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Your guide to dining and drinking in Hong Kong while social distancing

Keep up to date with the latest information on the city's F&B operations, takeaway and delivery promotions, and how to support the industry during these challenging times.

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The city is currently under its strictest preventive measures to combat the outbreak. Since July 15 bars have been closed and restaurants are not allowed to accept patrons starting 6pm unless for takeout or delivery. The new mandated rules, effective July 29, entail closing our neighbourhood bars and restricting restaurants for dine-in operations which is another massive blow to our already struggling F&B industry. As of today, the government will announce reversal to this regulation to allow daytime dine-in services starting July 31. 

While we wait for the city to contain the virus, we've created this guide to keep you updated with the latest information on F&B operations, takeaway and delivery promotions, and how to support the industry during these challenging times.  

RECOMMENDED: If you have questions about the latest social distancing restrictions and rules on public gatherings, visit our regularly updated guide on the things you can and can't do in Hong Kong right now. 

Food and drink operations

  • Bars and pubs

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

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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  • Bars and pubs

While we wait for bars to reopen, our regular cocktail hour has temporarily moved from the bar to our homes. If you're still having a hard time crafting that perfect tipple, set your bartending dreams aside for now because our favourite neighbourhood bars are ensuring you don't go thirsty during this dry season. Here's a list of all the bars and pubs in Hong Kong that are mixing up drink takeaways and delivering bottled cocktails to customers. 

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How to support the F&B industry

Time Out Hong Kong's Open for Business campaign, in partnership with Visa will see us support local food, drink, culture and entertainment across all districts of Hong Kong. Over the next few months, we will highlight our favourite spots in each neighbourhood. We encourage you to order take out, have a drink, buy something, or donate to charities that help these businesses; they are ‘Open for Business’ and waiting for you.

  • Restaurants

It’s a difficult time for our city’s restaurants, as the government has recently tightened social distancing measures again, and these new measures require restaurants to suspend dine-in operations. While this is undoubtedly a responsible mandate in light of the current situation, it adds further obstacles to eateries trying to weather the storm. With this being said, it is now more important than ever to show support for our friends in the restaurant industry. Here are some important ways we can all do our bit to preserve the food scene we love so dearly.   

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  • Bars and pubs

With the recent developments in the city, our favourite bars will remain closed until August 4. While everyone needs to follow social distancing and be responsible for their movements, it is also essential that we do everything we can to help our favourite local bars so that they too can survive these challenging times. Here are a few ways you can still support local bars that don't require being physically present. 

  • Bars and pubs

Support Hong Kong’s F&B industry through Save Hong Kong F&B, an alliance of over 300 bars and restaurants in the city who have been greatly affected by the ongoing crisis. The organisation has been supporting the F&B industry through voucher initiatives and lending their social and web platforms to highlight promotions and updates from participating businesses. Recently, Save Hong Kong launched the 2020 Wipeout campaign encouraging Hongkongers to purchase discounted e-vouchers online, to help restaurants and bars. The campaign ended early June and gained good traction from customers and supporters with restaurants and bars collectively raising over $1.5 million. The organisation is working on more initiatives in the future; sign up for their newsletter to get regular updates and follow @savehkfnb on Instagram and Facebook for news and more information.

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