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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Annette Chan 20 October 2021

Header images courtesy of The Peninsula Hong Kong and Secret Theatre

Need some inspiration on what to do this weekend? Take a look at our rundown of the best events and things to do around Hong Kong, and see what else is coming up in our events calendar.

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Photo: @bar_coffee_dessert (via Instagram)

Sweet dreams (are made of this)

Discover the delights of a unique new dessert-cocktail pairing courtesy of the minds behind Barcode, the trendy dessert-café-slash-bar on Glenealy. Join Barcode’s inaugural Sweet Tooth Club at the back bar space this Wednesday, where Fernet Hunter will be teaming up with Marona—the bakery founded by chef Mamta from Ronin—to bring you a modern pairing based on the theme of “bittersweet.”

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When: 8 pm to 11 pm, 20 October

Where: Barcode, Glenealy Tower, 1–3 Glenealy, Central | (+852) 6661 3161

Mad world

Feel the spark at Test Kitchen this week, where F&B consultant-turned-cookbook writer Simran Savlani is hosting nine-course vegetarian sharing dinners based on recipes from her book, A Spark of Madness. Like the cookbook, the dinners will be inspired by flavours “from Thailand to Taiwan, Indonesia to India, Seoul to Singapore, and beyond.”

Following a welcome pandan- and lemongrass-infused G&T, dig into dishes like gochugaru-spiced corn with chimichurri, yakhni pulao with morel mushrooms & asparagus, and a DIY noodle jam,” where you can customise cold noodles with any (or all!) of Savlani’s three handmade sauces—crispy chilli oil, caramelised spring onion, and a creamy, spicy, nutty sauce meant to awaken the palate.

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When: 20 to 22 October

Where: Test Kitchen, Shop 3, Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun

Photo: Nan Fung Place

Spaced

Need to take a breather during a busy work week? Pop down to Nan Fung Place to check out “Space Out,” a multipurpose social space designed to help office workers in Sheung Wan and Central relax and recharge. Enjoy refreshments from eight popular Instagram shops including Taiwanese egg cakes from One Fine Day, “avalanche cakes and chiffon sandwiches” from Forest Cake, cold brew coffee from Sofe Coffee, and nutritious snacks from Suphia’s Functional Foods, or get your blood pumping at the competition-level table tennis table. If you’d prefer something a little more calming, check out the two meditation booths for a 10-minute audio-guided mindful meditation or pop by on 25 October for a yoga class for a little post-work relaxation.

Click here for more information and here to buy a pass for the yoga class.

When: Mondays to Fridays until 3 November

Where: The Annex, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central

Photo: The Peninsula Hong Kong

Great Scott!

This autumn, experience a night of unfettered opulence at Felix. The Peninsula’s modern European restaurant is transforming into Jay Gatsby’s Hamptons mansion as part of an immersive Great Gatsby dining experience in collaboration with Secret Theatre, with plenty of champagne, delicious food, and even (anachronistic) NFTs to go around.

Put on your most glamorous flapper-inspired duds and enjoy a luxurious four-course dinner with Challans duck magret with orange & honey glaze, tournedos Rossini with foie gras & black truffle, and pineapple upside-down cake with Champagne as Secret Theatre’s talented players put on a show of unrequited love, class conflict, and 1920s hedonism. Being a jazz age party, there will of course be a chance to dance the night away, with an all-star line-up of DJs (like Andrew Bull, Johnny Hiller, and Jason Swamy) scheduled to take over the decks on different nights.

You will want to pull out all the stops when it comes to your costume, as Gatsby himself will pick a best-dressed diner every night to be gifted a free staycation at The Peninsula! If you would rather enjoy a staycation on the same night, however—nothing like rolling right into bed after a party—then check out the Glitz & Glamour staycation, which includes two tickets to the dinner theatre as well as a set breakfast, DIY cocktails, and a sunset helipad tour.

Click here for more information on the dining experience, and here for more information on the Glitz and Glamour staycation.

