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Hong Kong offers up eastern delights for clubbers

2nd September 2013 Print
Hong Kong

As the White Isle and other European party hot spots start to wind down and see off crowds of clubbers with closing parties, across the globe Hong Kong is just getting started.

Party-goers looking for an autumn/winter clubbing alternative should look to the East for a hedonistic getaway in Asia’s World City. Hong Kong boasts world-class club nights attracting internationally renowned DJ’s, such as Sub Focus and Lisa Lashes, as well as boasting a vibrant nightlife scene taking in various districts of the city.

Lively Lan Kwai Fong is the epi-centre of Hong Kong nightlife, a cobble-stoned maze of restaurants, bars and nightclubs located in the heart of the Central Business District. The area boasts over 80 bars, restaurants and nightclubs, earning itself the moniker ‘party central’. Must visit bars include Stormies and Hong Kong Brew House. Revellers visiting in November can enjoy the delights of the annual Lan Kwai Fong Carnival which sees the streets taken over by Brazilian dancers and wild parades.

Those seeking a more sophisticated night out head for the distinctly international Soho (South of Hollywood Road) and Noho (North of Hollywood Road) districts, which features the world’s longest covered escalator. The district is a heady mix of Chinese and Western influences reflected in the mix of colonial architecture, high-end bars and sleek restaurants. Take a ride on the escalator and visit Club 71 and Drop which has played host to the Chemical Brothers and Fat Boy Slim.

Elegant, exotic and hip, Sheung Wan is the old, left- of-centre neighbourhood, where Hong Kong’s hipsters come to play. This district is an upscale, bohemian alternative to mainstream Hong Kong bars, attracting an eclectic crowd of creatives. Must visits include the recently re-opened XXX Gallery club and Vistage One, a hair salon by day which transforms into a tiny lounge on Saturday nights.

Hong Kong’s nightlife is best experienced from a height and the city’s cocktails are best served with a view. Take an ear-popping elevator ride to the 118th floor of Ritz Carlton to enjoy drinks in the highest bar in the world or head to Hong Kong’s highest outdoor pool at the W Hotel to pop bottles with supermodels at the ‘WET’ poolside extravaganzas.

Space comes at a premium in Hong Kong with bars and clubs popping up in increasingly unique and unusual venues. Many clubs serve as hybrid art galleries and vintage shops giving clubbers an alternative experience. The Very Hong Kong festival in December promises ‘sublime electro under fly –overs’ while the Clockenflap Festival will host international headliners such as Four-Tet and Chic (ft Nile Rodgers) for 30,000 festival- goers to enjoy.

As European hot-spots start to hibernate, Hong Kong doesn’t stop. With festivals, new bar openings and plenty of sunshine, the autumn and winter months are one of the best times to sample Hong Kong nightlife. 

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