I’M OUT FOR THEE BLOOD, TRUE BLOOD #2
There’s a new chic & trendy bar in town with a very vampy cocktail we had to go try out. It is going to be a hotspot & let me tell you why!
But first things first.
Located in the most central location possible, it comes as no surprise that there are big names associated with this bar.
Creator? Antonio Lai, Ummm, what? Who’s that you say? Antonio Lai is from The Tastings Group, which has the infamous Quinary (another hot spot for the posh banker wankers) in their portfolio of bars. That means, you know The Envoy is going to be the next hotspot for a while.
We were there for a purpose. We were out for their blood. Literally. They have a drink that’s called TRUE BLOOD #2. On the menu, it reads as:
Ever since Bram Stroker’s novel in 1837- Dracula – man’s fascination with the mysterious blood-consuming creator has not waned one bit. Unbelievable? Have a taste.
Also, it’s rated as “Best Cocktail of the Semi Finals” – Bols Around the Word Bartending Competition 2014. All this hype, and ironically, it’s not on the front page of their menu, under their Signature Cocktails. Decisions decisions. Anyhoos, in the end, we went for their Signature Cocktail “Dewdrops of the Heart” and True Blood #2.
THE Signature Cocktail “Dewdrops of the Heart”.
In “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens, he muses, “Are tears the dewdrops of the heart?” Our imagination brings us to a morning field of green blades, with pearls of dew clinging onto the tips, sparkling in the light, my what a refreshing sight!
How artistic. On paper and in flesh. And it was very refreshing. In fact, it tasted almost exactly like the Honey Green Tea drink from Tao Ti, but that’s only $8 HKD, vs. $120 HKD at The Envoy. Heavy on the green tea, and very light on alcohol. Nice but conventional and not mind-blowing.
NEXT, my $150HKD True Blood #2.
The concept and execution is fantastic. Love the blood bag – makes for an awesome photo opportunity. The drink is super thick and the base taste is very beetroot-y. I like beetroot, and therefore, I like the drink. Personally, I think it’s better on ice because it thins out the thick consistency and well, I was on the patio with no fan and humid 32 degrees HK weather… My friend who doesn’t like beetroot, hated the drink. There’s cranberry juice mixed in it, but the beetroot is very strong, therefore, if you don’t like beetroot, there’s very little chance you’ll like this. Is it a must try so you can drink from a blood bag and post the picture on your Facebook? Definitely.
When we walked in with no reservations, there was only patio space because we were told that inside seating are reserved for diners. There actually wasn’t that many people (inside or out) as they are still very new. The patio is nice and you are surrounded by skyscrapers which is quite a nice view one could say and the ambience is great for a drink. Unfortunately, the ladies’ toilet is really far away, down a floor or two, via a really empty and quiet stairwell, which I wasn’t too pleased about. Another thing was that the service was kinda iffy. Maybe it was just my waitress, and an one-off, but we didn’t have the best service considering they weren’t very busy. Cases in point:
- Asked for ketchup for the fries, and after a while, I had to remind her again.
- True Blood #2 came in a “blood bag” and I would assume, most would be less than enthusiastic to drink it straight from the bag… At least I didn’t. But we were never offered glasses.
- Then realized that it would be better on ice. Wondered why they never offered us ice…
As an overall, we waited quite a while to get our drinks or for our requested items. A logical rationale may be because True Blood #2 is made when ordered and then inserted into the blood bags. But funnily, the table next to us were told that True Blood #2 was sold out so I would have assumed they’re pre-made daily. Shrugs. Albeit the wait staff being a tad slow and a bit forgetful, they were very courtesy and nice.
Best location ever. It’s located on the 3rd Floor of the newly opened boutique hotel, The Pottinger Hotel. Address is given as 74 Queen’s Road Central, BUT you actually don’t enter from Queen’s Road. Instead go up Pottinger, and it’s the next street up, Stanley Street. You’re going to enter from the hotel main entrance which is 21 Stanley Street. The hotel is really stunning and smells really new (when I inquired, a regular room will set you back around $2400+ HKD a night, yikes).
Yes, I would. The atmosphere is inviting and it’s a great location for a quick happy hour drink. It’s expensive though at Quinary-level-ish pricing. I would assume that in the future, I would have to make a reservation as I can see that The Envoy is going to pick up fast. As soon as the blood bag pics go viral (that night, we were the only ones to have ordered True Blood #2), I bet half of HK will want to try it at least once. That’s a lot of people. So go now before the rest of HK hears about it!
3/F The Pottinger Hotel. 21 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Closest MTR: Central Station, Exit D2 (Exit and head right. Head for Coach by crossing the big street, Queen’s Road. Head along Queen’s Road towards the humungo Zara. Keep walking just a bit more, and you should see signs for the hotel. Follow the signs up the cobblestones, Pottinger Street, and hotel entrance will be on your left.)
Phone: +852 2169 3311
Hours: 11:30am-2am, 7 days a week
Have you gone? How’d you get on with the drinks? Did you try the blood? Tell us your experience and thoughts below!