Informal Affairs – Inspiration behind Southside’s Best Rooftop Bar
This October, Ovolo Southside, in partnership with N.I.P Gin, presents Informal Affairs – Southside’s first rooftop gin pop-up bar.
Inspired by Infernal Affair, a classic Hong Kong thriller about two moles – one in the police force and one among the triads – hunting each other down.
Our Informal Affair pop-up bar wants to showcase this Golden Era of Hong Kong and the famous 90’s that we find in this movie. We want to transport guests to a world of ‘informal affairs’ in a dai pai dong-style setting and to a time that pays tribute to a bygone era of Hong Kong when gin cocktails were clinically endorsed.
The irresistible cocktail menu reveals N.I.P’s Gin in its finest form. The meticulously crafted spirit combines traditional botanicals of distilled gin with local flavours, like kumquat and Shoumei tea, to create a unique blend with a Hong Kong flair. Enjoy The Peppery Mule, a concoction of N.I.P Rare Gin with a bittersweet Rinomato Sucro, rhubarb, and ginger topped with effervescent ginger beer, as well as SHE-SO-SEXY a playful and zestful celebration of N.I.P Rare Gin, orange marmalade, peach, and citrus. Guests attending the pop-up will also be the first to try the new release of N.I.P Exotic City Blend featured in cocktails such as Exotic Summer, a fruity crush of raspberry, passion fruit, citrus, bergamot tonic, and a hint of Scrappy’s Bitters Firewater.
The moreish snack menu features the perfect drinking accompaniments, such as savoury Airplane Olives marinated in N.I.P Gin, a nostalgic snack from Hong Kong’s hay day and lightly-battered Salt & Pepper Tofu, as well as Chinese Pickled Cucumber on a stick, a classic zesty starter in Chinese cuisine. For those who prefer something sweet, the Sourdough Pineapple Bun with Lemon Butter and Lemon Egg Tart is a playful spin on a Hong Kong favourite, mirroring citrus notes in the N.I.P Exotic City Gin.
The Informal Affairs Pop-up is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6th October from 3 pm, giving Southsiders and those who want to escape the city an idyllic setting to sip away from sundown till late to the sweet sounds of Ovolo’s resident DJ.
For more information, visit https://www.instagram.com/informalaffairshk