Candour, a new nightspot in Hong Kong’s Soho, promises eclectic cocktails and delectable bites inspired by the finest hip-hop tradition.
Time for a little history lesson. Ever heard of the Sirens, feminine figures from Greek mythology that would use their seductive voices to lure sailors to their deaths? According to ancient storyteller Homer, the sirens were said to live on an island in the western sea between Aeaea and Scylla and were said to either be the daughters of the sea god Phorcys or the river god Achelous. Either way, they were bad news if you were a sailor who liked a little singing.
As Hong Kong embraces the cooler days and nights of autumn, as well as some impressively low Covid numbers, a new cocktail lounge by Common Abode is set to open on Soho’s Peel Street. Providing a fun space that transitions from day into night, Candour, which boasts branding that depicts those aquatic amorists, promises a distinct combination of hip-hop culture and luxury, complete with specially-curated tracks, delectable dishes, and expertly crafted cocktails.
In fact, the new lounge, its cuisine, and its drinks are all designed to be as undeniably seductive as the siren’s calls. Open until late, this space is a personal interpretation of what Common Abode co-founder Nelson Htoo thinks a nightlife space should look like, with good music, bold flavour profiles, and a sense of community.
A beverage programme by Chanel Adams will offer a selection of cocktails that each draws upon notable hip-hop references. Look out for the likes of Bad and Boujee, a toast to multi-platinum artist Migos that combines Möet champagne with Fernet Hunter and citrus sugar; The Chronic, a mint and yellow Chartreuse Codigo margarita that pays homage to Dr. Dre; and E.A.R.L. a smoky sazerac tribute to the late DMX.
You’ll be able to pair your drinks with Asian dishes by Executive Chef Karisa Cheque that range from light Scallop Carpaccio with a tart yuzu sauce; and Blinis w/ Caviar with wasabi sour cream; to Mapo Tofu Tater Tots; the Pineapple Bun Chicken Burger, made with deep-fried chicken thigh, homemade beetroot mayo and pickled cauliflower; and Leite Frito w/ Doce de Leite, Brazilian-style deep-fried milk with homemade dulce de leche.
Besides food and drinks, Candour’s aim to create a compelling space is also reflected in its careful music selection and collaboration with local artists for an immersive experience. A bespoke art piece by Hong Kong street artist Szabotage will be complemented by a roster of DJs curated by music director Surge G. of Surge Entertainment.
Because sometimes all we want is to be seduced.
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