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Welcome back to our monthly dining series where we share the latest drink events and happenings in Hong Kong

December calls for one big month of boozing as we welcome the most wonderful time of the year. With Christmas fast approaching, many bars and restaurants across the city are pulling out all the stops with a host of new menus that offer quality drinks paired with delicious bites to make your holidays extra special.

From festive cocktails to tempting happy hour menus and premium whisky tasting experiences, we’re listing the best places to quench your thirst in Hong Kong this month.

Miss our last month's roundup? You can read it here.

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Martell’s pop-up at Landmark Atrium

Legendary cognac house Martell has launched a new pop-up for discerning drinks in Central. Dedicated to showcasing the label’s rich heritage and craftsmanship, the three-month event is packed with a range of exclusive experiences and product offerings, which features over 100 sampling bottles to fully immerse the guests in the world of cognac.

Aside from the virtual tour (HK$180 per person) where guests are invited on a journey exploring Chateau de Chanteloup—the historic maison of the Martell family—and guided on a tasting across Martell’s signature cognacs, the pop-up also offers a unique VSOP blending experience (HK$480 per person) that allows guests to create and bring their own cognac blend home.

The pop-up is now open till February 28, 2022. Make your reservation here.

L’Atelier Martell, Shop B10, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong  

Roji's festive drinks and happenings

Lan Kwai Fong cocktail bar Roji is bringing the festive vibes to their hidden back alley with a roster of opportunities to imbibe. Order a glass of the Roji Mulled Wine to indulge in the season, featuring Yamanashi red wine, vermouth, and cognac infused with Okinawa black sugar and Christmas spices. In terms of celebrations, Roji will be throwing a Jingle Beats Christmas Eve party from 10pm to 3am on December 24, featuring free-flow highballs, Christmas cocktails, mulled wine and sake for HK$638. Alternatively, mark your New Year's Eve for their countdown party, starting first with a dinner at 6pm or 8.30pm, followed by free-flow drinks from HK$598 from 10pm onwards.

Roji, 20A D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong;

Ying Jee Club’s whisky pairing experience

The two-Michelin-starred establishment Ying Jee Club is pairing its consistently good Chinese fare with Scotland’s finest single malt whiskies to offer guests a unique dining experience. 

Available throughout the next 12 months with dishes made of the freshest seasonal ingredients offered on rotation, the menu features five of the restaurant’s most signature creations—including crispy suckling pig, stir-fried lobster, wok-fried Kagoshima A4 wagyu beef, honey-glazed barbecued pork, as well as crispy salted chicken—with an option to pair with whiskey from premium labels, Talisker, Singleton, Mortlach, and Glenkinchie.

The promotion is available from now till October 31, 2022.

Ying Jee Club, Shop G05, 107-108, Nexxus Building, 41 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6882; 

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Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour Christmas cocktails

Known for its impressive collection of gins, speakeasy Dr. Fern's is welcoming the festive season with two limited-edition cocktails. The new creations are: Santa’s Toddy with Christmas Jelly, a warm drink featuring all the luscious ingredients we associate with Christmas such as cinnamon and ginger honey; and Blackberry G&T with Blackberry Gin Jelly that features a blend of Tarquin’s British blackberry gin and London Essence rosemary and grapefruit tonic. Only 10 servings of each cocktail are available at Dr.Fern. 

HK$10 from every limited-edition festive cocktail set sold will be donated to Mind HK, too—what’s not to love?

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9449; 

Club @28’s new happy hour menu

With temperature gradually dropping in Hong Kong these days, there’s no better time to enjoy an alfresco tipple—and one of the top spots to visit for happy hour this month is none other than Crowne Plaza Causeway Bay's rooftop poolside lounge, Club @28.

Check out their new menu and take advantage of the happy hour offer, where you can enjoy a wide selection of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails, alongside delicious bites such as mini hot dogs with French fries, cheese platter, and Japanese dumplings.

Club @28, 28/F, Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3980 3300

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The Glenlivet pop-up at K11 Art Mall

Another exciting drinks event to put on your radar this month, Speyside single malt whiskey label The Glenlivet is presenting a new pop-up at the K11 Art Mall this winter. In addition to showcasing its newest aged creation, The Glenlivet 12-Year-Old Licensed Dram in a limited supply of 300 bottles, the event also features immersive experiences and exclusive tastings, where guests will get to learn about whiskey and sample four different cocktail capsules.

Complimentary engraving services will also be offered during weekends upon purchase of The Glenlivet Prestige Range.

The pop-up is now open till January 15, 2022. Make your reservation here.

K11 Art Mall Atrium, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Alto Adige wine tasting experience

Italian wine enthusiasts are in for a festive treat—as Alto Adige, one of world’s most unique wine regions in the northernmost reach of Italy, is collaborating with 12 restaurants across the city to launch a series of food and wine pairing experiences. The campaign features a stellar lineup of partnering restaurants, including Octavium, Duddell's, Gaia Ristorante, Divino Patio, 121BC, Le Moment, Amelia, Kiki Izakaya and more.

With a millennia-long history of winemaking and a perfect balance of cool Alpine air and Mediterranean climate from southern winds, there's a vast range of reds and whites to sample—more importantly, these wines will be available nowhere else in the city outside of these 12 restaurants, allowing diners to delve into an oft-overlooked wine region of the world. Drop by between December 1 to 31 and ask about the Alto Adige promotions to learn more.


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