Hong Kong's bar industry has been hit hard by the ongoing outbreak as their premises have been ordered shut for months starting in April and again in July. While it is a necessary measure in the city's fight to contain the pandemic, the devastating impact on the bar community has caused some well-loved facilities to close their doors permanently. Over the past months, we have seen the Caribbean themed bar Rummin' Tings closed its doors, Hong Kong's longest-running live music venue, The Wanch, ceasing operations of their Wan Chai bar, and six-year-old Mong Kok beer joint, The Ale Project will have its last operation on September 7, 2020.
The government is still not allowing bars, pubs, and nightclubs to reopen; hopefully, the daily decrease in the number of infections in the city will eventually relax more social distancing restrictions and finally allow more venues to go back in business. While we wait for city nightlife to come alive again, a lot of our favourite neighbourhood bars have rebranded as cafes or restaurants, opening earlier, serving lunch, and catering food before the closing hours.
Here's a list of bars in the city with catering permits that have reopened for business. Most of these venues offer takeaway and delivery so you can still support them from the comforts of your home.
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