What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on July 13 – 19, 2023
July 12, 2023
Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in the 852! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Hong Kong’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Hong Kong to see what’s best in store for the week ahead.
1. UNHEARD Sound & Music Festival 2023 at Eaton HK in Jordan
Immerse yourself in a multifaceted exploration of sounds at Eaton’s genre and medium-bending UNHEARD Sound Festival. A collaboration between Eaton HK, Contemporary Musiking HK, and dtby, the festival dives deep into the impact of sound and music on our psyche. Featuring an eclectic mix of performances, enlightening talks, screenings, and hands-on workshops, the event offers an inquisitive look at the duality of sound in its capacity to both heal and disrupt.
A cornucopia of experiences spanning two long weekends, the UNHEARD Sound Festival caters to a wide spectrum of enthusiasts, from the casually curious to seasoned musicians and sound artists. From thought-provoking discussions about the evolution of local musical styles like Cantopop in tandem with technological advancements, as well as Hong Kong's urban acoustics in affecting the city’s inhabitants, there’s tons to dive into. Expect appearances from DJ Mengzy, Cehryl, Soul Aquarians, Lauren Jetty, and more. Check out the full line-up of UNHEARD’s events here.
When: July 16 - 23
Where: Terrible Baby – Music Room, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon
How much: Book tickets here, Prices vary (starting from free entry)
2. Season Finale: A Carnival of Rhythm at Happy Valley Racecourse
As paradoxical as it may seem, 'Happy Wednesday' is coming to a seasonal halt! Don't miss the chance to join the grand finale, which is chalking up to be a grand kaleidoscopic evening of excitement, horse racing, and rhythm-filled music. The event will stun with a live performance from Chris Polanco and his band, the perfect opportunity to unleash those salsa and samba moves alongside performers.
This resplendent summer event demands you dress in your most vibrant carnival attire. Enjoy the pulsating energy of Happy Valley right up close, indulging in delightful snacks and sipping on cool, revitalizing drinks. Don't let this be another typical Wednesday—join us for an unforgettable farewell bash, as we bid adieu to this season's 'Happy Wednesday'.
When: 7PM Onwards, July 12
Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
How much: HK$10 per person (excluding food & drink)
3. LaughterLaughs at The Aftermath in Central
Hong Kong comedians Jordan Leung (69ranch), Tim Chan, Chris Musni, Dannie Alidasani, and Syndi Ng are back to take over a favourite neighbourhood joint. Aptly titled ‘LaughterLaughs', the show will have you cracking up and belting out an endless supply of chuckles piled on with waves of laughter, as this group are not going to give you a break from the hilarity.
When: 8 PM – 10 PM, July 13
Where: The Aftermath, B/F, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Buy tickets here, HK$250
4. ‘DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC’ Screening & More by 808 Studio in Ngau Tau Kok
"DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC", a deeply engrossing film looking into New York's iconic summer basketball scene. Regarded globally as the "Mecca" of the sport, NYC's outdoor courts and their half-a-million-strong army of players embody a passionate subculture where basketball is far more than just a game—it's a way of life. This screening event uncovers the rich tapestry of this cultural movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and, importantly, the everyday.
Get ready to sport your best 90's and Y2K era hip-hop-inspired outfits, test your court skills before and after the film with mini-games, and soak in the infectious energy of live DJ tunes. Not just a tribute to pick-up basketball, ‘DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK’ is a love letter to urban America's most popular, accessible, and free recreational culture.
When: July 19
Where: 808 STUDIO, 6/F, 11 Tai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon
How much: Buy tickets, HK$120
5. Millennial Quiz Night: Harry Potter Edition at The Hive Kennedy Town
Calling all Potterheads! Prepare to sip your 'Butterbeers' and brandish your best knowledge on wands and more at Millennial Quiz Night’s latest installment, a magical evening of testing your mental catalogue of Harry Potter-themed trivia.
Think you've got the skills to ace your 'N.E.W.T.s'? Are you certain you know your ‘alohomora' from your 'avada kedavra'? Go against fellow muggles and wizards alike in this enchanting quiz night. Whether you're a brave Gryffindor, cunning Slytherin, wise Ravenclaw, or loyal Hufflepuff, it's time to “sort” out your knowledge and prove who truly deserves to win the fun assortment of prizes – they promise it’ll be even better than lifting the house cup. Members of The Hive can enjoy entry at a discount, and groups of four can also purchase package-deal tickets. Each admission comes with one complimentary drink.
When: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, July 19
Where: The Hive Studios, 6/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: Buy tickets here, Starting from HK$200 (Starting from HK$150 for Hive members)
6. Week-Long Celebration Marks 6th Anniversary of The Old Man in SoHo
The Old Man is all set to welcome all to a week-long extravaganza of mirth and mixology. In celebration of this year’s Asia's Top 50 Bars awards season and commemorating the watering hole’s 6th anniversary, there are a series of memorable events all across the week, first commencing on July 16 with a guest shift from LPM.
