Sip at this season’s wine fairs and stock your home bar with new favourites; enjoy a late night free-flow supper menu at Somm; and kick off the weekend with a new boozy brunch. Here are the best spots to get your drink on in Hong Kong this November.
Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Fair
When: 7–9 November (only 9 November is open to public)
Price: HK$99 from Ticketflap for public entry on 9 November, includes one Lucaris Wine Glass
Looking to find a new sake to love, geek out about tokaj, sip Scandiavian birch sap wine or discern different variations of Cabernet? You’ll be spoilt for choice at the 12th edition of the Wine & Spirits Fair, which returns this November bringing 20 international pavilions, each specialising in the wine producing expertise of their respective countries. Japan’s Tottori Prefecture debuts at the fair this year, while you’ll also spot expanded presences from the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO). Head there to taste a vast selection of eclectic wines and get ready to bring your favourites home.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Pirata Group Monday Wine Club
Here’s your chance to do that vertical tasting you’ve been waiting on or to bust out the sake jeroboam with your nearest and dearest — Pirata Group has launched Monday Wine Club, where each of its restaurants (except for Pici) will be offering an unprecedented corkage fee of just HK$50 per bottle — no matter the size.
More details here.
When: From 1 November
Price: HK$788 per head
Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s informal wine bistro is set to fill up with Centralites looking to unwind from a long day at work: From 1 November, night owls can tuck into Somm’s three-course late night menu from 9pm to 10:30pm, paired with a 90-minute free flow of champagne, sake, white and red wines handpicked by its in-house sommelier team from a cellar of over 1,000 varieties. The menu features seasonal ingredients predominantly from Japan, with dishes dreamed up by Chef Mario Paecke, the former sous chef of Amber.
SOMM, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0055
Dia de Los Muertos at Te Quiero Mucho Central
When: 1 November, 8:30–11:30pm
Price: HK$450 from Ticketflap
Sip on free-flow margaritas, wine, beers and house cocktails and feast on Te Quiero Mucho’s classic tacos in honour of Mexico’s most vibrant fiesta, the Día de Los Muertos. A face painter will be on site to help you achieve the calaveras sugar skull look of your dreams, while a live DJ will be making sure celebratory vibes are in order for the evening. The winner of a best costume contest will receive a complimentary one-night stay at Mojo Nomad Central.
Te Quiero Mucho Central, 286 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3423 3290
First Saturday Martinis at Winston’s Coffee
When: First Saturday of the month (2 November)
Sai Ying Pun coffee shop turned post-work tipple hotspot Winston’s is simply celebrating each month with wallet-friendly prices on its phenomenal espresso martinis. They’re just HK$50 a pop, every first Saturday a month from 9am until closing. That’s one helluva way to wake up on a weekend… More details here.
Winston’s Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2559 5078
Gin Cupcakes at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
The Cakery, beloved for their vegan-friendly, gluten-free and sugar-free cocktails, pairs up with Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour for an ever-so-slightly sinful crossover. The Cakery’s gin-infused cupcakes (HK$65 each) will be available for a limited time at Dr. Fern’s, with two flavours including the Chocolate & Gin, infused with Whitley Neill Sicilian blood orange gin, and the Avocado & Gin, using small-batch Uncle Val Botanicals, a Tuscany-inspired gin from California.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, B1/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9449
Brunch Booze at Francis
Francis has just launched its brand new weekend brunch menu featuring Israeli breakfast favourites (shakshuka, anyone?). HK$280 gets you sharing mezze, a main and a dessert, satisfying early risers and those on the hunt to mop up their Friday night hangovers alike. But it’s the 30-day claypot aged pomegranate negroni we really have our eyes on: Made of grapefruit gin, vermouth, campari and fresh pomegranate seeds, it lends a zingy start to the weekend. The restaurant’s curated wine list, a range of refreshing spritzers and a Francis twist on a bloody mary are also available to order.
Francis, G/F, 4 & 6, St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 9521
James Suckling Great Wines of Italy: Grand Tasting
When: 29 November, 5-8pm
Price: HK$890 from JamesSuckling.com
If you wanted to learn and sip from the greatest showcase of Italian wine in town, you’ll want to go to this grand tasting hosted by internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling. From Chianti to Barolo to Barbarescos to Super Tuscans, you’ll definitely know your way around your bottles by the end of this event, with more than 190 wines to be poured from over a hundred top-tier Italian producers, chosen by James Suckling himself.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Jungle at 490 Meters: Monkey 47 Pop-up bar
When: Through 17 November
The lush botanicals of the Black Forest and the world’s tallest bar meet at this pop-up gin bar by Monkey 47. Ozone’s bar manager Oscar Mena has concocted a range of innovative beverages best complementing the 47 ingredients found in Schwarzwald Dry Gin. A German-inspired food menu pairs perfectly with the crisp, citrusey gin, with dishes such as Spätzle and Smoked Salmon; Sesame Toast with shrimp, and Maultaschen dumplings. More information here.
Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270
Erdinger Oktoberfest at Beerliner German Bar
When: Through 30 November
Those jonesing for a dose of sorely missed Bavarian culture in October can extend their Oktoberfest enthusiasm all through to the end of this month. Raise your steins at Beerliner’s Langham Place, Shatin New Town Plaza and Tuen Mun Town Plaza locations and enjoy this year’s special edition Erdinger Oktoberfestbier — specially brewed for the occasion each year. Be sure to line your stomach with traditional delicacies such as roasted pork knuckle, wurst platters and Flammkuchen (German pizza).
More information here.