Beers Vs Cocktails: The Best Picks in Hong Kong

Beer in Hong Kong

By Lauren Codling

From the fanciest cocktails to the best of brewed beer, there are a countless amount of venues in this fun-filled city that can cater to your every need. Here’s a quick guide to the some of the best cocktails and beer in Hong Kong from the island to Kowlown.

Cocktails:

Soirée
19 Elgin St, Central
Have a sweet tooth? No fear, your craving will be satisfied by the fruit daiquiris served at Soirée. Served with a rim of powdered chocolate, the frozen beverages are perfect for date nights in this chic venue.
We recommend: Duh! The strawberry daiquiri with a hint of rose is the gift that keeps giving.

Limewood
Limewood Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay
A great spot to hang out with friends, Limewood has a breezy, relaxed vibe that will definitely get you in the holiday mood. Located on the beachfront, this is definitely one of the more Instagrammable places to go for a cocktail.
We recommend: Charred Coconut Pina Colada is a fresh twist on an old classic. One for those summer nights, for sure!

Bao Bei
B1/F, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central
Known for infusing classic spirits and Asian ingredients, Bao Bei has a fun creative side that is sure to inject some fun into your evening.
We recommend: Typhoon No.10. We pick this for the name alone, though the combination of honey, orange juice and Tanqueray gin is pretty good too.

Stockton
32 Wyndham St, Central
Dark, intimate lighting, old-school vintage interior and trick mirrors are all part of the fun in this secret bar, filled to the brim with sophisticated cocktails.
We recommend: Ribston Apple is a sharp mixture of cinnamon, apple cider and spiced rum designed to give your taste buds a bit of class in the evening.

Beers:

The Ale Project
15 Hak Po St, Mong Kok
Mostly filled with local brews, this is an ace venue that has a great crowd. An excellent way to support the local breweries too, we would definitely try to tick this place off the list.
We recommend: Celebration Ale is perfect for a festive feel – the teasing taste of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg is an amazing place to start if you want to try out a HK beer.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
11A Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
One of Hong Kong’s oldest pubs, Ned Kelly’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a fun spot with plenty of live music to satisfy your musical cravings. Not so much of a focus on craft beer, but we promise it has one of the best pub vibes in Hong Kong.
We recommend: Anything you fancy – Ned Kelly’s makes sure all your favorites are on tap, so go crazy!

Biergarten
No.5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Say gutentag to an early night and hallo to Biergarten, a German inspired pub for the beer lovers of Hong Kong. The German themed food is a treat for the tummy too, so definitely make time for a plate of pure Deutsche goodness.
We recommend: Always gotta love the classic Bitburger!

The Bottle Shop
GF, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
You could be completely overwhelmed by the choices of craft beer to choose from, but no worries – this place has an easy vibe and you’re sure to enjoy picking and choosing from a range of beverages from all over the world.
We recommend: There is literally SO MUCH to choose from but we are going to go for Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, native from the UK. Our absolute fave!

Another great recommendation is Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music where there’ll be cold draft beer and hot live rock!

Hong Kong’s Art Scene: The Rights and Wrongs

Art in Hong Kong

By Lauren Codling

The art scene in Hong Kong is seemingly booming; with the major success story of Art Central and a constant fixture of new and interesting art making its way to galleries dotted across the islands, the field appears to be growing from strength to strength. But what is right and wrong about it? We look a little deeper into it to find out more.

What’s Right With It?
A Continued Effort to Create a Future for Hong Kong Art
The Kowloon based M+ visual museum being constructed to open in 2019 is an important sign that Hong Kong continues to take it’s art scene seriously. The recent announcement of Sri-Lankan born Suhanyu Raffel taking over as the Executive Director of the gallery is an exciting one, promising to bring a breath of fresh air to the future of visual art in Hong Kong.

The Community and Passion
Against all odds, the art scene in Hong Kong is thriving. Artists run foundations for support and band together to organise events that can benefit the art world – as a tight-knit local scene, there is a sense of community in the air. Artist-run spaces, such as the independent non-profit gallery Para Site in Quarry Bay, emphasise the local passion and support that manages to keep the art alive.

