If you haven’t had the chance of experiencing Hong Kong’s thumping nightlife scene, here’s your only chance to get up and close with the cool vibes at Bandra’s Olive Bar & Kitchen. And not just any bar, The Pontiac, a regular on ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars’ list since 2016, is here with a retro rock-chick vibe and all-women bar staff to raise the bar a notch higher. A dive bar with only nine signature drinks is what makes The Pontiac a hotspot among all the party-hard Hong Kongers.
On August 2-3, 2019, Olive will be hosting an LGBTQ night during the exclusive pop-up with The Pontiac. Commenting about this association, John Leese, Bar Manager and Beverage Head, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mumbai, says, “We started hosting LGBTQ nights about a year and a half ago in line with Olive's ethos to always be a home away from home for all our guests.” In keeping with The Pontiac’s retro rock-n-roll and inclusive vibe in Hong Kong, the Olive will also get a makeover that promises the same vibe. Expect neon lights, feather boas, shiny disco balls, Pride flags and more. Playful and fun, it ties in with the theme of inclusivity that runs at the heart of both the bars.
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Taking over Olive Bandra are Pontiac’s lead bartender
Tink Aira Chan aka ‘The Slayer’who will be slinging out cocktails in her natural avatar, along with
Arlene Wong. When bellying up to the bar, make sure to try their biggest hit-maker –
The Hobnail– rye whiskey mixed with house-made ginger syrup, lemon juice, Averna and Angora bitters. A bestseller since The Pontiac’s opening, this cocktail is suited for all palates, provided you like ginger. “Thankfully almost everyone loves ginger,” exclaims Beckaly Franks, Owner, The Pontiac. The Hobnail is a name-play on the classic ‘Rusty Nail’, which is made using Scotch and Drambuie. Further giving us a detailed backstory of their all-time bestseller, Franks says, “An actual hobnail is a nail placed in the bottom of a boot to aid in traction. These boots became popular in Scotland and eventually found their way into Steampunk fashion. So, for us at The Pontiac, it is a nod to cocktail history and an alternative attitude.”
Left: Dope Slap; Right: Hobnail
Other drinks to watch out for: their tropical
Dope Slapmixed with Pisco, banana liqueur, lemon juice, Laphroaig whisky, sugar syrup and orange bitters;
My Name is Nobody (MNIM), a piquant take on the classic Negroni made with chilli-infused white rum, vermouth Rosso, Aperol and Fernet Branca; the sweet-tart
Snake Sourfeaturing dark rum, Amaretto, house-made, spiced rhubarb bitters, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white;
Heisenberg, a potion of gin, vermouth Bianco, blue curacao, lemon, simple syrup, and absinth; and the bright
Rainbow Maker, a shot of Jameson and Budweiser, infused overnight with pickle.
If you’re already quite intimidated with the menu, fret not. We got Franks to help you select the right cocktail for yourself. “If you like savoury and spirit-forward drinks, we suggest My Name is Nobody; a variation of a negroni. If you are more interested in full-bodied libations with a depth of flavour, try our Hobnail or Snake Sour. For the lighter or sourer side of things, go for the
Heisenberg. And as always, just ask Arlene or Tink and they will steer you in the right direction.” When it comes to food-alcohol pairing, Franks highly recommends you pair the
My Name is Nobodywith The Olive Bar & Kitchen’s
So, make sure you put on your dancing shoes and get the weekend started!
Images: The Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra
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