So as you might have guessed by now, here at the Empty Fridge we happen to enjoy having a drink or two. You can even say that our second persona is that of the Empty Liquor Cabinet. No we don't have drinking problems despite evidence to the contrary. It's purely coincidental that our drinks bill always costs more than food. All jokes aside though going out to bars for a drink and some snacks is a very enjoyable past time and what better place to go and indulge in that past time than Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a truly remarkable place. Everything is open until late and there is a constant hustle & bustle even in the late hours of the morning when you are stumbling around looking for the next drinking spot. One of the great things is that there lots of very nice hotel bars. We decided to start one such evening at the Sky Lounge at the top of the Sheraton Hotel. Arriving early at 8 we got a good table with panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and decided to have some Bollinger to kick things off. What better way to start our first night in Hong Kong with a bottle of champers - doing 'Strayas Bogans proud. Don't worry, we got some tapas too. Don't call AA yet. Thanks.
People enjoying the panoramic views and Asia's biggest light show while listening to the Sheraton's 80's inspired sound track and voice over narration. All that jaw dropping neon splendour.
Some of the small fare we ate to take the bite out the champers and prepare our stomach for the onslaught ahead. Croquettes and some Wagyu beef.
Sky lounge has a very interesting take on the traditional dim sum menu - but instead of dumplings and spring rolls, they serve a more mediterranean tapas selection. They also have a fun cocktail list with customised drinks that relate to your chinese zodiac sign. This was a perfect venue to experience the iconic and electrifying lightshow that lit up the Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbour.
The entrance to the Sheraton and Sky lounge - arty sculptures aplenty.
Wine dispensing machine to sample wines on offer. We asked if you could stick your head under the machine - didn't go down too well.Everyone loves some greenery on the wall. Especially when done in such an arty manner. Too bad upon closer inspection you realise it's plastic. Saddened by the lies we were encouraged to move on to our next drinking spot.
A hop, skip and stones throw away we ventured to Felix. Felix is a bar at the top of the Peninsula Hotel. We were excited to go because a few of our friends had touted this as a pretty cool bar, seeing as though it was designed in part by Philippe Starck it would be worthwhile to go.
From the minute you enter the elevator you could tell that this would be fun. Dimly lit and clad in what can be described as something out of a Lady Gaga video it was a fun ride up. A nice touch to make you wonder what the bar upstairs is like.
So after the elevator ride up you get to the bar upstairs. Following a curved glass wall up a set of stairs you arrive at a round bar. A leather orange bench seat follows its way around the bar sitting atop a perspex floor with orange light. The bar is a round ring in the middle of the floor and people gather around to order drinks. We ordered a few cocktails to start and were given some bar snacks to eat. Sitting and soaking up the nice space we were in was an enjoyable experience. The lighting, the glassware and the view all made for a pretty cool bar. It was just a shame that the atmosphere was lacking, probably because it was a work night.
1. Tropical Beach - Rum, Midori, OJ, Pineapple Juice. 2. Sunset on the Peak - Absolute Vanilla, Malibu, Peach Schnapps &OJ
Our bar snacks consisting of different types of nuts coated in things we don't remember & A very sleek barstool.
The glassware is pretty cool, being spiral shaped and sticking with the theme of the bar. We were convinced that the martini glasses hanging from the celling were purely for decoration. The leather seating circling around in my opinion was fantastic. There is no comfort whatsoever and you could only sit down in the most awkward position - but it did look amazing. Maybe it was designed to get people standing around the bar talking and ordering drinks.
The infamous spiral leather seating. Suited only for small people to fit half an ass cheek.
Unknown nuts. Even the plates are specially designed.
Having had enough of sitting on half an ass cheek and taking in as much of the design as possible it was time to depart from the all too tame atmosphere and go check out the last design frontier - the little boys room. The trip to the bar in itself pays off when using the bathroom. Too embarrassed to take photos it can be described as one of the nicest bathrooms with a very interesting urinal, positioning and panoramic views combined - it makes for a great experience.
After the "comfortable" seating at Felix we ventured to Dada, a bar that can be described as the polar opposite to the co-ordinated design features of Felix. There were what looked like a million cushioned seats and lounges littered about. Dada is in the Luxe Manor Hotel.
Plush surrounds, ornate and quirky decorations, curtains, drapes and lamps littered about dimly lighting what is a large and cavernous space full of chairs and lounges. Such a nice bar except for one little thing - we were the only two people there. Not wanting to waste an opportunity we ordered some drinks and went about testing all the chairs we could. After all that walking around there was nothing better than kicking back on a purple suede pimp lounge adorned with giant diamante studs. So after a sip or two of a drink we started our game of musical chairs jumping from lounge to lounge. Apologies to the bar staff.
Some of the lamp and decorations at Dada.
We ordered a Dadagria - the Dada's twist on the Sangria topped with diced mangos and a Long Island Ice Tea. Hammer time.
More unknown nuts. So many unknown nuts by this stage. Sorry nuts. Plus more chairs for the collection.
Musical chairs. With so many chairs to chose from being the only two patrons in the bar was too good an opportunity to miss.
Well and truly spent by the end of our foray into the bars of Hong Kong it was time to call it a night. Well not really, we were kicked out because Dada had to close sooner or later. Thank you Hong Kong for these awesome bars, awesome drinks and unknown nuts - It was a great night!
- 18/F, Sheraton Hotel, Nathan Road, Kowloon Hong Kong
Peninsular Hotel, Salisbury Road, Kowloon Hong Kong
Dada Bar and Lounge
No.39 Kimberly Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong