Culture, Shopping & Recreation
Hong Kong Nightlife
The nightlife in Hong Kong caters to young, wild party-goers, laid back, non-alcoholic beverage sippers, and everyone in between. As the city has increased its popularity significantly on a worldwide scale and has attracted more and more expats, its nightlife has developed rapidly to accommodate them.
Bars and Clubs
Bars, whether Chinese or Western, cater to all price ranges and tastes. For an overview of what the city has to offer in this regard, check out Hong Kong Clubbing. The guide provides you with up-to-date listings of upcoming events as well as information, pictures, and reviews of the most popular clubs and bars.
Some clubs host sets from international DJs who are flown in from all around the world. However, most of these clubs have strict door policies. Call ahead and try to place your name on the guest list. Alternatively, arrive early to get inside.
For a different experience, venture into one of Hong Kong’s many karaoke bars. Locals love singing tunes with friends as a popular form of evening entertainment. Songs are provided in English as well as Cantonese, so there is no excuse not to give it a try!
The heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife is located in the Central district. Other popular neighborhoods include Tsim Sha Tsui and SoHo. Tsim Sha Tsui, located on the southernmost tip of Kowloon, is a hotspot party area similar to Lan Kwai Fong, crowded with bars and nightclubs. SoHo, which in Hong Kong translates to ‘South of Hollywood Road’, is the place to dine or to have a casual beer at a bar (of which there is a huge choice) before heading out to the clubs of Lan Kwai Fong.
Hong Kong’s oldest pubs can be found in Wan Chai. Today, the district is still more ‘down and dirty’ than the high society clubs of Lan Kwai Fong and Tsim Sha Tsui, but remains popular on the scene.
Although gay nightlife still needs to reach its peak, there are an increasing number of gay bars and nightclubs in the city. The most popular probably is the Propaganda club, simply referred to as “PP” to insiders, which is located on Hollywood Road in Central. The club does not generally admit non-gay party-goers.
Drinking and Smoking
Drinking alcohol is not as integral to nightlife in Hong Kong as it is in many other countries. The legal drinking age is 18, and this is strictly enforced. If you want to opt for a non-alcoholic drink, the favorite is the Yuenyeung, a blend of tea and coffee and a popular late-night energy booster.
The alcoholic drinks preferred by locals include rice wine (zhian jing), plum brandy (liang hua pei), and local whiskies (Kaolian and Maotai). Of course, imported Western beverages are also widely available.
Hong Kong’s strict anti-smoking law prohibits smoking in all public spaces. However, many restaurants and nightclubs have smoking terraces to save you the hassle of having to leave the building in order to light up. Although smoking is not as widespread in Hong Kong as, for example, in neighboring China, the average citizen still has a relaxed attitude towards it.
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