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
The vibe: classic pool hall, with a few modern twists in the form of video screens and beer pong tables. If you have fantasies of being Paul Newman in The Hustler or The Color of Money, this is certainly the best place in Causeway Bay to play them out. It was quiet in the early evening when I dropped in, but it is probably schooling with pool sharks later on. I was told by a friendly patron that a tournament was scheduled, and offered a preliminary game. Staff are friendly and accommodating.
long happy hour, when drinks are two for one. Pours are generous. This, however, is a pool hall with a bar in the corner, not a bar with pool tables. No cocktails appear on the drinks list, but they will make the obvious classics on request. I ordered a dry martini (HK$88) with Bombay Sapphire gin which was professionally made, although I had to ask the bartender to go easy on the vermouth and no olives were available, leaving a lemon twist as the only garnish option. The spirits selection is sparse, and consists entirely of obvious brands. Scotch single malts are all from Edrington with a Macallan 12 Year Old (HK$98), 18 Year Old (HK$385) and Highland Park (HK$113).
Japanese whisky fans can choose from several Hibiki options, starting with Japanese Harmony (HK$98). There are no craft beers, but Carlsberg, Asahi and Kronenbourg are on tap at HK$78 per pint. Champagne drinkers are limited to Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon, but there is a reasonably priced international selection of reputable reds and whites.
I had a glass of the Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay (HK$73) which was correctly chilled and in good condition.
The verdict: no surprises here for barflies, but pool players should find something to their taste to slake their thirsts.
Breeze, 18/F Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 9469 3389
Open: Monday to Thursday 4pm-2am, Friday and Saturday 4pm-3am.
Happy hour: Monday to Saturday 4pm-8pm
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