If you didn’t manage to grab tickets to the most anticipated sporting event of the year, or you prefer to keep your beer inside your pint glass, rather than over your head (pretty much a given if you brave the South Stand), then why not enjoy the live action from the confines of a comfy bar this Sevens weekend? Pull up a chair, pour a pint, and get your Sevens off to a flying start at one of our top seven watering holes.
1. Lee Tung Avenue
To celebrate the 2016 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, the newly launched Lee Tung Avenue is staging its first-ever Rugby Family Fun Weekend from April 7 to 10. Watch free live broadcasts of the matches on a TV screen set up on turf ground, and enjoy feasting on a range of nibbles and beer from the Family Fun Weekend Market. Booths will be set up for interactive games, while a face-painting workshop will enhance the fun – for adults and kids! Don’t miss your chance to meet some of the famous New Zealand All Blacks, who will be making a guest appearance on the afternoon of April 7.
Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, (+852) 2321 8599
2. The Globe
Bars don’t get much comfier than this. One of our favourite Sevens picks has to be The Globe, home of comfy sofas, big screen TVs, and the longest Happy Hour in town (9am to 8pm) – not to mention the best pies! Boasting a huge selection of beers, ales, and ciders at bargain prices, you’ll be hard pressed to find a cushier alternative to enjoy watching all the action of the Sevens away from the crowds of Causeway Bay.
The Globe, Garley Building, 45 – 53A Graham Street, Central, (+852) 2543 1941
If you live on the “dark side” and want to avoid Hong Kong Island during Sevens mania, this may be the perfect spot for you. Grab a pint of Guinness at our favourite Irish bar, Delaney’s, and enjoy watching the matches live all weekend on the big screen. With a menu full of hearty grub, and plenty of beers on tap, you’ll feel like a rugby king. And don’t miss Happy Hour from 3pm to 9pm on Friday. Now that’s what we call a kick off!
Delaney’s, Basement, Mary Building, 71-77 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2301 3980
4. The Doghouse
Cheer on your favourite team (or whoever happens to be playing at the time) at the Doghouse sports bar in Wan Chai. Catch all the games on the big screen and enjoy all the food, drink, and scrumming you can handle – while checking out the outrageous fancy dress costumes that pass your way. You’d have to be barking mad to miss out!
Doghouse, Shop A3, G/F, Hay Wah Building, 72 – 86 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2528 0868
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5. Champs Bar
Tuck into some delicious spare ribs, buffalo wings, or a hearty beef burger, as you enjoy a selection of chilled beers and feast your eyes on Sevens mania at Hong Kong’s trusty sports bar. They will be broadcasting all the action on their plasma TVs.
Champs Bar, The Charterhouse, Causeway Bay, 209 – 219 Wan Chai Road, (+852) 2833 5566
6. Devil’s Advocate
Be a little devil and pop down to this lively bar in Wan Chai to catch the match. With an extensive drinks list, menu full of hearty classics, and roomy booths to park up in for the day, you’ll be in Sevens heaven. Plus, this year they are running a special promo where you can enjoy a burger and a pint of Carlsberg for only $150 – bargain! Let’s not forget their classic jukebox too when the time comes to get those post match anthems blaring out. Sweet Caroline!
Devil’s Advocate, G/F, 48-50 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, (+852) 2865 7271
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7. The Pawn
Enjoy all the action of the Sevens from the comfort of the iconic watering hold, The Pawn, as you feast on bar snacks and lap up the game on the big screen. With hearty meals on the menu, and a Happy Hour running from 5pm to 7pm throughout the long Sevens weekend, you’ll be guaranteed a soak-free Sevens. Cheers!
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road Wan Chai, (+852) 2866 3444
Here’s to a dry Rugby Sevens … on the outside at least!