The Rawness and Accessibility
Once you open your eyes to the Hong Kong streets, you spend so much time wandering and you’ll see art at every corner; the graffiti that lines the alleys, streets and stairways has become something of a constant fixture around the city. From Bradley Theodore’s Karl Lagerfeld skeleton mural in Lan Kwai Fong to the graffiti walk of fame on Argyle Street, the urban jungle allows artists and art lovers to express, explore and enjoy the rawest kind of art that is available.

What’s Wrong With It?
Relying on International Markets
Galleries such as mur Nomade in Aberdeen and Lehmann Maupin on Pedder Street both rely on the European and American market to continue exhibiting artwork. For smaller local galleries, the distance to Europe is a significant issue, with art fairs important but expensive to get to, meaning that they struggle to gain an international reputation against those who can afford it.

Censoring the Voices
A more sinister side to the world of art within Hong Kong are the issues regarding censorship. Private galleries and the general public are afraid to upset the government, as political issues are becoming more and more threatening to those who oppose them. A light show on the ICC was pulled in May after local pro-democracy artists Sampson Wong and Jason Lam projected a guerrilla protest art piece down the side of the building; just one incident of many where artists are silenced.

Discover art & cultural events happening throughout the city on The Hong Kong Events Calendar by All That Junk

Stop Your Noise. Hong Kong has Live Music!

All That Junk Anniversary Live Music Hong Kong

by Alicia A. Beale

The music is here. It’s independent and it’s live. You can find live music in Hong Kong playing every night. There’s venues and there’s some amazing band waiting to blow you away. All That Junk almost always has live bands play at our events so we keep our ears to the ground. We want to show you the bands we’ve discovered on the streets and in the hot live music venues of Hong Kong. Here’s the live music playing in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Bands You Need to See

Shumking Mansion – They are one of the most talented bands in Hong Kong. If you wish you could have been born in time for the free love movement and deeply enjoy electronic indie dance or psychedelic music like bands such as Empire of the Sun, Nirvana, or Devo.

DP – Are you ready for some rock and roll to hit you in the face? You will never see a band of just two guys rock so damn hard. If you like rock when it was God in the 90s and well if you like Foo Fighters…

The Bollands – Now, here is a band begun in Hong Kong but just like most expats they hit the two-year wall and tour throughout Asia. You can still catch this magic-making musical couple in Hong Kong frequently. If you like folk rock such as Of Monsters and Men…

Red Stripes – To keep exposing the variety of live music happening in Hong Kong, I present you a ska band that’s been bringing big band beats for years. If you don’t want no electro but you love the bass and brass, you should check out this band who’s similar to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones-ish…

9 Maps – Bringing you the softer side of the Hong Kong music with girls and guitars plus a keyboard for melodic indie-folk that sounds like something you should pay for. If you like Tegan & Sara or Daughter, you will be happy you came to see…

Chochukmo – This band is the biggest and most popular band on this list. I probably shouldn’t have them listed here since they’re doing more full production concerts than small live music venues but you know what, I fucking love to watch them live. They’ve lately been incorporating visual imagery and storytelling elements into their shows which keeps each gig fresh and a little uncertain. Yet, I’ve seen them perform simple unplugged shows in the cafe Full Cup and have been entranced. If you had ‘Drive’ as your ringtone because Incubus was everything, you will love…

Where to See the Bands

Orange Peel – This venue is right in the heart of LKF so if you’re new in town living in a shoebox service apartment in Sheung Wan. It’s a perfect beginner’s bar because there’s no hassle on Google Maps to find it. The sound system is professional and rocks. Many homegrown Hong Kong bands play at Orange Peel regularly through Underground HK, a Hong Kong live music event organization that specializes in indie and metal rock. They just brought in the electronic rockers, Fuzz Culture.
2/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central

Peel Fresco – This venue is the essence of intimate mainly because it’s super narrow and if the band that night is really good then it’s going to be pretty crammed. If you go on a busy night, get your drinks early! The intimacy of this space as well as the dim decor makes it excellent for live acoustic acts.
49 Peel St

Hidden Agenda – This venue is for those willing to step out and discover well curated music events. It’s moved from warehouse to warehouse space in Kwung Tong. Generally it’s reasonably priced for bands like Bang Gang. The quality of the sound is consistent. The walls are covered in band stickers and random drunk drawings. Your drink is from 7-11 since Hidden Agenda is generally BYOB. Sometimes not but usually worth the effort of trekking out for live music in Hong Kong.
2A, Winful Industrial Building, 15-17 Tai Yip St

The Wanch – Every night there’s live music. It’s a dive bar but hey it’s Wanchai. You aren’t on the HK live music scene if you have never stepped foot inside this legendary venue. Hong Kong’s garage bands cut their teeth here and they’ve gotten their steam, they rock the walls.
54 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai

Notable venues: Full Cup Cafe, The Hangout, Grappa’s Cellar, Focal Fair, The Fringe Club, Mom’s Live House

Another great recommendation is Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music where there’ll be cold draft beer and hot live rock!

