October calls for one big month of boozing as we ease into the holiday months. Starting with Oktoberfest celebrations, the month also pays tribute to breast cancer awareness efforts with plenty of (pink) tipples to go around. Check out other fantastic drinks deals and new menus cropping up around town below in our list of the best places to drink in Hong Kong this month.
The Marco Polo German Bierfest (cancelled)
When: 17–27 October
Price: From HK$160 at Klook
It’s that time of year again to get your wurst on and raise your steins to the Notenhobler band — returning every year since 1994 for a bout of Bavarian singing, horn-blowing and lederhosen-wearing antics. The Marco Polo German Bierfest is something of an institution in Hong Kong, holding fort every October on the roof of the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. Get ready to prost with German weissbiers and lagers and tuck into mouth-watering dishes like the classic roast pork knuckle and fresh pretzels. Tickets include one drink.
Viewing Platform, Level 6, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Meraki Hospitality Group’s nostalgic ode to Malaysian fare is worth a visit alone for its vibrant take on street food. But it’s equally becoming a destination for laid-back drinks and perhaps even a touch of dancing. Unbeknownst to many, the 1970s Borneo-inspired restaurant and bar also features a private ‘Disco Fever Room’, playing vintage Malay-pop tunes and drinks themed around the groovy decade of disco. Try the Heart of Pisco (HK$95), which blends Peruvian brandy with Melonade, kumquat and lime; or if you want something with a spicy kick, try the Masala Mule (HK$85), which pairs gin with turmeric honey, ginger beer, lemon and homemade pepper bitters.
Jalan, G/F, 42 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2386 2216
Autumn cocktails at Café Gray Deluxe
When: Through 30 November
The seasonal new cocktails at the Upper House are all inspired by the autumnal harvest, with ingredients taking on earthy, complex flavours from seasonal dried fruit, shiitake mushrooms and chenpi (dried tangerine peel). For something new, try the The Salt of the Earth, which uses Japanese dashi, mirin and shiitake mushroom syrup together with sake and vodka to give a savoury twist.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place 88, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong +852 3968 1106
The Lounge at Zest by Konishi
The former On Dining lounge bar has been transformed by Lai Sun Dining group into a brand new cocktail space and fine dining destination, where chef Mitsuru Konishi is reportedly angling for star-studded accolades with his French cuisine made with Japanese ingredients. The cocktails, headed by Jonny Amir, also follow suit, with painstakingly crafted cocktails influenced by the cross-cultural interaction through ancient maritime trade routes.
Try the St. Tropez, a spin on the classic Kir Royal featuring champagne, blueberry liqueur and white peach liqueur and yuzu caviar. Voyage is a highly inventive cocktail that tempers the smoky-sweet notes of hibiscus-infused mezcal with vanilla notes from Weller bourbon and adds a silky smooth texture component with Barolo Chinato Marolo liqueur and chocolate. Head to the bar on the 29th floor at sundown to tuck into complimentary house snacks from 5–8pm.
Zest by Konishi, 28 & 29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2715 0878
Spanish Happy Hour at La Rambla by Catalunya
When: Daily, 3–8pm
It’s finally not too hot out for an al fresco tipple, and one of the top places to visit for cocktail hour this month is none other than La Rambla’s renewed terrace. Spanning 4,200 sq. ft., the new terrace boasts sweeping harbour views and is an ideal location for sundowners and light bites. Check out new cocktails by group beverage director John Nugent — previously of Lily & Bloom, or enjoy Happy Hour prices on wines (from HK$65), beers (from HK$65) and jugs of sangria (from HK$450), not to mention the Tanqueray Classic gin cocktail (HK$80).
Continuing on the Spanish tapas tradition, Happy Hour drinks also come with complimentary montaditos (tomato bread sandwiches), every order of a jug of sangria during Happy Hour comes with a complimentary sharing platter of Iberico ham and olives. You can also tuck into a spread of sandwiches, tortilla de patatas, sausages and cheese. Feeling even more peckish? You’ll want to dive into a menu of new bar bites by chef Ferran Tadeo.
