Whether you’re into classic Tiki tipples, refined watering holes or festivals celebrating your favourite cocktail (Negronis and G&Ts are both under the spotlight this month) — June has it all. Scroll down to see all the essential places to drink in Hong Kong this month.
Tanoshi (Happy) Hour at Nobu
When: Daily, 6-8pm
You know what goes well with Nobu’s signature yellowtail with jalapeño? Booze. If it’s not a carafe of Nobu-san’s house sake, it should be one of manager and house mixologist Matias Bernasconi’s delightfully refreshing cocktails. From 6-8pm every day, the new Tanoshi (which means “play”) Happy Hour features cocktails at just HK$68 each, which also comes with a brand new keishoku (snack) menu by Nobu’s new Executive Chef Rhys Cattermoul.
Nobu, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
When: 8 June
What better way to celebrate World Gin Day (8 June, mark it down) than to head to Hong Kong’s first outdoor gin festival? This is a fantastic opportunity to sip and taste an incredible array of 40 gins from around the world — ranging from traditional London Dry styles by Sipsmith or Old Raj to homegrown Hong Kong gins such as Handover Gin, Bauhinia Gin and Perfume Trees Gin. There’s also more eclectic varieties — from Icelandic barley gin, Cornish geranium gin, wasabi gin, gin made by a shochu distiller, and plenty more. There will be no plastic cups on site, so remember to schlep along your own tumbler or purchase your reusable cup at HK$20 apiece. (Yes, it’s free entry!) More info here.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Negroni Week 2019
When: 24–30 June
Speaking of gin, Negroni Week returns 24–30 June for more Campari-tinged fun. The yearly international fete celebrates the holy trifecta of gin, vermouth and Campari, with participating bar venues each dedicating their own twist on the classic, with a portion of sales going to their own nominated charity. The list of participating venues from Hong Kong is yet to be confirmed, but for some idea of where you’ll want to drink that week, check out our list of amazing negronis to be had from last year’s shebang. Check out NegroniWeek.com for more.
The informal neighbour opening concurrently to Amber’s highly anticipated return may draw plenty of dine-in guests, but it’s equally worth a visit for a tipple. Beyond a seasonal menu by chef Mario Paecke, the former Sous Chef of Amber; the subtly-lit and sculptural interiors by New York designer Adam D. Tihany; you’ll find the widest range of fine wine and rare sake by the glass in Hong Kong. Open from breakfast to dinner and after-hours cocktails, SOMM also presents a 3- and 4-course “Sommelier’s Lunch” (HK$538 and HK$608 respectively) together with wine package for an additional HK$238 — a chance for you to select from the 100-strong wine and sake by the glass list.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0033
Poseidon Boat Party
When: 16 June
Price: HK$900 for regular tickets, HK$2,500 for luxury yacht package from Seven Rooms
‘Tis the season for junk parties, and for that, ICHU Peru and Estiatorio KEIA’s Bulldozer Group is eagerly expressing its mantra of “go big or go home” with the Poseidon Boat Party — boasting to be Hong Kong’s largest boat party. 12 junks and two luxury yachts will bring over 400 partygoers for a sunny extravaganza, featuring live DJs, free-flow drinks, not to mention a premium package with champagne and shisha. Returning back on land for sunset, guests will be whisked away to ICHU Terraza as the soiree continues well into the evening with cocktails in hand. More info here.
Central Pier 10, Central, Hong Kong
Mortlach Whisky x Room 309: The Room of Imagination
When: 27 May–29 June
Delving into the world of magic, Mortlach has partnered with Room 309 to serve eye-opening new cocktails as well as a whisky flight featuring the new Mortlach 2.81 series. Named “The Room of Imagination,” cocktails are here to play with your senses: try the Triple Illusion (HK$180) a summery, juicy cocktail featuring an edible bubble of vanilla bourbon smoke. Be sure to pay a visit on a Thursday (or check ahead on Facebook) to catch celebrity illusionist Jeff Teo’s weekly appearance.
Room 309, 3/F The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Yashoku Fridays at Zuma
When: Fridays, table bookings at 7pm or 7:30pm
Price: HK$590 for just drinks; HK$720 for drinks and food
Taking the free flow debauchery of weekend brunch to night, Zuma’s popular Yashoku Saturday nights are now also available on Fridays — featuring the all-important all-you-can-eat format and endless Veuve Clicquot, sake and beer. While you’re at it, you might want to sip on one of four new cocktails at Zuma — whether it’s the refreshing Yume, which uses Tanqueray gin, grapefruit ice, lemon and soda before topped off with sakura crunch; or the Salted Caramel Old Fashioned — a delicious twist on a classic tipple.
Zuma, 6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
New tiki drinks at Honi Honi
Hong Kong’s first tiki bar is throwing back to the roots of Tiki-dom (aka pre-WWII America) and bringing back a few storied cocktails for the summer. Slurp down Don’s Special Daiquiri — a proprietary recipe by Tiki forefather Don the Beachcomber; Grog created in 1944 by Trader Vic himself, and the classic Mai Tai as it was created in the same year. A new range of Honi Honi cocktails is also on the menu, drawing inspiration from the elements of fire, air, earth and water. If you’re up for a challenge, try the Honi Honi Cocktail — a homemade rum grog made of seven types of rum, served in a 25cm high vessel made bespoke for the drink. If you’re in dire need of a thirst quencher during the scorching Hong Kong heat, you know where to go.
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2353 0885
ET Snack Bar
When: 25 May–25 July
As Ham & Sherry’s Back Bar refreshes its 2019 cocktail menu, an intriguing pop-up concept also takes over at the speakeasy: ET Snack Bar claims to be a limited-time-only social club, pairing strong drinks, good food, and fuel for conversation. In a toast to indie culture, there’s also the launch of two new zines to celebrate. Knock back a bottle of mezcal stinger or other bottled cocktails, and mop it up with delicious bar bites such as goat cheese stuffed padron peppers; fried cod with crab roe mayo, wagyu beef sandwiches with truffle pearls and more. Open 6-10:30pm daily.
Back Bar, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Summer cocktails at COBO House
Synonymous with gorgeous cuisine and incredibly ‘grammable desserts, COBO House has also just refreshed its cocktail list for the summer, with delicious-sounding light alcohol and mocktail options as well. Try the Concrete Jungle, a unique mix of whiskey, Korean corn silk tea, fig preserves, clover honey, lemon and egg white; or the Rice in Cloud, which features genmai matcha-infused gin, Korean rice cordial, citrus and soda. For those seeking a lighter ABV, try the Circle Spritz — a fizzy concoction featuring gochugaru chili-infused vermouth and earl grey tea; or the Rosy Terrarium, a mocktail balancing Korean pomegranate vinegar with jasmine tea and rose cordial.
COBO House, G/F & 1/F, 8-12 South Lane Sai Wan, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2656 3088