selection of local beers from Young Master Brewery along with an impressive selection of imports. If beer’s not your thing, they also offer classic cocktails, wine and spirits, as well as a selection of delicious and creative dishes from one of our fave female chefs in Hong Kong, May Chow (of Little Bao). Think Hong Kong Style French Toast, Flower Crab Pasta, Dumpling Crips with Guac’ and Ma Po Burrata… we’re drooling just thinking about it.
Second Draft, G/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
An exclusive cocktail lounge with no set menu? Yes, please! Hidden off Hollywood Road, American mixologist Joseph Boroski has created something that Hong Kongers haven’t seen before. With high curved ceilings and ornate décor, this invite-only hot spot tailors drinks to your preference. Sweet? Spicy? Bitter? Smoky? You name it, they can make it. Every drink is quite literally yours. Find Joseph Boroski on Facebook for details on entry. Good luck and happy sipping surprises!
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All guests are welcome to request for an invitation to J. Boroski. Simply contact 2603 6020 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation and the location details. Joseph welcomes guests to contact to him via social media about the cocktail space or location details as well.
What do we love more than booze and sugar? When they’re served together! At Bitter & Sweets the ideology is quite simple… alcohol served with classic desserts. However, take it to the next level; you may order a G&T and be surprised when you taste a hint of oolong tea in your tonic. As for desserts – the s’mores are worth checking out. Think graham cracker shortbread, chocolate, chilli and marshmallows… Enough said. What’s more, cocktails are buy-one-get-one-free on Mondays. Double the calories to kick start the work week! YOLO.
Bitter & Sweets, 1/F, 52-54 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bittersandsweetshk
One of LKF’s most recent bars is Mine, a Western themed bar with industrial rustic vibes. It’s not underground, but has high ceilings and wood planked walls adorned with axes, chains and old portraits of coal mining days. The drink deals are fab, with happy hour every day from 4-9pm, and a huge selection of sugary cocktails, beer, wine, shooters and more. The food options aren’t bad either; whether it’s a steak salad you’re after or fried mac n cheese balls (yes, that’s a thing!), they’ve got it. The rough and ready vibe is great if you’re looking for cheap drinks and LKF people watching. Grab the girls, spend a little and let loose any day of the week!
Mine, G/F , 31 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/minelkf
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