Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong is considered as Hong Kong’s premier bar and nightlife district. Conveniently located in Hong Kong’s prime location in Central, it comes alive after dark and this area is the place to be and to start into the weekends. The L-shaped Lan Kwai Fong district is surrounded by skyscrapers and a place to see and to be seen on a Friday or Saturday night. With more than 100 different bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs, Lan Kwai Fong offers a wide variety of fun, festivals, parties and entertainment. Due to Hong Kong’s limited space people will enjoy their drinks in front of the pub or bar and first time visitors are amazed that the action spills into the streets. And although the streets are very crowded on a normal weekend, it is very easy to get in touch with all different kind of people. You will see bankers celebrating their latest deal, colleagues gathering for a dinner or couples on their way to dance the night away in one of the hottest clubs.
The Lan Kwai Fong phenomenon started with Disco Disco (closed) and Club 97 (still open here) in 1980′s. After a few year development, the clubs and pubs spread to all the streets and lanes of this area.
What to expect: Most of the pubs and bars offer Happy Hours. You can expect to pay HK$ 30/35 for a beer during this time (whereas the Happy Hour varies depending on each pub). Regular price for a beer is somewhere around HK$ 80. Cocktail depends on location and type. But expect to pay for a cocktail somewhere around HK$ 120 and up.
Furthermore, expect that it will be very crowded during Friday Night and the Weekend Nights and it would be wise to reserve a table if you would like to sit into a one of the restaurants, bars or pubs. Usually, it should be no problem to get a seat during the week. Some of the clubs as well bars have strict dress code.
How to Get There:
Take the MTR to Central and take Exit D2. Walk about 5 minutes along Theater Lane and D’Aguilar Street. Just follow the crowd, there is no way you will miss the action.
SoHo is another prime location to go out and dine. Named after the area where most of the restaurants are located – South of Hollywood Road – visitors have a wide selection of international restaurants, bars, coffee stores and pubs. SoHo was a old district which was activated with the appliance of Mid-Levels Escalator. Nowadays this “district” consists of Shelly Street, Elgin Street, Peel Street, Staunton Street and Old Bailey Street and it’s known for its wide range of international restaurants and dining opportunities. You will be able to find almost any kind of food from Italian, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, French, and Mexican to so called Fusion Food where Eastern cuisine meets the Western one. You will find chic and trendy coffee and cake stores as well as nice European style restaurants or typical fish-n-chips bar/pubs. It’s a good place to have your lunch and sample a wide variety of different food around the globe or have a dinner before you start your night out.
How to Get to Lan Kwai Fong & Soho:
Take the MTR to Central and take Exit B2. Then take the Des Voeux Road towards Hang Seng Bank Headquarters. Then take the mid-levels escalator up to SoHo.
Map and Location of Lan Kwai Fong & Soho: