Hive 101

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am


Shop A, 101/F International Commerce Centre,
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon.
Tel: 2972 2666

The vibe: located on the 101st floor of ICC, Hong Kong's tallest building, Hive 101 has floor-to-ceiling windows offering glorious views of the city. Getting there isn't easy. After taking the fast lift skywards, you still have to find it, tucked inside a Japanese restaurant. It could be renamed Hide 101. Inside, it's simple yet classy, a tranquil, bijou venue for low conversation without blaring music. Go at sunset and watch the sun dip behind Lantau Island and disappear as neon lights switch on to illuminate the cityscape below. There are also two VIP rooms for those wanting total privacy.

The drinks: cocktails created by award-winning bartender Yuya Sakamoto include some made with ice wine. The well-balanced flavours of his creations are beautifully presented in decorative stemmed glasses. The Maple Route mixes Canadian ice wine, 12-year-old Yoichi whisky, cranberry juice and lemon peel. Also well worth trying is the bar's eponymous signature drink, a blend of plum wine, umeshu, cranberry juice and fresh raspberries. Wine drinkers will find a decent list by the bottle, while the hardcore can work their way through Sakamoto's range of shooters. Tasty Japanese snacks served up may whet your appetite for dinner next door. The verdict: the views are to die for. The drinks are pretty good, too. Perfect for a quiet or romantic aperitif and for taking sophisticated guests from out of town.