La Rambla by Catalunya, 3071-73 level 3, ifc mall, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2661 1161
Yaguara Cachaça Cocktails at InterContinental Hong Kong
The InterCon Lobby Lounge takes you on a flight to Brazil this autumn with a brand new series of cachaça cocktails using Yaguara Cachaça. The leading Brazilian sugarcane spirit dating back to the 1500s, Yaguara features three different ‘textures’: Yaguara Blue, which has been aged in European Oak barrels for five to six years; The original Yaguara Ouro, which is aged with a mixture of native Brazilian woods together with American Oak and well suited for sipping; and Yaguara Branca, or white cachaça which rests in inox for eight months, resulting in the perfectly smooth spirit made for classic Caipirinhas.
In-house mixologist Sabrina Cantini Budden has incorporated these three artisanal spirits into a selection of refined tipple — from the spirit forward Martinha (HK$195), a twist on a smooth martini, to the refreshing Forbidden Fire (HK$185), which pairs branca with passion fruit, apple and soda for the perfect thirst quencher.
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323
After a summer hiatus, Bonnae Gokson’s popular terrace bar and restaurant Sevva has reopened, to the delight of punters missing the panoramic skyline, sophisticated cocktails and Ms Gokson’s East-meets-West dinner and bar bites menu. Sevva’s Harbourside dining room has transformed into more of an urban oasis than ever, with a monumental silk flower installation adorning its 20-ft. ceiling, inspired by the works of American artist Nick Cave, while gypsy chandeliers feature 76,000 pieces of hand-crafted crystals. A focal point is the Taste Bar, the nucleus of the beverage operations which is now adorned in gold-leaf trim. Outside, the terrace now also sports an upgraded concert-level sound system, ready for partying late into the night.
Sevva, 25/F, LANDMARK Prince’s, 10 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 1388
Catering to those with double-X chromosomes, the very first women’s only speakeasy in Hong Kong (seriously gents, don’t even try) has landed at the Rosewood. The perfect spot for a girls’ night, the opulent and intimate drinking den caters to ladies who know their tipple, and refreshingly, phone reservations are required. Upon first glance, the cocktail list features sake-, whisky- and Lillet Blanc-based drinks, as well as Champagne spritzers and a whisky and cognac section — expect elegant and aromatic tipples throughout. The bar bites menu stretches from caviar-spiked bikini sandwiches to comforting desserts such as s’mores and chocolate and strawberries.
XX, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 5239 9219
Drink for a Cause at Tell Camellia
When: 23 October, 6–11pm (date changed from 19 October)
Continuing a yearly tradition in lieu of celebrating his birthday, Tell Camellia’s Sandeep Hathiramani is hosting a charity bar event this month, inviting non-bartenders to shake up cocktails to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Five ladies from an array of professions (including yours truly!) has been confirmed for their guest shifts behind the bar, each with a special cocktail to serve on the evening.
Tell Camellia, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9821 5501
Breast Cancer Awareness at Feather & Bone
When: Daily, 11am–4pm
We’re down for any occasion to drink for a good cause: butcher and deli Feather & Bone is hosting a package all month in support of Breast Cancer Aid and Awareness. Partnering with two great wine producers AIX and Duval Leroy, each of Feather & Bone’s branches are offering two-hour free-flow packages on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays all month. Choose HK$188 per person for AIX Rosé or HK$358 for Duval Leroy Brut Champagne. Those preferring to go alcohol-free can also choose a Kombucha Berry Lemonade, available for retail or dine-in. 20 percent of the purchases go to the Portia Cheung Breast Cancer programme — a family-run charity that helps subsidise treatment for patients.
Seven branches including Feather & Bone Wan Chai, Shop A, 5 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2325 6308