There are more and more nightlife choices in Hong Kong, which makes choosing a place to celebrate Halloween all the more difficult. Some clubs just go through the motions, not investing much thought into creating the right environment, while others plan elaborate decorations and entertainment.
You don’t want to show up and be the only one standing around in costume – it’s a buzz-kill to be surrounded by people not in full Halloween spirit! Here are two picks that promise to be the most fun – one for Friday, and another for Saturday night!
There are several factors to weigh in choosing your Halloween destination. Call us old fashioned, but the things we looked at include: the d.j.s; the track record of past events; the overall environment; the number of people in costume; and the location, which is somewhat of an issue for Halloween. (Read up on that here.)
Volar Goes Green on Halloween
Friday’s “Volar Goes Green On Halloween” party looks to be fun. The d.j. from Belgium is a natural fit for Halloween. Named Dr. Lektroluv, he’s a hard bangin’ Electro d.j., who looks like some sort of alien behind the turntables![photopress:dr_lektroluv_hong_kong_volar.jpg,full,pp_image]
This guy is always performing in costume, and it’s entertaining, especially since he has the party-rockin’ music to back up the weirdness angle. He’s green – ’nuff said!
Volar has done a good job with decorations in the past, and they are guaranteed to have a lively crowd. Regarding the location deep in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Volar can arrange pick-ups to steer you through the traffic in Lan Kwai Fong on Friday night. Contact them directly for more information: [email protected] or (852) 2810 1510. Keep in mind that by prime-time, the Halloween traffic (of people just standing around taking photos,) has thinned, making LKF easier to access.
Volar’s Gone Green On Halloween
Friday, October 29th, 2010
Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street
Lan Kwai Fong
Central, Hong Kong
$350 includes two drinks
Alive Not Dead’s “Dead Not Alive” Halloween Party[photopress:hong_kong_halloween_2010.jpg,full,pp_image]
Saturday’s pick is Alive Not Dead’s third annual Halloween party titled “Dead Not Alive.” This event has lots to offer including a strong d.j. line-up with international, as well as local talent. The d.j.s play a variety of dance music genres and include Suivez (Switzerland,) Beware (Austria,) Kid Fresh (Germany,) Re:Flex (U.S.,) and I-Tek (U.S.).
The Alive Not Dead gang are known for their parties, and actually strive to make each year better than the last. The “Dead Not Alive” party is costume-mandatory, which guarantees everyone will be on the same vibe. Their crowd is made up of entertainment figures, so you never know who you might encounter in costume!
The venue they’ve chosen to hold the party this year is Hyde, which has a larger dancefloor, better sound system, and great lighting (yes, I’m a sucker for lasers!) Compared to any of their previous Halloween parties, the facilities are superior. Another advantage of having it at Hyde is that you don’t need to wade through the crowds of Lan Kwai Fong in order to enter. You can access Hyde by taking the escalator up to Hollywood Road, and then walking down Lyndhurst Terrace to reach the club. Another route would be to take Caine Road to Arbuthnot Road and then walk down from there.
One word of caution – last year’s Dead Not Alive party completely sold-out before Halloween, so if you’re interested in attending, book your tickets now. You can pay by credit card on their store here.
Alive Not Dead’s 3rd Annual “Dead Not Alive” Halloween bash
Saturday, October 30th, 2010
DJ Beware, DJ Suivez, Kid Fresh, Re:Flex and I-Tek
1 Lyndhurst Terrace
Central, Hong Kong
$370 includes two drinks
Racks “Zombie Punk Halloween”[photopress:Racks_hong_kong_pool_bar.jpg,full,pp_image]
If you’re looking for a free event in the neighborhood, those slackers at Racks have a Zombie Punk theme this Halloween on both Friday and Saturday night. Racks was once the site of a particularly wild Halloween.
You can sneak into Racks by walking down Wyndham Street from the top (which isn’t blocked off.) By the way, local legend has it that the girl’s bathroom is haunted…
Zombie Punk or Punk Zombie?
Friday, October 29th, and Saturday, October 30th, 2010
7/F, M88, 2-8 Wellington Street (opposite California Fitness)
Central, Hong Kong