Food and Drinks

Lan Kwai Fong bar-restaurant Lily & Bloom closing after eight years of ‘creative cocktail concoctions & heart-warming meals’

Bar-restaurant known for its creative cocktails and American fare had runs its course, spokesman says of decision not to renew lease or relocate. A message announcing ‘last call’ next month thanks customers for making Lily & Bloom ‘a sanctuary of late night laughs & after hours dancing’

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 August, 2018, 11:20am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 August, 2018, 3:19pm

Lily & Bloom, a well known bar and restaurant serving hearty American fare and imaginative cocktails above Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong Island’s premier nightlife haunt, is closing after eight years. It will shut in mid-September, its owners having decided not to renew their lease or seek new premises.

The announcement was made on Thursday night via Instagram and WhatsApp messages, which invited customers to come for a “last call” at Lily & Bloom.

Lily & Bloom’s announcement

“We sincerely thank all of you for making this place a sanctuary of creative cocktail concoctions & heart-warming meals, late night laughs & after hours dancing, a home away from home & nights all LIT,” the messages said.

Executive chef Chris Grare had only joined Lily & Bloom in February 2017; he was previously at Cafe Gray Deluxe and upscale steakhouse The American Club. Head mixologist John Nugent began working at the bar and restaurant last May.

Francisco Ricafort, PR and marketing director for Buzz Concepts, the company behind Lily & Bloom, said the bar and restaurant had run its course. He has fond memories from a few years ago when Bloom, on one floor of the two-storey establishment, was turned into a late-night room.

“It had a great vibe as a late-night lounge, and it was fun to see all your friends there have a good time,” he said.

A night out with Francisco Ricafort

Buzz Concepts, whose other bars and restaurants include Tiger Curry and Volar, has other projects on the go, including Paper Street on Bonham Strand in Sheung Wan, which recently had its soft opening.

Paper Street is a sports lounge that includes a fight club where professional fighters will spar on Friday evenings from 9.30pm.

The group will also open Mudita in Central this autumn in the premises formerly occupied by late-night music venue Fly, which closed in December. Ricafort says Mudita, which in Sanskrit means “unselfish joy”, will feature live music, including R&B, funk and soul, and serve cocktails.