We’re definitely not the type to immediately start counting down to the next Halloween once November 1 rolls around (a little context here) … or are we? Either way, the spooky season is here — have you noticed the winds we’ve been getting? — and it’s time to explore cocktails that are more on the murky, spice-infused side. Check out the below bars this October for sips to remember, and be swift: many of their drinks are limited-time only!
The shadows of Halloween aren’t so terrifying after all with Terrible Baby’s new holiday duo: Get Ghosted and Tricky Treats (HK$100 each). For those yearning for something elegant and sweet, the former consists of a rosemary-infused gin and mezcal base enriched with orange, pumpkin, honey and sea buckthorn. Rum lovers will definitely find a treat in the latter, a sweet fat-washed coconut and pandan rum-based cocktail with strong notes of peanut butter and condensed milk.
4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, +852 2710 1866
Dan Ryan’s keeps the festive spirits high with a roster of cocktails straight from your nightmares (or fantasy), introducing the Spiced Pumpkin Bellini (HK$88) and Pennywise Martini (HK$88), each swaying you with the aromas of pumpkin and spices. To the designated drivers, we have just the thing for you: try the cream-based Jack O’Shake (HK$78) or the Kom BOO Cha (HK$78) bursting with flavors of fruits.
Multiple locations including Shop G40, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, +852 2877 1918
From October 18 until Halloween, drop by ICHU for their spine-tingling tipple trio. We have Tezca (HK$98), a medley of pisco, rosemary, lemon and grenadine in a classic martini glass; Almada (HK$98) a concoction of dark rum with almond syrup, citrus liquor, ginger beer served in a highball rimmed with red chocolate blood drips; and Popoca ($108), a charming blend of smoky mezcal, cinnamon and red wine blended with creamy egg whites and lime juice.
3F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2477 7717
Combining the most captivating factors of October — Oktoberfest and Halloween — Be On Canton’s Halloween bierfest takes place every Friday and Saturday night to present a bewitching good time.
Apart from authentic German beers, sink your teeth into Shirley’s Kiss (HK$98), a blend of Beefeater gin, Aperol, lemon juice, honey and egg white; and Shirley’s Love Potion (HK$98), a mesmerizing mixture of Olmeca tequila, Aperol, grapefruit juice, orange juice, strawberry syrup and a dash of orange bitters.
Level 3, Gateway Hotel, 13 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2113 7828
All of this (responsible) pre-Halloween drinking is fine and all, but what about celebrating the day itself? Look no further than Maggie Choo’s “Nightmares & Porcelain Dreams” immersive party, where you enjoy aerial acts, contortionist and dancing performances along with one of the bar’s extra-special festive cocktails: choose from Porcelain, a mixture of coconut-infused gin and sweet white vermouth; Picante, a fruity vodka creation with a touch of jalapeno; and Black Plague, a tequila-based drink served with Spicy Tajín seasoning salt rim.
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Shop 1, G/F, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 6250 6000
Rum lover in a pirate costume. If the above is quite literally you, make sure to swing by The Daily Tot for their all-new “Rum Journey: 1655” fix.
Championing rum throughout the centuries, this new cocktail menu experiments with regional ingredients from the Americas, The Caribbean and Southeast Asia to take you on a expedition of flavors.
Our top picks are the Spicy Colada (HK$130), crafted from Black Tears Super Dry Rum infused with lemongrass and bell pepper; as well as the Banana Negroni (HK$130), a marriage of Flor De Caña Rum and clarified banana.
Shop E, G/F, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2366 6836
‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice lattes — ever wondered what their Chinese equivalents were? Bar Patuá introduces a new menu of autumn cocktails (MOP150 each), merging traditional Chinese culinary wisdom with exquisite spirits to not only ease your mind but also soothe your body. Try the Pear Blossom Rain, a sweet concoction of Guangdong rice wine, Tie Guan Ying tea syrup and pear puree for a sense of nourishment; or the fragrant Gold Pumpkin Sour for a symphony of fall flavors.
G/F, MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Coloane-Taipa, +853 8806 2398
Wellness gurus who are watching their alcohol and sugar intake, we’ve got you — Guangzhou’s Bar SanYou is a hub of baijiu (Chinese white wine), so much so that their entire menu is an reinterpretation of classic cocktails through a Chinese point of view.
Try the Riverside House, a vibrant mix of Meilanchun Baijiu infused with pumpkin seed, homemade vermouth, coconut flower and soy sauce; just in time for the season of fallen leaves and dry winds.
3/F, Super Wenheyou, 75 Tianhe East Road, Guangzhou, +86 1807 886 1411
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