Whether you’re wooing a new object of affection or clinking glasses to raise spirits throughout the week, head to these watering holes to enjoy a new reason to celebrate.
Café Gray Deluxe
If the city views at Café Gray aren’t enough to get your date into an enamoured stupor, perhaps their newly devised love potions will help. Two new cocktails are on the menu: Cupid’s Arrow is a pink-hued drink with notes of ginger, lychee and hibiscus, which lends the bright colour, while the fruity Flirtation is a more demure, elegant tipple featuring osmanthus-infused Tanqueray.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3968 1106
A hip new wine bar has joined the SoHo neighbourhood, holding fort on the slopes of Elgin Street. Billed as an Italian hangout, Acquasala is a hygge-soaked drinking den offering an all-day menu, Happy Hour wines at HK$55 a glass, plus a discerning wine list of Italian and French labels. With friendly prices for lunch and dinner sets, a streamlined menu and decadent bites on offer (poached foie gras torchon, hello!) we’re definitely eyeing this space for an after-work tipple.
Acquasala, 13 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
A bottle of wine, a bit of cheese, a dozen chilled oysters on the half shell; what more could you ask for when it comes to the perfect date night ritual? SoHo wine library ThinkWine has just the thing for valentines looking for an intimate way to indulge. Partnering up with Sweet Fashion House for a dessert and wine pairing experience, where guests can share a silky vanilla, strawberry and white chocolate mousse along with two glasses of sparkling wine at just HK$280.
ThinkWine, 2/F, LL Tower, 2 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Kicking off 2020 to a firecracker start, punk rock sushi den TMK is offering a brand new menu and a special ‘Wasabi Wednesday’ deal to quench the hump day blues. The specially crafted Katana cocktail, priced at just HK$50, is a wasabi-infused margarita that brightens up the palate. Selected temakis are priced at HK$40 — perfect for a light snack to line the stomach before the ensuing feast and sake-downing that’s sure to transpire at TMK.
TMK, Shops G & H, G/F and M/F, 77-91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2662 2269
The monochrome chic jazz bar is known for its evening live music gigs, stylish Tomoo Gokita paintings and gorgeous izakaya bites, but it’s all set for some daytime imbibing with its new ‘jazzakaya’ Weekend Brunch deal with free-flow champagne packages. Available on weekends and holidays, the semi-buffet brunch starts at HK$458 per guest with unlimited starters from the bar, including raw seafood, sashimi, maki, yakitori, tempura and grilled items, as well as seasonal salad selections. A range of sweet and savoury mains are available, followed by a signature dessert platter. Tack on HK$658–958 for free-flow Moet, or go all out with unlimited Dom Perignon 2009 for HK$1,888.
Silencio, 6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2480 6569
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Small-batch, handcrafted gins are all the rage at the moment (to the delight of gin doctors at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, of course), so naturally, Dr. Fern’s had to create their own edition. In collaboration with Firkin Gin from Edinburgh, Dr. Fern’s Gin utilises five different citruses to bring out a unique punchiness that’s perfect for a sophisticated G&T. Rounded off with coriander seed, angelica root and orris root, the gin has been aged in American oak casks to give it a warm caramel character. Try it now at HK$170 a glass, with limited stock only.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9449
Tucked away within jazz den Foxglove, the ‘hidden’ watering hole that is Frank’s Library has always been a trophy room housing memorabilia from its fictional proprietor Frank Minza’s travels. With a strong affinity towards Japanese culture — and in particular, Japanese craft cocktails — Frank’s new cocktail menu celebrates all things from the land of cherry blossoms. Check out new cocktails such as the crystal clear new Impossible Highball, Sakura Blossom, Tokyo Drift, and Onaruto Sparkle. File through the newly added manga collection and sip along as you peruse.
Frank’s Library, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2116 2449
The award-winning speakeasy shakes up three of its New York cousin’s most classic cocktails for the season of romance. Cosy up in a booth while sipping one of these concoctions: The Against All Odds, made for those spirits-lovers in the room, is an elegant yet unconventional blend of whiskey and white wine with other liqueurs. The Cupid’s Crush, placing the cardamom pod front and centre, smacks spice to the palate. Looking for a gentler entrypoint to the evening? The Amorous — a strawberry rhubarb daiquiri — is your best bet.
PDT, Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong