To aid everyone’s transition during these challenging times, we’re highlighting eight of the best alcohol deliveries and takeaways below: an eclectic mix of bars, shops and direct-to-door services which we think covers the field as far as Hong Kong’s world-class drinking scene.
In our ongoing battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Health has ramped up efforts to curb dine-out traffic with social distancing measures in place. For the moment, drinking at home in relative isolation seems to be the norm. But that doesn’t mean you can’t drink from some of your favourite watering holes in the meantime.
Needless to say, purchases from any one of these businesses will provide you with some much-needed liquid courage (God help us if we watch another gormless celeb clamouring to draw attention to themselves online). But more importantly, the proceeds will go towards buoying industry workers who don’t have the luxury to #WorkFromHome.
Operated by husband and wife Nick Tse and Ayako Miyake, Bar Buonasera is the local chapter of the eponymous cult-favourite cocktail bar from Osaka. While Buonasera is synonymous with meticulous cocktails that are crafted in the domestic Japanese tradition (fresh ingredients, seasonal fruits, made à la minute), the couple have managed to synthesise a handful of recipes that are suitable for batching without compromising in any discernible way on flavour. Cocktails are available for takeaway, while an online shop has opened purveying some of Nick-san’s favoured bottles. Personally, we’re very fond of the smoky Manhattan — made on a spine of Isley whisky — but for a full list of what’s currently available, calling or direct messaging is advised.
Bar Buonasera, 7/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2111 4444
Talk about perfect timing. Launched earlier this month, Chillers bills itself as Hong Kong’s ‘first on-demand cold drinks’ delivery service: bringing a selection of chilled beers, wine, liquor and DIY cocktail kits right to your front door, all within 40 minutes of ordering. In these extraordinary times, the company has partnered with FoodPanda and Deliveroo, giving it unprecedented reach across Hong Kong. Delivery fees throughout Hong Kong and most of Kowloon are waived.
Multiple locations throughout Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Sai Kung. To locate and order from your nearest branch, visit Chillers online.
Jebsen Fine Wines
Since 1991, Jebsen Fine Wines (the eponymous conglomerate’s beverage import unit) has been a key retailer of premium vino within Hong Kong. From Frescobaldi to the house of Bollinger, Jebsen’s area of expertise lies in the best that international winemaking has to offer; with a recurrent focus on Old World staples such as Bordeaux red and sparkling. To that end, a variety of enticing promotions — complete with free delivery — are currently being offered. Cru fiends can choose from over 200 bottles in Jebsen’s massive clearance sale, or for a more structured approach, explore the latest episode of ‘Top Rated’ (a recurring promo wherein the HKWSWA curates 9 bottles, with up to 32 percent off).
Home delivery available throughout Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories; call +852 3757 6519 or visit Jebsen Fine Wines online.
LQV Hong Kong
In the latest salvo of bad news to hit Hong Kong’s beverage industry, wine bar/importer LQV announced it would be temporarily closing its Gage Street outpost in Central. Despite this, the team remains committed to ramping up their online store, through which buyers can access one of Hong Kong’s biggest lists of French references. The minimum spend for free shipping has now been reduced to HK$800, and to sweeten things further, you can shop a selection of unpasteurised cheeses from sister shop La Cremerie. Piece of Saint Nectaire to go with that cuvée? Don’t mind if we do!
LQV, 9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2673 7636
Industry types probably think of Metagroup as the formidable branding agency behind blue chop producers like Bushmills whisky or Campari, but the company is stepping up to the plate this month with an essential new collection of online purchases themed around ‘Home Experiences’ (and they’re not talking about tea cosies). On the website, customers are able to choose from 10 different DIY kits: each of which gives you the requisite firepower needed to make delicious, foolproof classic cocktails while still dressed in your pyjamas. Given that they’ll also throw in a complimentary set of bartending tools with your kit of choice until 1 May (subject to availability), this is an exemplary offer to take advantage of if you’re on the fence about getting your home bar in order.
Metabev, Room C, 19/F, Regency Centre Phase 2, 43 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2518 3891
Despite vicious rumours that Shady Acres mightn’t make the move to home delivery in recent weeks, the cult Aussie wine bar has finally unveiled its takeaway programme for the foreseeable future — and by Odin’s raven are we glad. Director of Wine Mike Watt’s full 300-plus list of bottles is up for grabs (take 30 percent off the dine-in price), charting a confident path from hilly Beechworth to the volcanic sub-soils of Etna; there’s an exhaustiveness here that will have most wine snobs staring down the barrel for months on end. Add to that killer takeaway bites and you have the makings of a stay-home dinner that’s every bit as outrageous and satisfying as a night spent on the Shady stoop. Deliveries are offered for locations up to 15 minutes’ bike-ride away — of which the Shady team are working to deliver personally to your home.
Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9176 7500
Over the last few months, if you’ve been unable to experience the joys of Tell Camellia yourself (we were so impressed we named it one of the ‘best new bars of 2019’) then the advent of new social distancing regulations will sting doubly hard. Fortunately, proprietors Gagan Gurung and Sandeep Hathiramani are distilling the essentials of their popular venue for a home audience, with four delicious pre-batched cocktails each available to order for the princely sum of HK$250. Tell Camellia neophytes should definitely acquaint themselves with the ‘T-Tonic’ (the bar’s signature G&T riff); and if you’ve had a particularly infuriating Zoom call, the team are on-hand with stronger options like a Matcha Martini. Orders can be made over social media or by shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Camellia, L/G, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9821 5501
Much like sibling venue SakeTen, the team at Sake Central made the call last week to put a moratorium on regular restaurant operations. Fortunately, Elliott Faber and co will be taking their food & beverage menu online by piggybacking off of Deliveroo with a new ‘sake and sando’ promo. Additionally, the full array of retail staples — junmai, shochu, Japanese whisky et al — can still be picked up Tuesday through Sunday (noon-11pm) and any purchase exceeding HK$500 will automatically be delivered to your door for free.
Sake Central, PMQ, S109-113, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2656 6552