Temperatures are dipping rather rapidly now, and it looks like we’re set for a colder Christmas than last year’s lacklustre weather! As anybody who has been to a European Christmas market will tell you, one of the best things to do in the cold is to cradle a cup of hot mulled wine.
Also known as spiced wine, mulled wine is essentially red wine boiled with a wide variety of mulling spices, such as cinnamon, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and more, and also with fruits and juice. The result is an aromatic mug that truly warms you from the heart, surrounding you in a scent cloud that is quintessentially Christmas. Think we’re being overly romantic? Head to the spots below and get some mulled wine to see for yourself! Serving suggestion: with a carolling choir nearby and a loved one by your side.
Instead of going to bars and pubs for drinks, why not make your festivities more special by drinking out in Victoria Harbour? Hong Kong’s iconic harbour cruise on a beautiful junk, Aqua Luna, will be setting sail throughout the Christmas holidays. You can choose between a regular Evening Harbour Cruise or a Late Cruise ($260 for adults; $180 for children), or the Christmas Cruise ($345 for adults; $240 for children), which will run from 23 to 26 December. Guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of festive mulled wine on-board, with stunning views of the city as the perfect accompaniment.
Aqua Luna, Central Pier 9, Man Kwong Street, Central | (+852) 2116 8821
Maximal Concepts’ excellent range of restaurants and bars will be serving up everyone’s favourite hot alcoholic drink. Stockton, one of our favourite speakeasies to pop into, is the perfect place to lean back with a warm cup of tangy cinnamony goodness—you’ll likely bump into us there. Pop into Mercedes me if you get tired running around Central doing last-minute Christmas shopping and let the cheeky drink revive you.
Maximal’s other locations will be making mulled wines with unique twists according to each of their individual concepts. Brickhouse’s mulled wine will include Mezcal and apple spices as a nod to its Mexican inspirations and Thai restaurant Sip Song’s version will be infused with Sangsam rum and kaffir lime. All mulled wine varieties will cost $70 regardless of location. Intrigued? So are we!
Stockton, 32 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2989 3788
Mercedes me, Shop 38–40, G/F, 48 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2598 7080
Brickhouse, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central | (+852) 2898 3788
Sip Song, Shop 114 and 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2898 3788
We do love a good Christmas dinner, but year in year out it’s the same fare. If you want to shake things up a little this year, Duddell’s is your best bet. Their Christmas Brunch ($770 for adults; $400 for children below 10) will be running from 24 to 26 December and includes stations dedicated to crispy sucking pig and Peking duck, dim sum, and premium seafood options.
Upgrade to the $988 package for free-flow Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, cocktails like Bellinis, mimosas, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary, espresso martinis, and of course, homemade mulled wine.
Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191
This friendly joint always serves up a good roast, and they don’t disappoint this Christmas either! Until the end of the year, diners can get a veritable feast for $650 per person. Expect festive scotch eggs, roast turkey with all the trimmings, ham, pigs in blankets, mince pies, and much more.
The package also includes two and a half hours of free-flow drinks; beers, wines, prosecco, spirits, and seasonal cocktails are available, including our favourite, mulled wine.
Three Blind Mice, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 2447 7793
Really, what’s with all these animal-named restaurants with amazing festive feasts? If you’re looking to truly throw out all the stops, head on down to Mr Wolf for their Christmas Day Menu ($1,200). Plenty of sharing starters, turkey, ham, duck fat roasted potatoes, and much more await you. The mains are followed by a cheese selection, Christmas puddings, and mince pies.
The best part is that it includes four whole hours of free-flow drinks. Go ham on the mulled wine, prosecco, and house reds and whites!
Mr Wolf, 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2526 0838
Hong Kong’s night views really hit different, so pop on over to The Beer Bay and order a mulled wine to warm your hands with before you spend an evening gazing out across Victoria Harbour. Their mulled wine is $60 for a small serving, $99 for a pint, and $85 for a top-up. Stroll along the harbourfront and take in the view, or perch on the seating areas dotted around if you can find a good busker performing nearby for extra ambience.
The Beer Bay, Pier 3 and 4, Central Ferry Pier, Man Kwong Street, Central | (+852) 3481 7290
While not exactly a classic mulled wine, Back Bar is serving similar tipples with a twist. Heung Hau ($110) is a homemade mulled wine syrup mixed with hot water, and is a great warming drink to relax with, while cocktail fans will most likely prefer the Mulled Spritz ($130), a cold tipple made with the same mulled wine syrup but topped with sparkling wine.
Back Bar, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 2555 0628
Feather & Bone will present two delicious Christmas sharing menus, and both come with mulled wine to toast the festivities with. For $550, diners are treated to a spread of olives, oysters, and quality cured meats, a Roast Turkey Roulade centrepiece, fig and cinnamon stuffing, pork sausages, and many more fantastic sides. A vegetarian option is also available for the same price. Do note that a minimum party of four are required for Christmas bookings.
Feather & Bone, locations across Hong Kong
It doesn’t matter if you’ll be travelling—you can still get your warm festive fix at the Plaza Premium Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport. Between 16 and 20 December, there will be various Christmas events happening in Plaza Premium lounges worldwide, including Santa giving out special offers. Guests are welcome to mingle while waiting for their flights and mulled wine and festive dishes will be available. Yet another reason to head to the airport early!
Plaza Premium Lounge, near Gates 1 and 40, Hong Kong International Airport, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Chek Lap Kok | (+852) 2181 8888
Until December 29, the talented beverage team at The Upper House will be creating a range of traditional festive classics and new cocktails, and of course mulled wine is on the menu. The new drinks are also interesting because they are inspired by Asian ingredients. For example, the Ginseng Toddy ($125) contains the traditional herbal remedy balanced with cinnamon and rosemary, and Sesame Nog ($125) is based on the classic black sesame soup dessert, with creamy and comforting flavours.
Café Gray Deluxe, 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 3968 1106
The popular rooftop bar on eastside of the Island will serve Christmas drinks as well. Apart from the red wine base, their Sugar Mulled Wine will also contain Hennessy VSOP, orange and Angostura bitters, Crème de cassis, and a mix of fruits with a dash of chilli and lime to spice things up a bit.
Sugar will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve party themed ‘All That Sparkles’ so rock up in your best glittery outfit and warm up with a glass or five of mulled wine while enjoying the harbour views from up high.
Sugar, 32/F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo | (+852) 3968 3738