G/F China Tower
1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang
Tel: 2570 6858
The vibe: the buzz of hip Tai Hang moves off the street and into this glass-fronted bar. It's a laid-back, sociable venue, and there was a mix of locals and expats on a recent Thursday evening visit. The wait and bar staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, and wore casual clothes to blend in. There are large televisions for major sporting events, although if there is nothing special on, they're usually muted and show classic old films instead.
The drinks: there's a well-rounded choice of spirits and some lesser-known American beers available. The Rogue - Dead Guy Ale (HK$55) had quirky labelling and was heavy on the hops. My Chianti (HK$60) was served in a tumbler, and was light and smooth with light tannins. What the cocktail menu lacked in numbers it made up for in taste. I opted for the Sweet Dude (HK$62), which is a version of a white Russian, with vodka, Kahlua, and milk. I thought it was a tad strong, but the attentive staff came over to ask if I wanted to top it up with milk. My friend's Tennessee Tea (HK$62) was essentially a Jack Daniel's and Coke, with sweet and sour mix and triple sec. It was delicious, and a refreshing choice for summer. Signature shooters (HK$42) are also available.
The verdict: a fine venue for a relaxing drink where you are sure to be looked after. It offers good value for money even outside happy hour (3pm-9pm). Indeed, you're likely to be happy here at any hour.