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HK Magazine - - NIGHTLIFE -

We’ve long been com­plain­ing about the dy­ing gay bar scene in Hong Kong, what with the re­cent pass­ing of the iconic Pro­pa­ganda.

And although many venues are be­com­ing more gay-friendly, there are fewer bars ded­i­cated to the com­mu­nity. Lo­cated in Cause­way Bay, Circo is the lat­est multi-pur­pose venue for the LGBT com­mu­nity, and it’s a breath of fresh air away from the reg­u­lar scene in SoHo and She­ung Wan’s Jer­vois Street.

Tucked away be­hind Times Square, Circo is all the way up on the 22nd floor, of­fer­ing a sweep­ing view of the Cause­way Bay cityscape thanks to high ceil­ings and huge win­dows. The cock­tail lounge is mod­ern and chic with a slick bar, leather couches and booths for some quiet time on week­days, and the whole venue changes into a dance club on week­ends, with in-house DJs and plenty of beau­ti­ful peo­ple.

A cock­tail lounge, Circo of­fers 10 cre­ative and care­fully hand­crafted cock­tails, which will be shuf­fled around ev­ery two or three months ac­cord­ing to sea­son. The sig­na­ture Red Car­pet Mo­ment ($148) makes for a dra­matic en­trance, and we were amazed by its depth, with Kavalan Sherry Oak whisky matched with ver­mouth and a hint of Earl Grey. If you feel like some­thing sum­mery and re­fresh­ing, go for From Circo With Love ($108): This fizzy com­bi­na­tion of Prosecco, pas­sion­fruit and el­der­flower liqueurs is a great choice to beat the heat. De­spite its name, the Honey Honey ($108), isn’t just about sweet­ness. Made with Bom­bay Sap­phire gin, Dram­buie, lemon and of course, honey, the drink is topped with a layer of egg white foam that gives it the creami­ness and froth­i­ness it needs. Ap­ple pie fans will love the Adam’s Ap­ple ($138), a spicy, in­tensely fla­vor­ful and not-so-in­no­cent drink made with Earl Grey-in­fused gin, fresh ap­ple juice and cin­na­mon syrup.

Although out of most gays’ com­fort zones lo­ca­tion-wise, Circo has the vibe and the drinks to be­come the next great place to be for the LGBT com­mu­nity. But it’s also straight-friendly, as the bar be­lieves in in­clu­siv­ity, rather than aim­ing to be­come a niche gay venue tar­get­ing a spe­cific group, be it bear, ot­ter or twink. While they’re not serving eats just yet, a full kitchen is in place and Circo will soon roll out a food menu, as well as a range of healthy non­al­co­holic juices for the health-con­scious.

Guys (gays), you’re out of ex­cuses not to go out.

22/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp St. East, Cause­way Bay, 2892-8808, face­book.com/Cir­coHK

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