Moving Mountains: With a spacious rooftop terrace, Lounge Hakuba is exactly what we need during the cooler weather. It’s also a great pick for snow bunnies who’ve had to call off their winter trips this year — the founders of this lounge and bar were inspired by the ski lodges in the mountains of Japan, and are looking to recreate the vibe right here in Hong Kong.
Look & Feel: Lounge Hakuba boasts an indoor section as well as a terrace at Tower 535. Decked out in wood and complete with high ceilings, the interiors have a cozy vibe (all that’s missing is a real fireplace), while the outdoor terrace is an unexpectedly pleasant space in a district as busy as Causeway Bay.
On the Menu: You’ll find painstakingly put together Japanese-inspired cocktails. Breakfast in the Alps ($118), made with rum, Teara Hojicha liqueur, buckwheat syrup and chocolate bitters and served with milk on the side, hopes to bring guests the experience of a cup of joe in the morning in the cool snowy breeze out in the mountains. Purple Ski ($128) is yet another winter-themed drink, consisting of Akori cherry blossom gin, sake, lavender rose syrup, lemon and egg white foam — great for those who are into a touch of sweetness in their cocktails. Dr Nick ($148) is a must-try for negroni lovers: it’s made with Amaro Montenegro, Cynar liqueur, Averna liqueur, plus grapefruit and tonic. Nibble on moreish bites like popcorn chicken ($68), or grab a seat outside for a spot of shisha — there’s an extensive selection, and guests are encouraged to personalize the flavors and aromas they’re after.
Great For: After-work, pre-dinner cocktails and a bite.
FYI: It’s named after the Hakuba in Nagano prefecture in central Japan, best known as a haven for skiers and snowboarders.
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