Robin Lynam

Robin Lynam

Latest from Robin Lynam

Hong Kong bartender’s Milano cocktail a tribute to the fashion capital with a Japanese twist

Jonny Amir, of Zest by Konishi, says the cocktail he devised is inspired by both the Milano-Torino and the Garibaldi.

29 Oct 2019 - 6:54PM

Jonny Amir, of Zest by Konishi, says the cocktail he devised is inspired by both the Milano-Torino and the Garibaldi.

Hong Kong bartender’s Milano cocktail a tribute to the fashion capital with a Japanese twist
The Clover Club – an accessible, sophisticated cocktail that is fashionably late to the ‘ginaissance’ party

Once vilified as ‘one of the worst cocktails, the classic concoction has clawed its way back into fashion.

2 Oct 2019 - 8:12PM

Once vilified as ‘one of the worst cocktails, the classic concoction has clawed its way back into fashion.

The Clover Club – an accessible, sophisticated cocktail that is fashionably late to the ‘ginaissance’ party
‘Something new’: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s first 20 years, and what’s next – more CDs, musicals and tours

Known for its innovative programming, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong begins its 20th anniversary season under a new chief conductor, and with plans for more recordings and two new musicals after Bug Symphony’s success.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:28AM

Known for its innovative programming, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong begins its 20th anniversary season under a new chief conductor, and with plans for more recordings and two new musicals after Bug Symphony’s success.

‘Something new’: City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong’s first 20 years, and what’s next – more CDs, musicals and tours
Fat-washed cocktails are taking off in Hong Kong, inspired by PDT’s Benton’s Old Fashioned

Inspired by the Old Fashioned, bars such as the PDT speakeasy in Central and Mr Brown in Wan Chai are using bacon fat and butter in a time-honoured ‘new’ drinks fad.

4 Sep 2019 - 12:41PM

Inspired by the Old Fashioned, bars such as the PDT speakeasy in Central and Mr Brown in Wan Chai are using bacon fat and butter in a time-honoured ‘new’ drinks fad.

Fat-washed cocktails are taking off in Hong Kong, inspired by PDT’s Benton’s Old Fashioned
Move over manhattan – Brazil’s caipirinha is the hottest cocktail in town

The caipirinha, a South American favourite made with a potent sugar-cane liquor called cachaça, is gaining traction in Hong Kong.

29 Jun 2019 - 8:08PM

The caipirinha, a South American favourite made with a potent sugar-cane liquor called cachaça, is gaining traction in Hong Kong.

Move over manhattan – Brazil’s caipirinha is the hottest cocktail in town
Climate change, veganism, fast fashion tackled in ‘bite-size’ theatre production by Hong Kong pair

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister wrote short play about sustainability after talking to her son. It’s one of five ‘bite-size’ works being staged on themes including gangsterism, espionage, gender and diversity.

11 Jun 2019 - 7:05PM

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation founder Lindsey McAlister wrote short play about sustainability after talking to her son. It’s one of five ‘bite-size’ works being staged on themes including gangsterism, espionage, gender and diversity.

Climate change, veganism, fast fashion tackled in ‘bite-size’ theatre production by Hong Kong pair
Hong Kong highball bar recalls Prohibition-era Chicago mayor with boilermaker cocktail

The version of the cocktail served at new Central bar The ThirtySix pays tribute to Prohibition-era Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, who was killed by a bullet intended for US president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

27 Apr 2019 - 3:30PM

The version of the cocktail served at new Central bar The ThirtySix pays tribute to Prohibition-era Chicago mayor Anton Cermak, who was killed by a bullet intended for US president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Hong Kong highball bar recalls Prohibition-era Chicago mayor with boilermaker cocktail
Hong Kong bar The Old Man channels spirit of Hemingway to reach world top 10

Ranked No 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the Central drinking hole is a tribute to its bartender’s favourite author, who loved a tipple or two

