You’ve been in training since dry January tipped over into free-flow February. Your extended Pottinger Street sprees have resulted in the best part of this month’s salary being handed over in exchange for three days worth of highly-flammable fancy dress costumes, flags, whistles and face paint. Hong Kong’s population has grown exponentially overnight despite the fact that scores of sport-hating residents are swiftly trickling out of the city for the weekend.
On your marks, get set, Rugby Sevens weekend is well and truly upon us, and this year just happens to mark the 40th year since the very first Hong Kong Sevens tournament. And you know what that means? Oh yes, It’s time to party like it’s 1975…
So, pull on your scrum cap, jump into your drinking boots and start practising your very best Haka chant, the first drop-kick of match number one is just a few hours away. Whether you’ll be Mexican waving in the South Stand, jelly shot slamming in Lang Kwai or sitting pitch-side glued to every tackle and try, one thing’s for sure, you’ll need to keep yourself well fed and watered throughout the weekend to ensure you maintain your form. But, when hunger strikes, there’s no need to ditch your patriotism, here’s the DSTS round-up of the best places to chow down while you cheer on your team…
If “tackling” the crowds in the South Stands has worked up an appetite, follow the Argentinians to new hotspot Gaucho for steak, ceviche, emapanadas, and more. (+852 2386 8090)
Located not too far from the “pitch” Frites will be a home away from home for Belgium fans and beyond. Bring your ticket stub to receive a complimentary Stella Artois beer. If you can’t make it back over you can watch the games live on the restaurant’s oversize screens. (+852 2877 2422)
If you’re rooting for Japan, stay “on side” by downing copious amount of sushi and sashimi and getting thoroughly sauced before heading over to the stadium at the famous Zuma Champagne Brunch. (+852 3657 6388)
So hungry you’re ready to “drop kick” the Super Mario Bros. in the next row? Follow the Francophiles to Relais de l’Entrecote for authentic steak frites, straight from the Paris original. (+852 2891 9080)
After a long day at the stadium, “advance the ball” over to Crafty Cow in PoHo for their amazing selection of stouts, ales, ciders, sakes and innovative snacks. (+852 2915 8988)
Need to escape the madness? Go for a “try” at Limewood where you can feast on alfresco barbecued seafood and meats, and great refreshing cocktails overlooking the water in true Aussie style. (+852 2866 8668)
No tickets this year? Don’t get into a “ruck”. Head to The Globe where you can join England fans watching the games on the big screen while feasting on meat pies and guzzling your favourite ales. (+852 2543 1941)
After a “maul” relax and take in the exotic island vibes at Honi Honi, with tiki cocktails and reggae tunes that will take you to the South Pacific and beyond. (+852 2353 0885)
Pad the “playing field” for the day’s antics with a stop at Burger Circus, which is serving up breakfast sandwiches, homemade donuts, and free-flowing coffee. Need a little hair of the dog? Burger Circus is giving complimentary shots of vodka in their much-loved house-made sodas on both Saturday and Sunday mornings until 12pm. (+852 2878 7787)
Happy Sevens Weekend!
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