If you’re a party animal, you’re bound to get bored of the same old happy hour drinks and run-of-the-mill club nights – so isn’t it time to mix things up a bit? New bars and clubs are always popping up in the 852, but sometimes you just need a fresh and exciting night out to shake things up… so to help you on your way, we’ve rounded up five great different nights out in Hong Kong to put a spring in your step, rediscover your mojo and get your drink on!
Have a roaring good time, old sport
It’s time to party like it’s the roaring 1920s, with flappers and dappers galore! If you fancy something a little slicker than your usual happy hour drinks, what could be more exciting than a speakeasy bar with gents in fancy suits, girls with string pearl necklaces and swanky jazz music playing in the background?
Available on the first Wednesday of every month for $300 in advance or $350 on the door, Gatsby Wednesday at Lily & Bloom includes a free flow of hors d’oeuvres and Prohibition-styled cocktails, including signature drinks like their Johnny Black Whiskey Sour, Tanqueray Southside and Smirnoff Black Moscow Mule. The cocktails are so tasty that you won’t realise quite how strong they are, but after a few rounds you’ll definitely feel the buzz (good luck on Thursday morning)! If you’re feeling adventurous, look around and see if you can find the secret Blind Pig smoking room – shhh… you didn’t hear it from us!
Plus, don’t forget that this Wednesday 4 September is Drink For Good night, where $5 from every ticket for Gatsby Night will be donated to the charity HandsOn Hong Kong. What’s more, if you mention SASSY, you’ll also get a voucher for a free drink at Lily on your next visit!
Got the taste for more 1920s tipples? Keep the party going with W Hong Kong’s Vintage Cocktail Nights every Thursday; check out our review here
Lily and Bloom 6/F, LKF Tower, 33, Wyndham Street, Central
Shisha it up
There’s no better companion than some light and refreshing shisha on those hot summery nights… and even though it’s September, there’s still bound to be plenty of them here in the ‘Kong! Forget dodgy back-alley bars and cheesy Middle-Eastern themed joints (errr… no, we don’t wish to watch a belly dancer gyrate into our hummus!), Bloop is a sleek and chic example of a shisha bar done good.
Tucked away in Ho Lee Commercial Building in LKF, you can either bask in the summer sun on their outdoor terrace and catch the 360° panoramic skyline view or escape the heat and stay inside to admire Bloop’s eight-metre-long baby shark aquarium (yep, you head right, baby sharks!). With an extensive and exciting shisha menu to explore, our current fave is the new La Raven Loca Shisha, made with a secret blend of flavours and a fresh pineapple bowl that provides four times the flavour to ensure a long and intense smoking sesh ideal for unwinding your work-week woes. To enhance the fruity flavours further, the liquid used to prepare the shisha pipe is made from fresh pineapple juice too! If you’re in a drinking mood, pair La Raven Loca with their all-new Ciroc Fruit Bowl Trio, which includes freshly blended watermelon, melon and pineapple juice, all mixed with smooth Ciroc vodka. Not quite your typical G&T, is it?!
Find out a few more of our fave shisha bars in Hong Kong here
Bloop Shisha Lounge 21/F, Ho Lee Commercial Bldg, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central
2686 1234 www.bloop.com.hk/
This time for Africa!
As Hong Kong’s first and only authentic African lounge, Makumba will transport you to the rhythms of Africa with its distinctive traditional decor and live Afro-jazz music performances. Every day from 6-9pm, you can experience a slice of African culture right in Hong Kong during their happy hour, which includes a range of African-inspired cocktails, South African wine and scrummy African snacks.
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the hectic Hong Kong nightlife scene, Makumba recently moved premises from Soho to the second floor of the Ho Lee Building in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. However, the great atmosphere and signature cocktails are still very much in evidence; if you’re a fan of fruity concoctions, I highly recommend the African Hurricane, a barnstorming whirlwind of flavours including fresh ginger, pineapple juice, rum, vanilla and mint leaf! So let the African zouk drum solos and joyous melodies of house band Ezo get you bouncing, bust a move and dance the night away at Makumba!
Check out more of our favourite live music bars in Hong Kong here
Makumba 2/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
2810 5300 www.makumba.hk/
Feeling hot, hot, hot
Get ready to put your dancing shoes on! Every Tuesday, Privé hosts Salsa Fiesta Night where you can dance to a great selection of salsa, mambo, bachata and cha cha beats mixed by some of Hong Kong’s top salsa DJs. In collaboration with local studio Dance Trinity, you can even get some free salsa lessons from professional dance teachers too!
In case you haven’t been to Privé since it moved from its former digs on Wyndham Street, the new basement venue boasts a modern “European Moroccan” design, including a narrow entrance and low ceilings resembling a mysterious den… perfect for pairing up with a new dance partner and seeing where the night takes you! And don’t worry if you have two left feet – beginners are welcome too!
PRIVE HONG KONG G/F & B1/F, Century Square, 1-13 D’aguilar St, Central
2850 6826 www.prive.hk/en/
If you’re in need of a mid-week celebration, tune into A Night in Cuba and treat yourself to some refreshing mojitos and Cuban cigars at Sugar every Wednesday night. With a stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline and live saxophone music playing in the background, this slinky rooftop bar lounge is an ideal place to let loose after work, soak up the balmy summer air and swing to the Latin beats.
You can take a spin on the Mojito Wheel to create your own personalised concoction (Sassy’s tipple of the choice is the passionfruit mojito!) or collect stamps on a mojito passport and sample different kinds of rum from all around the world. If you’re feeling a little peckish, there are also Cuban-inspired street food snacks available during happy hour – the tostones, deep-fried crispy slices of plantain, are ridiculously moreish. Don’t forget to steal a Fedora hat from the friendly bar staff for some fun photo opps!
Check out a few more of our fave alfresco summer cocktail spots in Hong Kong here
Sugar Bar+Deck+Lounge 32/F, EAST Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Rd, Tai Koo Shing, www
3968 3738 www.sugar-hongkong.com/en/Pages/index.aspx
Aurora is a local born and bred Eurasian – geek by day, party animal by night! Check out her blog at www.hongkongnightlife.hk