Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Up until the 1940s, Lan Kwai Fong was the area on Hong Kong island reserved for hawkers. Nowadays, it is the fashionable district for late night clubs and bars. Clientele are mainly expats, tourists and wealthy young Chinese.
The narrow streets get very crowded at the weekend and on holidays. So much so, that on New Year's Eve, 1992, 21 people were crushed to death.
Wether you want to eat&drink, dance or people watch, Lang Kwai Fong is the place to be! Here you will see people from different countries come together especially Americans, British, Thai, Filipinos and Singaporeans (etc..) Some get really wild - oh yeah!
During World Cup season, people get together in one bar to watch together and cheer for their favorite teams.
Dress Code: Dress to impress!
A favorite place of one of my companions that night, we came here for the singing. I chickened out and well havent lived it down since as everyone tells me they hear me singing all the time so why didn't i just do it then.
good question. i should have.
Lan Kwai Fong is popular especially among the tourists as HK’s night locale. Bars, pubs, restos lined the streets of LKF.
We went to Dublin Jack which, as my sister defines, is for beginners (whatever that means). It is an Irish pub, very cozy and quiet (tamed?) compared to its neighbors. We selected high seats facing the street below where we had fun people-watching.
Being a low-tolerant alcoholic drinker, I opted for a “safe” one – Gold Finalist. It resembles a banana-strawberry shake and tastes really good! I wouldn’t have minded having a second glass.
Dress Code: It seems that the bar has no dress code. We gained entrance in shirt, jeans and sneakers. Cool!
This area boasts dozens of English style bars and nightclubs, and the only main difference is that the night clubbers are not trying to start fights. There is a really nice atmosphere here and that with the warm weather makes it a great place to go in the evening for a couple of drinks. There are live rock bands and dance clubs or you can just buy a drink and wander up and down the hill people watching. The middle aged business men trying to dance is most entertaining to observe.
Dress Code: Some clubs frowned on trainers but as a westerner, you would probably get in anyway. If there was a queue, white people would be ushered to the front and sent on in. This was a little unsettling, but there does seem to be an unwritten understanding in China that white people have money and therefore should be looked after and put first. It may not be to our taste but you get used to it.
Lan Kwai Fong and several surrounding streets are chock full of Western style bars and pubs, frequented by the thousands of ex-pats living in HK and local yuppies. The pub I tried was flashy but rather character-less. At over HK$60 for a pint of lager also expensive!
The bar in LKF called Beirut has a distinct Arab feel (as you could probably guess by the name!). When we stopped in for a quick beer, we were the only non-Middle Eastern men in the bar, and there was also one western woman. It is kind of an interesting place, and it serves a decent variety of beer and hard liquor. It seems they also serve the water pipe to their middle eastern customers.
All in all, Beirut is not worth writing a VT Tip about and there's really no reason to return.
I have lived in Germany for two years, so the "Bitte Ein Bit" phrase is well ingrained in my memory (a Bitburger (beer) please!). When I saw the Bitte Ein Bit bar in LKF, I knew we had to stop. Other than the fact that they had Bitburger on tap, this place was nothing like a German gasthaus or biergarten. It was much too clean, sterile, and brightly lit. The place had a few people, but was not too popular. Perhaps it's a better place for dinner?
Bulldogs was our favorite spot in LKF. Early in the evening, their long bar was full of patrons just sipping beer and watching football (soccer). Later, the dance floor in the back opened and their live DJ kept the place hopping until the early hours of the morning!! It really has something for everyone depending on the time of day and where you plant your butt in the bar/restaurant/dance floor. I enjoyed squatting on a bar stool talking to the other barflies while my friend danced and made (unsuccessful) passes at the women.
Bulldogs claims the biggest pub menu in LKF, and they feature a set lunch for about HK$110 along with an a la carte menu seven days per week.
Definitely, it is the best place! It is a place for all kinds of 'sexuality' and many pubs there.
Ladies night on every Thursday in most of the bars there, try to go there and meet up some new friends.
Dress Code: Casual, smark casual, formal, it doesn't matter, but the most important thing is your shoes, because there is many stairs and deep slopes.
Lan Kwai Fong used to be a hawkers place before the Second World War. Now it is the most popular place for drinking and dining with a vibrant mixture of different cultures.
Lan Kwai Fong is defined by D'Aguilar Street and the smaller lane, Lan Kwai Fong, both of them turning 90 degrees to form a rectangle. From the west side of the rectangle, Wo On Lane extends to host several more spots for drinks and quick eats. Some like to think of the area as extending to Wellington Street and Wyndham Street, all the way up to the Fringe Club. The greater area is so well known to foreigners that almost all of them would manage a visit no matter how long their stays are.
More than 20 pubs wind people down after work and give an exciting backdrop in the Eve of important holidays such as Hallowen, Christmas and New Year. On the average workday, the "standing crowd" of Oscar's holding their drinks spills out onto the street in front, creating a party atmosphere that draws yet more in... and it is this atmosphere that has come to be synonymous with Lan Kwai Fong, the place.
My colleagues and I (a bunch of girls) were here at a bar after work and we were picked up by a couple of local men with passable English in a couple of minutes. Very persistent chaps who insisted on buying us drinks and won't take no for an answer.
In the end, we decided to bar hop to get away from such annoyance.
Lan Kwai Fong is a greap party place. You get your choice of many different bars... ranging from pubs to reggae bars to dancing/disco bars. Drinks are not cheap, but lots of expatriots hang out here, so if you don't speak mandarin or cantonese, you can still get along and meet a lot of people. Check this place out. Favorite spot of just about everyone I know who's been to Hong Kong.
Dress Code: Casual.
The cobblestone road between D'aguilar Street and Wyndham Street houses a cheerful collection of unique restaurants, delicatessens and bars.
Lan Kwai Fong is a popular nightlife area, attracting thousands of visitors and locals alike.
Street carnivals are held in the Lan Kwai Fong area, at Halloween and on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
Lan Kwai Fong is really easy to find -- even for first-timers to Hong Kong, it's not difficult to find this party enclave that's situated on an elevated part of the shopping/business district of Hong Kong.
It's a hive of small, intimate bars and large and loud ones with the mandatory big-screen TVs showing replays of past soccer matches...
It's the pulsating beat of the latest hits and the off-beat indie hits that make this place so eclectic and vibrant...
and you'd see people everywhere, literally hanging out -- standing outside the bars and clubs with drinks in their hand, soaking up the atmosphere that's so distinctively Lan Kwai Fong party...
Dress Code: Anything goes...
Come as you are or dress up -- it's really up to you.
I suppose it's a matter of whether you want to be seen or go see...
Lan Kwai Fong was a popular hang out for the expat community in Hong Kong, so many bars to choose from, good eating places and nightclubs.
Dress Code: Most of the bars and clubs in Hongkong dont have much of a dress code, well not when I was there hopfully this has not changed. dress code do my head in.