Stuck for ideas on how to celebrate your big day? Check out these unique ideas for how to ring in your birthday in the 852.
Have a birthday approaching and finding yourself endlessly Googling “things to do in Hong Kong for my birthday”? If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to celebrating turning another year older, check out these unique 852 birthday bashes. From dining and drinks, to more alternative activities, and even some budget friendly options, here’s how to celebrate your birthday in Hong Kong…
Dining and Drinks:
A birthday staple. What better way to celebrate turning yet another year older than surrounding yourself with bottomless booze and the people you love most? Pick your poison and get the date in the diary – these special occasion options are always winners, or opt for a slightly more budget friendly menu.
If there’s ever a day to get your royal on, it’s your birthday. Grab your friends for a cute afternoon, and treat yourself to a spot of high tea. Trust us, our ultimate guide to afternoon tea in Hong Kong will definitely have those jam and scone cravings covered!
Lunch (or dinner!) on Lamma
A sunny weekend go-to, extend the feasting to your special day and chomp down on Chinese favourites. With a super-cheap corkage fees and endless, fresh seafood options, bring along a few bottles of vino and dig in – family-style. Don’t fancy a sit-down meal? There are tons of fun day-trips in Hong Kong that are sure to help you mark the mile-stone.
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide to Lamma Island
Get Creative at Crafted 852
One for our fellow foodies, Crafted 852, is here to help you cook up a birthday storm. From whipping up a Mexican fiesta to fried chicken and waffles, there are heaps of cool, hands-on dinner experiences. You’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds, besides the cake.
Try a Sushi Making Class
Fan of sushi and want to tackle the art of making it? Turn your lesson into a birthday bash with Missy Ho’s Sushi School! The class even includes complementary prosecco, so you know it’s the perfect choice to kick off your celebrations.
Book in a Group Dinner
Tried every brunch out there? We’re no strangers to Hong Kong’s diverse dining scene, so why not book in for dinner at one of these restaurants, which are perfect for bigger groups? Can’t go without free-flow? We have you covered there too, with our guide to the best drinks offers in the city.
Off the Beaten Path
Hong Kong is full of adventure and surprise. Go from concrete jungle to actual jungle in only a quick mini-bus journey, and get ready to try out SUP in Sai Kung, tackle the Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls, and much more – all courtesy of unique experience experts, Wild Hong Kong. Or, you can always go it alone and check out some of the city’s best waterfall hikes, or try out a new outdoor sport.
Oh yes, this is an actual thing. Check with your favourite boat charter (Saffron Cruises and Jubilee definitely offer this trip) and head to the high seas! Running from April through to October, you and your friends will be whisked away for an evening of buffet and beers as the boat men cook what you catch on deck!
Ever considered partying under the city lights on a vintage tram for your big day? An awesome alternative to your usual bars and clubs – have your own portable dance party as you cruise from one end of the island to the other.
We know you’re no stranger to a junk trip, so why not book one in for your birthday? Spend the entire afternoon lounging on inflatables, downing beers and catching a tan. With tons of companies to choose from (check our Ultimate Junk Guide for a helping hand), you’re bound to find one to suite. Opt for a day trip, or do something a little different and book in a night cruise that’ll take you on a three-hour, all-inclusive spin around the harbour.
Read more: 5 Junk Packages to Book for Under $500
Macau Bungy Jump
Go out with a bang and ensure a truly memorable day, by booking in a bungy jump off the Macau Tower! As the highest bungy jump in the world (233-metres to be exact), it’s not one for the fainted-hearted. Push your limits and catch a glimpse of the action in our bloggers first-hand account here.
Book a Staycation
If you haven’t got the time (money, or leave… sigh) on your hands to head abroad, then why not rally the troops and check yourselves in for a weekend right here in the city? Hotel’s across the city often offer seasonal deals, or check out a few of our favourites here.
Don’t laugh – you know that bowling is always way more fun than you think! Tiki Tiki Bowling Bar in Sai Kung is home to a quirky, tropical-themed hangout where you can bowl to your heart’s content whilst sipping on some delicious coconut cocktails. Want to stay a little closer to home? The South China Athletic Association in Causeway Bay is super wallet friendly.
Alternatively, if bowling isn’t your thing, why not round up your friends and book in for a round of crazy golf at Strokes, go for a game of Bubble Soccer, or get fully immersed in a VR experience for your big day.
Theme Parks Thrills
Channel your inner-child with a good dose of fun by heading to one of Hong Kong’s theme parks! Whether it’s Ocean Park or Disneyland, get a group together and head on over for a day of roller-coaster riding (before heading to the bars, obviously).
You may not be the next Picasso, but art jamming is always a fun group activity to enjoy with friends. Whether you’re in PMQ or Wong Chuk Hang, there are many studios in Hong Kong to get creative at; and many even let you BYOB, to really turn it into a party.
As if turning another year older wasn’t scary enough, why not check out these spooky spots for an evening of different sorts.
Light up the Barbecue
Ensure those eskies are loaded and throw a couple of good eats on the grill. A day of sea, sand and sun, topped off with great food and company is a guaranteed winner. Check out our list of the best barbecue spots in Hong Kong for a little grill-spiration.
Go on a Picnic
Hong Kong is full of hidden spots that are perfect for laying out a blanket and cracking out the champers. Pack yourself a spread full of your favourite nibbles and treats, or let one of the city’s top catering companies do the hard work for you – Invisible Kitchen even offer seven-course, traditional picnic baskets!
Admittedly the season for camping can be a little short in Hong Kong (between the scorching temperatures and the typhoons!), but camping is still an awesome weekend-long activity (and the perfect excuse to milk your birthday for all it’s worth), when the weather permits. Take a look at some of our favourite camping spots in the 852 here.
Throw a House Party
This one’s practically a freebie in the planning books. Requiring minimal thought and organisation, send a group WhatsApp (if you’re on a budget, BYOB works best), throw on a playlist and let the fun commence. Whether you’re wanting a sit-down affair, or a more rowdy night, if you’re place is tight on space, there are plenty of party venues to choose from in the city.
Embark on a Bar Crawl
You really don’t need to be told how to bar crawl, you’ve done it a thousand times and to be honest, it’s pretty self-explanatory. So, let the booze-laden streets of Honkers be your oyster…
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 26, 2016 and was updated on 21 August, 2018.