Stepping into the new Racks MDB was like seeing an old friend again. The same unpretentious vibe, good music, and international crowd that made the original Racks a success, can now be found in the new location.
The billiards club that gave birth to Hong Kong’s pool table and beer pong trend, has taken over a second floor venue above Wyndham Street. After a quick look around, the new space is actually an improvement over the original.
The new, more open layout lets you feel like part of the room, which is due to the square, rather than rectangular orientation.
(this is just half of the space)
There’s a much larger set of tables and seating for those not playing, as well as a good-sized dancefloor, which allows the place to be more multi-functional. (Typically, as the night wore on, the old Racks transformed into a place where people danced.)
Another big improvement is the large bar.
The old Racks was limited by a tiny bar that got slammed during big nights. The new bar is nearly four times the size, and can accommodate numerous customers easily.
The decor has had a slight upgrade. The black-on-black color scheme retains the same grittiness as the previous spot, yet padded walls and other details give it a bit more class.
There are currently three pool tables in the space, and a fourth may be added if necessary.
In addition to billiards, two dart machines are set up in a corner, near the back side of the bar.
As expected, word traveled fast about the soft-opening, and a host of important figures in Hong Kong’s nightlife scene stopped by to have a look and congratulate the owners.
Just like the original, there was a diverse crowd including models, DJs, scenesters, and even some startup nerds.
In keeping with Racks tradition, there are no door people, you just walk right in.
To check out photos and read more about the old Racks, go here and here.
2/F, Winning Centre
46-48 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong
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