Beers Vs Cocktails: The Best Picks in Hong Kong

Beer in Hong Kong

By Lauren Codling

From the fanciest cocktails to the best of brewed beer, there are a countless amount of venues in this fun-filled city that can cater to your every need. Here’s a quick guide to the some of the best cocktails and beer in Hong Kong from the island to Kowlown.

Cocktails:

Soirée
19 Elgin St, Central
Have a sweet tooth? No fear, your craving will be satisfied by the fruit daiquiris served at Soirée. Served with a rim of powdered chocolate, the frozen beverages are perfect for date nights in this chic venue.
We recommend: Duh! The strawberry daiquiri with a hint of rose is the gift that keeps giving.

Limewood
Limewood Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay
A great spot to hang out with friends, Limewood has a breezy, relaxed vibe that will definitely get you in the holiday mood. Located on the beachfront, this is definitely one of the more Instagrammable places to go for a cocktail.
We recommend: Charred Coconut Pina Colada is a fresh twist on an old classic. One for those summer nights, for sure!

Bao Bei
B1/F, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central
Known for infusing classic spirits and Asian ingredients, Bao Bei has a fun creative side that is sure to inject some fun into your evening.
We recommend: Typhoon No.10. We pick this for the name alone, though the combination of honey, orange juice and Tanqueray gin is pretty good too.

Stockton
32 Wyndham St, Central
Dark, intimate lighting, old-school vintage interior and trick mirrors are all part of the fun in this secret bar, filled to the brim with sophisticated cocktails.
We recommend: Ribston Apple is a sharp mixture of cinnamon, apple cider and spiced rum designed to give your taste buds a bit of class in the evening.

Beers:

The Ale Project
15 Hak Po St, Mong Kok
Mostly filled with local brews, this is an ace venue that has a great crowd. An excellent way to support the local breweries too, we would definitely try to tick this place off the list.
We recommend: Celebration Ale is perfect for a festive feel – the teasing taste of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg is an amazing place to start if you want to try out a HK beer.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
11A Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
One of Hong Kong’s oldest pubs, Ned Kelly’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a fun spot with plenty of live music to satisfy your musical cravings. Not so much of a focus on craft beer, but we promise it has one of the best pub vibes in Hong Kong.
We recommend: Anything you fancy – Ned Kelly’s makes sure all your favorites are on tap, so go crazy!

Biergarten
No.5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Say gutentag to an early night and hallo to Biergarten, a German inspired pub for the beer lovers of Hong Kong. The German themed food is a treat for the tummy too, so definitely make time for a plate of pure Deutsche goodness.
We recommend: Always gotta love the classic Bitburger!

The Bottle Shop
GF, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
You could be completely overwhelmed by the choices of craft beer to choose from, but no worries – this place has an easy vibe and you’re sure to enjoy picking and choosing from a range of beverages from all over the world.
We recommend: There is literally SO MUCH to choose from but we are going to go for Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, native from the UK. Our absolute fave!

Another great recommendation is Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music where there’ll be cold draft beer and hot live rock!

ICYMI: Under the Radar Hits

In Case You Missed It: Under the Radar Hits

by Maryssa Beale

To quote the great Chance the Rapper, “When the praises go up, the blessings come down.” Well, we must have praised the music Gods a lot due to all of the fantastic albums consistently falling in our laps.  Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye have all dropped some of their best albums this year. Even the elusive Frank Ocean decided to emerge from his hidden studio to release two albums last month. All of this to say, that there may have been some killer hits that you missed during all of the surprise album releases.

All That Junk’s In Case You Missed It’s mission is to inform you of the things that you might have failed to notice in music, movies, tv, and all things pop culture. Join us this week as we reveal tracks that haven’t gotten their fair shakes.

1. Best to You by Blood Orange

Blood Orange aka Dev Hynes has written for larger acts such as Solange Knowles, Florence and the Machine, and The Chemical Brothers which like other singer/songwriters could overshadow his solo career. But Hynes’ terrific album, Freetown Sound, looms over his prolific song writing career and will be on multiple Best Of  lists in December.

