Cover Read our guide to discover the latest news and events from Hong Kong's drink scene (Photo: Courtesy of K11 Artus)

We have been scouring the streets of Hong Kong to find you the best beverages for your delectation. From new bars opening in Central and Tin Hau to seasonal drinks menus, read on to discover what’s new on the city’s drink scene in September 2021

The latter half of the year has brought an exciting series of restaurant openings and culinary pop-ups—from Tatler Dining Kitchen’s ongoing off-menu experiences, to an eclectic mix of street food stalls and specialty restaurants at the revitalised Central Market, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to Hong Kong’s dining scene. 

And among those hottest dining destinations is a slew of drink events happening in town. From a new bar in Lan Kwai Fong that debuted just in time for the upcoming fall nights, to luxury hotels' special menus and seasonal offers, we’re listing the best places to grab a drink in Hong Kong right now. Bring a hungry appetite and a group of fun friends to these bars and restaurants! 

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Late Night Drinks at Popinjays, The Murray, Hong Kong

For in-the-know Hongkongers, a Friday night of some delicious happy hour drinks in a fancy setting calls for a visit to Popinjays. Located on the 26th floor of The Murray Hotel, the rooftop bar and restaurant is known for its elegant dining space and spacious outdoor terrace featuring panoramic city views.

Popinjays has recently extended its dine-in service capacity and operated in a Type D mode of operation, where guests are welcome to visit and stay there with friends every Friday and Saturday until 1am. All the staff at the hotel are fully vaccinated that guarantees a safe and enjoyable experience.

Those looking to indulge shouldn’t miss out on their new free-flow package, which includes two hours of free-flow drinks ranging from beers, wines, classic cocktails and premium spirits.

Date: Sunday to Thursday

Time: 9:30-11:30 pm

Price: HK$441 per person

Make your reservation here

Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888

See also: The Best Al Fresco Restaurants And Rooftop Bars In Hong Kong

Beer Garden at The Murray, Hong Kong

A great place to fill up the rest of your warm-weather weekends with drinking, dining and lounging outdoors. The Murray’s iconic Cotton Tree Terrace has been transformed into a stylish beer garden, with a wide selection of beers available to order for pre-or post-dinner rendezvous. The pop-up also features a menu of deliciously authentic British light bites, including burgers, cottage pies, salads and many more to complement your drinks.

Date: Monday to Friday

Time: 12-5pm

Price: From HK$38 per pint; HK$500 per person (voucher including food) 

Make your reservation here

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3141 8888

Quality Goods Club, a new bar in Central

New to the city’s ever-growing drink scene is Quality Goods Club. Co-founded by acclaimed mixologist Beckaly Franks of The Pontiac, this speakeasy-style bar is tucked away in the corner of Hollywood Road and Lyndhurst, with live acts playing every night and all the quality drinks you’d expect from the best bars in the area, if not the city. The vibe here is relaxed and cheerfully intimate, with decent food and an extensive list of cocktails, red and white wines to boot. This bar regularly hosts music events at night, so make sure you check their schedule on Instagram before visiting to catch your favourite performances!

Quality Goods Club (down the stairs between Hollywood Road and Lyndhurst); instagram.com/thequalitygoodsclub  (walk-in only)

New bar in Lan Kwai Fong, Shuffle

A new bar to add to Lan Kwai Fong’s already rich nightlife portfolio, Shuffle stands out with its speakeasy vibes and stylish setting inspired by playing cards. The bar and lounge area inside features 300 bottles that have been programmed to illuminate in unison with music beats, delivering an immersive clubbing experience like no other.

Good atmosphere and cool interiors aside, it’s the unique cocktail menu that’s really worth rhapsodising over. Featuring everything from the refreshing Jack’s Blend to the signature High Roller cocktail, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

Shuffle, 19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6016 8965; shufflehk.com (opens on Tuesday to Thursday from 6pm to 12am; Friday from 6pm to 3:59am and Saturday from 8pm to 3:59am) 

Negroni Week 2021 at Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is pulling out all the stops this season with a series of new drink events. During the third week for September, the hotel’s beloved bars and restaurants, including Clipper Lounge, Café Causette, The Chinnery, Captain’s Bar, The Aubrey, Mandarin Grill + Bar, Man Wah, The Mandarin Cake Shop will be offering variations of Negroni cocktails to celebrate one of the world’s greatest cocktails.

Part of the proceeds of the campaign will be donated to Water For People, a non-profit organisation that helps communities in rural parts of developing countries gain access to drinkable and potable water and sanitation facilities. What a great way to kickstart a new month by supporting a good cause while enjoying refreshing drinks.

Date: September 13 – 19

Cocktail Pairing Dinner with Guest Bartender Antonio Lai at Mandarin Grill + Bar

Food and cocktail lovers rejoice! Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar is rolling out an exclusive dinner menu this month, where diners will be treated to a three-course dinner paired with five handcrafted cocktails by Antonio Lai, award-winning mixologist and co-founder of Tastings Group. Highlights of the menu include the signature homemade smoked salmon, grilled watermelon with burrata and piquillo peppers, as well as slow-roasted USDA prime rib of beef that promise an elevated dining experience.

Date: September 23, 2021

Price: HK$1,288 per person

Mandarin Grill + Bar, 1/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4004

Oktoberfest 2021 at Mandarin Oriental

Here to celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest with a bang. Captain Bar at Mandarin Oriental will be offering all kinds of German beers, including Löwenbräu and Franziskaner Weissbier, as well as a selection of mouth-watering German specialtes featuring curruywurst, Weisswurst sausage, meatloaf and apple strudel that make for a truly indulgent celebration.

