Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong, once a hawkers area, is now one of Hong Kong’s prime dining and entertainment destinations. The area is set with the binding of D’Aguilar Street and a smaller cobble-stoned lane creating an “L” shaped border located within a short distance from Hong Kong’s business district.
Lan Kwai Fong is well established as a hub of an astounding amount of bars and restaurants where business people and foreigners love to hangout. There is a large expatriate community who flood these streets as a rather westernised area full of international cuisine and english bars. Many of the establishments here have western names to attract the foreign business though still appealing to locals who also join the vibrant nightlife here.
Friday and Saturday nights bring out the best of the vibe with so many bars and clubs to choose from. One of the great things about this area is that even though it is the home of award-winning restaurants and fantastic bars, the prices are not unreasonable, in fact it is a relatively inexpensive place to hang with friends for a tasty meal and a few drinks.
Some of the most popular bars here include the C Bar, although rather small in size it is a lively place to be. The Whiskey Priest is an expat favourite as it is an Ireland themed bar that serves Irish food and beer while being a great place to watch sport. Thirdly there is the vastly popular La Doice Vita 97, this bar stands out above the rest for its live shows performing every Thursday and Saturday night while serving excellent Italian food and drinks.
To get to Lan Kwai Fong you can either use the handy taxi service or other public transport such as the MTR or the bus system.
Lan Kwai Fong is also a New Years hot-spot and attracts thousands of people in celebration. Unfortunately this occasion has been tarnished rather by the tragedy that took place at a New Years celebration in 1993 when party-goers rampaged through the streets in a deadly stampede killing 21 people and injuring 48. It is believed that many factors influenced the tragedy such as the amount of people (approximately 15,000) crammed into the small area of Lan Kwai Fong, the bad climate conditions, the narrow and steep streets as well as poor planning by both event organisers and police.
Since this accident, events in this area have been thoroughly thought out and are much safer. Many choose to come here for its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants along with its lively vibe. Once you visit, you will find it hard to refrain from coming again and again.