Check Out These Negronis with a Twist: Negroni Week 2023 in HK
September 15, 2023
As we step into the 11th year of Negroni Week, the world readies itself to toast the classic Italian concoction of Campari, gin, and red vermouth. This year, from September 18-24, distinguished bars and eateries around the world will revere this iconic cocktail, all the while committing a portion of their Negroni sales to a charity close to their hearts. Since the event’s inception in 2013, this international festivity has transcended mere celebration, collecting over US$4 million (and counting) for a diverse range of charitable causes.
Those in Hong Kong eager to be part of this spirited cause, check out our list of special Negroni cocktails at participating venues around the city. Revel in this rich, velvet-red goodness while contributing to a noble cause.
Where to Drink in Hong Kong for Negroni Week 2023
Ovolo Hotels: VEDA, Kömune, and Te Quiero Mucho
Crafted by the team at award-winning speakeasy The Wise King, the Brulée Negroni evokes the aromatic blends of Christmas treats, mixing especially Spiced Gin with Amerciano Bianco, Vermouth, and Aveze Gentian. Finished off with a little bit of chocolate for that extra oomph of sweetness, this bronzed ambrosia is available for sipping at VEDA, Kömune, and Te Quiero Mucho.
Where: VEDA, 2 Arbuthnot Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Kömune, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Te Quiero Mucho, The Sheung Wan, 286 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Famed for their prestigious rank on the esteemed Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, and commitment to being one of the most sustainable closed-loop bars in Hong Kong, Penicillin enters into Negroni week with an eco-twist on the cocktail that only they can pull off. Stirred from Watermelon Gin, Jalapeño Campari, and Omija Vermouth, the fruity and spicy fresh ingredients add a bit of summertime lightness to the drink.
Where: Penicillin, L/G Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
With one Michelin star under their belt for as long as a decade, and a fine reputation for their premium neo-Cantonese dining offered at their stunning venue, Duddell’s bar manager Mario Calderone has prepared two new twists for the week. On top of offering their failproof Negroni Classico, discerning drinkers can also sip on the vibrant Guatemalan Brew or sultry Flamingo Twist Negronis that have been fused with that extra bit of exotic pizazz.
Where: Duddell’s, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Barkada, the hottest Filipino restaurant on the SoHo block and brainchild of foodie guru Jen Balisi and Singular Concepts, is participating in this year’s Negroni Week in support of the World Food Programme. This selected humanitarian organization shares ties with the UN and aims to provide food assistance globally, so double your meal and pass it to the next person by ordering a tropical Mang-Roni. Spotlighting the Philippine’s most beloved fruit, the cocktail comes as part of a pairing with the Sisig Taco.
Where: Barkada, UG/F, FOCO, 48 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
Joining hands with the Zubin Foundation, a locally based charitable organization that aims to uplift and support the city’s underprivileged ethnic minority population, DarkSide have concocted a special range for Negroni Week this year. Helming the bar is Italian-native Simone Rossi, who draws from international influences to create three special editions of the Negroni, including the Rosita which adds a bit of a smokey kick from tequila, the Martini-esque Cardinale, and the sweet yet balanced Ume Negroni.
Where: Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
2023 Negroni Week Parties and Events in Hong Kong
Opening Party at Vista Bar
Perched atop Aqua group’s stunning glasshouse-like Italian dining room, Vista bar is kicking of Negroni Week in the city with an opening party that’s not to be missed for any cocktail lover. The lineup of the evening spotlights the Nitro Ice Cream Negroni that blends blood orange and yogurt with Campari and topped with with Vermouth caviar, the Spicy Peach made with red vermouth and chilli, as well as the Vista Bar take on the Negroni Sbagliato with Cinzano prosecco.
Those who want to try their hand at stirring together this mix of one parts gin, to Campari, to Sweet Vermouth, can tap in to join the Negroni Combat scheduled for 8:30 PM to 10 PM, with funky prizes that await.
When: 6 PM til Late, Sept. 18
Where: Vista Bar, 30/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
6 Hands Groovy Negroni Night at Cordis HK
Get set for an evening where Italian elegance meets Cantonese charm! As the rhythms of Italian and Hong Kong disco blend together to add an atmosphere of glitz and glam, be treated to innovative negroni concoctions crafted by the trio of Campari ambassador Delphine Kong, Cordis Beverage Manager Leo Ko, and Alibi restaurant manager Marcus Chan. With each bringing their unique touch to this iconic cocktail, expect to relish the beloved bitter-sweet notes of the negroni, elevated with a dash of imagination and panache.
When: 7 PM – 11 PM, Sept. 20
Where: Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, 5/F, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Closing Party at Bar Leone
Wind down Negroni Week with a grand finale at Bar Leone, Hong Kong's newest haven for cocktail aficionados. Steeped in Roman allure, Bar Leone has been serving a delectable array of Negronis throughout the week. Notable among them is the effervescent Negroni Sbagliato, crowned with prosecco, the refined dance of flavours in the Negroni vs Martini, the rich Caffe Casoni Negroni that’s infused with espresso and coffee liqueur, and the breezy Tropicale Negroni to refresh your senses.
But it's not just about the drinks. Bar Leone seamlessly marries gastronomy with mixology. Treat your palate to authentic Italian delights like the delicate Tramezzini, the fiery Meatballs Arrabbiata, and an inventive culinary twist — the Negroni Rigatoni, a harmonious blend of Italian cuisine with the iconic cocktail.
When: Sept. 24
Where: Bar Leone, 15 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong
For the full line-up of all bars in Hong Kong participating, click here.
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