SOHO, CENTRAL, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Nestled underneath and around the mid-level escalators in Central, Hong Kong is SOHO. This escalator is the largest outdoor escalator in the world. SOHO, which stands for South of Hollywood, is a nightlife district, which features restaurants with eclectic cuisines from around the world. This place is comprised of mainly two streets filled with restaurants, however, there are also many side streets that also house a few clubs. I have eaten here numerous times and I can honestly say that any place you eat here will taste amazing. The restaurants here are moderately expensive but well worth the price.
SOHO also has a great selection of pubs, each with a variety of different beer selections. It is not abnormal to see restaurants sharing beers or liquor with one another. Starting at 3PM and occasionally earlier, SOHO experiences happy hour, which can involve buy one get one free drinks or half priced drinks. SOHO is a great area to do a pub crawl and to experience various types of beers.
WAN CHAI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Alright so after three and a half months here, myself and most of the people in our group are growing tired of Lan Kwai Fong. It is not to say that Lan Kwai Fong is bad, but I have grown tired of the club scene. Personally I would rather socialize at a bar, where I can actually carry on a legitimate conversation with someone. Also I am tired of the over-priced drinks and hearing LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem every five minutes. For those that do not know this song, I will admit it was catchy at first (about a year ago), but it got old real fast.
Wan Chai is another club/bar district. It is located off of the Island Line (dark blue). This place is streets of bars of various themes. It is also a place that is clustered with many tourists, but I feel that it has a better atmosphere. The prices of drinks are more worthwhile for amount that you get. Wednesday is ladies night in Wan Chai and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a new place to party.
OZONE BAR – THE RITZ CARLTON, KOWLOON, Hong Kong, SAR, China – As I have stated before, Hong Kong has a variety of places to experience the nightlife. There is of course the more touristy places such as Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, but there are also more upscale bars. One of these bars is called Ozone. It is located in the Ritz Carlton in Kowloon. It is also the highest bar in the world. The bar is dimly lit and offers impressive views of Hong Kong and the harbor, however, when I went it was too cloudy to see anything. There is also an outside deck that circles around the regular bar. Be for warned though, this bar is not cheap. Drinks can start well above 100 HKD (approximately $12 USD), where as drinks in Lan Kwai Fong hover around 80 HKD (approximately $10 USD). Beer is the cheapest. The food is also extremely expensive. I ordered an ‘Old Fashioned’, which cost 167 HKD (approximately $20 USD). Although I felt that this was quite pricey for a drink, I wrote off my conscience by saying it was a once in a lifetime experience. As this is an upscale club it is expected that those dining or drinking here are dressed nicely. Aside from the prices, it is a place to say you visited and trust me nothing sounds cooler than saying you drank at the highest bar in the world.
THE SKY BAR – LEBUA HOTEL, BANGKOK, THAILAND – During our time in Bangkok, we had one night to truly enjoy the nightlife of Bangkok without having to worry about being out too late and getting up early. We decided that the best way to spend this night was to go to the highest bar in the city. This bar happens to be located at the Lebua Hotel and is called the Sky Bar. Many people may recognize this bar from the Hangover Part 2, which made it famous during the infamous breakfast scene between Mr. Chow and Leslie as the gang searches for Teddy. The bar is located on the top of the hotel and is extremely classy. A word of advice for guys is to wear pants, they won’t let you into the elevator if your not wearing them.
The top of the bar offered breath taking views of Bangkok. After the filming of the Hangover Part 2 the bartender created a drink for all of the cast members called the Hangovertini and it is still available. It cost 490 Bhat (approximately $16 USD), a little pricey for a drink, but totally worth it. It tasted of cinnamon and apple and possible a few other spices, definitely a foo-foo drink but worth trying if your only in Bangkok once. The only downside was that the bouncers were very specific about where you could take pictures.
MR. WONG’S, YAU MEI TAI, Hong Kong, SAR, China – Mr. Wongs, located a short walk from exit A2 of the Yau Mei Tai MTR has become a favorite place for out group to dine at. We have decided to frequent this less than glamorous establishment on Thursdays before making our way to LKF. The reason is it is cheap. For $50 HKD (approximately $6.25 USD) we get a plentiful helping of food. In fact, it is all you can eat and drink (beer included) with no time limit. Now I will be honest this place looks like a sketchy shack, but Mr. Wong caters toward international students. The food is sub-par to average at best and the menus is always the same. He serves Pearl River Delta Beer from China and if he likes your group he will occasionally throw in a bottle of spirits (either vodka or whiskey). However, for the price and the ability to have a fun meal with a friend, you can’t beat it.