Hong Kong - Lifestyle & Culture
Lan Kwai Fong is the buzzing heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife. With 80 restaurants, scores of bars, revue shows and karaoke joints, the energy of ‘Bar Street’ (as it’s known) is hard to resist. The variety and sheer number of enterprises also helps keep prices down, ensuring this is one of the best-value nights out you can have in Hong Kong.
You’ll notice signs for ‘Happy Hour’ offers and ‘Spree Hour’. Happy Hour is usually for after-work drinks, and runs up to around 10pm when the younger night owls hit the streets, ahead of dancing all night in the city’s clubs. Spree Hour drinks promotions lure tourists into the city’s clubs, but take your time and don’t feel pressurised to take their advice. The bars around the Hong Kong Convention Centre in Wanchai, and Bauhinia Square are popular places for ex-pats and holidaying Brits.
Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui area is fast becoming a strong competitor to downtown Hong Kong. The area is a bewildering night-time fun zone, with neon-bathed bars, clubs, discos and karaoke venues. The Avenue of Stars, just like its Hollywood counterpart, is a glittering procession of glitzy bars and hand-prints of famous Hong Kong stars. The area’s perfect for nighttime views over to Victoria Harbour too.
Alternatively, you could head to Happy Valley for a night at the races. The season runs from September to June when two weekly meetings are held. Entrance is just HK$10. The spectacle is hard to describe, but, whether you win, lose or simply watch, you won’t be disappointed - this is one Hong Kong institution that you can definitely trace back to its British colonial past.