A quick digest of the coolest weekend and Halloween happenings in Hong Kong.
Friday, October 26
Hong Kong-based Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen will be displaying some of his works from his Hong Kong shop and market cat series and also some photos from his latest book
Hong Kong Garage Dogs, which we got to talk to him about quite recently.
10am-8pm until Friday, November 30 at, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom. Free.
Start the Halloween weekend with some indie music from bands Dark Himaya, Cracklebox, Esimorp, and Milkmouth.
8pm to midnight, The Aftermath, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$150 (early bird online) HK$200 (at the door).
Saturday, October 27
There’s yoga, massages, silent discos, a marketplace, and meditation at this music and art project created by the Hong Kong-based creative agency FuFu and the music collective La Mamie’s from France. Most tickets are sold out so do remember to check online for tickets and availability.
1pm to Sunday, 28 October 11pm at, Sai Yuen Farm, Cheung Chau. HK$403 to HK$933.
The were one of the acts to grace the main stage at last year’s Clockenflap. This weekend, the Hong Kong-based ska band will be celebrating their fifth anniversary with with 2 full sets of ska, rocksteady and mod vibes. There will also be special guest performances from local Reggae legends Sensi Lion and Mod electric trio DJ Star as well as some surprises and a special limited edition release.
8pm-11pm at, Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central. Free.
Grab a zombie cocktail (we tried them btw, they’re pretty good, but dangerous and boozy), and dance the night away to a playlist of disco, funk hip hop, and dance, with a sprinkling of the classics. If you want the Halloween celebrations to continue, Honi Honi will also hold a Baron Samedi Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31, where guests get 50 percent off the bar’s “Tales of Tiki” cocktail menu. Remember to dress in your best Baron Samedi, Madame Brigette or undead attire.
10pm-2am at, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central.
ICHU Peru will be hosting their first ever Halloween party on their newly-opened terrace, and they are going to christen it with something called The First Sacrifice. We’ve been told it will be a gruesome phenomenon, gods are demanding the High Priest deliver a sacrifice, and guests are told to remember to don their most monumental headdresses, jewelry and finely-spun cloth for the occasion.
10pm to late at, ICHU, 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central.
Partyvengers assemble! Don your best hero or villain outfit for this event and prepare to party, and to conquer a beast hellbent on destroying Hong Kong.
11pm-6am at, Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. HK$350 (advanced, open bar until 2am) HK$400 (at the door for open bar until 2am, or with two drinks after 2am.)
One of our favourite cocktails from this tequila bar was the Narcos-inspired Plato O Plomo. So it only seems fitting that Los Sotano would transform their tequila bar into a cartel den for Halloween. There will be arm wrestling, Halloween cocktails, and face painting. Guests can get individual tickets or book a table by emailing hola@lossotano and don’t forget to include the names of people in your group. All tickets include access to the lounge area; tacos and quesadillas (from 10pm-11pm only); and free-flow margaritas, sparkling wine, house mixers, beer and wine from the taps, Avíon Tequila shots (from 10pm-1am only).
11pm-6am at, Los Sotano, Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Lan Kwai Fong, Central. HK$1,800 (four people) HK$2,430 (six people) HK$3,080 (eight people) HK$4,320 (12 people)
For those of you looking for a halloween celebration that’s a little more sexy and sophisticated, Fang Fang are holding a Great Gatsby-themed Halloween party. Tickets include house spirits, wines, beers and sake. There will also be a DJ putting on some Dixieland jazz.
11pm-2am at, Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$400 (early bird) HK$500 (at the door).
Remember to don your scariest fluorescent attire for this party. There will be a DJ, and tickets include cocktails, free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne, red and white wine, beer, and soft drinks from 9:30pm-12:30am. Email email@example.com or call +852 3657 6388 to reserve a table.
9:30pm-2am at, Zuma Hong Kong, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central. HK$488.
