With two public holidays and more than a few causes to celebrate on the horizon (Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo), May is shaping up to be an exciting month for boozehounds. Here’s where to get your drink on in Hong Kong this month.
The St. Regis Bar
With everyone talking about the new St. Regis Hong Kong, you’ll definitely want to find time to pay a visit to their illustrious bar this month for a tipple or three. Enjoy the spectacular entrance from the airy Drawing Room before you lay your eyes on the Art Deco-style mural behind the bar, which harks back to the hotel’s opening year of 1904 (also the year the Hong Kong rail network was founded). As such, the cocktail menu design is inspired by metro systems taking you from sundowners to after-dinner digestifs. Don’t sleep on the iconic Bloody Mary, reimagined for Hong Kong as the Canto Mary, featuring dried tangerine peel, five spice, and Kowloon soy sauce. Live jazz complements the atmosphere each night while you delve deeper into a menu of over 800 wine labels and 100 champagnes.
St. Regis Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2138 6888
Yarra Valley Gin at the InterContinental Hong Kong
When: Through 31 May
The InterCon continues its Lobby Lounge cocktail series focusing on artisanal spirits, and throughout May the hotel is looking at gin — Yarra Valley’s Four Pillars gin in fact. Resident mixologist Sabrina Cantini-Budden has selected a classic dry gin, a bartender edition Spiced Negroni gin, a Bloody Shiraz gin, and a Chardonnay barrel-aged gin to each pair with Fever Tree tonics. From 22 April through to 31 May, the hotel is also lending support to the cause against malaria, a mosquito-transmitted disease that still kills one child every two minutes, and also a disease traditionally cured by quinine present in tonic water. For every image of an InterCon G&T posted on Instagram with the hashtag #MalariaMustDie, Fever Tree will donate HK$50 to Malaria No More UK — so get tagging.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 1211
VEA Lounge x BarChef: Four Hands Cocktail Menu
When: 2–3 May
Price: HK$780 for a six-course menu; reserve at Tastings Group
You’ve heard of Four Hands gastronomy, but it’s a rare sight to see a mixology collaboration featuring avant garde minds such as this: VEA Lounge gets a lush jungle makeover in honour of two master mixologists joining forces behind the bar, both playing to the theme “Birds of Paradise.” The six-course cocktail tasting menu pairs Antonio Lai’s “Multisensory Mixology” with Frankie Solarik’s subtle synaesthesia at Toronto’s BarChef. Cocktails will be interspersed by delectable bar bites cooked up by Michelin-starred chef Vicky Cheng. The six-course menu is available by bookings only, with three signature BarChef cocktails available at VEA Lounge through 3 May for walk-in guests only.
VEA Lounge, 29/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2711 0063
Buenos Aires Polo Club
If you celebrated World Malbec Day in April and are still thirsty for more, look no further than Buenos Aires Polo Club, which along with the new appointment of Executive Chef Angie Ford, has just refreshed its restaurant and bar programme to house Hong Kong’s most extensive list of Argentinian wines (130 references of 168 in total), including 45 Malbecs from the most prestigious wineries in and outside of Buenos Aires. Pair this with a refreshed cocktail menu by Argentinian cocktail maestros Axel Gonzales and Agustín Da Sambiagio, or make it a point to head to Buenos Aires Rock Club on Thursdays, where the steakhouse turns up the music and transforms into a riotous night of rock. Look for guitar picks handed out from other Black Sheep Restaurants venues — these can be exchanged for free tipples at Rock Night.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2321 8681
Young Master Ales x Big Sur Cinco de Mayo
When: 5 May, 2pm
While most are breaking out the margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Hong Kong brewery Young Master Ales has other plans. Joining with Big Sur on Staunton Street, the brewery is launching three unique new beers for the occasion: Sip on the debut of Ham Sup Margarita, an Imperial Gose aged in American oak tequila barrels and brightened with sea-salt cured whole limes; and the Al Pastor Lager, a pineapple and chilli flavoured lager serving as a perfect accompaniment to the bright and smoky tacos of the same name. Finally, the new rendition of Young Master’s Hak Mo Sheung Stout Imperial is infused with ancho and panca chillies; aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels from the US for six months, it’s an award-winning brew for its unique smoke and heat. We’ll be tipping these back with Big Sur’s hearty barbecue all afternoon.
