Here’s something different for urban Hong Kongites, and for my blog… it’s a new Tiki Lounge in the center of the city and let me tell you, it’s fun, fresh, sexy, and refreshing all at once. In my view the newly minted Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge is a welcome addition to this often “too serious” city that needs to teach it’s urban dwellers to have fun and relax and that good afterwork cocktail drinks can be had in cool places beyond the super pretentious members-only bars or the token Karaoke destination.
Pals, ChristingC and Dan, invited me late last month to try signature drinks with house mixologist, Max Traverse, the drink connoisseur of Honi Honi who made his mark in Hong Kong via Le Boudoir. Also at the drinks we met up with Honi Honi’s interior designer, Tim Shepherd, proprietor of the the award-winning architecture and interiors firm, Three Wise Monkeys. With Christing, Dan, Tim, and Max, it was practically good fun all around for after-works drinks.
The Polynesian haven that is Honi Honi is a direct result of a brainstorming effort between Max and Tim. The end product is a solution to the need to create cocktail drinks, flavors, and an ambiance, which maximised the sites indoor-outdoor character, high ceilings, and the need to create a fun and cool spatial concept never before seen in the city.
In addition they yearned for a space to play a fusion of jazz, electro, and beach retro music for a city hooked on lazy Top 40’s Muzak. If this doesn’t hook you in, expect a 3-piece live jazz band there as well, it’s all part of the retro “Mad Men style” vibe theatrically established as soon as the doorman greets you at entrance.
For those looking for straight up beer and a simple spirit concoction, this is definitely not the place for you. What you get instead from Honi Honi is a selection of fruity cocktails like classic Mai Tais and Pina Coladas, and a new array of signature drinks with inventive names like Lady Bird (Pampero Blanco Rum, Fraise des bois liqueur, Angostura Orange Bitters, Fresh guava juice and fresh strawberries), Miss Behave (JM Argicole Rhum, lychee liqueur, lychee puree, grenadine and Taittinger Brut Champagne), and Devil’s Tiki Man (Michter’s rye whiskey, Jerry Thomas bitters, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, fresh orange wedge, sugar syrup and infused cherry bourbon juice.)
My thoughts are generally positive. But with most good and new venues in Hong Kong, this place can get especially crowded at night all seven days a week. To avoid the crowd and enjoy winter nights and music, I suggest to go earlier around 5 or 6pm before dinner or as a nightcap at around 1am.
From designer, Tim Shepherd on the Honi Honi concept:
The design is centred around the quality of material and the Polynesian elements in the detailing, just like the cocktails being created. Small details such as cushions give it a more high-end feel as if in a classic hotel bar, where guests are able to adjust their seating depending on their personal comfort. Above the bar you will find handmade lights from Bali that highlight the bar, which is where the magic happens. Even the wall paper in the powder rooms have been custom-designed to the essence of Honi Honi with tiki gods, flowers and Hawaiian dancers. This is not just your typical design, it’s a luxurious escape, playful and, of course, all about the tiki cocktail experience.
ChristingC loved it so much the first time around that we celebrated her birthday there after the initial drinks. Win!
Dreaming of these as I type…