G/F, 35 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Tel: 2868 3448
The vibe: right on the Lan Kwai Fong strip, this dimly lit, Buddhist-themed bar spills out on to the pavement, with a few outdoor tables so you can watch the action unfold on busy weekend nights. On weekdays, it's much more relaxed. Service was snappy, if not that friendly. The clientele, however, were good fun. The music was hardly memorable.
The drinks: the menu is extensive, with spirits and beer offering something for everyone, including Bulmers cider (HK$72), which was refreshing on a hot evening, and many wines by the glass. I tried the Bodegas Navajas Rose 2010 (HK$60) which was dry and unremarkable, but lived up to the description on the menu as being 'fresh'. My friend opted for a classic cocktail - a mojito (HK$80) - which had plenty of mint, but was slightly too sweet. The signature Flirtini (HK$80; comprising vodka, pineapple juice, champagne, raspberry liquor and fresh raspberries) was potent and pleasing, especially with the fresh raspberries. Sticking with that theme, we next sampled a raspberry fresh fruit frozen daiquiri (HK$85), which was the highlight. It was refreshing, flavourful and delicious. The long list of available bottles of spirits and shooters are a promise of what to expect when the bar gets busy.
The verdict: Advertised as having 'the longest happy hour in Central', this is a good choice on weekends ... provided you don't mind being smack bang in the middle of the LKF carnage.