When: 7 pm till late, every Thursday to Saturday until 27 November

Where: Felix, 28/F, The Peninsula, 22 Salisbury Road

Photo: @holyeatshk (via Instagram)

Livin’ on a prayer

Put on your Saturday best for a holy experience of a different kind—Elgin Street’s rowdy-fun tattoo- and, let’s face it, blasphemy-themed establishment, Holy Eats, is taking over Binge Drinking Club for a night to repent for. The holy union will bring live DJ sets, binge-worthy HE snacks, a special “Holy Water” spiked seltzer from Dragon Water, and exclusive merch giveaways. No tickets or cover charges are required.

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When: 5 pm till late, 23 October

Where: Binge Drinking Club, 14 Elgin Street, Soho, Central

Photo: @southcantonsoultrain (via Instagram)

In the mood for disco

If you’d rather throw it back to the golden age of disco, then South Canton Soul Train is the one for you. Following a yearlong hiatus (thanks, Covid), this popular club night is back with its regularly scheduled programming—monthly parties held in secret locations around Central with cheongsams and choons aplenty. DJ and SCST founder Fergus will be taking partiers on an “intercontinental journey through time” with Canton funk, Laos boogie, Seoul soul, Japanese city pop, Italo disco, and classic house, while a secret special guest is also on the books to shake things up with a live performance. The dress code is disco, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s style, with cheongsams encouraged (though not mandatory)—besides bragging rights, the best-dressed guests will also win some free merch.

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When: 10 pm till late, 22 October

Where: Location announced on the day to registered attendees

A sesh to remember

For a more relaxed but still groovy evening, check out Detour Coffee this Thursday to enjoy some natural wines, special drinks, and a vinyl set of groovy jazz, soul, and funk tunes from local DJ trio Sai Street Sesssions. (Yes, the extra ‘s’ is intentional.)

Prefer to boogie down in the daytime? Head over to SSS’ home, CEZ, on Sunday for an afternoon of music, vintage clothes, and vinyl records. A thoroughly vibey time will be had by all thanks to Bad Times Disco, who will be providing curated records and vintage threads for sale and also spinning the decks alongside SSS DJs Oakey, Tommy Kan, and Kidcal.

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When: 7 pm till late, 21 October (Detour Coffee)

2 pm to 8 pm, 24 October (Sai Street Sesssions x Bad Times Disco)

Where: Detour Coffee, G/F, 379 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan (21 October)

CEZ, 40 Sai Street, Poho, Sheung Wan (24 October)

Photo: Basehall

Beer me

Get in the Oktoberfest spirit at Basehall this Saturday—the multi-concept food hall postponed its original party due to Tropical Storm Lionrock a few weeks back, but the party is back on with all the family-friendly activities, beer, and nosh we were promised. The day is split into two sessions, with wholesome games and cookie decorating taking place during the family-friendly day session, and plenty of beer and live music from an Oompah band in the evening. Oktoberfest-inspired dishes like chicken schnitzel with za’atar & sauerkraut, roasted ham hock burgers, and spaetzle with chicken & mushroom sauce.

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When: 23 October

Where: Basehall, Shops 9A–9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Photo: Black Sheep Restaurants

Ho Lee F-

Following founding chef Jowett Yu’s departure and a subsequent renovation, we still have a few more weeks to wait until Ho Lee Fook 2.0 opens its doors—but you can take a sneak peek of what’s to come next week! The beloved contemporary Cantonese eatery is taking over Le Garçon Saigon for three nights next week to showcase what we can expect from incoming chef ArChan Chan’s tenure, with Cantonese favourites like sand ginger chicken, stir-fried lobster yi-mein, and Cantonese dessert soup, as well as a returning HLF classic, the prawn toast & okonomiyaki.

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When: 25 to 27 October

Where: Le Garçon Saigon, 12 Wing Fung Street, Admiralty

Photo: City Chamber Orchestra

Hot hot heat

As the temperatures drop, turn up the heat at Hong Kong City Hall with the City Chamber Orchestra’s “Hot Music—sizzling music from Berlin’s 1920s hotspots” concert. Inspired by the German capital’s “Golden Twenties” era, the programme will showcase music from three prominent Jewish composers who spent part of their careers in pre-war Berlin. From jazz-classical hybrid pieces like Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate to Stefan Wolpe’s sensual tango for his lover Irma, and Kurt Weill’s cabaret-inspired Little Threepenny Music, it should prove to be a night of musical titillation for the classical music lovers among us.

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When: 8 pm, 26 October

Where: Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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