Hong Kong Travel Guide


The "City of Life" lives by night: most hot in-town venues don't even get going until midnight, and the pace at night is more frantic than by day. Enterprising Sinophiles can try to get invited along to a local karaoke evening and warble into a mike over buckets of beer to Cantonese pop videos. Others seeking ex-pat drinking at its most intense should head for Lan Kwai Fong, a tiny area of Central with a vast concentration of bars and restaurants. Soho ("South of Hollywood Road") is a slightly more chic and relaxed concentration of leisure spots just off the Mid-Levels escalator. Chinese locals tend to favour Tsim Sha Tsui, riddled with bars and clubs. And anyone seeking such things will be pleased to hear that they can get all the action they want in the girlie bars and joints of Wan Chai, destination of many a poor Filipina or Thai peasant maiden. Despite the ludicrously strict noise restrictions on open-air events, proof that well-connected residents can swing huge clout with city hall, live music is also hugely popular and well catered for. Check the free listings in BC Magazine and HK Magazine for the latest details, as well as `for updates on raves, which average at least one per weekend.

Bars: Escalator riders can rub elbows congenially with prominent ex-pats and a good few Hong Kongers in the friendly wood-and-marble bar The Bayou, 9-13 Shelley Street. Margarita addicts should try Coyote, 114-120 Lockhart Road, in Wan Chai; nearby, the Horse and Groom, 161 Lockhart Road, gets a solid Cantonese drinking crowd despite its cod Brit fittings. Definitely the most popular venue in Lan Kwai Fong, Insomnia, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, creates an air of quality with its stonework and Florentine-style loggia, then promptly contradicts it with Filipina girl bands and relentless disco. Post97, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, is comfortable and serene after the madness outside. Over in Kowloon, Rick's Café, 4 Hart Avenue, has some of the longest queues on Saturday night, which must count for something.

Casinos: Hong Kong does not have any casionos; instead they are all a 50-minute jetfoil ride away in Macau, which is famous as a gambler's paradise. Jetfoils run all night just to service the Chinese love of gambling. Macau boasts nine casinos in all, with dress code ranging from smart casual to formal; passports should always be carried. The best casinos include the Hotel Lisboa and Casino, 2-4 Avenida de Lisboa, Macao City, the Mandarin Oriental Macao, 956-1110 Avenida da Amizade, Macao City, and the Hyatt Regency and Taipa Island Resort, 2 Estrat Almirante Amrquesa, Taipa Island.

Clubs: Hong Kong clubs are almost invariably cramped, but the DJ action can be world class. For constantly changing multi-storey action in Central, fall through a hole in the wall and shoot up in the lift for CE Top, 37-43 Cochrane Street; check the flyers in the hall for the night's theme on each level. The faint of heart should avoid Joe Bananas, 23 Luard Road, pick-up joint par excellence and venue for cheesy model nights, where leggy Suzie Wongs stalk fat cats in three-piece suits. Vying for the "So unhip it hurts" crown are Club 97, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, and Red Rock, 57-59 Wyndham Street. Star East, G/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road, is Central's current favourite trance/progressive house zone. Ing, 4f, Renaissance Harbour View, 1 Harbour Road, is a slightly classier, duller version for Cantonese teenyboppers.

Live music: What passes for stadium rock in Hong Kong is usually found at HITEC or the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive. Filipina live bands from brilliant to unbearable swarm across Hong Kong Dusk Till Dawn, 76 Jaffe Road, has some of the best, while its strongest nearby competitor is The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road. The Jazz Club, 34-36 D'Aguilar Street, plays far more than just that.

Lang Kwai Fong (HK Island)

Lang Kwai Fong on HK Island is a big night spot area especially with businessman and Expat. There are many bars, cafes, delis, bistros and restaurants to choose from. Try Mad Dogs Century Square, 1 D'Aguilar St, or Dublin Jack, Cochrane St, Central. The California Tower building has many restaurants, cafes and clubs (D'Aguilar St, Lang Kwai Fong).

In the summer months, drinkers spill out into the narrow lanes to enjoy the balmy evenings in Lang Kwai Fong. Quieter during the week.

Hong Kong Island

Lang Kwai Fong is located in Central on Hong Kong Island. You can take the MTR to Central station and then take the Queens Road exit. From there walk straight up Anguilar St into Lang Kwai Fong.

Lan Kwai Fong

Eating and Drinking

Lan Kwai Fong, a tiny area of Central with relaxed drinking hours and a vast concentration of bars and restaurants are the main hideout for many expats.

Opening hours in Hong Kong vary by location. Some Lan Kwai Fong venues stay open all night

Bar Hopping

Nightlife Spot:
Lan Kwai Fong (Central)

Eating and Drinking

Lan Kwai Fong (Central) - the most popular place for drinking and dining with a vibrant mixture of different cultures.
LKF is not merely a place for pubs and discos. It boasts such a range of cuisine: from Italian to Mediterranean; from Japanese to Thai and of course Chinese. The cobbled streets around LKF burst into life after dark. Prices can comparatively high in this area.

Dress Code: Casual Chic.

By MTR - 5 mins walk from Central MTR Station

Lan Kwai Fong

Nightlife Spot: C Club

Type: Nightclub

Located in the centre of Lan Kwai Fong, C Club plays "Sexy house” which is the signature style of music. There will also be variations of music ranging from R&B to Soul to Latino throughout the week with the occasional live bands and singers. A state-of-the-art music system and retro-feel dance floor lighting completes the experience.

Address: Basement, California Tower, 30-32

The Klong

Nightlife Spot: Night Clubs

Type: Nightclub

Hey, this is my new hangout place! Kloong is a new Thai resturant cum bar & disco opened Nov/2002. Ground floor serving Thai food, upstairs bars & dance floor with very Thai decorations. I like the chill out area which decorated same as Thailand's bungalow resorts.

Wine & house pours are good. I don't like the way they mix their cocktails, cannot imagine drinking bitter taste leechee. I dunno if they have change a DJ, the one now playing is good, he know how to move the crowd, mostly Euro Pop and with a little mix of Techno. Dance floor is small with equip with good lighting and sound system, nobody dancing until after 11:30pm. Occationally, they will have table dancers performance, there was a sexy t-back male dancer last nite! All girls in the club went crazy! (^0^)

Ladies Night - Every WED after 9pm - Free flow of any Volka drinks (eg. Volka Sprits, Volka tonic, Volka coke, etc.)

Lockchart Road, Wanchai

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