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March 26, 2010

The Blind Side

Despite the movie’s smashing success, Sandra Bullock’s Oscar winning performance and the story of Michael Oher will be the farthest thing from anyone’s mind this weekend. The only blindside we’ll be thinking about is the one at Hong Kong stadium, where all the action of the Rugby Sevens is about to kick off. Looking to get up close and personal with the players (we know the All Blacks already called you personally, but it’s good to expand your horizons!) or just prefer to chill out with a few cocktails and take in all the madness on a high def screen? Here are our nominees for Best Scene at the Sevens. . .

The Scene: With the England Team having already staked out the bar earlier this week and Fiji set to take over the whole restaurant on Sunday, RED SoHo has quickly become a Sevens hub for players and fans alike.
The Special Effects: All through Rugby weekend, you can fuel up for your day in the South Stands with RED SoHo’s Special Brunch Promotion including a full breakfast, a goodie bag with rugby shirts and balls, and a travel pass that provides return transportation from RED SoHo to Hong Kong Stadium, plus a complimentary take-away Stella Artois beer for the ride (All for HK$128). Hang on to your RED pass through the day’s antics and receive a complimentary round of shooters during the evening when you return to rub shoulders (and who knows what else!) with the Fiji Team on Sunday night. Rumor has it the England Team had so much fun earlier this week, they may be painting the town RED on Sunday as well! (Sunday Tickets HK$200 including open bar with snacks from 9pm – midnight, 2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Rd, SoHo, 8199 8189)

The Pawn
The Scene: With close proximity to the stadium and hearty British bites, The Pawn is set to be a home base for England
fans and a place of refuge for those looking for a respite from the madness.
The Special Effects: Just because it’s a rugby weekend doesn’t mean you have to down pitchers of Pimms and funnels of beer. The Pawn has created a special programme to ensure you can enjoy Sevens weekend in your signature glamorous style. Throughout the weekend, all ladies will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of G.H. Mumm champagne and any libation on The Pawn’s famed cocktail menu will be 2-for-1. (62 Johnston Road, Wanchai, 2866 3444)

The Louis Roederer Champagne Tent
The Scene: Those seeking some sophistication at the Sevens can sip Cristal and hobnob with VIPs in the Louis Roederer Champagne Tent, just outside the stadium doors.
The Special Effects: This year the tent’s décor has been inspired by Black Eyed Peas hit song, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, a designated Cristal area will be doling out the world famous bubbles, and live bands and DJs will ensure that the dance floor is rocking. . . “cause tonight’s gonna be a good night!” (Tickets: HK$300 including entry on all three nights,, 2973 0372 for more information)

The Backyard
The Scene: The Langham Place’s newest lush outdoor oasis, The Backyard, is the place to be for anyone looking to escape the crowds and spend the afternoon lounging about on plush daybeds as they take in all the tackles on a high definition screen.
The Special Effects: Munch on eclectic gourmet pizzas, finger lickin’ good chicken wings, popcorn and beer while you watch for only HK$98. Or go for their Lazy Daze package including three-hours of free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne plus unlimited wine, spirits, beer and pizza, and while the afternoon away in uber-chic style for just HK$388. (Langha
m Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, 3552 3250)

Hullett House
The Scene: Hullett House, home to Hong Kong’s oldest pub, The Mariner’s Rest along with Kowloon’s first and only Rugby Beer Garden, will be a hotspot for nostalgic Hong Kongers and visiting sports fans looking for a piece of the action.
The Special Effects: Feel the excitement of the matches on the big screens while you feast on hotdogs, burgers and pizza, plus cold pints of Carlsberg or Guinness on tap, in this beautifully historic setting. (Price: HK$300 per person including entry plus 6 F&B tickets, Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2a Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988 0103)

M Bar
The Scene: On Tuesday, the Mandarin’s stunning sky high bar will play host to fans, cheerleaders and lingering players trying to piece together the antics of the weekend over even more cocktails. . . and then some,
The Special Effects: Dim Sum & Then Some and Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong will be holding their monthly Tuesdays And Then Some event this Tuesday, March 30 (7-10pm) at M Bar. Wear a Cream coloured piece of clothing or jewellery on the night and receive a special gift. Plus, the first 50 guests to arrive will be treated to a complimentary signature Bailey’s Irish Cream cocktail on arrival. (25/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, RSVP to

Only a few hours to go until game time. Lights, camera, action!

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens
Hong Kong Stadium, Causeway Bay
Friday, March 26, 4:30pm – 9:15pm
Saturday, March 27, 10:30am – 7:15pm
Sunday, April 28, 9:45am – 6:40pm

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