Big Sur, G/F, 22 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3001
When: Every Wednesday in May
W Hong Kong’s exuberant vino affair returns with a French twist to celebrate Le French May this month. Every Wednesday this May, you’ll get to enjoy free flow Domaine Plou et Fils wines, cheeses and charcuterie, and unwind to beats by French DJs P. Grant and Stavef. It’s all just HK$360 per head — be sure to reserve at email@example.com or +852 3717 2889. More info here.
Woobar, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Au Soleil Pool Party Series at Le Méridien Cyberport
When: 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October
Price: HK$300-588 per person from Ticketflap; HK$400-688 at the door
With the sun out and the heat dialling up, it’s officially day-drinking season: You’ll want to maximise your poolside fun at Le Méridien hotel’s new summer series of pool parties, occurring every month through to October. An access ticket gets you entry to the outdoor swimming pool from 2–8pm and two complimentary drinks, but many will want to tack on extra for the free flow package, which includes standard drinks and prosecco; or the brunch package, which includes a lunch buffet at all-day eatery Prompt.
4/F, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Telegraph Bay, Southside, Hong Kong
Los Sotano Borracho Brunch
When: 4 May
Price: HK$495–1,995 from Pelago
Underground tequila haven Los Sotano brings back their monthly Borracho Brunch this May just in time for Cinco de Mayo weekend. The 3-hour brunch takes your typical mimosa and eggs affair and turns it into a hip hop karaoke party featuring hits from the 90s and 00s. Line your stomach with a feast starting with appetiser platters and tableside-made guacamole, before tucking into unlimited Mexican street tacos, quesadillas and churros. For liquid courage, you’ll get to sip on free flow margaritas, mezcal Bloody Marys, beer and wine. Tack on an extra HK$200 for Mumm champagne, or opt for the ultra-luxe package (HK$1,995) that includes free flow premium champagne, Absolut Elyx, Martell VSOP and a HK$500 valued Carlos Slim Cocktails made tableside in a gold shaker. More details here.
Los Sotano, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2970 3887
Gin & Tonic Revival at Vibes
When: Every Thursday from 1 May
One of Hong Kong’s best secret garden style lounges, The Mira Hong Kong’s al fresco bar Vibes is ready for summer with a revived menu of craft gin & tonics for your perusal. Featuring artisan gin makers from Finland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany and France, as well as new-to-town non-alcoholic “alternative gin” Ceder’s, there’s something for everyone to quench their thirst. Available every Thursday from 1 May, 6pm until late; drinks also get the Happy Hour price tag of just HK$98 per cocktail, all night. More info here.
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2368 1111
Loire Valley Wine Pairing at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
When: 1–31 May
If you’re looking to take advantage of Le French GourMay festivities taking place alongside the month-long cultural festival, you’ll want to head to Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, its official hotel partner. Taking guests on a journey to the abundance of the Loire Valley, with its rolling vineyards and lush terroir, the hotel’s restaurants and bars are all incorporating the region’s exceptional produce and wine throughout the month. Whether you’re tucking into succulent Poulet en Croute at a Café Renaissance dinner buffet, pan-fried Zander fillet in Mirage’s three-course dinner, or juicy braised oysters at refined Cantonese eatery Dynasty, you’ll get to pair and explore special Loire Valley Wines available only for a limited time, including: Michel Redde et Fils, “Petit F,” Pouilly Fume 2017; Domaine de la Chevalerie, “Vin de Garde,” Bourgueil 2005; and Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, “Triple Zero,” Monlouis sur Loire NV.
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2802 8888