Where to celebrate the festival of lights in HK
Diwali is fast approaching (Wednesday, 11 November – eek!) and to welcome the festivities, there are a string of exciting parties and events all over the 852. There’s never a lack of vibrancy when it comes to celebrating the annual festival of lights so put those dancing shoes on and mark these down in your calendar… it’s time to get down and boogie!
Diwali Bash 2015
Pump up the noise and celebrate under the stars at Ovolo Southside’s Bollywood Madness party. There are two world-class DJs, DJ Audiophile followed by headlining act DJ Raz, who’s made a solid name for himself in HK’s Bollywood music scene.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dine, head to the Southside hotel before hand and dine at CIRQLE. There’s a special Diwali menu to sate your appetite, which will get you in the spirit of things. You’ll get free access and one standard drink to the Diwali Bash later that night. Bring on that mithai (Indian sweets)…
When: Saturday, 14 November, 9pm-2am
Where: Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Southside, Hong Kong
How much: $350 for free-flow drinks all night long (including standard house wine, house beer, house spirits and mixers and sparkling wine), tickets available here.
Diwali – Celebrating Spirit of Bollywood
Celebrate the spirit of Bollywood at aqua and party the night away to the backdrop of the stunning Hong Kong skyline. This promises to be the event of the year at one of our fave bars, with entertainment by DJ A.Sen, DJ DEEP and DJ AGNI. Put your churas (bangles) on and get yourself looking Bollywood glam a la Aishwarya as you dance away…
When: Saturday, 7 November, 11pm-5am
Where: aqua, 29/F & 30/F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $200 in advance or $250 at the door. Both ticket types include one standard drink.
Shop ‘til you drop at Conrad Hong Kong, where there will be a range of Indian entrepreneurs selling jewellery, fashion, food and homewares. Stop by Karat Art for fine jewellery, or Sadivas Jewels to browse their statement necklaces – perfect to wear with a sari on Diwali day itself. Eternity Jewels has all your bespoke silver jewellery needs covered, and if you’re on the hunt for some traditional home décor, Ahana Creations or Kashmere Home will be able to give you a hand. Need something new to wear next Wednesday? MitzyB offers unique Indo-Western fashion, great to wear for poojas (prayers) or parties. Finally, if you’re already feeling overloaded with jalebi and jamuns, indulge in a sweet treat with a twist from Mrs.M’s Gourmet Goodies (trust us, they’re delicious!).
When: Friday, 6 November, 11am-8pm
Where: Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry!
If I’m in the mood for a drink on the day, I’m usually sippin’ whiskey on the rocks with my granddad by evening! But the rum fest at Rummin’ Tings for the night before looks like it’ll be a hoot. If you’re all done with your Diwali cleaning and in need of a cold one, pop by this popular Soho spot for special Diwali shooters and slushies.
When: Tuesday, 10 November, 9pm-2am
Where: Rummin’ Tings, G/F, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or call 2523 7070.
Don’t forget to check out Gaylord, Tamarind, Ista, Bombay Dreams, The Great Indian Kebab Factory, Jashan and Legends of India if you’ve got a hankering for some good ol’ Indian grub!
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