Where to Go on a Night Out with the Guys
The phrase “boys night” in Hong Kong may at first bring to mind a stag do at a sketchy backstreet bar in Wan Chai…but really there is so much more on offer. Whether your crowd are sports fans or single malt connoisseurs, we’ve got you covered for a great night (or day) out on the town.
1. Angel’s Share – 100+ whiskeys are available for sampling, including the bar’s showpiece “featured barrel” – a full sized barrel from which a rotating whiskey selected by staff is drawn directly. Dark wood and leather club sofas give the place a bachelor pad vibe, and a more refined food menu than typical bar bites makes it a good place to settle in for a classy gentlemens’ evening.
2. The Globe – An absolute paradise for beer lovers, this pub offers up a huge variety of beers, both on tap and in the bottle. From lighter lagers and pilsners to the hoppiest IPAs, everyone in your group is sure to find an old favourite (and perhaps discover a new one) amongst the ever-changing stock. Full lunch and dinner menus are available – the pies are fantastic.
3. Blue Butcher – Creative cocktails get a manly spin at the bar of this steakhouse. Forget the fruity martinis, Blue Butcher’s specialty drinks are heavy on strong spirits like bourbon and whiskey, and include strong flavors like bacon washed vodka (“Bangers & Mash”) or horseradish infused gin (“Horse’s Head”). Order 72 hours in advance and your group can enjoy a whole Australian bone-in ribeye or Canadian short rib – we hope you’re hungry!
4. Red MR – Even shy guys who aren’t so keen on taking center stage at this high tech karaoke joint will enjoy the multi-touch tables (think giant table-top iPads), which can be used to order food, choose music, or play games like poker, liar’s dice, or horse racing. Most rooms are also outfitted with an XBox 360 Kinect and a 65″ 3-D LED screen.
5. Yorkshire Pudding – Serving up hearty pub food – curries, fish & chips, and burgers – along with big screen showings of popular sporting events, this is a great spot to unwind with fellow sports fans, day or night. Give them a call if there is a match you’d like to see that will be played in the early hours HK time, as with a big enough crowd guaranteed Yorkshire Pudding will often open up for breakfast.
6. Billidart – If you’re looking for a bit of a throwback night, re-live your uni days with a night of beer pong, billiards, or darts. Come wearing your game face – rules are followed to the letter and matches are refereed by Billidarts staff. In the case of beer pong, the losers buy the pitchers.
7. Sideways Driving Club – Think that navigating Hong Kong’s crazy streets has prepared you for the F1? Put your racing skills to the test in simulators that promise to be the closest a novice driver can get to “the real thing”. Drinks are available, and Sideways can arrange catering for parties, including Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and pizza.
8. Happy Valley Racecourse – Except for a short break during the hottest summer months, most Wednesdays are race days at Happy Valley. Newly remodeled, the racecourse now features revamped betting areas, live music stages, more food booths, and displays outlining the different kinds of bets to help novice race fans. Beer and wine are served by the pitcher; food in the infield beer garden is a bit limited (McDonald’s or stands selling sausages). A club, Adrenaline, overlooks the races, and sells entry packages including a buffet dinner, one drink, and a pre-loaded betting card.
9. Geronimo’s Shot Bar – Based on the original Geronimo Shot Bar in the infamous Roppongi district of Tokyo, regular patrons and visitors alike vie to become “Chief of the Month” by ringing a gong over the bar – at which point the ringer buys everyone in the bar a shot. Hit the gong on a crowded night and you’ll rack up quite a tab, but hey – you’ll get your name on a chalkboard on the wall (until you’re ousted by the next Chief). Good people watching on the balcony overlooking the craziness of LKF.
10. PLAY – Rather play baseball yourself than watch it on tv? Head to the batting cages at PLAY – they’ve got lanes for casual sluggers right up through fast pitch lanes slinging balls at up to 150 km/hr. A private function room is available for parties.
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