Bar review: The Patio Bar in Hung Hom – bright lights, sweet drinks, and live music at weekends
With decent cocktails, friendly, efficient staff and wallet-friendly prices, this hotel bar is worth a visit if you’re in the area and need a sugar boost
The vibe: an outdoor bar area, adjacent to the hotel’s Promenade all-day dining restaurant, with tables sparsely scattered around a vivid green synthetic turf lawn. It commands, depending on where you sit, a so-so view of the harbour, or one of a featureless concrete side of the Hong Kong Coliseum. It’s more attractive after the sun goes down, particularly if LED-lit furniture that periodically changes colour happens to be your thing.
The experience of sitting there is slightly akin to settling into a neon sculpture park. Really, it’s an open-air function area, set up for weddings and other events, which doubles as a bar. Service is friendly and efficient. There is a snack menu for the peckish, and live musicians perform on Fridays and Saturdays.
The drinks: The Harbour Sunset (HK$85, as are all the cocktails) is made with gin, blue curacao, tonic, lemon juice, simple syrup and fresh raspberries, and is a good thirst quenching G&T variant for a warm day. It was a little too sweet for my palate, but sweet drinks seem to be the house speciality.
That said, I’ve had much worse and much sweeter Singapore Slings, quite a few of them in Singapore, and Patio’s version has a good sweet and sour balance. It also contains a decent shot of gin, which you might think a minimum requirement, but one which is by no means always met.
Cooling Singapore Slings, Long Island Iced Teas and other fairly predictable drinks are the house style, alongside a number of choices which take the liquid dessert approach, presumably courting late evening business. The Patio Pudding is made with rum, advocaat, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and a whole egg; the Chocolate Delight comprises vodka, Bols Cacao White and Natural Yoghurt Liqueur, banana liqueur and fresh milk; and the Hazelnut Surprise is mixed with vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico and espresso.
Mocktails are available for HK$70 and fresh juices for HK$60. The spirit and liqueur list is unadventurous, but the usual staples are all there, and moderately priced. House spirits are HK$75, with higher prices for premium brands, and beers start at HK$60. Prices reflect the not-exactly-in-the-heart-of-town location, but do mean that an extended session is less of an expense account level proposition than would be the case in a lot of hotel venues.
The verdict: not exactly a good enough reason to go to Hung Hom, but worth a visit if you happen to be in the area for some other purpose. It’s probably a more attractive proposition if you are after a sugar boost than if you are in the mood for a dry martini.
7/F, Harbour Plaza Metropolis, 7 Metropolis Drive, Hung Hom, tel: 3160 6882
Happy hour: 5pm-8.30pm