By Freddy Sherman
I’m fortunate enough to have a group of friends in Hong Kong and after visiting the city a few times, I’ve had more than one fun night out in this incredible place. To me, the sign of a successful fun night out in Hong Kong is coming back to my hotel after or as the sun rises.
On a visit last fall, I had another epic night out in this exciting city and wanted to share my itinerary. These are all local places, but Hong Kong is such an international melting pot, most people who live here are from someone else and it’s easy to make new friends. For travelers visiting Hong Kong, these are great places to enjoy amazing food and drinks with Hong Kong residents, not other tourists. Below, the taco plate at Brickhouse.
Dinner at Brickhouse
I live in LA and I know good Mexican food. Brickhouse (20A D’Aguilar Street, Central) has some good, authentic Mexican food along with some strong drinks and a staff that knows how to throw a party. My night started with some amazing Mexican-style street corn on the cob, served with chili, mayo and queso cheese. Next up were bone marrow tacos, done with an oxtail salsa and chimichurri. While all this was happening, we were enjoying Brickhouse Margaritas with blanco tequila, Damiana (like Mexican Jagermeister), pineapple juice, agave nectar and lime with a Himalayan salt rim. I also had a spicy Diabla cocktail with vodka, jalapeno, raspberries, pomegranate and lemon. By this time I was mildly intoxicated, but I know we had the taco plate with steak, chicken, fish, pork and veggie, and other than the veggie, they were all awesome. Dessert was a stand-out, a gluten-free, chili-spiked chocolate cake, accompanied by strawberries and vanilla ice cream. A delicious sweet and spicy combination.
Drinks at Soiree
After dinner we headed over to Soiree (11 Elgin Street, Central), a cool bar in SoHo, which in Hong Kong refers to SOuth of HOllywood Road, an area near Lan Kwai Fong in Central. Soiree is a small, beautifully appointed bar, with an outside patio. Atmosphere is chill, bartenders are very skilled and the music is great too. It’s a real cool local spot and I’m glad I was introduced to it. I had a few drinks featuring vodka infused with lemongrass and they were perfectly made and really good.
Salsa dancing at Xperience
After we were feeling good, we headed over to Xperience (33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai) for some serious salsa dancing. Led by Hong Kong’s master of salsa, DJ Salsa Godfather, it was a fun night of dancing. Xperience always draws some serious professional dancers, so it’s not only fun to dance, but also to watch the experts.
Late night karaoke at CEO Neway
When one of my friends invited me to go do karaoke with her at 2 a.m., I assumed it was going to be a club like we have in the US, where it’s a bar and you get up on stage and sing in front of a group of people. Instead, we went to CEO Neway (2-8 Sugar Street, Causeway Bar), a traditional Asian style karaoke club with private rooms and suites. We had our own private suite, with couches, waiter service and even a bathroom. There was a big flat-screen TV and they had all kinds of classic rock and pop songs, along with songs in Chinese. I would sing things like “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath and she would sing Chinese pop songs, in Chinese.
Back to the Kowloon Shangri-La
After my fun night out, I took a cab back to the Kowloon Shangri-La arriving at about 5:30 a.m. I smiled as I returned to my room for a nice hot bath, knowing the hotel’s Horizon Club lounge opened for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and you know I was the first one there to enjoy it, at my favorite table. I love the service and luxury of the Shangri-La properties and have had great experiences in several stays at both of their Hong Kong hotels. Both hotels offer great views of the city, the Kowloon Shangri-La has harbor-front rooms with postcard views of the harbor and skyline of Central. (Below, a view of Hong Kong Island from my harborview room at the Kowloon Shangri-La)