Where to Celebrate Aussie Goodness in HK this Australia Day!
Australians! Let us all rejoice, for we are young and errrrr…scratch that. Be serious, when was the last time you proudly sung “Advance Australia Fair” on the 26th of January? When it comes to celebrating the Lucky Country’s great National Day, it’s all about having an ice-cold beer with mates at a sizzling BBQ under the hot sun.
But where the bloody hell can you do that in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong? If your idea of Australia Day in Hong Kong involves crackin’ open some VB, wolfing down a meat pie (with mushy peas, of course!) and watching the cricket, we’ve put together some happening event options to help you celebrate…and maybe even bring out your inner Bogan. :-)
**Warning: Have the Berocca ready for the 27th…**
What’s On Offer: Lunch, Networking and a Motivational Speech
Feeling a bit fancy? The Australian Chamber of Hong Kong is putting on its annual Australia Day lunch at the Island Shangri-La. Hob-nob with fellow Aussie professionals and chamber members, whilst being treated to a lunch and discussion from Trooper Mark Donaldson, a Victorian Cross for Gallantry recipient.
Location: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
What’s On Offer: Beach BBQ with a Friendly Game of Cricket
If the last sausage sizzle you had involved a trip to Bunnings back home, the Australian Association of Hong Kong is offering you a meaty fix this Oz Day. Come enjoy a good ol’ BBQ at the beach, complete with sausage sangers, grog on ice (beer that is) and even some beach cricket! Make sure you bring along the little ones!
Location: Shek O Beach
What’s On Offer: Happy Hour Special and BBQ
One of the longest-running, proudly Aussie-owned bars in Hong Kong will be hosting a celebratory happy hour for the big day. Come to Solas on Wyndham Street for Coopers Pale Ale and Bundy on ice for just $40 each! Of course, keeping it authentic, they’ll be having a BBQ as well. ;-)
Location: 60 Wyndham St, Central
What’s On Offer: Australian Beer and All-You-Can-Eat Sausages
Another Australian haunt in town. The Little Beer Room has got Aussie pride on full blast with a selection of beers, including Mountain Goat and Little Creatures, plus a sausage sizzle! The party is on all afternoon on the 24th of January at their shop. Tickets are just $120 for a beer and all-you-can-eat sausages. Yeeyah!
Location: 15 Little Bridges Street, Central
What’s On Offer: Hearty Dinner with Aussie Beers and A Classic Australian Movie
Okay, it’s not authentically Aussie. But for beer lovers in Hong Kong, there’s no better place than Frites – home to the largest beer selection in town. For Australia Day, this Aussie-owned venue’s offering a Surf & Turf (Prawns & Steak) menu for just $395, and will be playing the all-time classic Australian film, The Castle <http://bit.ly/22YH3yh> on the big screen.
- Central: 198 Wellington St.
- Wan Chai: 1/F, 28 Harbour Rd.
- Causeway Bay: 38 Haven St.
- Quarry Bay: 979 King’s Rd.
6. The Globe
What’s On Offer: Special Aussie Beers and Meat Pies!
Home to the city’s longest daily happy hour, The Globe will be serving heaps of Aussie beers on tap (Bridge Road, Holgate and Mountain Goat) as well as a number of bottled options at Happy Hour prices for the 26th – just don’t expect any VB on offer! Plus, there’s also a special meat pie that they’re whipping up but you’ll have to visit to find out. :-)
Location: 45-53A Graham St, Central
What’s On Offer: Buffet Brunch and Aussie BBQ with Free-flow Drinks
If you find yourself in Hong Kong’s Southern District, or prefer celebrating with a full-on buffet and bottomless drinks offer, Ovolo Southside’s Australian Sunday Brunch has a table ready for you and your mates! On the 24th of Jan, you’ll be treated to a medley of Australian BBQs, including steaks, snags, ice-cold tinnies, some good-ole VB, champers and lots more. Bring the kids along as well. The brunch starts at just $298 per adult.
Location: 4/F, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Rd
What’s On Offer: Special Promo for Rocking Yellow & Green!
Another classic brunch institution in Hong Kong. On the big day (26th of Jan, in case you’ve forgotten already), anyone wearing yellow and green will get 20% off the restaurant’s menu! So don that Aussie pride and get crackin’!
Location: 281 Gloucester Rd, Soho
What’s On Offer: A Fresh-packed Meal for a Day at the Beach
If you’re looking for something a bit lazier and relaxing, head over to Hong Kong’s favourite Aussie chicken joint, Chicken On The Run! They’re offering a special package of a quarter chicken, salad or brown rice, a brownie and drink as for just $100. You can also opt for a family pack with a whole chook, corn, peas, mashed potato and gravy starting from $200. This package isn’t on the menu, so you’ll have to ask for it by ordering the “Southsider Special”. Pop it into your beach bag and hit the beach!
Location: 1 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-levels
Amadou is an American-raised, Hong Kong-based writer, communicator, and all-around lover of travel & food. He speaks four foreign languages and loves recommending new and exciting things to people whenever they go somewhere new. When not managing his day job, you’ll probably find him at a happy hour or at the park with his Maltese Terrier, Maxx.