2. Higher by Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen will never have another hit bigger than Call Me Maybe. This is a fact. However, Jepsen has a strong and loyal fan base, albeit smaller than most pop idols, that keeps her from being a definite one hit wonder. Higher is one of the catchiest tracks from Emotion B Side. After listening to the B sides, make sure to revisit the original album.

3. Collect on My Love ft. Alex Newell by the Knocks

Listen to this song. It is joyous and wonderful and yet you probably haven’t heard of it. That is all.

4.  Parking Lot by Anderson.Paak

How many rappers do you know can jump on the drums halfway through performing? The answer is none and even if they did none can command the stage from behind their kit better than Anderson.Paak. You might’ve heard of him on Dr. Dre’s Compton but Paak’s latest album, Malibu is where he really shines. Our suggestion is to try to catch him live next time he’s in town.

5. Strive ft. Missy Elliott by A$AP Ferg

The latest album title from A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper, sounds like a catchy name for a self-help book, which is fitting since Strive featuring Missy Elliott is the most motivational song on this playlist.

6. Youth by Glass Animals

This band’s tracks have been described as a “tropical fantasyland” to just being down right wacky. Despite the noticeable shift in tone for their sophomore album, we hesitate to predict that they’ll be in a slump.

7. Real Love Baby by Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear was one of our favorite albums of 2015 and Real Love Baby plays like the track that got removed at the last minute. Father John Misty isn’t expected to release an album in the near future but this track will hold us over until then.

8. 33 God by Bon Iver

If the tracklisting is any indication, this is set to be one of Bon Iver’s weirdest albums but this song shows that it might be a good thing.

9. Fountain of Youth by Local Natives

I would enjoy this song even if the message wasn’t to listen to us kids. This song and other tracks from their upcoming third album display growth and a much needed change from the somber tracks of their sophomore outing.

10. Running with the Wolves by Aurora


In this case, we saved the youngest for last but we don’t say that to diminish the talent of this young artist hailing from Norway.

Keep An Eye Out For:

Warpaint, Heads Up
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Phantogram, Three

#ICYMI Bonus: Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.

 

So, what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day?

So, What is There to Do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day?
Sheung Wan/Sai Wan/Central edition

By Elizabeth

Now that typhoon season is coming up, the question is – what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day? When there is no junk boat party scheduled and you don’t have to work on the weekends, how can you make the most of your free time? Aside from aimlessly walking around the various malls in Hong Kong or eating your way through the city, we’ve gathered a list of fun things to do in our beloved city…

First stop: SHEUNG WAN/SAI WAN

1. PMQ
Located on No. 5 Aberdeen Street in lovely Soho/Sheung Wan district, PMQ is now a cultural
hub with exciting events scheduled all year round. An upcoming event that might pique your
interest is the annual Green Monday Summer Carnival happening on July 16 to 17. There will be
over 40 booths and various “green” events such as an eco-detergent workshop and clothing drive
that highlight the ways we can help our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and living
sustainably. In PMQ there are also cooking classes held in the building at ABC Cooking Studio
that offers trial classes if you don’t have the time to take on a full cooking course. This is a great
group activity and a nice way to spend an afternoon. If cooking isn’t your thing, just check out
the many stores inside the building that showcase not only HK original artistic pieces, but also
fashionable and functional items you can use in your daily life.

2. Have a drink and/or find a local eatery
One would not have guessed, given the exterior of Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, that it is actually a
spacious and cozy place to share a drink with dear friends and colleagues! Check this place out if
you enjoy gin and a retro urban atmosphere. In the area there is also a recently opened hot spot
Potato Head HK. Potato Head is definitely a place that feels “like home” with a super relaxing
environment. Another activity you can do is to find a local eatery. The western district has
become a lot more gentrified in the recent years. Along with the new MTR line and sky-high rent
prices, it’s really been a struggle to preserve the local culture and heritage of the space that
represents the identity of the district. Keeping this in mind, I propose for each of you to support a
local eatery in your area and just eat there. For Sai Wan, Tak Kee Restaurant offers yummy and
affordable Chiu Chow food that has withstood the test of time.

