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There's an air of sophisticated Hong Kong cool about the Dragon's Den Social Lounge, the new venue from Andrew Brown now open at 367 Colombo Street, right next door to his iconic Burgers & Beer store down SOMO way. The Cityscape crew sashayed along to opening night, and were suitably impressed! Clean lines and moody after-dark cool are emphasised by the lighting system, which has a few tricks up its sleeve. The dark furnishings and fittings are all set off by some striking art pieces: It's all very swanky indeed. Furthermore, notable Chch mixologist James Andrew Lawton is slinging the drinks (including the likes of the Figural Effect cocktail featured in the Winter issue of Cityscape) and there are eats on offer that will be a cut-well-above your standard pub food fried basket (honey-roasted figs with soft feta, toasted macadamia and Serrano ham, anyone?). Check out the Den's Facebook page for more, or better...
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The SOMO district continues to blossom with the arrival of Town Tonic, the latest offering from the folks behind Passengers & Co and Taste Events / The Christchurch Farmers’ Market. Slotted neatly into the bottom floor of the new Moore Stephens Markhams building on the corner of Lincoln Road and Bernard Street, Town Tonic paints a picture of sleek modern cool and meticulous precision with its clean lines and dark wood and fabrics, gleaming black tiles, and a splash of lime to set things off. If you’re peckish you can tuck into some of their sophisticated, elegantly-constructed sharing plates (the Grecian charms of their braised lamb shoulder with green olive, pistachio, tabbouleh and yoghurt is the Cityscape favourite), but the bar is reason enough to visit on its own. You’ll find a choice range of boutique beers (and cider) on tap (and in bottles), as well as an excellent selection...