October has come around (where did the year go?!) and we’ve got plenty of great events to help you see in the month – think fun parties, good food, perfect pampering and plenty of shopportunities… GO!
Tacos, tequila and talent
Looking to let your hair down? Head to one of our favourite Mexican restaurant-bars, Socialito, for their weekly Saturday Block pARTy! If you’re looking to unwind with some great food, drink and tunes, this street bash has it all. Grab some delicious burgers, beers and even your favourite tacos from the Taqueria and enjoy some amazing live art from talented street artist Xeme. Catch some local creativity between 3pm-7pm as you watch Xeme create some graffiti pieces to background beats from a live DJ set… and as you enjoy the chilled out vibes, don’t forget to sample Socialito’s signature Mexican inspired cocktails, such as the deliciously refreshing Zumbido (Havana Club 7 and Denizen Rum with passionfruit, honey and lime)… yum!
Where: Socialito, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry; for reservations, reservations@
When it comes to Japanese food, the first things that come to mind are probably sushi and California rolls (yummmmm). But what about sake, the famous Japanese rice wine that’s 80% water? Brewed from the finest rice and water, sake from different regions has different and distinct flavours – and if you’re interested in learning more and getting a taste for the best, how about hitting Zanzo’s special sake tasting workshops, guided by certified sake specialists? You’ll get to try sakes from four different regions alongside Japanese tapas dishes designed to pair with each wine… and end things on a sweet note by putting “Japan’s No.1 Plum Wine” to the test. So now you’ll know what goes best with some delish teriyaki chicken… and no, it’s not a beer!
When: 5 & 12 October, 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Zanzo, G/F, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $380 per person, including wine and tapas; call 2750 6490 for more info
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here and of course, there are plenty of ways to support the cause, like our October Giveaway and Pink Sassy Hour – but how about giving your digits a makeover in the name of charity too? One of our fave pampering spots in town, The Nail Library is having a fabulous Paint Your Nails PINK! Promotion throughout the whole of October, where you can enjoy discounted prices on manis, pedis and even Shellac treatments done in any shade of pink from their vast library of polishes; with the likes of Chanel, Tom Ford, Deborah Lippmann, butter LONDON and Ciaté all on offer, you’ll be spoilt of choice! The best part is that 50% of the proceeds from these treatments will go straight to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation… so this really is the best excuse to get your girlfriends together for a mani party!
When: Until 31 October
Where: The Nail Library, 6 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $185 for pink manis, $295 for pink pedis, $390 for pink Shellac manis; call 2803 2290 for appointments
How do our fave pop songs and dance floor anthems sound all jazzed up? Well Yuri Honing, a renowned Dutch saxophonist, is here to show you! For one night only, you can enjoy top-class contemporary jazz (think eccentric adaptations of songs by Abba, Bjork and Blondie!) performed live by the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet at buzzing Central hotspot Duddell’s – plus munch on delicious Chinese nibbles prepared by Michelin-starred Chef Siu and sip on lush vintage cocktails cosied up in Duddell’s classy Salon or breezy Garden Terrace areas. With 18 albums and a Grammy award in the bag, Honing will be doing way more than managing the background music for your usual drinks night!
When: 5 October, performance starts at 8.30pm
Where: Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $315 for advanced tickets or $350 at the door, including a glass of Perrier Jouet Champagne or Ballantine’s Whiskey; tickets available at Duddell’s or online here
Who doesn’t love well designed stuff? When it comes to unique accessories, handmade leather goods and nifty homeware, it’s difficult to say no… especially when everything isjust so cool! Small independent labels offering all the above are hidden in corners throughout the city, so it can be hard to find them all – which is why the 2013 Design Mart @ K11 is so worth a visit! We spy speakers made from wine bottles, ties in the shapes of arrows, funky leather bow ties and dainty necklaces… obviously we need the lot! With 120 designers and 81 stalls, we’re betting you’ll be able to find something you love, so get some comfy shoes on and get ready to shop!
When: 4-6 October, 10am-10pm
Where: K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry!
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