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Booze-free buzz: 7 spots to sip on delicious mocktails this summer

by: Abegaile Legaspi
23 Aug 2019

Alcohol makes the world go round (literally and otherwise). But as much as it is fun to get a little boozy once in a while, hangovers are a lot less fun. So to make the morning after a lot less painful, here are 7 Hong Kong spots to sip on delicious mocktails this summer.

The Old Man Hong Kong interior

The Old Man 
Mocktails at The Old Man might be billed as ‘Not Hemingway’s Favourites’, but they’ll probably soon be yours. Taking inspiration from the literary genius, the award-winning speakeasy (and top placegetter on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019) helmed by Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale, has become a must-visit destination for its impeccable service and innovative cocktails. Thankfully their booze-free options are just as good, like the super smooth Summer in Bimini ($95) with clarified pink grapefruit and salted Seedlip. If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a kick, the African Safari ($95) with rosemary, Seedlip Spice and turmeric-tamarind cordial is the way to go.

The Old Man, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central; www.theoldman.hk

Chaiwala Hong Kong chai latte

Chaiwala
Sugar, spice and everything nice! If Hong Kong’s scorching heat isn’t enough for you, Chaiwala’s Chai Bar adds a bit more spice to the summer. Pirata Group’s modern Indian diner brings the heat with its brand-new lineup of mocktails including the Masala Coke ($55), a delicious combination of Coca-Cola, coriander leaves and chaat masala. We also love the Punjab Cadillac Colada Virgin ($80), featuring chai syrup, coconut and nutmeg. 

Chaiwala, B/F, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2362 8988; www.chaiwala.hk/

Old Bailey Hong Kong Tai Kwun

Old Bailey
What’s in a name? While we keep going back to this airy Tai Kwun restaurant for its traditional Jiangnan cuisine (especially those mala xiao long bao), Old Bailey also serves up some interesting drinks with even more intriguing names inspired by Chinese culture. We have no idea Why Dog And Cat Are Enemies ($70) but we know that the drink here comes with osmanthus oolong, Seedlip Garden 108, Mediterranean tonic, darjeeling and chamomile. And while Cheap Tricks Never Last ($70), but there’s nothing deceiving about this mocktail with Keemun black tea, Seedlip Spice 94, Sichuan pepper, lime, ginger and soda.

Old Bailey, 2/F JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2887 8711; www.oldbailey.hk

The Envoy Hong Kong

The Envoy
Nestled in swanky Central boutique hotel The Pottinger, The Envoy is a favourite for playfully innovative concotions, whether you’re on the booze or not. This summer, we can’t get enough of the Dinosaur Roar ($108), a twist on the classic Milo Dinosaur made with secret recipe malted chocolate milk and a homemade frozen Milo ice ball, and topped of course with a generous heap of the chocolate and malt powder. (Fyi: there’s a boozy version of this bad boy available, too.)

For something a little more refreshing, Morning Dew ($108) features green and double-strength jasmine Dilmah tea and house-made panadan syrup, and run through a Perlini carbonating cocktail shaker.

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen's Road Central, Central, +852 2169 3311; www.theenvoy.hk

Mocktails in Hong Kong - Little Bao Hong Kong

Little Bao
Our favourite bao joint has just introduced a new summer drinks menu to wash down your pork belly bao and seaweed poppers. Feel the wrath - just without the hangover - of The Green Dragon ($58) with ginger beer, cucumber, honey and wasabi or take a shot at their Grass-Mallow ($58) with lime, soda and lemongrass topped with marshmallow foam. For something mellower but equally as refreshing, the Oolong Billini ($58) is a thirst-quenching mix of cold brew oolong tea, peach, rose and cranberry soda.

Little Bao, Shop H1, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St, Causeway Bay, +852 2555 0600; www.little-bao.com

Sip Song
Maximal Concepts’ newest venture Sip Song has made waves this summer with its Bangkok street market-inspired fare. The beachside Repulse Bay restaurant has a refreshing range of sodas including a Lavender and Coconut (HK$65) combination and a tropical Kaffir and Pineapple (HK$65). They’re perfect for washing down your pad see ew, fluffy crab omelette and papaya salad as you take in the sea breeze.

Sip Song, Shop 114 & 115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2898 3788; www.sip-song.com

Mocktails in Hong Kong - VEA Restaurant and Lounge

VEA Lounge
Style meets substance at award-winning Hong Kong mixologist’s Antonio Lai sky-high lounge. Limit your highs to the view by sipping on The English Garden ($100), a beautiful concotion of hay-smoked rhubarb, distilled peach tea, lemon juice and Seedlip Garden 108, garnished with pickled carrot. Elsewhere, the fizzy Pu-erh ($110) features the distilled tea lifted with tangerine, thyme and lemon, while Whooo’s Chai ($110) is tropical and smoky mix of strawberry, mango, clove and concentrated red grape juice (and no, that’s not a euphemism for wine).

VEA Lounge, 29/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2711 0063; www.vea.hk

The Old Man

Address   LG/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Central