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Despite bar closures and the evening dine-in ban, you can indeed still get your drink fix in town. From tipples at charming bistros to delicious brunch eats paired with free-flow drinks at five-star establishments, these are the best places to day drink in Hong Kong this month

With Hong Kong on the verge of a fifth wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, the government is re-imposing strict restrictions on the restaurant industry. Starting from January 7 (Friday), dining after 6pm will be banned in restaurants, while bars and pubs are required to close to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. But that doesn’t mean the party has to stop—many of the city’s most celebrated restaurants are still up and running to offer us quality food and drinks during the day.

Scroll down to see our roundup of the best places to day drink in Hong Kong. Whether it’s seasonal cocktails or an indulgent brunch experience with bottomless drinks you’re after, there’s something to suit all tastes. 

Editor's note: Social distancing rules are currently in force in Hong Kong, please make sure you follow the latest government guidelines and be responsible when visiting the restaurants listed below. All the dining promotions mentioned in the article are still happening on the date of original publication, please refer to the restaurants' official websites and social media platforms for the latest information before visiting. 

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1. Quiero Más

From offering a stylish and relaxed dining setting to delivering top-notch modern Mediterranean fare, Quiero Más doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant recently launched a brand-new brunch menu, treating guests to a lavish Mediterranean spread featuring delicacies such as pan-fried lobster, roasted suckling pig, carbonara pasta, accompanied by desserts and a tempting selection of cocktails handcrafted by award-winning beverage manager Vincent Chue.

Highlights of the drink menu include Purple Rain, a unique blend of sweet and floral Mediterranean flavours; and the New Fashioned, an innovative take on the classic Old Fashioned recipe.

Quiero Más’ new brunch menu is available every weekend from 12pm to 3pm.

Quiero Más, 20/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2383 0268; quieromas.hk 

2. Foxglove

Foxglove has launched a fun jazz-inspired drinks menu to lift your spirit this season. Curated by a team of passionate mixologists, new cocktails to look forward to include The Girl From Ipanema—a sweet ode to the famous song by Grammy award-winner Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1965; Nettai Tropical Jazz—which is named after a celebrated Japanese Latin jazz band, featuring tropical Asian flavours; as well as the Bloodiest Saxophone Smash, which features a refreshing mix of coconut, yuzu and apricot shrub.

Aside from the cocktail programme, Foxglove has also unveiled a new dim sum brunch menu, welcoming guests to enjoy all the classic Cantonese dishes paired with live performances. Oh, and did we mention that the menu also comes with free-flow packages? Complete your brunch experience with unlimited champagne, house wines, beers and cocktails.

Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2116 8948; mingfathouse.com/foxglove

(Foxglove is now open daily from 12-6pm, offering happy hour deals on weekdays from 12-6pm.)

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3. Pirata Group

While it’s back to the dreaded work week after all that partying last month, you can still cure your post-holiday blues with Pirata Group’s month-long dining programme featuring free-flow drinks. Throughout the month, some of the group’s most popular restaurants—including The Optimist, TokyoLima, Chaiwala, Meats and Honjo—will be participating in the new “Wet January” campaign, rolling out special lunch and early dinner menus with an hour of unlimited prosecco, white and red wines offered.

More details of Pirata Group’s new dining programme will be announced soon. Follow them on Instagram or visit the official website here for the latest information.

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4. Musubi Hiro

If you love Japanese food, Musubi Hiro is where you’ll want to be on weekends this month. In celebration of the arrival of 2022, the izakaya-inspired gastropub has launched a selection of tempting lunch sets that showcases the freshest seasonal produce and ingredients.

Tuck into delicious bowls, and feast on exquisite dishes such as crispy fried chicken, juicy braised beef cheek slices and fried Japanese oysters. All lunch sets come with unlimited servings of beer, mocktails and soft drinks to offer you a truly memorable dining experience.

Musubi Hiro, G/F, 37 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 5597 6911; musubihiro.com  

5. Somm and MO Bar at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

If you ask any foodie where the best brunch eats in town are, chances are they’ll point you in the direction of Somm—the luxury restaurant at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. A good selection of menus is available here, but what really gets our attention is the SOMMkind of Brunch offer, which includes a variety of small plates for sharing, delicious main dishes and exquisite desserts to round off the meal. A 90-minute free-flow of sparkling wine, seasonal wine-based cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages including fresh juices, coffee and tea will be offered as well.

The restaurant is also serving up early dinner menus (starting from 4pm every day) and refined drinks daily from 11am to 5:30pm to quench your thirst.

For seafood lovers, MO Bar's brunch menu is not to be missed. Featuring everything from tuna tataki to prawn salad, spider crab linguine and lobster eggs benedict, the package also includes a generous free-flow of seasonal cocktails, Moet & Chandon champagne, and more. 

Somm, 7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0055; mandarinoriental.com/the-landmark/somm 

MO Bar, G/F, Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0077; mandarinoriental.com/the-landmark/mo-bar

6. Ruam

Craving a taste of Thailand? Head to Ruam for a full-flavoured feast paired with free-flow booze. The menu begins with scrumptious appetisers for sharing including pork belly skewers, ground pork salad and tom yum kung, followed by the main dish of your choice such as pad Thai or chicken thigh with green curry and rice.

For drinks, there's Singha beer, Bacio Della Luna prosecco, Spectacle Shiraz wine and more to be enjoyed. Just make sure you go with an empty stomach as the dishes are delightfully rich!

Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3160 8535; ruam-thai.com

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7. The Envoy

With its elegant interiors, comfy seating and welcoming ambience, The Envoy is an ideal spot to spend the weekend in style. The restaurant is most famous for its all-you-can-eat brunch menu, where guests can enjoy wide selection of small plates including chicken skewers, deviled eggs, pulled pork mini burger—accompanied by main dishes in generous portions to choose from, such as steak and fries, and Asian-spiced beef pie.

Don’t forget to opt for the free-flow package and complement your meal with unlimited red and white wines, champagne and beer for the ultimate feast.

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311; theenvoy.hk

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