A BAR OR CLUB FOR EVERYBODY AT LAN KWAI FONG (LKF)
As you may or may not know, I have recently started a new adventure in Hong Kong (HK). I feel like the cool stuff in HK or the quirky bits of Chinese culture are not always clearly articulated or presented to HK visitors, so I wanted to do something about it. I started a blog (this). But I’ve gone a step further, I’ve also started giving Free Walking Tours in HK. If you’re coming to HK, & you’re interested in a 3 hour walk around Central by moi, check out my tours at humidwithachanceoffishballs.com.
So during the tours, I’m constantly being asked questions about Partying Central in HK, also known as Lan Kwai Fong (LKF). Sure, without a doubt, the crazy partying happens here, but there is also something that will tickle everybody’s fancy here. You’re never too old for LKF.
So what does LKF have to offer?
I just want to have a beer and chill
The Hong Kong Brew House. Free unlimited peanuts and you get to throw them onto the floor. Or you can try to throw them into someone’s shirt… I can’t remember why I was playing this game with my friend. LKF will do that to you.
I want to be where all the traders and bankers hang for HH (Happy Hour)
Ce La Vi. They have a Jacuzzi in the middle of their rooftop bar. And their tagline is: the Pursuit of Pleasure. Enuff said.
I just want to have a drink at a cool place
Honi Honi. Also known as my favourite bar. It’s a Polynesian themed cocktail bar with a huge selection of rums, and the cutest cocktails and cups in HK. They’re really small and it’s a lot of times, booked out for private events, but it’s close enough to the LKF strip that I always take a peek here first.
I’m too old for this sh*t; I want a classy whiskey bar because I’m a grown adult dammit!
Bar Bulter Shelter. Japanese Whiskey Bar tucked on Wyhdham street, which is a little behind the main LKF area. Their original location is at Tsim Sha Tsui, but they’ve had so much success with it that they’ve opened one in LKF. If you’re not into whiskey, make sure you order off the menu. Just let the bartender known what you like and they’ll whip something delicious up for you. Hidden gem.
I want to play beer pong & darts in a cool environment
K-Pocha HK. It’s a Korean themed bar so make sure you try their makgeolli (fermented rice wine) and flavoured soju! Bring on the drinking games.
I want to go somewhere off the beaten path and not too crowded
Le Jardin. Quite a quiet place for HH (kinda hard to find) and on the weekends, their jukebox plays Top 40 Hits & we got a free jello shot at the door.
I want a casual club with live music
Insomnia. Live music everyday from 945pm till closing (3-6am). Insomnia has been around for more than a decade now, so you know they’ve withstood the test of time.
I want to rub shoulders with celebrities and be with the socialites
Dragon-i. Don’t forget to bring your snobbiest attitude and lots of cash. Probably the snobbiest club in HK. This is where Dan Bilzerian would go (me thinks) if he came to HK.
I want everything house and electro
Fly. I haven’t been before, but my friend’s friend who is well respected in their knowledge of clubs in LKF has given high marks for Fly.
I want the most popular club(s) in HK so I can club-hop around
I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT MY NAME IS…
I want the most popular after hours club in HK
Volar (at time of posting). It is one of the most popular clubs in HK especially with the younger crown, BUT come only after hours. Come as your last stop in LKF – after 2am & this club will be packed. Makes for some cool photos, especially in the washroom. The lights make this place look very reminiscent of Tron.
I want Jello shots and all the craziness that comes with it
Stormies. More times than not, if you see people in LKF drinking but spilled out onto the streets acting all crazy, they’re usually from Stormies. They sell cheap Jello shots in a syringe, so you can shoot it into your mouth. Always stay classy, unless you’re in LKF. Then always go bat-s*** crazy. Always a great way to start the night, or end the night, or sometime in the middle? Hell, when is it ever a bad idea for a cheap jello shot syringe?
I want to get smashed
Geronimo. A shot bar with personality. It’s sometimes a miss but if you end up here, you must be having a really good time because it’s usually an after hours stop. 15 Shot Challenge – finish all the shots and you get your name on a plaque on the wall. Bragging rights forever.
ENTRY CHARGE – that varies from club to club but anywhere from $300 HKD + is normal. If you’re desperate and you’re in an all-girls posse, you can try to talk to the bouncer at the front to see if he can do anything for you (we all know the drill).
GETTING HOME – Taxis in LKF will always try to rip you off (not meter), but depending how drunk you are and if you can walk, try going a bit farther onto Queen’s Road or Des Voeux Road. It is illegal for taxis to refuse to take you; but they do it all the time (they ask for the location first)… See if it’s worth arguing for, if not, just move on to the next one.
GRAB A BITE TO EAT – Need some food in your system? In Vancouver, that is without fail, either a bowl of Pho or the Number 9 restaurant. In Japan, it’s ramen; in New York, think those falafel stands & in HK, it’s Tsui Wah. Tsui Wah is on Wellington Street, right off the main strip of LKF, and opened 24 hours serving HK comfort food which is excellent to soak up all the alcohol.
POPULARITY COMES & GOES – HK moves in hyperspeed, especially in their quest to be at the IT club. The most popular clubs now may no longer have that status in 12 months from now. If you disagree with the list, give me a shout so I can reassess.
Don’t forget to check out our post on the T.O.P 10 Must Dos in Hong Kong here.