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New Bars: Where to drink in Hong Kong this November

By Ching Yuen 25 October 2019
Autumn is finally here, and while it gradually cools down in Hong Kong, we’re on the lookout for cosy bars and next-level mixology. Check out some of the most exciting new bars and cocktail menus to be found in Hong Kong this November.

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Modern Malaysian cocktails at Jalan

Jalan is the newest venture from the team behind Uma Nota and BEDU, celebrating the diversity of Malaysian street food in a modernized setting. The menu bears similarities to the hawker-style menu you can find in Malaysian food markets and street stalls but with a modern twist. Their drinks are dedicated to the years of disco, with signatures like the Heart of Pisco ($95) made with a refreshing mix of Peruvian brandy, Melonade, kumquat and lime as well as the Masala Mule ($85) which takes you on a journey through different spices. There’s also a menu for those who are out “for a good time, not a long time”, with cocktails priced at $60–$75 for an early evening or for night owls! Jalan, 42 Peel Street, Central | (+852) 2386 2216

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Drinks with a view at Zeng

The latest sky-high bar and eatery to land in Hong Kong, ZENG brings innovative international cocktails and cuisine to V Point in Causeway Bay this autumn. Located on the 30th floor, Zeng offers a stunning 270-degree view of Victoria Harbour and its surrounding cityscape. With a name that means “positivity” in Chinese, a carefully-curated drinks list is presented to guests to showcases the bar team’s creativity. The Feng, Lin, Huo, Shan, a series of four different shots inspired by Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, is one of their signatures. As delicious as it is entertaining, this creative libation is one of two interactive shooters devised by ZENG’s mixologists that double as drinking games to be enjoyed by all. Zeng, 30/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2353 0053

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Hong Kong-inspired drinks at Lee Lo Mei

Lee Lo Mei, Central’s quirkiest restaurant and bar returns to the bustling corner of Lyndhurst Terrace, re-joining Lee Ho Sing in the Lee family of restaurants. With a new look and exciting new menus, Lee Lo Mei takes the retro dining trend to the next-level through vibrant old-school-style interiors and nostalgic foods that tell the stories of Hong Kong’s past by recreating the city’s favourite flavours. We absolutely adore the dish names as well as the drink names, often using Cantonese puns that also roughly translate into something funny in English as well. Our ultimate favourite is, of course, the Yakult Fizz ($128), whose Chinese name is a pun on Yakult’s famous commercial line. Have you had one today yet? Lee Lo Mei, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central | (+852) 2896 7688

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The glamourous return of Sevva

Following major refurbishment works over the summer months, Hong Kong’s most glamourous dining and entertaining rooftop hotspot is back! SEVVA’s Harbourside dining room has been revitalised with a unique sculptural installation adorning the 20-feet-tall ceiling. The kaleidoscopic floral dome within is adorned with a hundred thousand silk flowers and 36 custom-made chandeliers in an explosion of colours. The patented chandeliers, each 1.7 metres long, and features over 76,000 pieces of hand-crafted crystals with over 10 shapes and 20 jewelled tones. Who doesn’t want to be sipping their cocktails under this? Sevva, 25/F, Landmark Prince’s, 10 Charter Road, Central | (+852) 2537 1388
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 Sustainable Balinese at Poem

TRI s recently based at The Pulse, we were sad to see that instagrammable Balinese restaurant go. However, they promised us that they will be back and indeed they are! The successor to it is Poem Restaurant, conveniently located at LKF Tower, serving sustainable Balinese cuisine to the masses. Poem does not deviate far from TRI, having purposefully relocated all the previous bamboo they used in TRI's decor, they were then moulded again to fit Poem's image. From wall decor to chairs and table stands, the bamboo imported directly from Bali sure elevates the restaurant and bar. Be sure to fit up the tropical bar for their happy hour, with drinks starting from $40 and cocktails from $80! Poem, 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2810 6166

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Truffle cocktail at the Dispensary

With white truffles sourced from Savini Tartufi as the centrepiece, master mixologists at the Dispensary in Tai Kwun have created the White Truffle Encounter ($288). This exclusive cocktail is made with truffle fat-washed Ketel One Vodka, Lillet Blanc Vermouth, and clarified tomato juice, topped with a piece of shaved white truffle. This truffle bomb of a cocktail comes with two bar snacks, the Wagyu Beef & Black Pepper Puff as well as the White Truffle Har Gow. For extra indulgence, you can also top both snacks with even more white truffle shavings for an elevated experience. The Dispensary, Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Road, Central | (+852) 2848 3000

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Home-grown herb cocktail at Aqua Spirit

Using state-of-the-art agricultural technology to grow non-indigenous herbs, Aqua Spirit has created a limited-edition cocktail spotlighting the signature ‘homegrown’ herb, Pakuchi. Sourced from Japan, the peppery green leaf is amongst three other plants grown inside the restaurant. Muddled with Tanqueray No. 10, honey, lemonade, lemon juice and fresh lime, the Pakuchi Collins ($120) will star as the new welcome cocktail presented to guests at aqua’s Because Brunch; served in a cute miniature plant pot topped with a dried lime slice and eco-friendly potato straws to sip through, or otherwise presented in a delicate dim sum basket when ordered from the weekday menu. Aqua Spirit, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3427 2288

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Umami cocktail at Kakure

Now that we are well into truffle season, Kakure pays homage to the fifth sense of taste—umami—with an exclusive truffle cocktail. Hidden in Landmark, the restaurant bar serve contemporary Japanese cuisine and drinks. From now until November 30, you can try the Umami-Tini, mixologist Sharad Chhetri’s vodka-based martini made with truffle zest, umami bitters, and mentaiko-stuffed olives. The savoury bursts of flavour will no doubt give you a brand new drinking experience. Kakure, M 20–24, M/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central | (+852) 2522 9990

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Ching Yuen

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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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