Hong Kong bar reviews

Bar review: Pivo Czech Bar - a haven for beer lovers in Elements mall

Outstanding selection of elegant draughts and premium vodkas in a lively atmosphere

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 October, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 April, 2016, 2:10pm

The vibe: this Czech-themed bar and restaurant is lively and bustling, if a tad noisy and short on east European atmosphere. Staff are friendly and helpful, and judging by how packed the place was on a weekday evening, it has scored a hit with locals working nearby. There are tables and chairs inside for those who want to eat, while the bar section opens up in fine weather so you can do your drinking alfresco.

The drinks: “pivo” is Czech for beer and lovers of the amber nectar will revel in an array of draught and bottled beers which prove that the land which gave birth to pilsner still knows how to brew. The draughts were outstanding. The Buduar  Budvar (HK$75) was rich, complex and popping with hops, the Pilsner Urquell (HK$78) drier, lighter and well-balanced. Two bottled beers from the family-owned Bernard brewery (founded in 1597), the Amber and especially the Dark (HK$79 each), were smooth and elegant with just the right touch of bitterness.

Vodka lovers are also well catered for with an impressive selection of premium brands and shots are served properly chilled. We tried two of Poland’s finest: the Snow Leopard (HK$88) was delicate and velvet soft, the potato-based Chopin (HK$85) more full-bodied.

Signature cocktails are aimed at more lightweight imbibers. The misleadingly named Wild Lush (vodka, lime, triple sec, passion fruit and wildberry, HK$88) was sweet and fruity, with little discernible alcohol, and the Bison (Zubrowka vodka, apple juice and cinnamon, HK$85) tasted like something your granny would give you for a sore throat, although the Zubrowka’s bison grass added an interesting note.

The verdict: an ideal spot for serious beer drinkers to enjoy top-notch Czech brewing – with a shot of premium vodka on the side.

Pivo Czech Bar, Shop R004, Civic Square, Elements, Kowloon Station, Kowloon. Tel: 2196 8733. Open: noon-1am (Friday, Saturday and public holidays until 2am); Sunday to Thursday noon-1am; happy hour Monday to Friday 3pm-8pm