7 unique and unfogettable party ideas in Hong Kong
If you and your buddies love a bit of mystery and intrigue, then you’re bound to enjoy throwing yourselves into a world of puzzles, clues, and codes to help engineer your way out of one of the city’s popular escape rooms. Lost Hong Kong offers a series of reality escape rooms in which players are locked inside and tasked with working together and performing actions to break free in a race against the clock. Are your friends savvy enough to pull off a prison break from Alcatraz or escape the Abandoned Hospital in under 45 minutes? There’s only one way to find out. From $98 per person
Are you a huge Sherlock fan, and love nothing more than solving a whodunnit? Then why not put your detective skills to the test and host a murder mystery party with your pals. Hong Kong-based events company Harbour Secrets offers three amazing packages, each centred on storylines and characters that are set in Hong Kong. The Happy Valley Hamper and Mong Kok Mania are suitable for parties with between 12 and 20 guests, while Hong Kong Hustle is designed for larger scale events with over 20 guests. All the plots, character profiles, clues, and scripts are sent to the host prior to the party, giving guests ample time to get into character and arrive ready to solve the crime. harboursecrets.com
If your squad are the artsy type then they will no doubt appreciate an afternoon of champagne and painting at one of Hong Kong’s popular art jam studious. There are several studios to choose from which cater for small and large groups, including Artjamming in Wong Chuk Hang. The studio provides a canvas of your preferred size as well as all the acrylic paints you and the gang need to create your own masterpieces. The venue also allows you to bring along your own snacks and alcohol too, and if you ask them nicely, maybe your own party playlist, too. From $400 for two hours
Swap out your favourite local bar for a vintage open-top tramcar and party with your friends on the city’s iconic “ding ding”. The famous party tram is an excellent way to celebrate a special occasion, as you take in 360-degree views of our fabulous city and journey along Hong Kong Island tramline. Depending on your budget, there are four trams to choose from, the Green or Red Antique Tram, the classic Passenger Tram, the TramOramic Tour Tram, and the relatively new launch, the Circus Tram – with three themed furnishings to choose from including classic British charm complete with marble tables and tufted sofa. Each is available to hire for a minimum of two hours. The trams can cater for up to 30 or 40 guests, so if you’re planning on throwing a big shindig, then this is a great option to go for. From $1,100 per hour; hktramways.com;circustram.com.
What could be more fun than drawing all over the walls of your fabulous party venue? How about doing it in the dark with glowing luminous chalk? Chalk Party, located in the heart of LKF, is the perfect spot to let loose, get creative, and make a whole lot of mess with your buds. The glowing blacklight party room includes games of Giant Jenga, Jumbo Playing Cards, Connect Four and your own glow-in-the-dark accessories to get you all in the full party spirit. You can even paint your own t-shirt (which they can provide one for $50 if you don’t want to wreck your own) and decorate your face and body with special water-based paints. The venue also boasts an impressive rooftop terrace where guests can play dice, beer pong, flip cup and listen to music. And with a BYOB policy with no bottle corkage fee applied, as well as the option to have drinks delivered to the venue, you can stay well within your budget, whatever that may be.
Escape reality completely and head to Hong Kong’s newest multiplayer virtual reality gaming centre, Zero Latency. There are five games to choose from which range from surviving an adrenaline-fulled zombie attack scenario to raiding an abandoned space station and battling robots and killer drones, to exploring a fantasy alien world where gravity doesn’t exist. The centre uses state-of-the-art wireless technology and equips players with VR headsets, headphones, military-style backpacks, and weapons, making this an unbelievably cool experience if you live for platform games and have an active imagination. From $298 per person
For the ultimate “kitsch” Hong Kong party experience, hop aboard the Crystal Bus with your buddies and delve into a Michelin-awarded dim sum set meal while taking in the sights of more than 20 attractions around the city. Adorned with 100,000 pieces of Swarovski crystals, this swanky double-decker bus is the first in Hong Kong to combine touring with gourmet food. The meal is prepared by popular yum cha restaurant, One Dim Sum, and includes Hong Kong classics like steamed shrimp dumplings and siu mai, turnip cake and spring rolls, and barbecued pork bun. If you’re celebrating your birthday, you can also enjoy a 30 percent discount (within two weeks before or after your birthday) and expect a birthday cake, songs, and your very own bespoke birthday card displayed on the TV screen. $398 per person (maximum booking 45 people);crystalbus.com.hk.