14 Mar 2019 - 8:00PM

Ranked No 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, the Central drinking hole is a tribute to its bartender’s favourite author, who loved a tipple or two

Hong Kong bar The Old Man channels spirit of Hemingway to reach world top 10
Degree of latitude aids winegrowers in Thailand

Thai wine is growing in importance as part of the nation’s tourism industry

9 Dec 2018 - 6:01PM

Thai wine is growing in importance as part of the nation’s tourism industry

Degree of latitude aids winegrowers in Thailand
The Hurricane cocktail: how a cheap New Orleans tipple became a classy drink, and where to sip it in Hong Kong

Conceived to consume a surplus of rum during the second world war and so called because it was first served in a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, Hong Kong bartenders have refined the often punch-like concoction

1 Dec 2018 - 4:36PM

Conceived to consume a surplus of rum during the second world war and so called because it was first served in a glass shaped like a hurricane lamp, Hong Kong bartenders have refined the often punch-like concoction

The Hurricane cocktail: how a cheap New Orleans tipple became a classy drink, and where to sip it in Hong Kong
Not martini or manhattan – martinez is the cocktail you should be drinking. A Hong Kong barman tells you why

As classic cocktails make a comeback, Spanish bar The Wise King, in Hong Kong, adds a fresh spin to the precursor of the martini

13 Oct 2018 - 4:31PM

As classic cocktails make a comeback, Spanish bar The Wise King, in Hong Kong, adds a fresh spin to the precursor of the martini

Not martini or manhattan – martinez is the cocktail you should be drinking. A Hong Kong barman tells you why
Mexico’s favourite cocktail? La Paloma, not margarita, is country’s concoction of choice, and it’s poised to take over the world

Quality grapefruit soda is key to the no-fuss agave-based recipe, which is gaining in popularity worldwide

12 Aug 2018 - 2:31PM

Quality grapefruit soda is key to the no-fuss agave-based recipe, which is gaining in popularity worldwide

Mexico’s favourite cocktail? La Paloma, not margarita, is country’s concoction of choice, and it’s poised to take over the world
Judy Garland trip to Hong Kong, when she went into a coma, the spark for new play about troubled star’s visit and her life

Candice Moore stars as the American singer and actress in a play premiering at the Hong Kong Fringe Club about 1964 visit, in which she met Australian Peter Allen, who was to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli, and was rushed to hospital

25 Jun 2018 - 2:51PM

Candice Moore stars as the American singer and actress in a play premiering at the Hong Kong Fringe Club about 1964 visit, in which she met Australian Peter Allen, who was to marry her daughter Liza Minnelli, and was rushed to hospital

Judy Garland trip to Hong Kong, when she went into a coma, the spark for new play about troubled star’s visit and her life
Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation celebrates 25 years of exploration and organic growth in visual and performing arts

The foundation organises about 100 projects every year. Founder Lindsey McAlister talks about her favourite shows, how things have grown over the past 25 years and how she maintains private and corporate sponsorship

20 May 2018 - 6:28PM

The foundation organises about 100 projects every year. Founder Lindsey McAlister talks about her favourite shows, how things have grown over the past 25 years and how she maintains private and corporate sponsorship

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation celebrates 25 years of exploration and organic growth in visual and performing arts
Iconic New York bar gives its signature drinks a Hong Kong twist - Big Fan, anyone?

