HK Magazine - - NIGHTLIFE - Eve­lyn Lok

The buzz: If the name hasn’t al­ready given it away, Welling­ton Street new­comer Bit­ters and Sweets shines a spot­light on the all-im­por­tant bit­ters in its cock­tail craft. Bit­ters are highly con­cen­trated liq­uid ex­trac­tions of fla­vor made from in­fused botan­i­cals and herbs. And here, every­thing is painstak­ingly home­made, from the bit­ters (of course) to the house-in­fused liquors to even the hazel­nut choco­late fill­ing (aka home­made nutella) in the desserts. All the bet­ter to jus­tify the price point, we sup­pose...

The dé­cor: Mod­ern, so­phis­ti­cated and fur­nished with plush car­pet and sleek lounge seats, Bit­ters and Sweets feels al­most like you’re in a com­fort­able liv­ing room at a rich rel­a­tive’s house. The long cen­tral bar has six seats on the side, re­served for guests to try soon-to-come food pair­ing menus, which of­fer a (lit­eral) peek into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work.

The drinks: Start off with a del­i­cate and re­fresh­ing Gin & Tea Tonic (pic­tured) ($130), which the menu dubs the “Eurasian beauty” of the bar’s cock­tail menu: blend­ing Chi­nese oo­long tea and rose with the clas­sic Bri­tish G&T. Then move onto the spec­ta­cles: the Smokey Joe ($180) sips like an iced cof­fee, made with house-in­fused cof­fee bour­bon, but with added lay­ers of a sub­tly sweet chest­nut syrup, choco­late bit­ters and cherry chip wood smoke that’s pumped onto the drink un­der a glass lid be­fore serv­ing. If you like your cock­tails to knock you out as well as pro­vide an In­sta­gram-wor­thy show, be­hold the Night Quil ($180), a warm cock­tail in which citrus fruits, thyme, de­li­cious Iron Bud­dha tea and mint are in­fused with a siphon into warm gin for a strong and sooth­ing night­cap. Speak­ing of strong, the Mar­malade ($150) backs a hefty punch: sweet, juicy and made with VSOP, vanilla earl grey syrup and or­ange, all served in a jam jar.

Why you’ll be back: Bit­ters & Sweets is still work­ing on ex­pand­ing its food menu, which cur­rently touts home­made com­fort foods in­clud­ing choco­late hazel­nut ba­nana spring rolls ($80); fluffy on the in­side, crispy on the out­side chur­ros ($80); and spam fries with Sriracha mayo ($90).

If wash­ing your ex­pertly crafted tip­ple down with dis­cern­ing bar bites and ly­ing back in a so­phis­ti­cated lounge pump­ing

90s R ‘n’ B ap­peals to you—we trust you’re al­ready there.

1/F, Somptueux Cen­tral, 52-54 Welling­ton St., Cen­tral, 2788-0103, face­­ter­sandsweet­shk.

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