Iconic Sports Bar: Fans were devastated when Inn Side Out’s original location in Causeway Bay closed down. Thankfully, the beloved hangout re-opened in a much bigger space at the South China Athletic Club. Legions of loyal customers continue to flock to the stalwart sports bar, known for its extensive beer list, comfort foods and hospitable service.
Look & Feel: Look for peanut shells scattered across the floor, a laidback vibe and views of the SCAA’s football pitch and golf driving range. As you enter, there’s an outdoor seating area and even more spacious seating inside. Three bars at strategic locations mean that a fresh brew is never a long wait away.
On the Menu: There’s a huge list of beers — so whether you’re into craft brews (New Zealand’s Hopwired IPA; Belgian Leffe) or Peroni (look under the “boring beers” section), you’ll find something you like. American-style classic pub food take center stage, with big portions good for sharing such as nachos and burgers.
Service: On weekends, Inn Side Out is full to the rafters, meaning occasionally spotty service. But generally speaking, the staff are very good — we’ve never had to wait longer than a few minutes to be seated.
Jeng: The upbeat atmosphere at Inn Side Out is awesome. There’s always a very diverse, cheerful crowd, and the unique vibe of the place is hard to find elsewhere. With such a huge space, you’re never sitting shoulder to shoulder with anyone.
Not So Jeng: The location is admittedly a little out of the way — you have to walk up a hill to reach the SCAA.
Great For: Big gatherings, watching sports games.
FYI: The SCAA is members-only, but this isn’t a problem: you pay a HK$120 membership fee to the club, then get a HK$150 voucher to use at Inn Side Out.
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