Date: September 17 – October 2, 2021

Price: From HK$112 

Quinary's new special cocktails

When Quinary opened in Soho in 2012, it quickly became the city’s buzziest spot thanks to its flamboyant drink creations and magnetic vibes. Just a few years later and it was crowned one of the World’s Best Bars (2013-2017) and had topped Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for five consecutive years, and, in 2021, it’s still one of Hong Kong’s coolest bars under the creative direction of star mixologist Antonio Lai.

To celebrate Italian liqueur Amaro Santoni’s first appearance in Hong Kong, Quinary will be transformed into a Florentine Garden with vines and colourful flowers, offering two floral-themed cocktails to transport you to an Italian summer. One of the new drinks is Bomba Rosa—a refreshing and fizzy blend of Tanqueray Gin, carbonated watermelon juice, re-distilled green tea and yuzu sorbet. There’s also the Santoni Spritz, which showcases Prosecco from northeast of Italy, elevating the complex yet exquisite taste of the amaro with its bubbly note to conjure images of bold, stylish characters Italian ladies.

The new seasonal cocktails are limited to 10 orders per day. Guests who order any two of the limited edition cocktails will get a chance to take photos at the interactive photo booth for free as well.

Date: From now till September 30

Quinary, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 3223; quinary.hk

Penicillin 's new menu

Championing a closed-loop system of production with a dedication to reducing waste and carbon footprint, the award-winning bar Penicillin has unveiled the first revamp of its entire cocktail, organic ferments and food menu since opening in November last year.

Expect to be impressed by a new cocktail menu featuring innovative drinks inspired by the five elements (concrete, wood, ceramic, metal and glass)—including the new edition of One Penicillin, One Tree made of chocolate whisky and avocado stone sourced from local Spanish eatery; the earthy drink There is No Planet B featuring papaya tequila and whiskey, Osmanthus bitter and sandalwood was vermouth; as well as the exquisite Braiding Sweetgrass made from cacao-butter rum, sour watercress and frothed local tofu. All of the new cocktails are even named after books and novels on the theme of sustainability.

Feeling peckish? Choose from a variety of new seasonal eats such as the fries with potato infused in togarashi and lemongrass mayo; hot dog with spicy pork; Penicillin burger with Beyond Meat vegetarian patties; as well as assorted skewers.

Penicillin, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 9880 7995; penicillinbar.com 

HYC Bar & Lounge’s x Fever-Tree & Friends Pop-Up

Beautiful summer nights in Tsim Sha Tsui await at HYC Bar & Lounge. The luxe bar has been given a summer garden makeover with botanical trellises, beverage trolley and swing set, offering a whimsical setting to spotlight Fever-Tree's libations. The new pop-up kicked off with a one-night-only appearance of Samuel Kwok, one of the world’s top 12 bartenders, whose exclusive gin and tonic creations will be available for a limited time at the event.

Taking inspiration from Fever Tree’s ingredients and the summer season, Samuel has created a total of eight cocktails featuring gins from Mapusa, Procera, Two Moons Distillery and Greater Than. Whether you are looking for a spicy and earthy glass of Hima or a refreshing Greenspring made with cucumber tonic, the pop-up has something to suit satisfy every mood.

To offer customers a full sensory experience with drinks and shisha, smoke effects are also added to the other four classic gin and tonics.

Date: From now till October 17

HYC Bar & Lounge, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2572 6388

A.P.E, a new whisky bar in Tin Hau

A new spot to add to your September’s bar-hopping itinerary, A.P.E (A Perfect Escape) in Tin Hau is a stylish hideaway to enjoy social connection, great cocktails and delicious snacks that are substantial enough for a proper dinner. Opened by the same people behind the 1920s-style Tiffany’s New York Bar in Tsim Sha Tsui, A.P.E features a slightly smaller whiskey collection with a focus on limited quantity whisky from Independent Bottlers. Food wise, their cold cuts, fish and chips, creamy kimchi carbonara, and desserts such as churros and whiskey-infused raisin trifle are not to be missed.

A.P.E, 7 Wing Hing Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong; instagram/ape.hk (closes on Sunday) 

K11 Artus’ The Savour Series

If you’re looking for a stylish spot to enjoy some delicious cocktails and good times with friends against a backdrop of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline, K11 Artus is the ideal place to be. The luxury residence has recently launched “The Savour Series”, inviting guests to enjoy three hours of free-flow artisanal cocktails and light bites, while relaxing to the sounds of jazz music over a 270° panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.

On September 25, Gerry Olino from The Daily Tot will make a guest appearance to offer a selection of drinks featuring rare, blended and aged rums sourced from distilleries around the world, including Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Asia. Guests will also enjoy a one-way limousine transfer from K11 Artus to IFC Mall or Kowloon Station at 8:00 pm after a night of revelry.

Price: HK$1,000 per person  

Asaya Kitchen’s New Happy Hour Programme and Bar Menu

Embrace the last bits of summer in style at Rosewood Hong Kong’s Asaya Kitchen. The restaurant is offering new happy hour and bar menus with free-flow drinks that can be enjoyed indoors or al fresco at the poor terrace, where guests will be treated to two hours of bottomless selected cocktails, wines and beers, accompanied by a choice of two curated bar snacks.

Highlights on the menu include Rhubarb Spritz Claypot Aged, mixed with Aperol, sweet vermouth, fresh rhubarb, prosecco and soda; and Mela Verde Spritz Claypot Aged, made with bianco vermouth, green apple liqueur, pear cider and yuzu. Food-wise, the Cantabrian anchovies with sourdough, olive oil and butter spread; and charred eggplant with juniper salt, lemon zest and crackers, are not to be missed.

Happy Hour at Asaya Kitchen is available daily from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, with last order at 6:00 pm.