Things to do in Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town this week
From the 12th of September onwards, here’s this weeks list of things to do in the Sai Ying Pun, Sai Wan and Kennedy Town neighbourhoods
Events at theDesk
New exhibition at theDesk: The Contemplation Garden (7pm-9pm)
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood and visit our new exhibition ‘The Contemplation Garden – Sai Wan Shapes & Sounds’ by HK artists Elaine Wong and Victor Chu. It’s a multi-media exhibition that takes advantage of our unconventional Sai Wan space, and is meant to forge a breathing space in a city that often moves all too quickly. To meet the artists and see for yourself, feel free to drop in at theDesk co-working and events space anytime from 1 September to 13 October, for free. 511 Queens Rd W, 3706 8976. https://www.facebook.com/events/1366767993440898/
Events in Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town
Tuesday September 12th
Winstons Coffee: Tune-Out Tuesdays (5pm-11pm)
Calling all board game lovers! Every Tuesday, Winstons Coffee in Sai Ying Pun gets you to put down your pesky phone and spend your time instead by flexing those brain muscles as you take on other Western District residents with dice, boards and counters. There’s Jenga, Connect 4, Guess Who, Hungry Hippos, Kerplunk and a whole lot more to play. In fact, if you give up your mobile to the staff for the night you get 20 percent off your bill! Bonus points for that. 213 Queen’s Rd W, 2559 5078;
Wednesday September 13
Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong: Beer Fun, Beer Facts, Beer Club! (7-7.30pm)
The event is very much self explanatory – calling all beer enthusiasts for a night of beer talk. Can’t make this Wednesday? Don’t worry – Little Creatures Brewing has your back. It’s a weekly event for only $120 for banter and beer. 5A New Praya, Little Creatures Brewing Hong Kong, 28335611;
Make and Do Hong Kong: Wednesday’s at the Winery (7.30pm-10.30pm)
Ladies! It’s time to create, drink and be merry. The hosts, Make and Do are a Sai Ying Pun crafts group that hold monthly get-togethers for crafts night. This one, hosted at The Winery, is all about plants, embroidery and prosecco… just like the wine bar itself. It’s $465 for the class, free flow prosecco and snacks! Time to get crafty with your Wednesday glass of bubbly. G/F Kwan Yick Building Phase 3, 158A Connaught Rd W, 2517 0288; https://www.facebook.com/events/1950224251857747/.
French Flair: Online Shop Launch Party – Wines & Canapés (7pm-9pm)
Calling all connoisseurs of fine wine – here’s a wine tasting party, for free. To celebrate the opening of French Flair’s online wine shop, they will be serving a variety of French wines and canapés for you to have a taste. Just remember to RSVP. 20 High Street, 60758917;
Winstons Coffee: Winstons Wednesday 5-A-Side Football (7pm-9pm)
Take a pause in the middle of your week and head on over to the football pitch at Li Sing Street Playground on the edge of Sai Ying Pun for a good ol’ fashioned five-a-side kickabout. Nearby Winstons Coffee is organising the game on a concrete pitch. It costs $50 to join in the fun and you also get a post-match pint of Gweilo Beer into the bargain. Equipment is provided. All you need is your kit. Playground is off Li Sing St. Winstons Coffee is at 213 Queen’s Rd W, 2559 5078; https://www.facebook.com/events/1793044347654536/.
Thursday September 14
SwimLa Club: Thursday SwimFit (7.30pm-8.45pm)
As summer reaches its peak, so does the desire to finally get that body in shape. So why not head to Kennedy Town Swimming Pool to keep trim in the water? This new class is for anyone, from beginner to Olympian, who wants to meet new friends and get fit at the same time. Coach Alwyn will lead the workout for $80 for the session on top of the $17 entry fee to the pool, you get a sports drink and a ‘post-workout shake’. Don’t forget your goggles! 2 Sai Cheung Street North, 2817 7973;
Cherry Yoga and Fitness: Community Yoga (11.30am-12.30pm)
Cherry Yoga and Fitness likes to keep it simple – it’s free yoga for all levels. Mats will be provided if needed. Bring along a water bottle, towel and donations if you want to show your support (be nice!). Namaste! 5/F Clubhouse, 8 First St, Island Crest;
Adriana Yoga: Joyful Heart Yoga (11am-12pm)
The key to effective practise is a good heart. Find joy in the simple backbends and postures that will help with your mind and breathing with Adriana Yoga. Happiness is simple – just bring your own mat, towel and water. Suite 1106-1108, 11/F, HK Suzuki Music Institute, Pacific Plaza, 410 Des Voeux Rd W,
Winstons Coffee: TOSS the BOSS Thursdays (5pm-10pm)
Feeling lucky today, punk? Then have it out with ‘the Boss’ at this trendy Sai Ying Pun coffee shop, which doesn’t just sell top cups of joe but also sells booze. If you guess correctly and win the coin toss, you get your round of alcoholic drinks for free today. May the odds be ever in your favour… 213 Queen’s Rd W, 2559 5078; https://www.facebook.com/events/1724372024524770/.