So, what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day?

So, What is There to Do in Hong Kong on a Rainy Day?
Sheung Wan/Sai Wan/Central edition

By Elizabeth

Now that typhoon season is coming up, the question is – what is there to do in Hong Kong on a rainy day? When there is no junk boat party scheduled and you don’t have to work on the weekends, how can you make the most of your free time? Aside from aimlessly walking around the various malls in Hong Kong or eating your way through the city, we’ve gathered a list of fun things to do in our beloved city…

First stop: SHEUNG WAN/SAI WAN

1. PMQ
Located on No. 5 Aberdeen Street in lovely Soho/Sheung Wan district, PMQ is now a cultural
hub with exciting events scheduled all year round. An upcoming event that might pique your
interest is the annual Green Monday Summer Carnival happening on July 16 to 17. There will be
over 40 booths and various “green” events such as an eco-detergent workshop and clothing drive
that highlight the ways we can help our environment by reducing our carbon footprint and living
sustainably. In PMQ there are also cooking classes held in the building at ABC Cooking Studio
that offers trial classes if you don’t have the time to take on a full cooking course. This is a great
group activity and a nice way to spend an afternoon. If cooking isn’t your thing, just check out
the many stores inside the building that showcase not only HK original artistic pieces, but also
fashionable and functional items you can use in your daily life.

2. Have a drink and/or find a local eatery
One would not have guessed, given the exterior of Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, that it is actually a
spacious and cozy place to share a drink with dear friends and colleagues! Check this place out if
you enjoy gin and a retro urban atmosphere. In the area there is also a recently opened hot spot
Potato Head HK. Potato Head is definitely a place that feels “like home” with a super relaxing
environment. Another activity you can do is to find a local eatery. The western district has
become a lot more gentrified in the recent years. Along with the new MTR line and sky-high rent
prices, it’s really been a struggle to preserve the local culture and heritage of the space that
represents the identity of the district. Keeping this in mind, I propose for each of you to support a
local eatery in your area and just eat there. For Sai Wan, Tak Kee Restaurant offers yummy and
affordable Chiu Chow food that has withstood the test of time.

3. Go swimming
It might be raining, but that doesn’t stop one from taking a dive at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Park swimming pool. At a cost of $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, the pool offers a large
regular size pool and leisure pool with a pretty cool patio deck overlooking the harbour (though
you might want to save that for when it’s not raining). It’s also a great way to beat the heat!

Second stop: CENTRAL

1. Go for brunch
It’s nice to reset after a long work week with a wholesome brunch. One of my favourites is
Brunch Club on Peel Street. It offers classic brunch selections in a pleasant and friendly
environment. If you’re looking for something a little different, Taku is not your average brunch
place. This restaurant offers a wide range of all you can eat sushi and sashimi with free-flow
sangria…for BRUNCH. Need I say more?

2. Spa
If you’re feeling adventurous, try out an acupuncture massage. Otherwise, a safe bet would be
Halite! Halite is definitely one of the more affordable foot massage places in Hong Kong. The
chain offers a wide selection with outlets all across the city.

3. Sideways Driving Club
Sideways Driving Club is a virtual racing hotspot that mimics real life driving. If you’re like me
and haven’t driven a car in so long and you simply just miss driving, maybe give this place a shot.
Prices range from $300 for one hour during off-peak hours and up (according to the latest
information).

Summer may be coming to an end but it’s never to late to listen to the Sounds of Summer or join our End of Summer Party, a two-junk boat party with live music.  Also don’t forget All That Junk has a monthly newsletter where you can get updates on our events and parties as well as catch up on our articles on Hong Kong life! Sign up here – http://allthatjunkhk.com/all-that-blog-hk/

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