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By Andrea Lo | November 19th, 2018

Millennials my age — or the post-90s, as we say in Hong Kong — will remember wild nights out at establishments around the Central and Wan Chai nightlife districts.

Over the years, we have sadly had to say goodbye to many of them (not to mention to our youth).

Among my favorite memories? Sipping coming-of-age cocktails, like a Long Island Iced Tea, at the fabled Club 97, a mainstay in Lan Kwai Fong for more than 30 years until 2016. Furiously downing drinks to get our money’s worth at open bar sessions at Club No. 9, which took up the top floor and rooftop space at The Galleria. Somehow, the site later became uber-fancy champagne bar Le Dome de Cristal (now also closed). Table-hopping at LKF hotspot Sugar (RIP, and not to be confused with the cocktail bar in Quarry Bay) — the first nightclub I went to after I turned 18. Dancing at what used to be Armani Bar, now Armani Prive — which for some reason seemed to play host to a string of college parties every summer and winter break.

I am too young to have spent much time at the old Kangaroo on Lockhart Road, but have seen tourists, international school kids and Eurasian pseudo-models alike fall face-first off the bar down the street at Carnegies (closure threatened in 2017, but since resurrected).

I was never cool enough for Yumla (later Midnight & Co, now Oma) and its underground house and techno beats, so I stuck to nightclubs where grind-friendly top 40 and hip-hop reigned supreme (before twerking, there was grinding).

If anything, the evolution of the party scene shows the transience of Hong Kong and how much things can change in the blink of an eye. At least from where I am sitting, anyway. After I moved back to Hong Kong six years ago, I covered the nightlife scene for a magazine; we could scarcely keep up with new openings. 

I threw an all-out 23rd birthday party at the legendary Kee Club, which closed after 15 years in 2017. It is now The Town, a dining club run by the same owners.

London transplant Boujis — the private members’ club famed for its royal connections and “Faboujis Egg” cocktail — came and went, and today, nightclub Yojimbo sits in its place.

Privé shuttered, but the group that operates the club took back a Wyndham Street space it once occupied years before, and opened supperclub Bungalow.

I got to understand how DJs actually work behind the decks at Fly, which is now lounge and club Mudita.

At Rula Bula — which serves up Taylor Swift hits and live sports games in equal measures — I remember the days when sparklers atop Belvedere bottles filled the air instead, back when it was Likuid.

The closure of pub Joe Bananas in 2014, after almost three decades, was a shock to many. But it was swiftly reinvented as a bar and restaurant under new management. Same with bar and club Lily & Bloom, which announced its closure this year, but reopened after it changed hands.

What are your best Hong Kong nightclub memories?

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