More than 120,000 spectators from all over the world descend on Hong Kong Stadium to watch the annual Rugby Sevens, where 16 teams battle it out for rugby's largest prize purse.
Assuming that the infamous beer-swilling and debauchery of the south stand is not your scene, cosy up to your corporate chums for a coveted a VIP booth spot, or failing that, settle in for a civilised afternoon of Pimm’s and popcorn in the sheltered east or west stands.
Post-match, however, is where it gets tricky to avoid the booze-fuelled mayhem, but fret not dear hearts, don your stillies and sashay into these stylish hand-picked hangouts…
Bangkok kingpin Ashley Sutton is the hospitality honcho behind Ophelia, a glam, theatrical affair in Wan Chai with peacock-feathered dancing girls. Exotic yet intimate, this is a naughty but nice nightclub, with Sinful Circus performers on Friday and Saturday nights and Uncaged on Wednesdays. Gussy up.
Set in Central’s LKF Tower, sleek Sixties-inspired bar/restaurant Cassio boasts a foliage-filled terrace, with a Spanish tapas-toting menu by London’s revered Barrafina crew.
Hollywood Road’s The Iron Fairies is another Sutton sanctuary, a candlelit, industrial-chic grotto that’s sister to the Bangkok original. A subtle entrance leads to a vintage bar, “furnace” booths and fantastical iron fairies. Snack on burgers or mac ‘n cheese while sipping on ‘tails to live music.
Finally, escape to The Winery kitchen/bar in hip Sai Ying Pun for laid-back all-day dining, globetrotting drops and killer cocktails. Share plates span pork bao and kingfish carpaccio. Team ‘em with an Uncle Monty’s (vodka, muddled berries, lemongrass syrup and soda). Bottoms up!
7-9 Apr, 2017.
Rugby Sevens / hksevens.com
Ophelia / 1/F / Lee Tung Ave / 200 Queen's Rd East / Wan Chai / +852 2520 1117 / 6pm-late Mon-Sat / ophelia.com
Cassio / 2/F / LKF Tower / 33 Wyndham St / Central / +852 3792 0129 / 6.30pm-late Mon-Sat / cassio.com
The Iron Fairies / LG/F / 1 Hollywood Rd / Central / +852 2603 6992 / 6pm-late daily / diningconcepts.com
The Winery / 158a Connaught Rd West / Sai Ying Pun / +852 2517 0288 / 7am-late daily / casteloconcepts.com