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By Shimron Singh | July 3rd, 2023

Ready to spice up your summer in Hong Kong? Look no further than this week’s Hot Happenings in the 852! From a playful pool party to a savvy pop-up bar event, and an anime convention to a unique tattoo competition, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy. Plus, indulge in Middle Eastern-inspired brunch, savor a modern Japanese culinary adventure, or find inner peace with a 5-Zenses workshop. Don’t miss out on the hottest events in town and make this summer one to remember.

Hot Happenings in the 852: 3 July – 9 July 2023

Au Soleil Pool Party – Fall for Pink Rosé

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Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport is set to host the ultimate pool party this 8 July. The “Au Soleil Pool Party – Fall for Pink Rosé” promises a day filled with music, performances, and bubbles. Guests can enjoy stunning ocean views as they relax by the pool, indulge in an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet and sip on an array of refreshing drinks. Choose from one of five special packages, including a Party Pass, Bubbles Package, Chic Roast & Pool Package, Pool Me Up Package, or the private Chic Cabana Package. Don’t miss out on the chance to make a splash in style this summer!

Where? Le Méridien Hong Kong, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

When? 8 July 2023

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Harbour Chill Carnival

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Get ready for the Harbour Chill Carnival, an exciting summer event happening on the Wan Chai harbourfront. Running for five weekends from 8 July 2023, the carnival promises a lineup of live music shows on a water stage, street performances from around the world, thrilling X-Games performances, and an electrifying Waterfront Pyrotechnic Edition of ‘A Symphony of Lights’. The best part? Admission is free, and you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while you take in the festivities.

Where?  HarbourChill, Water Sports and Recreation Precinct, Wan Chai Temporary Promenade

When? From 8 July 2023

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The World’s Best Bar 2022, Paradiso (Barcelona) Takes Up Residence at Darkside

Barcelona’s Paradiso, the top-ranked bar on World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, is bringing its avant-garde cocktails to Hong Kong’s DarkSide at Rosewood Hong Kong for an exclusive pop-up event on 16 and 17 July. Known for its sustainability focus and playful creativity, Paradiso’s speakeasy experience is not to be missed. Owner and head bartender Giacomo Giannotti will be joining Rosewood Hong Kong’s Director of Bars Simone Rossi, Bar Manager KT Lam, and the DarkSide team to recreate their world-class signature mixes for two nights only.

Where? Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

When? 16 & 17 July 2023

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Anime Con Hong Kong

The annual event celebrating Japanese animation, comics, and games is back and bigger than ever! From 28 July to 1 August, fans of anime, manga, video games, and cosplay will gather to indulge in the latest merchandise, meet their favorite cosplayers, and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture. Catch live musical performances and watch talented cosplayers compete in exciting competitions.

Where? Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

When? 28 July to 1 August 2023

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FRANCIS West Launches New Brunch Menu

Hot Happenings in the 852: 3 July – 9 July 2023

FRANCIS West is adding a new twist to weekend brunches with their Middle Eastern-inspired menu. Designed for sharing, guests can indulge in a selection of mezze and mains, paired with wines curated exclusively from the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Highlights include the Seafood Couscous, Shakshuka, and Steak & Eggs with lamb rump. For those with a sweet tooth, end the meal with Knafeh or Kumquat. Don’t miss out on the refreshing cocktails, including the Coffee Martini and Vermouth Spritz, perfect for sipping on a lazy afternoon. Head over to FRANCIS West for a relaxing brunch with friends and loved ones.

Where? FRANCIS West, Felicity Building, 42 & 44 Peel Street, Central

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ARTIFACT Unveils New Summer Tasting Menu

Hot Happenings in the 852: 3 July – 9 July 2023
By David Thomas Holmberg

ARTIFACT, the modern Japanese counter dining experience inside BaseHall 02, has unveiled its new summer-tasting lunch and dinner menu. The intimate 14-seater restaurant showcases premium ingredients flown directly from Japan, with a degustation menu based on shun, the Japanese philosophy for seasonality. The 8-course dinner tasting menu features a celebration of caviar in all its forms, with optional caviar supplement and wine pairing experiences. Highlights include Hon Maguro with house-made misozuke, Corn Royale with geoduck and langoustine, and Rhug Estate Lamb with pickled sansho pepper. The ARTIFACT dining experience is a must-try for those seeking a unique and indulgent culinary adventure.

Where? No, 1 & 2, Shop 5 & 7, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00 / 18:00 to 23:00 / Sun Closed

MiraSpa and Dr. Chung Unite to Offer a Sensory Journey through the 5-Zenses Workshop

Hot Happenings in the 852: 3 July – 9 July 2023

MiraSpa and Dr. Chung have come together to offer a unique approach to wellness through luxurious spa experiences and mindful practices. The 5-Zenses workshops, each focusing on a different sense, offer a supportive environment for spiritual practice and healing, allowing individuals to fully immerse themselves in the present moment. From TeaScape to ZenBrush, participants can experience a range of mindfulness techniques that promote inner peace, reduce stress levels, and improve overall well-being. Classes will be available from 5 to 27 August 2023, with advance reservations required.

Booking inquiries: 2315 5500 or

The 7th Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention 2023

The Hong Kong China International Tattoo Convention is back after a four-year hiatus, featuring more than 100 tattoo artists from across the globe. Hosted by Freedom Tattoo, the convention will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 25 to 27, offering an opportunity for tattoo enthusiasts and artists to connect, converse and exchange ideas. The Tattoo Competition will be the highlight of the event, with tattoo artists from around the world competing in three categories: black and white, color, and schoolwork. Spectators can appreciate the art and craft up close and explore the various styles and techniques used in body inking.

Where? Hall 5G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai

When? 25 to 27 August 2023

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Vibrant Contemporary Gastrobar room 3 Whips Up Sensational Collection of Creative Cocktails Inspired by Hong Kong Culinary Heritage

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Contemporary gastro bar room 3 in Tsim Sha Tsui has shaken up its cocktail menu with four unique creations inspired by Hong Kong’s culinary heritage. The latest “Ode to Hong Kong Hedonistic Pleasures” collection features cocktails such as Ananas Epicé, Levitating Cloud, Minty Highball, and Sippin Sweets. The bar has also added new tapas choices, including Chicken Breast Soft Bone, Kushiyaki skewers of Japanese Crab Meat with Dried Cod Crackers, and Grilled Tuna Jaw. The spacious interiors are designed with natural tones and bamboo motifs, and guests can choose to relax in the three distinctively themed spaces and enjoy the new cocktails and small plates.

Shop UG01-03, UG/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Hot Happenings in the 852: 3 July – 9 July 2023