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What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on June 8 – 14, 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. Puff The Magic Drag Out: PRIDE@Eaton 2023 Opening Party in Jordan

Puff The Magic Drag Out: PRIDE@Eaton 2023 Opening Party in Jordan
Eventbrite/Eaton HK

Celebrate the magic of drag with incredible performers from Drag Jam! As part of Eaton HK’s month-long event series, this fantastical party promises to be a spectacle of stunning costumes, makeup painted to the nines, and unforgettable stage presence. Guests are encouraged to sprinkle glitters and put on their ball slippers for a night of pure fun and entertainment. DJ Zukunftsalick will be spinning the tunes, and guests can expect a night of dancing, laughter, and all-around good vibes.

Kicking off June to a banging start, the party gives us all a chance to appreciate the diversity and creativity of the queer community. If you’re looking for another function, darling, we’ve got you covered with your all-inclusive Pride Month events guide here.

When: 9 PM, June 10

Where: Terrible Baby Music Room, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon

How much: Sign up here, Free entry

2. Happy Wednesday: Afrobeats at Happy Valley Racecourse

    Experience a unique and unforgettable hump-day experience at the Happy Valley Racecourse! The Happy Wednesday Music Festival series kicks off with a tribute to the exhilarating Afrobeats genre. Immerse yourself in the energetic aura of African rhythms against the vibrant backdrop of Hong Kong's famed racecourse.

    Dive into the night with The Afroseas, a dynamic duo that's taking the Afrobeats scene by storm with their potent blend of African rhythms, jazz, and funk. Sample the exotic flavours of African Piri Piri Chicken, available at the beer garden's food counter alongside other thirst-quenching libations at the food truck. This night marks the beginning of an unforgettable summer at the racecourse!

    When: June 7

    Where: Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

    How much: HK$10 per person (excluding food & drink)

    3. Byebuy Market x Monkey 47 Pop-up Market in Central

    Byebuy market, Hong Kong’s very own celebrity consignment platform, has officially launched a pop-up store on Gough Street in collaboration with German Craft Gin, Monkey 47. The store offers thousands of high quality pre-owned fashion items and brand-new beauty products, consigned from over 60 local actors, singers, models, stylists, and influencers.

    Reducing waste all while providing uber chic items at super affordable prices, the Byebuy store is also offering a chance to win a grand prize by spinning the Wheel-O-Wunder upon spending HK$1,000. Customers can also enjoy a complimentary Monkey 47 Gin & Tonic during happy hour between 4 PM and 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays with any purchase. It’s time to hunt for some unique finds to add to your treasure trove.

    When: Now until June 11

    Where: 4-6 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong

    How much: Free entry

    4. Ocean Park's Chill All Night at Ocean Park

    Ocean Park's Chill All Night event is back this summer and promises to be an unforgettable experience for the entire month. For a limited time, parkgoers can head over every Saturday night, from 6:30 PM to 9 PM, with no admission fee. Get ready to be stunned by a spectacle of light, sound, and entertainment under the stars. The event will feature never-before-seen shows full of vibrant light and music, renewed Ocean Park’s signature dining, and exciting interactive experiences.

    Some of the highlights include “Soul of the Ocean,” a custom blend of original music, spectacular projection mapping and surprising special effects including lighting and lasers, and “Visions of Hong Kong,” which showcases the city's lush natural beauty, architectural wonders, and multi-cultural diversity. Guests can also participate in game corners that include beer competitions and food eating contests, with the chance to win some prizes! Entry into Chill All Night does not require online reservations, but please note that admission to the paid area of the park is still dependent on ticket availability.

    When: Saturdays, Now until June 24

    Where: Ocean Park Hong Kong, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

    How much: Free entry

    5. A Place for Pride: A Wellness Retreat for Confidence & Self-Worth at The Upper House

    What’s On HKG: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on June 8 – 14, 2023
    Eventbrite/All Great Peoples

    All Great Peoples and The Upper House have teamed up to bring urban professionals a bespoke wellness journey inspired by exploring the seven sins. The “RECLAIMING THE 7 DEADLY SINS” series comprises of monthly half-day retreats that offer wellness experiences including movement, meditation, and self-discovery, with customisable experiences to explore the relevance of each deadly sin in contemporary contexts.

    To celebrate Global Wellness Day, the series kicks off in June with a Pride Month workshop that traverses between examining self-worth and ego aggrandisement. Participants will be taught to embrace inner confidence in mind, body, and spirit, while enjoying wellness-inspired treats curated by the Salisterra team. The schedule features a movement workshop, breakfast at Salisterra’s Green Room, and an interactive workshop diving into how pride and perception can hold us back or propel us forward. The retreat will end with a guided practice to release self-judgment and expectations of perfection.

    When: 9 AM-1:30 PM, June 11

    Where: Sky Lounge, Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

    How much: Buy tickets here, HK$1,000

    6. ReThink Work: Latte Art with APT Coffee

    Coffee latte art heart leaf cat pattern

    APT coffee is hosting a tailor-made Latte Art Workshop targeting Hong Kong’s coffee lovers. The workshop is designed for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of latte art and, with the guidance of experienced baristas, how to create beautiful designs of a love heart, a tulip, and even an adorable kitty.