At the Mandarin Oriental’s PDT speakeasy, the drinks list is a mixed bag of the original New York bar’s top tipples plus innovative cocktails featuring local ingredients

12 May 2018 - 7:00PM

At the Mandarin Oriental’s PDT speakeasy, the drinks list is a mixed bag of the original New York bar’s top tipples plus innovative cocktails featuring local ingredients

Iconic New York bar gives its signature drinks a Hong Kong twist - Big Fan, anyone?
Hong Kong rock ’n’ roll jukebox musical will keep fans happy with its string of classic hits

Songs by storied songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to feature in new production, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, with Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Stand By Me just some of the famous tunes

15 Apr 2018 - 7:43PM

Songs by storied songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller to feature in new production, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, with Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Stand By Me just some of the famous tunes

Hong Kong rock ’n’ roll jukebox musical will keep fans happy with its string of classic hits
When Roger Moore stole my thunder: jazz singer Georgie Fame looks back

The British jazz singer and pianist, who has been visiting Hong Kong since the early 1990s, says the episode involving the James Bond star taught him an important lesson

30 Mar 2018 - 6:18AM

The British jazz singer and pianist, who has been visiting Hong Kong since the early 1990s, says the episode involving the James Bond star taught him an important lesson

When Roger Moore stole my thunder: jazz singer Georgie Fame looks back
Five Wan Chai bars: great Thai-Chinese, local and Japanese joints, a pleasant Japanese-Brazilian mash-up and a so-so hotel bar

Looking for somewhere different to drink in Wan Chai? Whether you want a stiff G&T and great happy hour deals, delicious Asian inspired cocktails or a Japanese-Brazilian fusion, let our reviewers be your local guide

23 Mar 2018 - 12:31PM

Looking for somewhere different to drink in Wan Chai? Whether you want a stiff G&T and great happy hour deals, delicious Asian inspired cocktails or a Japanese-Brazilian fusion, let our reviewers be your local guide

Five Wan Chai bars: great Thai-Chinese, local and Japanese joints, a pleasant Japanese-Brazilian mash-up and a so-so hotel bar
Grammy Award-winning jazz singer ahead of Hong Kong concerts: interview with Cécile McLorin Salvant

We caught up with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant before her performances for the Hong Kong Arts Festival to talk about why she chose jazz, her upcoming album and what she will be singing in Hong Kong

20 Mar 2018 - 7:46PM

We caught up with singer Cécile McLorin Salvant before her performances for the Hong Kong Arts Festival to talk about why she chose jazz, her upcoming album and what she will be singing in Hong Kong

Grammy Award-winning jazz singer ahead of Hong Kong concerts: interview with Cécile McLorin Salvant
Hong Kong production of Closer won’t have film’s ending, as actors talk about the challenges of getting into their roles

Sweet and Sour Productions’ play won’t turn out the same way the 2004 film starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law did, while the four actors talk about dealing with characters bent on deceit, emotional manipulation and betrayal

12 Mar 2018 - 11:12AM

Sweet and Sour Productions’ play won’t turn out the same way the 2004 film starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law did, while the four actors talk about dealing with characters bent on deceit, emotional manipulation and betrayal

Hong Kong production of Closer won’t have film’s ending, as actors talk about the challenges of getting into their roles
The Bar at Dockyard review: best food court bar in Hong Kong is in Hung Hom

The choice is fairly limited but the drinks are good value and the bar staff know what they’re doing. And if you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of options nearby

8 Feb 2018 - 8:14PM

The choice is fairly limited but the drinks are good value and the bar staff know what they’re doing. And if you’re feeling hungry, there are plenty of options nearby

The Bar at Dockyard review: best food court bar in Hong Kong is in Hung Hom
Bar review: Breeze in Causeway Bay – be Paul Newman in this pool hall, good value for money

With friendly staff, a long happy hour, the usual spirits and a few Japanese whiskies, and well-made if limited cocktails on request, this venue focuses on the pool tables, but is also good value for money and well worth a shot

18 Jan 2018 - 7:57PM

With friendly staff, a long happy hour, the usual spirits and a few Japanese whiskies, and well-made if limited cocktails on request, this venue focuses on the pool tables, but is also good value for money and well worth a shot

Bar review: Breeze in Causeway Bay – be Paul Newman in this  pool hall, good value for money
Bar review: Big Sur, SoHo – California vibe and satisfying drinks to suit everyone

Craft beers, tequilas, well-made cocktails and a decent choice of whiskies and wines make this light airy bar a great place for a few drinks or a session

