Bar review: Beef & Liberty in Wan Chai
Beef & Liberty
2/F 23 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2811 3009
The vibe: the first Hong Kong outlet of a Shanghai burger joint, Beef & Liberty is a good addition to the cool Star Street neighbourhood. Hip, friendly, and relaxed, the experience is made slightly bizarre by having to enter through the Pizza Express downstairs.
The drinks: Beef & Liberty is a bar and eatery, and while the burgers are fine, the drinks vary. The menu offers a selection of impressive-sounding classic and signature cocktails, as well as beer, wine and a handful of "spiked shakes". Alcoholic slurpees and milkshakes tend to make me nervous: the alcohol's high freezing temperature usually results in a drink that is less of a shake and more of a soupy mess. Not so at Beef & Liberty where our Midnight Wake Up (HK$78) was thick, creamy and delicious with nice flavours of chocolate, coffee, and crunchy cookie crumbs. The second most enjoyed drink of the night was a bottle of Bachata Beer (HK$48), brewed in the UK and flavoured with Cuban rum. We'd never had anything like it and it was great. The cocktails were not. All suffered from being mixed with crushed ice which left them weak and watery. A friend described her Liberty Sling (HK$90) as "sugar water with berries". Other cocktails were similarly one-note.
The verdict: as at most burger joints, you're best off sticking to shakes and beers. There are better cocktails in the neighbourhood.