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March 27, 2008

Sevens Eleven

A normal trip to Causeway Bay on the weekend would have you tackling crowds, tuning out the attendant’s endless sales pitch and drop kicking your red card (Amex Red that is!) through the queues at the counters.  Well, all this intensive retail training has prepped you for another kind of ball game all together.  Leave the tackling to the professionals this weekend as the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens descends upon the city. While they’re out there forming scrums, mauls and rucks, you can enjoy what the Sevens is really all about…partying!   What better place to start than Dim Sum & Then Some’s Sevens Eleven. No, we’re not talking about the best 24-hour convenience stores in town…Below are our picks for the top 11 spots to see-and-be-seen around the stadium this weekend!

1. Agnes B. Le Pain Grille (Shop 1-2A, Vogue Alley, 2-4 Kingston Road, Causeway Bay, 2577 0370) – Start your Friday afternoon with a civilized lunch of French favourites like croque-monsieur, frisée aux lardons, and steak frites at the designer’s new namesake café before donning your wig and heading off to the South Stands.

2. TOTT’s (34/F, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, 2837 6786) – Rest your weary limbs on the plush cushioned seats at this newly renovated harbour-view bar and restaurant in perfect proximity to the playing field.

3. M1NT (108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2261 1111) – After Friday’s match, join the players from the French team at M1NT to hear France’s celebrity DJ Cut Killer take over the turntables, from 10pm onwards.

4. Brown (18A Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, 2891 8558) – Happy Valley locals swear by the hearty dishes at Brown.  Go for lunch on Saturday and fill up on crab cakes, rack of lamb and cheesecake to avoid being in a drunken stupor by 5pm.

5. Rice Paper (Shop P413-418, World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay, 2890 3975) – Pho a good time and some tasty Vietnamese pre-match eats, take your teammates to this Causeway Bay institution.

6. Shangri-La Pool Deck (Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, 2820 8580) – Duck out of the madness for a late afternoon retreat at the Shangri-La’s brand new pool deck and restaurant, offering delectable bites and an oasis of calm just minutes from party central.

7. Sergio’s (8 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, 2577 5183) – After hours of day drinking and debauchery, nothing tastes better than a slice of pizza.  Let Sergio whip you up one of his famous Northern Italian style pies, with thick crust and lots of gooey cheese.

8. OPIA (1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, 3196 9100) – If you’re looking to step it up a notch with some big players this Saturday, look no further than OPIA for fantastic cocktails and delicious dining just steps from the stadium.

9. Dragon-I – (60 Wyndham Street, Central, 3110 1222) – Although Spain doesn’t have a Sevens team this year, Jose Padilla, resident DJ at Café del Mar in Ibiza, will be representing at Dragon-i this Saturday with the sultry sounds of tempting summer parties yet to come.

10. Brunch Club & Supper (4 Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay, 2890 2125) – Rise and shine!  If you must get up for the start of the Sunday morning match, at least you’ll have a delicious omelet and bottomless cup of coffee to look forward to.

11. Lawry’s The Prime Rib (4/F, Lee Gardens, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, 2907 2218) – If you’ve made it all the way to Sunday night, why not treat yourself to some home-style roast beef with all the fixins’.  Thick cuts of beef, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach, mashed potatoes…we just might meat you there.

If you’re looking for any more suggestions, we’re open 24-hours a day!

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Hong Kong Stadium, Causeway Bay
Friday, March 28, 4:30pm – 9:15pm
Saturday, March 29, 10:30am – 7:15pm
Sunday, March 30, 9:45am – 6:40pm

All rugby photos courtesy of the Hong Kong Sports Photography Association.

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