Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
As you walk up the road you'll be amazed to see a street spilling with people partying on the street. If you like crowds and people then Lan Kwai Fong is the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night.
Dress Code: Dress smart. The crowd's upbeat and trendy.
If you want to escape to the crowds and noise of other venues in Lan Kwai Fong, choose the terrace of Le Jardin to relax and to chill out...
Finding this charming, outdoor bar can be tricky: stand at the corner of Lan Kwai Fong and D’Aguilar Street, facing uphill, and then turn right into a tiny alley. You will immediately be accosted by several Thai and Malaysian restaurateurs for your business (in front of Club64). Though their food is quite good, push through them to the end of the alley if you are merely thirsty, and climb the stairs to Le Jardin.
Lan Kwai Fong is the notorious place to eat, drink, dance, meet other people and hook up with them.
It is also the place where you will probably see more foreigners than locals as it is close to the Mid-Levels, famous housing-area for many of HK's expat community.
Personally, I don't really recommend this area unless you miss speaking English, getting to know other people (travelers and locals alike) and having a good meal in one of the numerous foreign restaurants.
Dress Code: Anything is possible!
An area on Hong Kong island that's full of bars, pubs and restaurants. So many places to eat and drink here it's overwhelming at first. Gets very busy and crowded at weekends, the streets in the Lan Kwai Fong area are VERY steep so be careful of how much you eat and drink as it could be a problem rolling out of a bar at 3am and trying to find your way home.
Dress Code: As far as I'm aware you can wear whatever you like although it's probably best not to wear shorts and training shoes!
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.
lan kwai fong is a tourists delight when it comes to night clubs and pubbing. I am a sucker for places with live music. and in hong kong, there is no dearth of places with live music!!! and at LKF, the choices are endless!! so i headed out to insomnia. brilliant service. local bands belting out hit after hit, and a tad expensive, but great smoky ambience. was there for almost 6 hours and then tottered out after consumption of some serious amounts of liqour. the crowd was a mix of local chinese youngsters and a lot of expats. great place to walk into on your trip to LKF. the place opens at 6pm. but the action starts only at around 8pm or later. the nite i was there there was no space to move!!! always a good sign... have many embarrasing photos from that night that i am not going to put up : )
the other place which is a cracker of a joint is Dusk till dawn!!! and boy this place was like a can of sardines... but all happy people!!
Dress Code: anything goes
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.
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.
Only Fri + Sat are busy. All da ABC/CBC/BBC's (20-40) come here. Tons of hotties + hunks, during da holiday times ... as this is THE PLACE, for HIP-HOP, in Central
Quality R+B/Hip-Hop w/
DJ Thomas C (Fri) + DJ Gruv (fri/sat) + yeodie (sat : 11-3)
Dress Code: JUST DON'T LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE MUPPET !!
Everyone raves about LKF, and it's the de rigeur place to go if you're looking for a night out on the town.
Actually, the whole area along the Mid-Levels are full of such night spots, some on street level, and many in corners and little alleys.
One interesting place to go is Balalaika, which is a normal pub by all standards, but its unique point lies in its "Freezer Room". The Freezer Room is an enclosed area within the bar, about 2 sqm big, and is kept at a very low temperature. I don't know exactly what's the temp they keep it at, but suffice to say that you need a coat to sit in there. The idea is you pick up a faux fur coat from the rows of hangers in the bar, go into the Freezer Room, and down a couple of vodka shots.
For people who come from tropical climates, it helps you to understand why vodka is so appreciated in cold climates. For folks who live in temperate climates, it might just remind you of the winter back home!
Drop is another uber-hip place to go to, and it's located in a tiny alley where you'd least expect to find it. Another difficulty is that Drop is a members-only bar, and is packed to the brim on weekends. But if you go on a weekday, you should have no problem getting in. Key draw points is the cool house music and the fruit martinis, touted to be the best in town.
Dragon-I is for the young and trendy. Plenty of models (both sexes) and celebs to be seen at this hot spot. Take plenty of cash or plastic as this place is not cheap. Staff are a bit surly and service is very indifferent. But it's still "the place" in HK to be SEEN. Up until 11.00pm every night, Asian Fusion food can be ordered. Quality ok(ish).
Dress Code: Trendy/Sexy casual
There is a carnival at Lan Kwai Fong lasting for 3 days (from Friday to Sunday) in every November. This year, the carnival started on 21 November 2003 and I joined the party on the second day.
In addition to the pubs/bars/restaurants, the area is filled with stalls selling food/drink and handicraft. People just dance around you following the music from the loud speakers.
If you visit HK in November, join the carnival and have fun!
Dress Code: Whatever you wanna, the more crazy/funny the better!!!
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!
Hong Kong’s answer to Tokyo’s Roppongi District. Lan Kwai Fong is home to scores of trendy international restaurants and bars and its most lively on weekends when hundreds of young people gather there for good fun and good food. Lan Kwai Fong is an action-packed, fun place to hangout, a popular loose-tie, hair-down upscale dining and entertainment area. This area is a must for night owls.
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.