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!

Moonzen X All That Junk presents Live Rock Music

MOONZEN x ALL THAT JUNK HK Live Music

Moonzen Brewery is opening its doors and allowing All That Junk to party amongst its hallow hops! We’ve got cold craft beer and live hot rock & roll at the Moonzen Brewery where also they will disclose their brewing secrets with a brewery tour.

May 13th, 2017

Brewery tour @ 7pm (for first 30 guests)
Music starts @ 8pm

The bands: David Bowie Knives , DP, The Sleeves, Still Minds

The music rundown:
The David Bowie Knives
https://www.facebook.com/TheDavidBowieKnives/

DP
https://www.facebook.com/dpmetalheads.hk/

The Sleeves
https://www.facebook.com/the.sleeves/

Still Minds
https://www.facebook.com/Stillmindshk/

Moonzen Brewery, 2A New East Sun Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tung

$200 early bird online includes one pint of craft beer
$250 at the door includes one pint of craft beer
$50 drafts all night

There will be tickets available at the door but they may sell out at anytime. Please be reminded the only way to secure your space for this event is to buy a ticket.

A Three-Day Guide to Drinking in HK

A Three-Day Guide to Drinking in HK

By Chip Whitley

As All That Junk begins planning our soon to be announced 1st Year Anniversary Party, we want you thinking about drinking and how Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world for it. So we follow our writer Chip Whitley’s guide for a proper 3-day bender.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s great drinking towns. Like Chicago, or Dublin, or Mexico City, or Tokyo – our city has a boozy stride that ambles through the night and on into the weekend.

Day One

Fridays start as close as feasibly to the office. After-work beer, wine, and a bite of something (hopefully cheese) take the edge off the week. Progress will be made to something more substantial, eventually.

At the cooked food market in North Point, beers are sloshed through blue porcelain bowls and Asian cuisine is taken to its logical extremes. Perhaps you made it South of Hollywood Road, or to Knutsford Terrace, or Sheung Wan for dinner, where the transition to a before-midnight bar is smoother. Either way, a substantial subsistence is necessary to carry you forth into the hours of the night.

After eats, there’s a place for cocktails – something classy and bubbly – especially if it’s going well, and the craic is good.

Right when Friday night becomes technically Saturday morning, Wanchai looms. Teenagers who can’t afford bars nod in the street, sailors drink arm and arm, and the older gentlemen slip off and lose the moniker of gentleman.

Day Two

Inevitably there is Lan Kwai Fong. I prefer to avoid it until I’m good and ready, but once you’re in the maelstrom it’s all perfectly acceptable. Mob rule takes hold and high heels get stuck in cobblestones. Try to catch them if they stumble, we’re all in it together.

Maybe you eat before your head hits the pillow. There’s that 4:00 a.m. dim sum joint in Kennedy Town that’s remarkably good. Once, a Mexican girl asked me to fuck in the back of the line at the Sai Ying Pun McDonalds, but that’s a more specific story.

The sun comes up and you just get an inkling to go on home. I don’t know, sometimes I just don’t know. You’ll get there eventually.

Day Three

Somehow, in spite of it all, you make roll call for the Sunday morning junk.

The diesel fumes pooling at Pier 10 may make one nauseous at first, but a sea breeze will cure that real quick. Grapefruit juice is good that way.

What can one say about junks?

Usually it’s a combination of Hong Kong squads and F.O.B.’s. They’re an inclusive adventure fueled by an encouraged day-drunkenness.

[Pro-tip: get out front while you’re steaming out from pier. There’s no better view on earth than Hong Kong’s skyline from Victoria Harbor (and I’ve been everywhere, man)].

Wind in your hair and yesterday forgotten, the day starts by mingling with old friends. With that first drink in hand, one tends to re-ascend to the lofty heights of the previous evening, bypassing the wallow of a normal hung over morning.

The geography of junks is designed to combine small groups, and under the sheltered muster station you can toast the night before.

Generally there will be three crews gathering; the bow upfront in the wind crew; the sunny open top deck crew; and round the u-bench in the covered stern crew.

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New to Hong Kong: Where to Go in Central/Sheung

New to Hong Kong: Where to Go in Central/Sheung

 

By Lauren Codling

If you are new to Hong Kong, you might feel like you’re stuck on one big ever-spinning wheel. We know it can be very hard to know which way to turn and where to stop to get your breath back, so we have list of staple hot spots in Central and Sheung Wan, two of the best beginner neighborhoods. 

Take a sprinkle of Central and a tablespoon of Sheung Wan, mix it together and what do you get? A combination of hipsters, graffiti and some ace opportunities to dine and drink in style.

We take a look at some of the best places to hang out in one of our favorite districts.

1. 208 Duecento Otto (208 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan)
From its super amazing lunch buffet (all you can eat cheese boards!) to its intricate illustrated interior, 208 will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an Instagram post. Get your filters at the ready.

2. Brickhouse (20 D’Aguilar Street)
Hidden up a darkened side alley, not far from the bright lights of LKF, Brickhouse is ace for a cheeky tequila shot after a hard day at the office.

3. The Globe (Garley Building, 45-53A Graham St, Central)
We dare you to try their gravy and not weep with pure joy. A great place for a Sunday catch-up after a crazy LKF induced weekend.

4. The Spot Bar (11 Staunton Street, Central)
Primarily marketed as a sports bar, The Spot is also notorious for its strong $35 happy hour house cocktails. Beware: you will get drunk.

5. Salon 10 (10 Arbuthnot Road, Central)
Salon 10 is a chic, chilled out drinks venue that transports you straight onto the set of a Wes Anderson movie. We can’t promise that Steve Zissou will be around, but it’s definitely worth a look.

6. Masala (10 Mercer St, Sheung Wan)
A small Indian restaurant located minutes away from the Sheung Wan MTR, Masala is a great find for its authentic food, great value and large portions. The butter chicken, especially, is to die for!

7. Ivan The Kozak (G/F, 46-48 Cochrane Street, Central)
A Russian/Ukrainian themed restaurant, Ivan the Kozak is a hilarious and unique venue that boasts a variety of Eastern European dishes and some of the finest vodka around. Tip: Visit the ice room. You won’t regret it.

8. Little Beer Room (The Bottle Shop) (15 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan)
A must-see for hardcore beer fans, Little Beer Room has 20 craft beers on rotation that means you can have some fun with experimenting. Combined with some ace food and a team of extremely friendly staff who are always keen for a chat, where can you go wrong?

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