With only five Fridays till Christmas, it’s time to get out your Santa costume and get into the party spirit. There is plenty to see and do around Western District this week. Make sure you check out theDesk’s regular guide to what’s on offer.
Events in Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town
A Night of Cabaret Showtunes
Wednesday 22nd November, 7 pm – 10 pm
Ping Pong in Sai Ying Pun presents two fantastic nights of music in support of More Than Musical’s forthcoming production of La Traviata! American trained opera singers Etta Fung and Stefan Gordon are joined by pianist Peter Lally in a night of cabaret music by composers including Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Lloyd Weber.
More Than Musical is a charity founded in 2016 that aims to bring high quality and intimate opera experiences to local audiences. Their productions focus on critical scenes, highlighting the drama and power of opera in more intimate settings without the traditional stagings, not to mention an open bar before, during and after each performance.
Venue: Ping Pong, 129 Second Street L/G Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun
Winstons Wednesday 5-A-Side Football
Wednesday 22nd November, 7 pm – 9 pm
Head on over to Winstons Coffee for a bit of a kick around. Friendly football matches in a 5-a-side format. Bibs, balls and banter are all supplied — all you need to do is bring your “silky skills”. $50 gets you a post-match pint of Gweilo Beer.
Venue: Winstons Coffee, 213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Free Teeling Whiskey Tasting
Thursday 23rd November, 6 pm – 8 pm
Visit HK Liquor Store on Thursday night for some free Teeling Whiskey Tasting. Renowned for its smooth and unique character, this Irish drop is not to be missed. The masters of malt at Teeling will not disappoint. Did we mention that the tastings were free?
Venue: HK Liquor Store, 91 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
Era Barbers Pop Up Shop | Brewski Sour Free Flow
Friday 24th November, 5 pm – 9 pm
The geniuses at Little Creatures HK, Black Kite Brewery and Era Barbers have had the cracking idea to combine grooming our unruly manes with sampling delicious brews for a free flow session this Friday night.
The result: Little Creatures and Black Kite Brewery have created a collaboration brew – the Brewski Sour Beer for some cheers with Era Barbers.
Enjoy free flow beer from 7:30 pm – 8 pm. Haircuts cost $250 and start at 5 pm till late, with bookings only made on the day. Every person getting a haircut gets an extra beer on the house.
Venue: Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town
Friday Sessions at Potato Head | FuFu with LB aka Labat
Friday 24th November, 9 pm – 12 am
Swing by Potato Head this Friday night for an audio adventure of funk, disco and house music, with LB aka Labat for supported by FuFu’s MLCH. Take some house and a sublime sample selection into the mix and you get the soulful, groove-heavy style that has been released on labels including Face Records, Groovedge Records and D.KO Records.
Venue: Potato Head Hong Kong, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
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Jazz Duo at Lex Coffee
Friday 24th November, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kennedy Town’s Lex Coffee brings you jazz duo Rod Chui and Geoff King Luk this Friday night. Part of the series “MORE JAZZ #16”, this duo will draw you into their funk, bossa and jazz music experience. Get ready to swoon! Tickets are $150 and seats are limited so be quick to get your spot.
Venue: Lex Coffee, 100 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town
Movember Lunch: The Whole ‘Mo!
Saturday, 25th November, 12:30 pm – 4 pm
Already established as the hybrid of a weekend roast and warehouse party, the monthly event ‘The Whole Hog’ will become ‘The Whole Mo’ at Rhoda in support of Movember Foundation and the many causes it supports — causes, like mental health, that are already close to the heart of Executive Chef Nathan Green.
With personal grooming being a theme of our events this week, those growing their moustaches for the month can receive a quick complimentary trim or be taken in a styled direction by Hong Kong barber, Afer Law from Handsome Factory. For $320, guests can expect unlimited servings of roast pork, vegetable concoctions, house-baked bread and killer condiments before finishing with spiked trifle. On the drinks front, each guest will receive a complimentary Mo’Tini shot. Two-hour free flow packages are additionally available ($238 per person). Proceeds will go directly to Movember Foundation.
Venue: Rhoda Hong Kong, Ground Floor, Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Praya’s Christmas Street Party
Saturday 25th November, 3 pm – 12 am
‘Tis the season once more! Start your festive season with Praya’s Christmas Street Party with friends and family. Festivities will include mulled wine, a Christmas BBQ, beer pong, arts and crafts for the kids, a doggie pool and other Christmas treats. Head on over for discounted drinks and enjoy the festive tunes of DJ Reflex (we hope this involves carols) while dancing in the street!
Venue: Praya Waterside Eatery, Shop 2, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town
Pre-loved Clothing Sale by Me&Co
Saturday 25th – 26th November, 10 am – 7 pm
Fashion fiends ready for a bargain should head to La Chouette Ecole in Sai Ying Pun this weekend where classrooms will be transformed to a fashion market bazaar for a weekend of closet sharing. A great opportunity to find your favourite brands of clothes, shoes and handbags at fantastic prices. More than a thousand items from Maje, Sandro, The Kooples, Isabel Marant, BCBG, Chloe, Balenciaga, Valentino, Hermes, Celine and more.
Thanks to Le Petit Croissant, your shopping day will start smoothly with a nice viennoiserie! Free entrance for shoppers all weekend.
Venue: La Chouette Ecole, 356 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Sunday 26th November, 12 pm – 1 pm
Get ready for this high energy fitness class, Zumba dancing to a variety of rhythms of Latin, Hip Hop, K-Pop and more. This weekend our friends at Dee Dances Fitness Yoga & Life/Career Coaching are running a buy one, get one free promotion. If you pay for one class, you get another class on the same day for free. Offer applies for both drop-in and prepaid classes. Standard rates for a drop-in class is $120.
Venue: Smithfield Sports Center, 12K Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town
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Happy Sunday Flow Yoga
Sunday 26th November, 11 am – 12:10 pm
Hosted by Loretta Teo – Meow Yoga & Wellness, enjoy a fun and cheerful vinyasa flow which is perfect to kick start your Sunday.
This week’s class will focus on anatomy, alignments and adjustments and promises to help us to elevate our body mentally, physically, and spiritually above and beyond our day to day lives (sounds life changing!). The class is suitable for all levels. Standard rates for a drop-in class is $80.
Venue: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, 16 Eastern St North, Sai Ying Pun
Watercolour Cat Portrait Art Class
Sunday 26th November, 2 pm – 6 pm
Crafternoon anyone? Combine your love of the feline with your love of watercolour at this art class where you will learn the art of the cat portrait. Hosted by Calligraphy & Illustration by Olimpia Wong, the hipster in all of us will be truly satisfied learning how to paint our own masterpieces. Please note language of instruction is in Cantonese.
Venue: Please contact organiser directly to get specific address
Multilevel Mat Pilates
Monday 27th November, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Head over to Lemon Drop Studio for a small, friendly and energising morning pilates class. Hosted by H Balance, pilates is a safe and effective way to exercise, concentrating on core strength and stability. It is designed to improve strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness. This class is for all levels and also suitable for pre/postnatal mums.
Venue: Lemon Drop Studio, Shop 2, 37B Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town