Ask the foodie: Richard Bate

Richard Bate likes to make many of his own ingredients, such as limoncello. Photo: Felix Wong

Only 23, Richard Bate has already been nominated twice for bartender of the year in his native Australia. His fascination with flavours began when he was working in kitchens while still at high school.

Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 8:59am

Ask the Foodie: Tom Wood

Wyndham the 4th manager Tom Wood says the bar is like going up to a friend's apartment.Photo: Jonathan Wong

Australian-born mixologist Tom Wood arrived in Hong Kong in January this year to oversee the bar at Wyndham the 4th, which has just opened in Central. Diageo Reserve named him a world class bartender of the year, Hong Kong's first, before the venue even opened.

20 Sep 2012 - 10:50am

Patience vital for cocktail movers and shakers

Bartenders are the heart and soul of a bar. Besides being able to make a mean cocktail, however, they also need a number of other skills to progress.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cocktail caper offers a shot at fun new career

Move over, Tom Cruise, it's time for Hong Kong to show off its bartending flair.

Chin Chun-wing, of the Hong Kong Cocktail School, has finished a HK$1 million renovation of one of its classrooms so budding mixologists can practise juggling bottles of liquor, flipping cocktail shakers and lighting the liquor for dramatic effect.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Joe's Billiards & Bar

2/F King's Hotel, 303 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai Tel: 3188 1470

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

All-singing, all-dancing role for Vandenbroucke

Rosemary Vandenbroucke made an understated return to the spotlight at the Swiss Auctions cocktail party at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Since her misadventure last year in Nevada, where she was arrested for drug possession (though later fined only for obstructing police) and pleaded no contest to careless driving for hitting a sign, the model has avoided the entertainment news circuit.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Drummers set the beat as novice bartenders keep the drinks flowing at refugee fund-raiser

After the success of its No Nation Without A Donation fund-raiser last year, refugee charity Vision First decided to bring the event back bigger and louder at Solas in Wyndham Street on Thursday.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Label of love

KAVITA DEVI Faiella weaves her way through a busy Press Room in Quarry Bay, pulling out her favourite vintages and describing them like most people describe their idols. 'Alvaro Palacios is the rock star of Spanish wine. Not only has he made one of Spain's most iconic wines, L'Ermita, but he also makes great value wines from a number of indigenous varieties and regions,' she says.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Poised to join the rarified ranks of master sommeliers

Press Room Group wine director Kavita Faiella was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Her Australian parents spent several years living in South Asia, hence her Hindi first name, which means 'poetry'. The family moved back to Australia when she was four and, after completing school there, she briefly studied medicine with a view to becoming a paediatrician.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Clampdown in the works for upstairs bars

The government wants to clamp down on the proliferation of upstairs bars.

It launched a two-month consultation yesterday on proposals that would ban them from semi-residential apartment blocks and buildings where regulations are persistently broken, and reduce their capacity on safety grounds.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


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3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Raising the bar

BY THE time you finish reading this article, another bar will have opened in Hong Kong. Well, probably. It certainly feels like it, and with the city's notoriously fickle party crowd always looking for the hottest new place, it's tough for any new bar to stand out from the crowd.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Entertainment enclave

Stanley is a popular entertainment and shopping area. The main street by Stanley Beach houses many restaurants and bars, where people can enjoy the sea breeze while enjoying a beer. The famous Stanley Market is a favourite for tourists looking for interesting gifts to take home.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

A taste for everyone to experience

Epicurean events, ranging from master classes with renowned chefs to wine tasting sessions and gourmet dinners, will be a feature of the Wine & Gourmet ASIA 2007.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Police get new weapon to fight Vancouver street war

Officers to arrest bar patrons linked to gang activities

Vancouver's downtown nightclubs and bars have become ground zero in an escalating gang war, and violent crime is going to be one of the police force's top priorities, says its new police chief.

8 Oct 2007 - 12:00am