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Hong Kong is a rapid-paced metropolis and a psychedelic feast for the senses. Fabulously fashionable and equally urban and edgy, there’s a district for every mood in HK. Tsim Sha Tsui is touristy and fun with plenty of dining options whilst Central has the lion’s share of swish hotels. Soho is full of quaint charm, Wanchai’s a bit cheeky and Shek-O is boho-surfy… Are you keeping up?
Bars in Hong KongMcLovin’s Tavern (£)
Shop G6, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 27227101
We couldn’t resist this crazy Irish bar in Hong Kong that serves up Guinness, whiskey and cocktails to lively expats who meet to kick back and watch a bit of sport here. Not trendy, not particularly pretty, but a fun night out and a good place to grab some food before a big one on the tiles.Zen Lounge (£££)
The Sheraton, 20 Nathan Road, 2369111
Drinks on a hotel roof need to happen at least once in Hong Kong, and that’s an order. The Sheraton’s 18th floor bar overlooks the stunning harbour with partitioned booths, so nobody else will ruin the moment or spoil your view. Exclusive. Another great spot for vertiginous drinks is Aqua Spirit (£££) also in happening Tsim Sha Tsui.
Clubs in Hong KongXXX Gallery (£)
Basement, 212 Wing Lok Street
Not actually as seedy as it sounds, this underground club operates a bring-your-own-booze policy and is a refreshing alternative to the profusion of glitzy clubs and bars out there in HK. Concrete walls and low ceilings prevail, and, unsurprisingly, a distinctly hipster crowd.FINDS (££)
The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Rd, +852 2522 9318
Attracting a more mature (less wild) crowd, FINDS (Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden) is a Scandinavian-inspired bar / restaurant / club and a smart place to sit and sip a chilly vodka or two. Serving up hearty game and all manner of European dishes, you can make a whole night of it here and wind up on the dance floor at 3am, grooving to blissy beats under the chandeliers.
Events and shows in Hong KongSymphony of Lights (FREE)
You’ll struggle to miss this nightly fixture on the Victoria Harbour. For ten to fifteen minutes every evening at 8pm, the forty four biggest skyscrapers in the city put on a spectacular light show as music, lasers and fireworks puncture and illuminate the skyline. Best viewed from a roof bar (obviously – see above) or from the shoreline at Tsim Sha Tsui. Bring your camera and enjoy the five spiritual phases of the show: Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and Celebration.Theatre (£-£££)
Keep your eye on KHTicketing.com for up and coming performances across the city. Hong Kong attracts world-class performers and companies to tread its boards, and visitors can enjoy anything from cabaret and ballet to West End shows like Starlight Express and contemporary drama.Hong Kong 7s (££)
One of the biggest gatherings of expats in Hong Kong is the yearly HK7s rugby tournament, which usually reaches Hong Kong around March. Book tickets through the official website, and don’t forget your drinking boots: this one gets pretty rowdy…