The buzz: Hailing all the way from Fremantle, Perth is Aussie craft brewery Little Creatures. Already well established in Oz, the microbrewery-slash-restaurant has just opened up in Kennedy Town, bringing fresh brews and all-day dining options for big groups and family crowds.
The décor: Setting up shop where a flour and sugar warehouse used to be, the massive 6,000 sq. ft. space retains some of that industrial feel with impossibly high loft ceilings, an open kitchen and bar, and exposed pipes. Behind the long bar is where the magic happens: towering metal drums where the malt mash is boiled, the hops are added, and the beer is fermented, filtered and eventually poured. The furniture and décor is comfortable, with brown leather booths and sofas made for up to 10 diners per table in the back, and with enough space around the bar for beer geeks to cluster and learn more about the brews.
The drinks: Brewed on the premises, this is craft beer as fresh as you’re gonna get. Three classic Little Creatures beers are brewed onsite ($65-78/pint), including the signature Pale Ale, and the brewery’s full range is available by the bottle. Choose from the refreshing Pale Ale, a punchy Rogers’ amber ale, a light pilsner, a hopped up IPA or sweet Orchard Crush cider. Brewed especially for Hong Kong is the Early Days pale ale, which tastes like a lighter, even more sessionable version of the classic Pale Ale.
The White Rabbit White Ale, a wheat beer, tastes very floral and hoppy, not unlike a Hoegaarden, but fresher with more body. Can’t decide, or want to try them all? A beer paddle, with six 100ml pours of different beers, costs only $100. And if you’re a disillusioned craft beer connoisseur looking to be more adventurous, you might want to try a beer from what is dubbed “the Randall,” where the Creatures folk get to tinker with their ales by adding flavors after it’s done brewing, with wacky ingredients ranging from lemongrass to rocky road. Not a beer fan? You should probably get out… or you can choose from a sizeable list of (mostly Aussie) wines, available by the small or big glass (from $65).
Why you’ll be back: Offering everything from breakfast to late night bites, Little Creatures is not just your basic beer bar. It aims to be K-town’s neighborhood local—whether you’re there just for lunch or to type away at a laptop for half the day. It’s a far cry from greasy pub grub too, with a menu of comforting eats designed to go well with beer. With healthy-sounding sharing plates such as a smashed avocado bowl ($85 for small portion) and kale pizza ($110) to full blown, protein-packed mains like a grass-fed rib-eye ($295), this isn’t a place for you to get slizzard on sub-par bevvies. Instead you can enjoy every clean sip—until you have to be carried home.