3. Go swimming
It might be raining, but that doesn’t stop one from taking a dive at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Park swimming pool. At a cost of $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, the pool offers a large
regular size pool and leisure pool with a pretty cool patio deck overlooking the harbour (though
you might want to save that for when it’s not raining). It’s also a great way to beat the heat!

Second stop: CENTRAL

1. Go for brunch
It’s nice to reset after a long work week with a wholesome brunch. One of my favourites is
Brunch Club on Peel Street. It offers classic brunch selections in a pleasant and friendly
environment. If you’re looking for something a little different, Taku is not your average brunch
place. This restaurant offers a wide range of all you can eat sushi and sashimi with free-flow
sangria…for BRUNCH. Need I say more?

2. Spa
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out an acupuncture massage. Otherwise, a safe bet would be
Halite! Halite is definitely one of the more affordable foot massage places in Hong Kong. The
chain offers a wide selection with outlets all across the city.

3. Sideways Driving Club
Sideways Driving Club is a virtual racing hotspot that mimics real life driving. If you’re like me
and haven’t driven a car in so long and you simply just miss driving, maybe give this place a shot.
Prices range from $300 for one hour during off-peak hours and up (according to the latest
information).

Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.  Also don’t forget All That Junk has a monthly newsletter where you can get updates on our events and parties as well as catch up on our articles on Hong Kong life! Sign up here – http://allthatjunkhk.com/all-that-blog-hk/

Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer 2016

 

by Maryssa Beale

Summer is right around the corner and All That Junk has the ultimate playlist for you to enjoy all summer long.

1. The Internet- Get Away

This soul band is known more for its members Syd tha Kid and Matt Martains who are apart of the rap collective Odd Future but this album serves as a reminder that they should be known for more than being apart of Tyler the Creator’s squad.

2. Alicia Keys- In Common

This girl continues her streak of putting out songs that are on fire. If this song is an indicator of the direction her new album will follow then we can’t wait for the rest of the album to be released.

3. Ariana Grande- Side by Side (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Baby Mariah strikes again. Dangerous Woman is a strong album filled with numerous tracks that could easily be on this list including Let Me Love You featuring a verse from Lil’ Wayne. However nothing can top a great feature from Nicki.

4. Christine and the Queens- iT

I can’t think of catchier lyrics that deal with gender identity than the ones you’ll be singing along with in this song. Released a year ago this song was thrown into popularity after being featured in a recent episode of Girls.

5. Miike Snow- Genghis Khan

Comparing your jealously to a ruthless Mongolian warrior and emperor is extreme but as long as long Miike Snow sticks to singing instead of conquering we should be fine.

6. KAYTRANADA- VIVID DREAMS

KAYTRANADA’s debut album, 99.9%, is an accurate title for an album that encompasses a blend of almost every genre. This is our favorite song off the album but every track is worth a listen.

7. Flume- Never Be Like You (Disclosure Remix)

How does one improve upon a Flume track? Add a remix by one of the hottest DJ duo’s out there right now.

8. Pools- Blue

No playlist is complete without a song that doesn’t let you chill and catch your breath for a bit.

9. Santigold- Who Be Lovin’ Me (featuring ILOVEMAKONNEN)

The video for this track was shot during Santigold’s set at Jay-Z’s Made in America festival. The visuals and the song are just pure joy.

10. Rihanna- Consideration

Rihanna‘s Anti is considered to be her best album yet. This track won’t get as much play as Work but it’s her opening track and our closer for a reason.

Honorable Mentions

Cheap Thrills by Sia

Panda by Desiigner

This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna

One Dance by Drake

Champagne Problems by Nick Jonas

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