Bar review: K-Pocha Soju Bar - well-crafted Korean cocktails and a fun vibe
Free-flow Korean fried chicken, darts and drinking games make for a good night out
The vibe: all things Korean are the rage in Hong Kong and the newly opened K-Pocha offers authentic Korean drinks and bar food to the sound of K-pop in a casual, modern setting. There’s an array of neon signs on the wall, solid wooden tables and chairs and a funky electronic dartboard which keeps the score for you. You can even play Korean drinking games – instructions are printed on the menus.
The drinks: we started off with a carafe of the bar’s house-made makgeolli (HK$150), which comes well chilled in an elegant metal jug with matching cups and is enough for four people or more.
Makgeolli isn’t to everyone’s taste; made from fermented rice and unfiltered it’s like a cloudy sake with a creamy texture. This was a good example, with enough freshness and acidity not to be cloying. It’s easy to keep knocking it back but be warned: it’s more potent than first appears.
There’s also an impressive range of soju, to be drunk neat or in cocktails. The signature K-Pocha (HK$120) – a mix of soju, Korean pear, lychee and yogurt – was well-balanced, sweet and fruity with the yogurt adding texture rather than taste. We also tried the soju martini (HK$110) and soju mojito (HK$120). The mojito was excellent and the martini a good option for people who like the taste of a dry martini but not the high alcohol content.
The verdict: already a hit with hip young Hongkongers and Korean customers, K-Pocha looks set to be a success with fans of Seoul soul, its target clientele. Staff work hard to make you welcome and the free-flow deep-fried chicken (as featured in hit soap opera My Love from the Star) and pickles are a nice touch for happy hour.
K-Pocha Soju Bar, 7/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central. Tel: 2770 0611. Open: Monday-Saturday 6pm-3am; happy hour Monday-Friday 6pm-9pm