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New Bars: Where to drink in Hong Kong this June

By Ching Yuen 1 June 2020

Bars have now reopened and as excited as we are sure everyone will be, please drink responsibly and maintain social distance measures! Check out some of the most exciting new openings and cocktails to be found in Hong Kong this June.

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New Peel Street cocktails at Mamma Always Said

Meraki Hospitality Group’s newest concept Mamma Always Said has us covered from happy hour and beyond, with wines, beers, and cocktails on the menu for all-day imbibing. Mamma’s wine selection is wide but simple—there are bottles for every occasion, from budget-friendly to something special for “when the boss is paying!”

Their signature cocktails include a speedy pour of the house Negroni ($65) a twist on the classic made with tequila, mezcal, Punt e Mes, Campari, and homemade walnut bitters. For something more exotic on those hot summer days or late nights to come, FOMO (Fruit of Mamma’s Orchard) Daiquiri ($90) is made with dark or white rum and features seasonal fruit, blended rum, infused cordials, lime, and mint.

Mamma Always Said, 42 Peel Street, Central

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Indian cocktails at CHAAT

Ready to rock up Hong Kong’s dining scene is Rosewood Hong Kong’s newest restaurant venture that brings a bold rendition of India’s street snack culture to a refined setting boasting sweeping skyline views. CHAAT’s beverage list highlights refreshing cocktails, Indian spirits, lassis and artisanal soft drinks. Additionally, their wine list features an extensive selection of Portuguese and rare Indian wines specially curated by the director of wines, Nicolas Deneux.

CHAAT’s Colonies Cocktails menu comprises of cocktails named after wealthy European settlers and traders that once established rule throughout the Indian subcontinent, such as the signature Holland ($120) infused with Geneva gin, raspberry, rose, lemon and egg white, and Britain ($120) made with Scotland’s native scotch whisky, plum, and liquorice. Anyone who wants to stay away from alcohol can also join in the fun and indulge in specially crafted mocktails such as “Chaat” Nimbu Pani ($70), a cooling spiced drink for summer that is often referred to as the “Indian Lemonade.”

CHAAT, Level Five, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 5239 9220

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Cocktails with a view at Harbourside Grill

Ocean Terminal is also introducing new restaurant concepts, with Harbourside Grill being their latest addition that offers stunning panoramic views of the harbour on their terrace, innovative cuisine, ground-breaking mixology and crisp, attentive service.

Highlights of the cocktail menu include the Sherry Cobbler ($118), a marriage of Fino sherry, fresh grapefruit juice, St Germaine liqueur, fresh pineapple juice, and a dash of honey water. Rosy ($128) is also a bold and sophisticated drink made of dry gin, calvados, triple sec, grenadine and lemon. They also have a range of picture-perfect mocktails for all social-media-savvy diners, the Staycation ($88), with fresh sugarcane juice, fresh pineapple juice, coconut, and lime; and the earthy Morning Walk ($88), a blend of fresh beetroot juice, lemon and ginger beer.

Harbourside Grill, Harbour City, Shop OTE401, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2619 9100

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Maison Mumm RSRV Champagne at Le Pan and Arcane

As a drink renowned for its food pairing ability and the exclusive nature, Maison Mumm’s RSRV champagne is delighted to announce the launch of the members-only RSRV club and the partnerships with two prestigious restaurants in Hong Kong, Arcane & Le Pan aiming to offer our beloved guests an extraordinary dining experience. To celebrate the partnership, Arcane and Le Pan have launched two pairing menus dedicated to RSRV. Arcane ($2,280) & Le Pan’s ($2,380) menus are paired with four Maison Mumm RSRV champagnes and aim to offer gourmets and wine connoisseurs a splendid gastronomic experience.

The Maison Mumm RSRV Cuvée 4.5 is one of the most popular champagnes within the brand that brings out notes of fruit, honey and vanilla. It is also one of the most flexible champagne pairings that work with vegetables, fish or savoury bites such as caviar. Another highlight of the collection is the Maison Mumm RSRV Lalou 2006, the last pairing on both menus that works wonders with the mains and dessert, with aromas of candied lemon, pear marmalade and sweet pastry notes.

Arcane, 3/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 2728 0178

Le Pan, Ground Floor, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Road, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 3188 2355

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Classic cocktails redefined at THE POET

THE POET is a boutique bar that specialises in making quality cocktails. To the team, poets are often associated with the pleasures of drinking in all times and culture, exactly how a poem brings out different sensations within you. They are poets who write with cocktails.

They stand by the concept of sticking to the classic mixing techniques with their own twists, one of which is infusion. By soaking fresh ingredients in pre-existing liquor, new flavour combinations can arise, such as nori-infused gin, mango and lime-infused bourbon, cilantro-infused vodka and many more. Their signatures cocktails redefine classics, such as Skinny Mary that reinterprets the popular Bloody Mary. The drink is light and clear with a much thinner texture that still shows the amazing sweetness of fresh tomatoes. To shake things up even more, it uses nori-infused gin as the base liquor to bring you the divine taste of the ocean!

THE POET, G/F No.13, Staunton Street, Central | (+852) 9880 1550

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Father’s Day cocktail at The Dispensary

If you're looking for something special to do and drink for this year's Father's Day, The Dispensary bar is presenting a limited-edition Father’s Day cocktail, served only from Monday 15th June until Sunday 21st June. The Noble One ($118), is made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Taylor Fine Tawny port, plum sake, aromatic cocoa bitters and is garnished with dry plum and cherry. Treat your father to a drink this week or even order it for yourself if you like, there's nothing holding you back!

The Dispensary, Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2848 3000

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HENRY

With a dedicated cocktail bar inside the restaurant that comfortably seats 12 guests, as well as a terrace that overlooks Salisbury Road, HENRY’s drinks menu designed by director of bars Arkadiusz Rybak boasts an impressive selection of American beers, bourbon and rye whiskey, as well as gin, rum, and agave varieties.

Their newly launched Sunday Lunch also comes with Sunday Lunch specials drinks, such as Bloody Mary ($120) made with vodka, Ocho Blanco tequila, clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi’s, tabasco, sea salt, Tajin pepper and lime juice, and Paloma ($120) created with Ocho Blanco tequila, lime and grapefruit soda. HENRY has also prepared a list of its owned barrel-aged cocktails, such as the Peach Boulevardier ($120) with Woodford Reserve, Mancino Rosso, Cynar, Merlet Crème de Peche and peach bitters.

HENRY, 5/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732

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Ching Yuen

Editor

Having lived in Hong Kong, Beijing, and London sure is a fun fact whenever people try to guess Ching’s accent. She loves switching between all these language channels and her ‘mother tongue’ is just determined by how many drinks she’s had for the night! She loves movies, travelling, and exploring cities, from hidden alleys to gourmet dining, so feel free to hit her up if you need any suggestions for dinner!

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