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The best things to do indoors this summer

This one’s for the air-con junkies

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Time Out editors
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If you think air conditioning is the greatest invention since sliced bread and dread stepping outdoors in the summer, the spots and activities below are the answers to your indoor prayers. Put away your sweatband and rejoice in deliverance from the terrible affliction of perpetually damp pits.

RECOMMENDED: Changed your mind about the outside world? Then venture out with our guide to the best things to do outdoors this summer, as well as places to go camping in Hong Kong.

Best things to do indoors this summer

Jolly Thinkers
  • Things to do
  • Prince Edward

Although video games are now a billion-dollar industry, board games haven’t gone the way of the dodo just yet. Don’t have the space to keep many of them at home? Jolly Thinkers has got you covered with its collection of more than 300 different titles. With games suitable for up to 10 players, you and your friends can easily spend an entire day tackling multiple games. The staff here at this game café and emporium are also super friendly and happy to teach customers the rules to any unfamiliar game. From $69.

Sandbox VR
  • Things to do
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Think you got the skills or the guts to survive a zombie attack? Sandbox VR is a hyper-reality escape room that combines the latest VR and real-time motion capture technology to give you an out-of-this-world immersive gaming experience spent annihilating the disease-ridden undead. Form a squad of three to four friends and you’ll have the entire green room to yourselves for an hour to run wild. Take your pick of storylines – either an abandoned mansion or a pirate ship – and get ready to sweat for a whole other reason than the heat. $160-$180.

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  • Kwun Tong

Like Bruno Mars says, there are days when you don’t feel like doing anything. Turn laziness into an art form at this Kwun Tong venue that’s the opposite of all those party rooms the neighbourhood is famous for. Chillazy welcomes bone-tired and stressed-out Hongkongers to take a break in its super zen space. Decked out with various hammocks of the classic and cocoon variety, tatami-like floor mattresses and plenty of bean bags, you can relax and enjoy the AC all day long.

Tikitiki Bowling Bar
  • Bars and pubs
  • Sai Kung

Experience tropical life without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned unit at Tikitiki Bowling Bar. The clue’s in the name here, the venue boasting some serious tropical décor – we’re talking palm trees, rattan furniture, Polynesian decorations, the works – as well 10 bowling lanes that sit beneath atmospheric disco lighting. If the competition starts to heat up, you can cool down at either the indoor or outdoor bar with one of the delicious cocktails that come served in coconut shells and adorable tiki mugs. $199-$299.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Sports bars
  • Causeway Bay

With its bright pastel colours and neon décor, Strokes will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a retro 70s Californian arcade. As the city’s first miniature golf club, this multi-purpose venue features two nine-hole mini golf courses where you can challenge your putting abilities by overcoming 360-degree loop-the-loops, bridges, ball jumps, tunnels, winding passages and ramps. Strokes has got a speciality restaurant that whips up healthy and low-carb dishes and a fully-stocked bar that serves cocktails concocted by award-winning mixologist Frankie Fong. So yes, once you’re there, there’s no need to leave until the sun’s well and truly gone down.

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