The days are a-darkenin’, Starbucks is expecting an imminent surge of Pumpkin Spice Latte orders, cult classic horror shows are rolling out on TV, and costume stores are stocking up on animal-related accessories. It can only mean one thing – Halloween is almost upon us. In the name of the spookiest time of year, bars and restaurants across Hong Kong are whipping up all sorts of Halloween-themed goodies and deals to help us get in the party spirit. Here are some of the best offerings around town, but be warned: side effects of scrolling through this list may induce serious hunger pangs.
1. Namo Avant Thai
From October 25 to 31, Namo is inviting everyone to come and try their creepy cocktails that have been specially crafted for Halloween. Made by resident mixologists, Namo’s frightfully delicious cocktails include the Black Magic Margarita ($128), a classic Margarita mixed with blackberry-infused vodka, the Devil-Tini ($128), a beautiful blood-red ruby cocktail made with blanco tequila, lemon juice, Cointreau, and a splash of red wine, and the Viper’s Venom ($108), a cocktail that is perfect for thrill-seekers looking to add some excitement to their palate with a mix of Grey Goose, Bombay sapphire, Thai red chili, and a hint of cucumber. Pair these up with the restaurant’s signature Thai-pa’s (Thai tapas), and you’re sure to have an unforgettable night.
Namo Avant Thai, Shop G18, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2739 1133
2. Brick Lane
Don’t miss the chance to watch infernal flames burn at Brick Lane this Halloween. We’re not even being hyperbolical, the Hell Fire Flaming Prime Beef Burger ($188) will literally burn you if you’re not careful. Other than the flaming burger, Brick Lane’s smouldering Halloween menu also includes a mouth-watering Hell Fire Marshmallow Cocktail ($95), a creepy R.I.P. Prawn Risotto ($178), and a Mummy Pumpkin Tart ($48) to round off your meal.
Brick Lane, locations in Admiralty, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui
For a blast from the past, look no further than Picada’s Throwback Thriller Night Dinner Party on October 27. You can enjoy a special Latin 4-course Halloween menu ($398) with dishes such as Quinoa Salad or a Shrimp Ceviche, Chicken Chicharron, Grilled Octopus, complete with a Spooky “RIP” Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without some hip-swaying music, right? With Latin hits spinning all night, and special prizes given for guests in the best Halloween costumes, Picada is the perfect place to hang with the gang this Halloween.
Picada, 2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 3425 4037
4. Scarlett Café & Wine Bar
For your pre-game drinks this Hallow’s eve, head over to Scarlett Café & Wine Bar where spooky cocktails are the order of the day. On the night of Halloween only, the wine bar is offering customers a buy-one-get-one-free Champagne Rosé by glass and bottle. So throw on your best costume and prepare to party with the dead while enjoying killer cocktails, deadly beats, and daunting decorations that elicit eerie, devilish feels.
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar, Residence G Hong Kong, 2 Austin Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 3565 6513
5. Pirata Group
Turning up the spooky festivities this year, Pirata Group is bringing a range of ghoulishly delicious bites and drinks across its restaurants in Hong Kong. If you’re looking to fuel up before heading to LKF, dig into MEATS’s carnivorous four-course Halloween menu (pictured above, right) for $360. And if it’s booze that you’re after, the stylish Italian restaurant Pirata will be offering a Halloween inspired, sweet and sour Gin-based cocktail The Mask of Venice (pictured above, left) for $90, which combines Luxado Gin infused with black charcoal, coffee liquor, and more. Barcelona-chic bar, The Optimist, will be turning into a laboratory this Halloween, offering the fruity and sour cocktail Magia Verde (pictured above, middle) for $100 in two vials, mixing blood-red sherry Solera, kumquat liqueur, and sweet pandan syrup, along with a splash of lemon juice and lemonade. Yum!
6. The Drunken Pot
From October 15 to 31, the trendy hot pot specialist, The Drunken Pot, will be spicing up its menu with an array of Halloween themed dishes. Tuck into the new blood-boiling Halloween Pumpkin Truffle Pot ($288) which features rich pumpkin, black truffle, and assorted mushroom broth, along with fried noodles, pumpkin-like squid balls, and a creepy pumpkin carving. Don’t forget to try the Halloween Glutinous Rice Dumpling Balls ($88/3pcs), stuffed with hearty fillings such as melted cheese and pumpkin puree, which is another savoury dish you cannot afford to miss.
The Drunken Pot, locations in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui
Staunton’s Wine Bar and Cafe will be whipping up two themed cocktails to celebrate the Halloween festivities from October 21 to 31. The sweet and sour concoction Black Magic Margarita ($70) is a tequila-based cocktail with triple sec, lime and rimmed with black salt, while the Witches Brew ($70), a vodka-based cocktail with pineapple juice, blue coco, and crème de casis, rimmed with sugar honey and grenadine, is perfect for those who prefer a sweet and fruity blend. What’s more, if you head to Staunton’s on October 31 in your most frightening costume, you could be in with a chance of taking home a bottle of G.H. Mumm champagne!
Staunton’s, 52 – 56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central, (+852) 2973 6611
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