OPEN BAR BITTERS AND SWEETS
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, facebook.com/bittersandsweetshk.