Hong Kong’s nightlife is dangerous. The treat comes not from thugs in this reassuringly safe city, but from the never-ending partying. Hong Kong’s seemingly timeless residents know how to work hard and play harder.
After office hours, many prefer to go out before heading home. Shops and markets stay open until 10pm in certain areas. Movie theatres sell out to full houses. A growing number are attending performances and cultural events.
Foot reflexology houses welcome weary customers late into the night. And every evening of the week, trendy bars, thumping nightclubs and neighbourhood pubs are packed with thrill-seekers.
Most of the action takes place in Central, but there is also plenty of entertainment in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Tsim She Tsui.
Just up the hill from Central’s financial and business centre, Lan Kwai Fong is a circuit of over 1000 restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Although popular for lunch, it really comes alive at night when people from all walks of life converge on the former hawkers bazaar to let off some steam.
Couples meet for pre-dinner cocktails, bankers celebrate billion-dollar deals, friends catch up, and singletons go on the hunt.
One weekends and holidays, the party spills out into the street and is a sight to behold.
In the surrounding area, a host of satellite venues offer chic and sometimes mellower options. the social set, models, business moguls and visiting celebrities congregate in exclusive upstairs clubs, such as KEE Club.
A few streets up, the charming Soho turns the buzzing energy down a notch amidst a cozy burrow of restaurants, bistros, wine bars, and lounges that attract a quieter crowd.
To the east of Lan Kwai Fong, Wan Chai has undergone a revival from seedy red-light district to an alternative dining and drinking destination. That is not to say the girly bars have gone. Now, a stroll down the street will take you past the garish photos and signs outside hostess bars to pubs showing football match telecasts, and cool new bars.