11 Jan 2018 - 7:07PM

Craft beers, tequilas, well-made cocktails and a decent choice of whiskies and wines make this light airy bar a great place for a few drinks or a session

Bar review: Big Sur, SoHo – California vibe and satisfying drinks to suit everyone
Bar review: The Picture House, Sai Kung – Steamers’ successor is a gastropub with friendly service

There’s something for everyone in this Sai Kung pub, with classic and signature cocktails, seven draught beers, a balanced wine list and no service charge

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

There’s something for everyone in this Sai Kung pub, with classic and signature cocktails, seven draught beers, a balanced wine list and no service charge

Bar review: The Picture House, Sai Kung – Steamers’ successor is a gastropub with friendly service
Aperitifs kir and kir royale bring French joie de vivre to even mediocre wine and champagne

The Parisian pre-dinner favourites are inventions of a Resistance hero, and were born from the ashes of war

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The Parisian pre-dinner favourites are inventions of a Resistance hero, and were born from the ashes of war

Aperitifs kir and kir royale bring French joie de vivre to even mediocre wine and champagne
Look out Trump: Hong Kong Players’ pantomime is back with trademark topical humour and slapstick

Script co-author Teri Fitsell and director Jodi Gilchrist explain how this year’s pre-Christmas production of Aladdin has been an almost year-round job, but will have all the family rolling in the aisles

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Script co-author Teri Fitsell and director Jodi Gilchrist explain how this year’s pre-Christmas production of Aladdin has been an almost year-round job, but will have all the family rolling in the aisles

Look out Trump: Hong Kong Players’ pantomime is back with trademark topical humour and slapstick
Bar review: Los Sotano in Central – a cool taste of Mexico where you can enjoy a late drink

This surreal hideaway has more than 80 tequilas and mescals to choose from at all prices, but stick to the house margaritas – they are by far the best value

23 Nov 2017 - 7:41PM

This surreal hideaway has more than 80 tequilas and mescals to choose from at all prices, but stick to the house margaritas – they are by far the best value

Bar review: Los Sotano in Central – a cool taste of Mexico where you can enjoy a late drink
Jazz saxophonist Eric Marienthal back in Hong Kong for paid and free gigs including an 11-sax set

A regular player in Hong Kong’s Jazz Club in the 1990s, and a frequent visitor with Chick Corea, Marienthal is happy to reunite with old friends and meet some new players as he headlines three concerts in the city

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A regular player in Hong Kong’s Jazz Club in the 1990s, and a frequent visitor with Chick Corea, Marienthal is happy to reunite with old friends and meet some new players as he headlines three concerts in the city

Jazz saxophonist Eric Marienthal back in Hong Kong for paid and free gigs including an 11-sax set
Bar review: The Diner in Sai Kung – friendly spot for burgers, shakes and American whiskeys

This 60s-style diner offers fiery Hellnbacks, with jolts of Jack Daniels and jalapeño pickle juice, and Texas Iced Teas that pack a real wallop, a fine selection of American whiskies and healthy Morning After Smoothies

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

This 60s-style diner offers fiery Hellnbacks, with jolts of Jack Daniels and jalapeño pickle juice, and Texas Iced Teas that pack a real wallop, a fine selection of American whiskies and healthy Morning After Smoothies

Bar review: The Diner in Sai Kung – friendly spot for burgers, shakes and American whiskeys
Angelique Kidjo on her Hong Kong concert tribute to three singers she looks up to

Singer talks about the debt she owes Miriam Makeba, whose mantle of Queen of African music she’s inherited, flamboyant salsa star Celia Cruz, and Nina Simone

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Singer talks about the debt she owes Miriam Makeba, whose mantle of Queen of African music she’s inherited, flamboyant salsa star Celia Cruz, and Nina Simone

Angelique Kidjo on her Hong Kong concert tribute to three singers she looks up to