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10 things not to miss in Hong Kong this weekend

By Annette Chan 27 July 2021

Header image courtesy of South Canton Soul Train (via Facebook)

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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Shake shake, shake shake, a-shake it

Shimmy your way towards the weekend at Lan Kwai Fong hotspot Cassio, which is celebrating summer with its Shake It EP pop-up parties, where you will see a star mixologist and DJ team up for one unforgettable night. For the inaugural French Riviera-themed shindig this Thursday, guest mixologist Alexandre Chatte (of Duddell’s, Bibo, Paradis, and more), will serve up a series of refreshing cocktails made with Pampelle, a ruby-red Corsican grapefruit liqueur. Meanwhile, Hong Kong nightlife legend DJ Rork—who pioneered the music programmes at Kee Club and Petticoat Lane—will set the scene with 1990s- and 2000s-era French touch tunes. In the spirit of the 1970s Côte d’Azur theme, guests are encouraged to rock their best “easy-breezy French Riviera outfits.”

When: 7 pm till late, 29 July

Where: Cassio, 2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 3792 0129

Get onboard the South Canton Soul Train

For those who prefer their throwback references a little closer to home, South Canton Soul Train is making its triumphant return this Friday. Following an extended hiatus, founder and DJ Fergus Heathcote is bringing the popular club night back—to a bigger and better secret location. Get your disco flares or cheongsams ready for a trip back to the 1970s and 1980s, when Hong Kong was in the grip of disco fever and clubs like Disco Disco and Canton Disco reigned supreme.

Click here for more information.

Photo: Spicemrkt (via Facebook)

Spice things up

Sink your teeth into delicious Indian-inspired burgers at Soho pub De België this Saturday afternoon, where spice kit makers Spicemrkt will be returning for one day only due to popular demand. Instead of the skewers and curries they served during their last pop-up, the Spicemrkt boys are delivering their take on Nashville hot chicken burgers, made with an exclusive Kayal spice blend that originates from their family’s village in southern India.

When: 3 pm till late, 31 July

Where: De België, 21 Elgin Street, Soho, Central

Photo: @thur.thur.thur (via Instagram)

Quench your thurst

Mark the second anniversary of Thur, the rollicking parties organised by Yeti Out and Mean Gurls Club’s Subez Yeti, at The Aftermath this Saturday. Being a birthday bash, the Thur crew has pulled out the big guns with a DJ line-up and host of sponsors that reads like a who’s who of the local creative scene. Dance with abandon to bass-heavy tunes being spun by the likes of Arthur Yeti, Fergus Heathcote, Adipta, Busy Boi, and of course, Subez herself and stick around for the gift giveaways from sponsors like Tipsy Cat, Loading, Raw Emotions, Victoria, HUF, Yeti Out, and Aunty’s Haus.

When: 9 pm till late, 31 July

Where: The Aftermath, LG/F, 57–59 Wyndham Street, Central

I’m in a glass case of emo-tions

Looking for a proper party to attend, but find that disco, bass, and house don’t quite scratch your itch for angst, passion, and raw emotion? Pop by Mudita on Ice House Street for the third edition of their popular emo night, where DJ Wilkinho will be bringing playing some of the genre’s greatest hits in tribute to the “mad scientists, vampires, and creatures of the night.” There will be a free-flow deal available as well as a costume contest. The best-dressed will get $500 in bar credit, so get those ripped drainpipe jeans and Hot Topic band tees out.

Click here for more information.

When: 10 pm till late, 31 July

Where: Mudita, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central

Variety for charity

Be entertained and contribute to a worthy cause at This Is Me, a variety show at popular Sheung Wan LGBTQIA+ club FLM. During the two-hour spectacular, dozens of entertainers from stand-up comedians to musicians, dancers, magicians, burlesque artists, and drag queens will take to the stage and perform their hearts out. There will be lucky prize draws, an auction, and even one last frock shop pop-up from La Chiquitta. All proceeds will go towards the Transgender Resource Centre.

Click here for more information.

When: 8 pm, 31 July

Where: FLM, 62 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan

Take the wheel

Classic car enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that the automobile exhibition at K11 Musea will be refreshed with a new display of 10 classic supercars. The cars, which hail from three of the most famous supercar producers in the world—Italy, Germany, and Great Britain—include a 1970 Porsche 911S, an Aston Martin DB2 Mark III (a.k.a. James Bond’s ride), and a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 600, which was the most expensive car in the world at the time of its launch. The exhibition is free to attend, but registration is recommended—click here for more information.

Stamp of approval

Get your culture fix at “Tête-Bêche,” the ongoing exhibition from Hong Kong-based painter Ryan San. Inspired by tête-bêche—which refers to a pair of joined stamps that are inverted in relation to each other—San approached the collection of 29 artworks as a retrospective look at life.

When: Now until 28 August

Where: KC100 Art Space, 100 Kwai Cheong Road, Kwai Chung

Mark(et) your diary

Following the success of their first two food markets, start-up platform Calioo is returning to Central this weekend with the Calioo Greenhouse. Created in collaboration with plant-based milk company Alpro, the market will showcase plant-based, vegan, lactose- and gluten-free food and drink from independent and artisanal local brands. You’ll find plenty of delicious things to try—like Sichuan spiced cashews, fresh sourdough bread, and dairy-free chocolate—as well as fun free workshops where you can taste and compare milk tea, make your own Bloody Mary, or learn some gardening skills. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful green urban oasis on the fourth floor before you go!

Click here for more information.

When: Now until 1 August

Where: 36 Cochrane Street, Central

Cool beans

If you haven’t noticed, Hong Kong’s going through something of a coffee renaissance—from serene Japanese cafés to bright, Australian-inspired coffee shops, there is a wealth of options out there for the coffee fanatic. Save yourself the legwork at Hysan Place, where 10 leading and cult coffee brands—including NOC Coffee Co., 18 Grams, and Cupping Room have gathered as part of the Lee Gardens Coffee Festival.

Besides some delicious brews, there will also be a series of coffee master workshops run by professional baristas, with classes on cupping, brewing, and siphoning a proper cup of joe.

When: Now until 1 August

Where: Atrium, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

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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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