Hong Kong Rugby Union
This April, the Hong Kong Sevens is back and the party is bigger and better than ever. But it’s not just about the games. (Although we gotta say, the matches will be killer!) This year the best part of the Sevens might just be all the cool things that are happening off the rugby pitch. From dedicated fan zones to food and drink extravaganzas and fun family activities, there are almost too many things to get excited about.
Oh, and did we mention that there’s an app unlocking all of the best Sevens-related dining deals in town? Don’t get blindsided by any of these awesome activities, read on and join the party!
CATHAY PACIFIC AND HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS BARS & RESTAURANTS CLUB
Wondering how you can get the Sevens party started early? Wonder no more, folks. In honor of the Sevens, Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Bars & Restaurants Club is offering special promotions at over 100 bars and restaurants across Hong Kong from Mar. 24 until Apr. 9. These venues promise to bring the Sevens party to your plate with some serious dining deals.
Now everyone in Hong Kong can truly be part of the Sevens festival, whether they know who Waisale Serevi is or not. (He’s the HKRU rugby ambassador who will be appearing at Chater Gardens, but more on that in a bit!)
The Bars & Restaurants Club is on for a full 17 days so fans, locals and foodies can enjoy exclusive discounts in popular dining and nightlife areas across Hong Kong Island.
Download the HKSEVENS Mobile App
Accessing the deals could not be easier. Simply download the HKSEVENS mobile app and enjoy discounts, complimentary beer and wine, free shots, themed menus, dining vouchers and much more. We took a peek at the culinary line-up: Spanish, Italian, British, French, Australian, American, Chinese, Taiwanese and of course Hong Kong-style are all featured.
Watch and learn, and get hungry! Bon appetite!
There’s even additional exclusive promotions for anyone with a valid Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon boarding pass or HSBC bank card or credit card. Find out more on the app.
Psst. The app also features news and information about the 40 National Rugby Teams, live score updates for every match, exclusive shareable images and videos and comprehensive event details on all Rugby Week activities. Sweet!
Where: Over 100 participating bars & restaurants around Hong Kong Island
When: Friday, Mar. 24 to Sunday Apr. 9, 2017
Why: Exclusive dining deals at your fave destinations across the city. Need we say more?
HKSEVENS CENTRAL PARTY AT CHATER GARDEN
Where will you be when the entire city erupts in a celebration of sport, music, food, drinks and lots and lots of colourful face paint? Take our word for it – grab your family and friends and head to Hong Kong hot spot Chater Garden to experience it all.
This is the second year in a row that the HKSEVENS Central Party is taking over Chater Garden. This year the party kicks off early, with an expanded week of activities from Monday to Sunday, Apr. 3-9.
Community spirit is the name of the game, and the fans are the star of the show. Then, each evening descends into rugby revelry as Sevens Central brings the party atmosphere to Chater Gardens.
Community by day, party by night
Photo: Chater Garden
Chater Garden is the go-to spot for community rugby activities over Sevens weekend, including clinics, demonstrations, meet-and-greets (a little birdie says former South African captain Jean de Villiers, and former GB Wheelchair Rugby captain and triple Paralympian Andy Barrow and more will make appearances) and inclusive activities for everyone, thanks to Hong Kong Rugby Union’s unceasing focus on the fans.
On Tuesday, Apr. 4 the Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation will showcase their work promoting sport for development. Demonstrations of Deaf Rugby will take place at 10-11am and Inclusive Rugby for Special Needs Students with Kowloon Rugby Club and HandsOn Hong Kong will follow at 11-12pm; at noon a demonstration and showcase of Wheelchair Rugby for the first time in Hong Kong.
A rugby atmosphere that can’t be beat
Photo: Chater Garden
Chater Garden will be transformed into a mini Hong Kong Stadium, with a purpose-built rugby pitch, skills games, competitions and official merch booths. Delicious food and refreshing beverages will be provided by Marriott International Hotels, Mercato, Chino and Good BBQ.
Stop by Marriott Studio, a pop up restaurant at HKSEVENS Central at Charter Garden on Apr. 3-9, and savor the signature cuisines from six luxe Hong Kong hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, W Hong Kong, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong and Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong Sha Tin.
