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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
Degree of latitude aids winegrowers in Thailand

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

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
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

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
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

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

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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

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
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

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 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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

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
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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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

Bar review: The Old Man, Central – raise a glass to Hemingway, the thinking man’s drinker

Imaginative cocktails, impressive interiors and great value make this the perfect place to pay tribute to the legendary writer

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Bar review: The Old Man, Central – raise a glass to Hemingway, the thinking man’s drinker

Imaginative cocktails, impressive interiors and great value make this the perfect place to pay tribute to the legendary writer

South American cocktail pisco sour gets a Hong Kong twist

Award-winning bartender Antonio Lai, of Hollywood Road’s Quinary bar, puts a new spin on the classic

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
South American cocktail pisco sour gets a Hong Kong twist

Award-winning bartender Antonio Lai, of Hollywood Road’s Quinary bar, puts a new spin on the classic

Why Sherlock Holmes play Baskerville at Hong Kong’s Fringe Club will make you laugh a lot

Five actors play 35 characters in Ken Ludwig’s farcical adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring Ivan Idzik, Warren Adams, Davina Lee Carrete, Jacqueline Gourlay Grant and Hamish Campbell

18 Oct 2017 - 7:06PM
Why Sherlock Holmes play Baskerville at Hong Kong’s Fringe Club will make you laugh a lot

Five actors play 35 characters in Ken Ludwig’s farcical adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring Ivan Idzik, Warren Adams, Davina Lee Carrete, Jacqueline Gourlay Grant and Hamish Campbell

Tequila drinking in Hong Kong moves upmarket from party animals to connoisseurs

Recent years have seen considerable growth in the international sales of premium tequila and, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, it’s now sipped like a serious drink by many

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Tequila drinking in Hong Kong moves upmarket from party animals to connoisseurs

Recent years have seen considerable growth in the international sales of premium tequila and, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, it’s now sipped like a serious drink by many

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival preview, and how the event has evolved over 10 years

Having slowly moved away from marquee names to focus more on up-and-coming artists, the festival is still going strong with this year’s performers including Alan Kwan, Hang Em High, Maxime Bender and Jazvolution

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Hong Kong International Jazz Festival preview, and how the event has evolved over 10 years

Having slowly moved away from marquee names to focus more on up-and-coming artists, the festival is still going strong with this year’s performers including Alan Kwan, Hang Em High, Maxime Bender and Jazvolution

Bar review: McSorley’s Ale House in SoHo – Irish sports bar with focus on whiskey, poitín and beer

Friendly, relaxed and comfortable watering hole in SoHo serving Irish spirits, Australian wines, a few cocktails and a reasonable selection of craft beer

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Bar review: McSorley’s Ale House in SoHo – Irish sports bar with focus on whiskey, poitín and beer

Friendly, relaxed and comfortable watering hole in SoHo serving Irish spirits, Australian wines, a few cocktails and a reasonable selection of craft beer

Barrel-aged cocktails all the rage in Hong Kong, and this barman’s perfected the art

Eight weeks for Negroni, three for Manhattan, four for Perfect Old Pal – through trial and error, Joe Villanueva at Red Sugar in Hung Hom finds ideal time to age some classics in white oak

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Barrel-aged cocktails all the rage in Hong Kong, and this barman’s perfected the art

Eight weeks for Negroni, three for Manhattan, four for Perfect Old Pal – through trial and error, Joe Villanueva at Red Sugar in Hung Hom finds ideal time to age some classics in white oak

Bar review: Alvy’s in Kennedy Town – craft beer, whiskey and pizza with a Woody Allen vibe

A welcome addition to the area’s growing bar scene, this Annie Hall-inspired venue is well worth the trip for its craft beer selection, whiskey cocktails and atmosphere

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Bar review: Alvy’s in Kennedy Town – craft beer, whiskey and pizza with a Woody Allen vibe

A welcome addition to the area’s growing bar scene, this Annie Hall-inspired venue is well worth the trip for its craft beer selection, whiskey cocktails and atmosphere