Benjamin and Tibor, the esteemed beverage managers from LPM Hong Kong and LPM Global respectively, will set the tone for the celebration. The festivities continue with Depp and Poom from Rabbit Hole, Bangkok on July 19. From Sunday to Friday, indulge in spirited evenings at the bar, culminating in a '6 Hours of Madness' finale with international guests shaking up unique tipples. Find the full lineup and event schedule here.
When: July 19
July 16 – 21 (Anniversary Celebrations)
Where: The Old Man, Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices vary
7. Tamras Gin Takeover at PDT Sunday School at Mandarin Oriental Landmark
Whet your appetite for knowledge and good drinks at PDT's signature 'Sunday School' - an exclusive masterclass that promises to elevate your understanding of the craft cocktail universe. This summer, the bar is teaming up with Tamras Gin's distinguished co-founders and co-distillers, Devika Bhagat and Khalil Bachooali. For the first time, they'll be your spirited guides in an interactive journey into the world of gin.
Expect a warm welcome with a refreshing drink, before immersing yourself in the art and science of crafting two signature cocktails. Savour the nuanced flavours of neat gin during a tastings' session, interspersed with engaging anecdotes from the experts. And what's a spirited session without some comfort food? Complement your cocktail crafting experience with a signature PDT Hotdog, included as part of the occasion.
When: July 16
Where: PDT, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: Book here, HK$498 per person
8. Sukiyaki Isekuma Wine Free-flow Brunch in Tsim Sha Tsui
Turn your weekend into the ultimate time of indulgence, with a delectable feast at Sukiyaki Isekuma. Choose from two sukiyaki indulgences: the exquisite 5-course Brunch Sukiyaki Set, or the 8-course Brunch Omakase Set, an elaborate spread that requires a two-day advance order. The stars of these sets include A4 Wagyu Sukiyaki, Hokkaido Yongenton Pork Sukiyaki, and Awa Sudachi Chicken Sukiyaki, providing a variety to suit all palates. A seasonal accompaniment is the sweet and zesty Amela tomatoes of Shizuoka, starring amidst other fresh Japanese vegetables, all drenched in a secret sukiyaki sauce.
Add the two-hour Sukiyaki Isekuma Weekend Brunch Free-Flow Experience for an additional HK$238 per person, which includes a captivating selection of wines, chosen by our expert sommelier and sous chef Ayumi Matsuda. Here's to celebrating good times together, one unforgettable brunch at a time.
When: 12 PM – 2:30 PM, Weekends & PH
Where: G13, Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Book here, Starting from HK$380 per person (add HK$238 for free flow)
9. New Summer Tasting Menu at DAAP in Sheung Wan
Treat your taste for Neo-Canto cuisine this summer to Chef Luke's innovative new dinner menu at DAAP, a masterful blend of traditional Chinese ingredients with creative twists. Experience an exhilarating five-course tasting menu that showcases an invigorating palate fit for the summer.
The spotlight is on main dishes such as Preserved Chinese Liver Sausage Bolognese, a unique spin on the classic Bolognese, fusing Chinese liver with minced beef and served alongside freshly made pasta. Another highlight is the Crispy V.S.O.P & Oolong Tea Pigeon, a dish combining sweet and sour tamarind sauce with a pigeon, marinated, and infused with an aromatic blend of V.S.O.P and oolong tea stuffing. For an extra splash of decadence, consider the Alaskan King Crab Pot with salmon roe, mixing the brined fragrance of its marine meats with the toasty cooked rice. Please note that bookings require at least a two-day advance notice.
When: Now available
Where: DAAP, 20 Wing Kut Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Book here, HK$680 per person
10. Benjamin Cavagna x Testina Pop-up Dinner in Central
Get ready to be transported straight to the heart of Italy with Testina's 'Friends from Milan: Aperitivo Milanese' event. Testina will roll out the red carpet for Milan's celebrated mixologist, Benjamin Cavagna of 1930 - the 35th World’s Best Bar of 2022.
The soirée kicks off at 6 PM, where Benjamin and Testina's own culinary maestro, Chef Marco Xodo, will combine their talents to conjure an authentic Aperitivo Milanese. Taste your way through classic Italian cocktails like the Negroni, a drinkable symbol of Milan. Don't miss out on the Negroni del Marinaio and Fusettone cocktails, signature creations of the Farmily Group, co-founded by Benjamin himself. To accompany these refreshing beverages, Chef Xodo will present a selection of old-school Milanese trattoria small bites, like Riso al Salto and Veal Milanese Bun.
When: 6 PM – 10 PM, July 16
Where: Testina, 3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Walk-ins only, Prices vary
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