For those who love imbibing and being in the know, you won’t want to wait long to hit up XX. The opening of this refined ladies-only speakeasy, inspired by the pair of XX chromosomes that distinguish females from other genders, is hot off the press. Hidden inside the distinguished Rosewood Hong Kong, this stylish bar provides an intimate and cosy oasis for all the ladies in town, with expert drinks inspired by the hotel’s own botanical garden. Remember to make a reservation beforehand for the password before you can step into this reserved speakeasy!
XX, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 5239 9219
Critically-acclaimed gin brand Monkey 47 will be climbing to the highest bar in the world, Ozone in Ritz-Carlton, for one month only. Taking the form of a pop-up gin bar, innovative concoctions will be served by Ozone’s bar manager Oscar Mena using this unusual gin from Germany. To complement the Black Forest roots of Monkey 47’s distillery, executive chef Peter Find has created a German-inspired menu to enhance this special experience. Better go check out whatever funny monkey business will be going on! The pop-up runs from October 7 until November 17.
Ozone, 118/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
High above on On Lan Street, the Lounge at ZEST by Konishi is the perfect space in which to break up the day, celebrate its end, or prepare for gastronomic indulgence downstairs. The west-facing terrace ensures a stunning way to watch sunsets, with the bar serving complimentary house-made snacks from 5pm-8pm. If you’re a lover of fine whisky, you won’t want to miss the arrival of an eight-bottle, temperature-controlled whisky dispenser from Italy, one of few in the city. Their signature Eau De Mer is served in a seashell with caviar-infused rum, white port, house-made seaweed syrup, and earthy Roots Mastic liqueur, made from a medicinal resin from the Greek island of Chios. Talk about drinking in the lap of luxury!
ZEST by Konishi, 28–29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central | (+852) 2715 0878
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Based on the Japanese myth of the Hannya mask, Gishiki Lounge endeavours to transport guests to an otherworldly cocktail experience in their secretive lounge. With pressed and flavoured ice blocks and a liquid-sprayed Gishiki Lounge logo, the team here offers up some seriously next-level mixology. They offer a set of 18 libations, from international craft spirits and signature sakes to organic wines. You can even request a tailored omakase experience!
Gishiki, LG1/F, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road | (+852) 2123 4567
Hong Kong’s first contemporary tea cocktail bar, Tell Camellia, is tucked in an alley in H Code in true speakeasy fashion. Led by industry veterans and co-founders Sandeep Hathiramani and Gagan Gurung, Tell Camellia introduces a unique cocktail drinking experience based on exotic teas sourced from around the world. Take a whirlwind trip to the land of the rising sun with Japan, a cocktail that celebrates the local delicacies, tea culture, and minimalistic style of the Japanese. Did we mention that the cup floats?
Tea Camellia, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 9821 5501
Addressing a gap in the market for an affordable yet serious wine destination, ThinkWine introduces a sophisticated new wine and food-pairing experience to the city’s discerning drinkers. Stocking close to 600 different wines, the extensive Chateau to Table menu at ThinkWine showcases an alluring diversity of wine terroir, appellations, and vintages rarely found in Hong Kong. ThinkWine also invites guests to taste and experience wines from countries such as Australia, Italy, Spain, and Germany, as well as from less-represented countries such as Lebanon and Morocco. True wine connoisseurs will want to plan a visit.
ThinkWine, 2/F, 4 Shelley Street, Central | (+852) 2886 3121
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Launching a new sake-based cocktail series, Nojo is presenting a blend of traditional sake with modern spirits. Their speciality cocktails include Rock’n Tonic ($98), a mixture of Japanese Roku Gin with tonic water and green tea, topped with yuzu peel, lime, and rosemary. Occupying over 2,100 square feet, Nojo boosts an open kitchen and bar and alfresco terrace seats, creating an inviting space to enjoy an after work libation and their new cocktails.
Nojo, Shop 5, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 2415 1333
As this truffle season begins, La Petite Maison is bringing the famed Delicatesse ($110) cocktail from La Petite Maison Dubai to their H Queen’s restaurant. A complex twist on an Old Fashioned, the short drink is an elegant yet sophisticated cocktail inspired by autumn. It features a harmonising blend of Diplomatico Riserva Rum, East India Sherry, nut bitters, truffle honey, and a touch of date balsamic vinegar. This earthy yet sweet cocktail is a perfect addition to truffle season.
La Petite Maison, Shop 1, 1/F, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 2887 1113
SAKETEN is an intimate boutique for pre- or post-dinner drinks in the heart of Central. Paying homage to traditional sake retail shops, it focuses on one-on-one, individualised service. Featuring sake from ten breweries—hence the name—SAKETEN showcases their curated collection on rotation on a periodic, seasonal basis. Also on the menu are fruit sakes called kajitsushu, enjoyed on the rocks or with soda. It is also one of the few bars outside Japan offering sake on draft, from kegs flown direct from breweries in Japan in temperature-controlled containers.
SAKETEN, G/F, Shop 4, Lower Block, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 6704 2570
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