Friday September 15
Sesame Kitchen: Sourdough Baking Level 1 (12pm-3pm)
Bored of your usual breakfast? Sesame Kitchen is going to show you that bread is not just white or wheat. Pop by to their kitchen in Kennedy Town for a few loaves of sourdough goodness – and the perfect starter kit to make your own at home. Whether you’re an enthusiastic bread baker or a newbie to baking, this three-hour hands-on course will perfect your art of in preparing this ancient artisan bread. For $580, you’ll not only take home a fresh loaf, you’ll also get a dough to bake yourself at home and the knowledge to make infinite loaves of delectable delight. Teach a man to fish… Just don’t forget to bring along an apron and a pen. Flat A, 21/F, Yiuga Factory Building, 62 Victoria Road, 2884 1299;
Amazing Gallery: Nude Drawing x 上海情懷 (Shanghai Nostalgia) (7pm-10pm)
Be in the mood for strokes of silhouettes and sketches of cheongsams. Travel back in time to the pinnacle of modern Chinese fashion, to the glamours of Shanghai in the 1920-30s. The drawing session itself reminisces the aura of “Old Shanghai” – where the Eastern mystique and conservatively fitted qipaos met with Western flairs of lavishness and romantic indulgences. Drawing papers and charcoal pencils will be provided. It’s $200 only. Reserve a spot before the 25 places get taken! 1/F, 39 Hill Rd;
Saturday September 16
Praya Waterside Eatery: 3rd Anniversary Street Party (2pm-7pm)
Praya Waterside Eatery is back at with another party. This time, they’re celebrating their third birthday with live DJ tunes, raffle prizes, free shots and delicious cake. Add only $40 dollars to an otherwise free admission for some good ol’ beer bong fun. Pets are also welcomed! Shop 2, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, 2796600; https://www.facebook.com/events/1885895991730237/.
NOSH & Corp Yoga by Cam: Yoga & Picnic in the Park (10.30am-1.30pm)
At an attractive price of $200, enjoy your Saturday morning with some outdoor yoga and picnic on your mats by the beautiful harbour of the 852. Slow things down a bit with an all level Hatha class and nibbles on NOSH’s light lunches made with only healthy and quality ingredients. If you aren’t a CorpYoga yogi yet, it’s time to join now – this event is made exclusive for the CorpYoga community and friends. 16 Eastern Steet N, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park; https://www.facebook.com/events/286088791871057/.
How to live in a healthy way: Handmade Chinese Medicated Soap for Eczema (11am-1pm)
Tired of dried, flaky skin and irritating red rashes? Cleansing products on the market are often too harsh for those who suffer from eczema or sensitive skin. That’s why you need to learn to make your own soap that’s mild enough even for washing your face and to cure those itches. All ingredients are included for 600 grams of soap at a price of $300. Limited spots only, Room 806, Unicorn Trade Centre, 127 Des Voeux Rd Central, 92698287; https://www.facebook.com/events/2003222713288676/.
OLi Yoga: Yoga Stretch (2pm-3pm)
It’s always time to stretch out all the tightness and tension from sitting at the office desk. Also suitable for athletes alike in need of spiritual and physical rejuvenation, this non-flow base class is open to all levels. Pop along with your yoga mat and pay as you wish. Both English and Cantonese instruction will be available. Squash Court No. 1, 5/F, Shek Tong Tsui Sports Center;
HK Liquor Store: Summer Tasting (2pm-4pm)
HK Liquor Store with their exquisite selection invites you to drop by for free wine tasting. Sip on your refreshing glass to shoo away the summer heat…91 High Street, 35430039; https://www.facebook.com/events/488944751471292/.
Sunday September 17
Thirsty Brothers: Sunday Craft Beer Sample Sale (12pm-5pm)
Let’s be real – who doesn’t like free food. Drop by for samples of cheap craft beer on sale from Thirsty Brothers, nibbles of indie food brands from Crafted 852 and handmade ice pops from Nice Pops to kill the summer heat. Choose between the delights of Magic Rock, barrel aged maple syrup or some gourmet ice pops and more. Or have them all. 2/F, 35 Bonham Rd, 94490020;
Monday September 18
SwimLa Club: Monday SwimFit (7.30pm-8.45pm)
Join the Monday SwimFit if you can’t make it on Thursday. Or join both! As summer reaches its peak, so does the desire to finally get that body in shape. So why not head to Kennedy Town Swimming Pool to keep trim in the water? This new class is for anyone, from beginner to Olympian, who wants to meet new friends and get fit at the same time. Hosted by the same fit-folks as Thursday’s session, Coach Alwyn will lead the workout for $80 for the session on top of the $17 entry fee to the pool, you get a sports drink and a ‘post-workout shake’. Don’t forget your goggles! 2 Sai Cheung Street North, 2817 7973; https://www.facebook.com/events/499484083735141/.
HKU: The Immortal 32 – Lifschitz’s Beethoven Cycle (various times across September 15-17 & 21-24)
Classical-music lovers – here’s something you can’t afford to miss. HKU presents to you eight concerts and three talks in two weeks on Beethoven’s set of 32 sonatas. Featuring famed pianist Kostantin Lifschitz and other professional musicians, feel for yourself firsthand Beethoven’s groundbreaking and majestic piano pieces. As the first piano compositions suitable for concert hall performances, it’s no wonder his set of sonatas are frequently hailed as the “New Testament” of piano music. Mark your calendar and get your tickets now! Checkout http://www.muse.hku.hk/en/news/beethoven-32 for details.