    During the 1.5-hour workshop, participants will go through coffee theory for the first 30 minutes, followed by a demonstration of latte art by the barista for the next 15 minutes. The remaining time will be spent learning and practicing latte art designs. This workshop is perfect for team building experiences, as groups are kept small with a maximum of four people per workshop, though solo baristas are also welcome to join.

    When: 11 AM-12:30 PM, June 9

    Where: theDesk, 26/F, Tower 1, Enterprise Square 5, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon

    How much: Buy tickets here, HK$250 (per person)

    7. Glenfiddich Speakeasy Takes Over Sugar+ in Causeway Bay

    Glenfiddich whisky

    Glenfiddich is back with a bang after a four-year hiatus in Hong Kong. The whisky label is hosting a pop-up speakeasy, offering enthusiasts in the city a chance to taste the Glenfiddich single malt whisky. Find your way to this exclusive space to uncover the brand’s unmissable charm.

    Guests can taste not one, but eight different types of Glenfiddich single malt whisky amongst the early evening ambience of Causeway Bay. Including bottles like the Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 Years Old and 12 Years Old with Sherry Cask Finish to the more intense Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky 30 Years Old, there is a range of options to choose from.

    When: 6 PM-8 PM, June 9-18

    Where: 22/F, Sugar+, 25-31 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

    How much: Book here, Free entry & drink prices vary

    8. Chenyu Liu, Andrew Ho, Aya Lu Guest Shift at The Mixing Room in Central

    Welcoming all to a night of top-notch mixology, The Mixing Room is playing host to a handful of special guests decorated as representatives from some of Asia’s Top 50 Bars. Featuring Chenyu Liu and Aya Lu from SĀN YǑU bar, which has locations in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as Guangzhou-based Hope and Sesame’s Andrew Ho, experience a varied and whimsical series of cocktails spotlighting Peddler’s Gin.

    When: 9 PM until late, June 13

    Where: The Mixing Room, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Ezra's Lane, Central, Hong Kong

    How much: Prices vary

    9. Terroirs by LQV in Central Hosts Inaugural La Paulée for Burgundy Lovers

    Terroirs by LQV in Central Hosts Inaugural La Paulée for Burgundy Lovers
    Burgundy red wine bottles

    Franco-inspired wine bar Terroirs by LQV is hosting their first-ever La Paulée event this summer, ringing in a celebration of Burgundy wines that was once widely practiced throughout France. The event traditionally takes place on the third weekend of November, culminating in “La Paulée,” an extravagant luncheon that starts at noon on Monday at the Château de Meursault and continues well into the evening. It is described as the tasting of a lifetime for Burgundy enthusiasts.

    At Terroirs by LQV, each ticket includes exclusive access and a dinner banquet filled with artisanal cold cuts, a variety of authentic French starters, dry-aged cold cuts and sides, followed by a selection of artisanal cheese and homemade desserts. Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of Burgundy from their personal collections to be enjoyed and shared at the event, bringing together wine connoisseurs and opening up the conversation to explore interesting and rare finds. Additionally, the LQV team is presently putting together a “secret” wine list of great bottles of Burgundy, which will be available exclusively for La Paulée, to be enjoyed once the BYOBurgundy supply has run out.

    When: 6:30 PM onwards, June 15

    Where: Terroirs by LQV, 3/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong

    How much: Book here, HK$788 per person

    10. ANDŌ Hosts Four Hands Collaboration with Guest Chef Manu Buffara of Brazil’s Restaurant Manu

    ANDŌ Hosts Four Hands Collaboration with Guest Chef Manu Buffara of Brazil’s Restaurant Manu

    Hong Kong-based Chef Agustin Balbi will team up with visiting Chef Manoella “Manu” Buffara, who was named Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2022, to present a Latin-American culinary crossover. Chef Manu is known for her innovative work in redefining Brazilian cuisine and helms her eponymous restaurant in Curitiba, Brazil. Serving 20 people per night, Manu is in tune with cutting-edge culinary trends, working with fresh, seasonal ingredients with a large portion of dishes being plant-based. The chefs will present a mouth-watering menu that includes dishes such as Cauliflower/Passion Fruit as well as Tuna/Clams/Caviar by Chef Manu Buffara, alongside items like Wagyu/Seaweed/Avocado and Peas/Ika/Chawanmushi by Chef Agustin Balbi, with more to come.

    Manu Buffara has been involved in sustainability efforts since day one of her restaurant, such as preserving native Brazilian bees, incentivising young producers not to abandon farming, and encouraging the planting of vegetables in vacant lots all around Curitiba city. The culinary crossover will celebrate the heritage of Latin America, and the growing global sustainable dining scene.

    When: June 10-11

    Where: ANDŌ, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

    How much: Book here, HK$2,888

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