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Creatively Cool Cocktails for Arts Month

By Sophie Pettit 14 March 2016

It isn't only art galleries and theatres that have been bitten by the creative bug this month - Hong Kong's talented cocktail connoisseurs have been hard at work whipping up delicious creations in honour of the most arty month in our city's social calendar. With these tantalising masterpieces up for grabs, there's no better excuse to hit the bar and raise a glass or two. Cheers to art!


M Bar

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We can't think of anywhere we would rather sip on an Art Basel cocktail than in the Mandarin Oriental's swanky high rise M bar. For the fourth year running, the prestigious Mandarin Oriental has been selected as the official hotel partner of Art Basel, so it comes as no surprise to learn they have pulled out all the stops with their artistic cocktail creations. Indulge in the espresso, vanilla, and chocolate flavours of their Film cocktail, and lap up the view of Hong Kong's glittering skyline. If you fancy something a little more floral, then you might enjoy the elderflower liqeur, blueberries, lavender bitters, and organic gin fusion in the Discoveries cocktail. When: March 14 - 27, (Monday - Friday, 11am - 12.45am; Saturday, 5pm - 12.45am; Sunday - 5pm - 11.45pm) Where: M Bar, 25/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central How much: $148 Click here for more information

The Woods 

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If you go down to The Woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. Tucked away on Hollywood Road, this dimly lit hang out is giving its cocktail menu an artistic makeover, inspired by the most influential contemporary artists of our time. The Princess of Polka Dots, 86-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, has sent The Woods dotty with her hallucinatory works. The liquid version, Dots Obsession Russian, blends chocolate absinthe and sake, topped with a white chocolate dome, and Kusama's signature polka dots. Keep your eye out for super-sized balloon olives floating around in Jeff Koones inspired Balloon Olive martinis, abstract ink swirling through gummy bear-flavoured DRNK shooters in honour of Christopher Wool, and Ai Wei Wei style crab and sunflower bar snacks. Deliciously surreal! When: March 21 - 28, (6pm -  2am, closed on Sunday) Where: The Woods, L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central How much: $65 - $155, (15% discount for Art Basel and Art Central VIP ticket holders) Visit their website for more information

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Absolut Art Bar

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Step into artist James Ostrer's multi-coloured world of beanbag chairs and material wealth rugs, and taste the rainbow at the Absolut Art Bar. Join Guru Jimmy, Ostrer's alter-ego, at this quirky Art Central pop up, and sip on a selection of three vibrant cocktails in celebration of Absolut Vodka's limited edition Vodka Mix bottle. From the citrusy Guru Jimmy's Happy Ending, to the floral infused Guru Jimmy's Absolute Spirituality, these artistic creations are not only delicious, but made with only natural ingredients and sugars. The fun doesn't stop there either, as ZUMA will be pairing an additional four cocktails with vibrant sushi dishes, so you can sip and feast as you check out Ostrer's latest photography series, Wotsit All About, on the walls. If you don't get a chance to taste these exciting drinks at Art Central, don't panic - the same three cocktails, created by Guru Jimmy and Maximal Concepts, will also be available at Limewood until the end of April. When: Art Central - March 12 -26; ZUMA - March 21 - 28; Limewood - until April 30 Where: Art Central Street Food Area, Central Harbourfront Event Space; ZUMA, 5-6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central; Limewood, Shop 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay How much: $100 Click here for more information

Read more! Check out Art Central Returns with Cutting Edge Programme


Honi Honi

[caption id="attachment_49854" align="aligncenter" width="660"]20160224031030 Thai Art Basil ($120)[/caption] Hong Kong's favourite Tiki bar, Honi Honi, is tapping into your inner bohemian with their Thai Art Basil creation in honour of the much-anticipated Art Basel show. This concoction of homemade Thai Basil syrup, zesty grapefruit, lime, blood orange juices, and a kick of Eristsff Vodka will whisk you away to sunny climes - whatever the weather. This tropical delight is free to customers who present their Art Basel ticket at the bar from March 22 to 26, so don't miss out on a freebie tipple to remember! When: Until March 31, (Monday - Friday, 5pm - 2am; Saturday, 6pm - 2am; Sunday, 3pm - 11pm) Where: Honi Honi, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central How much: $120 (free if you show your Art Basel ticket) Visit their website for more information

Artesian

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Mixology maestro, Rajendra Limbu, has really raised the bar with his three show-stopping liquid impressions of globally renowned masterpieces. Head to The Langham Hotel's swanky Artesian bar and marvel at Vincent Van Gough's infamous Starry Night swirls, admire the melting clock face of Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory, and round the evening off with a geometric tipple inspired by Piet Mondrian's Tableau I. These intricate designs stand alone as works of art, so it's no wonder that reservations are an absolute must. When: March 23 - April 30, (Sunday - Thursday, 3.30pm- 1am; Friday - Saturday, 3.30pm - 2am) Where: Artesian, The Langham Hotel, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui How much: $158 (make sure you book ahead!) Click here for more information
Read more! Check out what arty events are in store as Arts Month Returns to Hong Kong, or spend 5 Minutes With: Beckaly Franks of The Pontiac.

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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