Photo: Mercato Hong Kong/Facebook
After kick-off, it will to be the best place (outside of So Kon Po, that is) to catch all the action. The “Sevens in the City” viewing party will feature continuous real-time coverage from the Stadium on giant screens with live commentary.
Play rugby, watch the games, meet the Sevens stars and enjoy a diverse line-up of live music each night and tons of food and drink. And the dining situation is not without a touch of style – look out for celebrity chef pop-ups re-interpreting classic rugby fare. The festive atmostphere will remind you just why Hong Kong Sevens is the world’s greatest rugby party.
A fantastic lineup of musical performances every day
The Red Stripes on Apr. 3.
You might know the infectious, upbeat sound of The Red Stripes. After all they are Hong Kong’s favorite Ska/ Mod band and have been playing to packed audiences all over Asia!
Owen Campbell on Apr. 3
He’s one of the premiere Blues/Roots/Rock performers in Australia and the world and he just landed 2 US iTunes Chart spots for his last 2 albums (Sunshine Road #4, Breathing Bullets #22), so get ready to rock.
9th State on Apr. 4
9th State formed in 1996 and has played well over 1,000 gigs since. Exclusively a ‘covers’ band today, 9th State plays pop rock hits from the 60’s to today’s hits. So go on and request anything from David Bowie to Katy Perry!
The Still Unbroken on Apr. 4
This Hong Kong cover band consists of mixed nationalities and instruments covering a wide range of current and classic pop and rock songs.
The Australian Beatles and Jumping Jack Flash on Apr. 5
Get ready to rock out to all the classics as this dashing cover band with dual personalities takes the stage. Australia’s answer to the Beatles does double time as the rockin’ Rolling Stones cover band, Jumping Jack Flash.
The Hangovers on Apr. 5
This a cappella ensemble from the Ivy League university, Cornell, in Ithaca, New York is comprised of of two-dozen men from all over the world. The fun loving guys sing jazz, pop, and choral styles, as well as several original compositions and parodies.
Check out Sevens Central online for updates and even more info on Chater Garden Central Party. A full event schedule including further details of the rugby ambassadors, participating bands and celebrity chefs and private dining opportunities at HKSEVENS Central is coming soon!
Where: Chater Garden
When: Apr. 3-9, 2017
Why: Community rugby activities every day and a great party atmosphere to watch the game with friends and family every night.
CATHAY PACIFIC/HSBC HONG KONG SEVENS FANWALK
Last, but certainly not least, is one rugby party that’s not to be missed. You already know Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay – you’ll walk right by it on your way to the matches! So there’s no better place for a rugby-themed party paradise. The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens FanWalk will transform Lee Gardens into a party zone, bringing the famous Sevens atmosphere from the rugby pitch to the heart of Causeway Bay.
Where the World Comes to Play
Over Sevens weekend, Lee Garden One, the iconic shopping centre on Hysan Avenue, will become the epicenter of non-stop entertainment, food and music highlighting the different cultures of the national teams taking to the pitch.
Family friendly attractions include live dance performances, face painting, karaoke singalongs, African drums and even juggling, unicycling and stiltwalking. Food booths will serve up delicious fan favorites from seven sport-loving countries: South Africa, Australia, UK, US, Italy, France and Belgium. But that’s just a little taste of all the entertainment to expect.
Watch rugby come alive
In addition to all the entertainment, there will be live rugby action direct from the Stadium on the big screen and alternative live rugby commentary by Jed Thian. (Despite the stiltwalking, there are some serious games going on, people!)
There will even be rugby challenges and the chance grab a drink with Sevens Rugby Ambassadors including South African great Jean de Villiers; British Lion and Welsh Captain, Gareth Thomas; and Sevens Legends Waisale Serevi, Ben Gollings and David Campese.
Check out http://hksevens.com/ for more info and all the latest events at the FanWalk.
Where: Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens FanWalk at Lee Gardens
When: Apr. 7-9, 2017
Why: Watch the game, grab a beer and enjoy some food and music. It’s a rugby-themed party wonderland!
Rugby fever is taking over Hong Kong! Bust out your craziest costume, brightest face paint and get ready to get up close and personal with rugby greats on and offf the pitch. Dine out with amazing deals, watch the games with friends and keep up with everything Sevens at hksevens.com!