Life Inspiring IQ Bar advocates
new drinking culture for Centralites
創造力量同幻想 IQ Bar激盪生活靈感
Hemingway said: "I drink to make other people interesting." This may not be what you expect people to say in a bar at the boozy Lan Kwai Fong. However when you settle in IQ Bar, which was opened last December in the heart of LKF, you probably feel like being surrounded by artists who have great minds, though enjoying a mind-blowing signature cocktail at the same time which get you in the right mood without getting you drunk. This is how IQ bar advocates the new attitude of drinking!
Alexender Prus, the Russian chef of IQ bar who has been staying HK for sixteen years is highly aware the drinking culture in the city. "Over the past decade Lan Kwai Fong was changing, towards an unhealthy way." He commented. The concept behind IQ bar is to gather smart people here with positive vibes, sharing thoughts, laughs, inspiration and healthy yet delighting food&drink.
Just like the exquisite cafes and the extraordinary bistro in Europe, IQ bar is a perfect alcoholic antidote for chilling. The venue covers two floors and is divided into three zones. Downstairs is the bar area with busy industrial chic surrounds and neon lighting that features clashing pink and yellows. There are various shapes and colours of glasses hanging upside down just above the bar table, behind is an array of bottles with various combination of spirits and edible ingredients immersed. "We focus on originality, so each cocktail here in IQ Bar is uniquely made, using the base that hand crafted, some even aged in oak barrels within the bar. We create cocktails with the principle of innovation, and not fear of making kitschy gimmicks with the hope that our guests would enjoy the unique experience and even get inspired. We believe that each cocktail has its own character, so we serve each of them in unique glasses that never duplicate!"
Alcohol could not coexist with health? In fact, the concept of healthy drinking has been quite popular around the globe, and Hong Kong is far lagged behind. IQ Bar is therefore one of the pioneers in the city. "We stress on healthy drinking, so we don’t use any sugar but fructose in all of our ingredients. Fructose helps remove alcohol from the body, so you would no longer getting hangover easily or having a headache the morning after."
The upper area is more offstage where private parties, celebration and gathering were often held. The area is divided into sub-zones, namely ice and fire, with distinguished ambience and menu. The ice zone focuses on seafood pursuing the gastronomic style of Scandinavian or Ísland. The latter resembles the ambience of fire, combining the food style of Southern France, Spain and Australia.
來港已十六年俄羅斯大廚Alexender Prus，對這個城市的飲食與酒吧文化瞭如指掌︰「過去十年蘭桂坊在逐漸轉變，並朝著不健康的方向發展。」IQ Bar的創辦理念是匯聚有智慧的人，在這裡找尋不一樣的生活靈感。
Vintage Porto Ranco
配Duo salad with Mascarpone, Chives, Cherval, Mango,
Coconut, Coriander Mango gel
Grand Reserva Rum and 10 year vintage Port with a perfect portion of chocolate bitter bitters, matured in small oak barrel for 24 days. The glass to be served is dipped in chocolate reduction in advanced, which adds sweet harmonious bitterness to the smooth texture. This goes well and highlights the sophisticated layers with the duo expressions of crab meat.
以Grand Reserva 冧酒及10年陳砵酒為基調，加入適量朱古力苦精，置於店內的小型橡木桶中陳釀24天，更有趣的是酒杯預先蘸上朱古力醬，甜香與些甘苦互相融和，再跟觧味十足蟹肉搭配，層次豐富。
Lost in Hong Kong
配Green Tea Smoked Salmon with Gin & Jasmine Jelly, Carrot & Orange mousse
Twisted Long Island in which four spirits are macerated with distinguished ingredients - oolong tea and gin, orange in vodka, pepper in tequila, and kaffir lime leaves in rum. The mixture is then topped with Hibiscus, pomegranate juice, sugar-free cranberry and raspberry syrup (made of fructose). The flavor is complex which resembles the founder’s impression of Hong Kong. The fruitiness and freshness cut through the oil in salmon and resonates with jasmine gel.
Big Buddha Old Fashioned
配Iberico Bellota Curred Ham 36 months
The base is vanilla Bourbon and white oak single malt. A variety of bitters and Buddha fruits reduction are added. The cocktail is presented in a rock glass with Buddha statue floating on clouds, which is actually the smoke generated by burning rosewood and the cocktail is perfectly paired with 36-month-aged Iberico Bellota. "wine and meat through the intestines, Buddha care."
Shop 27A, G/F, Winner Buliding , 27-37 D'aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Contact 聯絡︰3565 6616
Opening Hours 營業時間︰MON to THUR 12:00-02:00, FRI to SUN 12:00-03:00