If you can imagine Mary Poppins without Julie Andrews’ beautiful singing, you’ll realise that it’s a pretty creepy movie. Aqua, known as a bar with the great view of Victoria Harbour, will have a Mary Poppins-themed party complete with DJs, cocktails, and professional makeup artists on hand to create your day of the dead-style Halloween character.
10:30pm-2am at, aqua, 29 and 30/F, One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. HK$250.
There will be a DJ and face painting at this Mexican day of the dead-themed celebration in Lan Kwai Fong.
10pm-2am at, TIvo, G/F, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central.
Sunday, October 28
Seven short films about ocean adventures and the environment will be screened at this event.
3:30pm-6:30pm at, Leo Lee Arts Center, 37 Nam Long Shan Road. HK$107-HK$160.
This is the official Hong Kong premiere for The Dawn Wall, an inspirational film that follows two American rock climbers who try to scale and live on the the 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park in California.
7pm-9pm at, Leo Lee Arts Center, 37 Nam Long Shan Road. HK$85-HK$128.
This is a special tour for the museum’s exhibition on the history of maritime silk routes in Quanzhou.
3pm-4pm at, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Central.
Wednesday, October 31
This is a special Halloween screening of Hong Kong Master, a sci-fi drama film about Hong Kong set in the year 2047, a time where advancement in surveillance, forensic, and weapons technology has enabled the government to almost completely eradicate all crime and associated syndicates, keeping Hong Kong under constant watch. The remaining one percent of criminals and triad groups linger within the shadows or have disappeared into civilian life. See the trailer here, and don’t forget to register for a spothere.
7:15pm-9pm at, Para Site, 22/F Wing Wah industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay.
Pan-Latin restaurant Picada will be holding a party to celebrate the night of living drag, HallowQUEEN style. The babes of Broad Cast will be here to deliver a night of spooks, splits, and surprises. Ticket includes a one of a kind drag show featuring Madame Mincemeat and XXXotica, three hours of free-flow beer, wine, and prosecco, and a pan-Latin dinner buffet.
7:30pm-10:30pm at, Picada, 2/F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street, Central. HK$650.
If Saturday’s Halloween party at Honi Honi left you wanting more, the bar will also hold another party where guests get 50 percent off the bar’s “Tales of Tiki” cocktail menu, and it’s voodoo-themed as well, with Baron Samedi and Madame Brigette — loas of Haitian voodoo — set to ake an appearance. Remember to dress in your best Baron Samedi, Madame Brigette or undead attire.
6pm-1am at, Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central.
This opulent hidden bar would like to invite you to the circus before it leaves town. There will be vaudeville entertainment, music, costumes, cocktails and more. Remember to dress smart, and RSVP for complimentary admission. Remember to book call +852 2520 1117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a table.
6pm-3am at, Ophelia, 39A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queens Road East, Wan Chai.
British bar and restaurant The Pawn will also be holding a Great Gatsby-themed party with jazz performances from AveNew, complimentary make up and “frightening” cocktails.
9pm-11pm at, The Pawn Botanicals Bar, 1/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wanchai. Free.
Whether you know the Monster Mash like the back of your hand, or are a complete newbie to this dance, swing dance and lindy hop group Hong Kong Swings will be hosting their popular Halloween social where they will teach you some deadly dance moves. Remember to dress up. Entrance is free, but guests are encouraged to buy at least two drinks to support the venue.
8pm-11pm at, Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central. Free.
This Cuban-inspired bar will be hosting a “Night Of Sacrifice”, where guests will get a free voodoo doll to take home, and a free shot of Bacardi Oak Heart premium.
8pm-11pm at, Havana LKF, 4/F, The Plaza, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Free.
Geronimo shot bar will be giving away a shot of Dracula’s Kiss with every first drink purchase between 10pm to 11pm, and you can order their Dirty Sanchez shot (HK$50) all night long. There will be a complimentary bottle of house sparkling wine for three of the best Halloween costumes.
6pm-4am at, Geronimo Shot Bar, 2/F Winner Building, 27-39 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Free.