The Perfect Excuse

Luxury lifestyle hotel Langham Place Mongkok, in Hong Kong, unveils a new bar and lounge this week with the opening of its new venture, Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social. Located on the fifth floor of the hotel, which previously housed Portal – Work & Play, the 5,500sqft newly refurbished, urban chic space will present all that a bar should have and a little more, as well as be true to its namesake – a place to escape, wine, dine and be social.  Homegrown talent, a wine wall, award-winning mixology, and creative cuisine will make up the spacious and vibrant venue, styled by Stickman Design of Dubai and Hong Kong. 


Led by manager and resident ‘Wine Guy’ Alan Tsui, creative consultant Zachary Yu, and mixologist Leo Cheung, Alibi will further elevate the engaging food and wine pairing artistry set by the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, Ming Court, and Japanese restaurant Tokoro – Robatayaki & Sushi Bar.


With 140 seats, Alibi will offer a sophisticated evolution of the shared plates concept, using homegrown, homemade, and imported quality ingredients, with culinary influences from Europe and Asia.  Highlights of the menu include Manchego Bomba Rice Fritters, Kim Chi Toasties and Bruschetta Lardo di Colonnata finished with honey, thyme, and truffle, with pairing recommendations by the bar's beverage talent.


At the helm of Alibi's kitchen and food  is Kiwi chef de cuisine Tim Bruges, who developed his passion for creative small plates at The Providores and Tapa Room in London, and more recently as executive sous chef at Jason Atherton’s 22 Ships.  Prior to that, Tim worked with Michelin-starred Hong Kong restaurants 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo and Cépage.


“The city's dining scene has really evolved over the years.  Nowadays, we long to share our good times through social platforms with friends all over the world and we've created new social groups for ourselves by following and sharing new experiences,” says Shaun Campbell, general manager of Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong. “The buzz out here in Mongkok is eclectic; we've had some fantastic firsts here with our wine and dine scene through The Backyard, Ming Court, and Tokoro, and have developed a range of loyal patrons who after 10 years, keep coming back.  We hope our Alibi guests find it worth the journey to Mongkok, and want to return to Alibi again and again.”


Alibi's design features will include an earthy-chic, rustic yet refined interior, shades of nut, oak, grey, and steel against pops of teal and lime, contemporary fireplaces, and pendant lights over its long bar.  Alibi will also be a place for pre-dinner aperitifs - warm and relaxed by day, cool and energetic by night. A semi-private area next to the floor-to-ceiling wine wall will also welcome private events and tastings for up to 30 guests.

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