Go West

America’s Wild West was a real man’s world. The American Frontier was a time when men drank and caroused in saloons; when barroom brawls were settled in high-noon duels; and when the outlaw cowboy embodied all it was to be a man.


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Our Favourite Old Fashioneds in Hong Kong

Chilled, with touches of citrus and the warmth of whiskey, the Old Fashioned is a revered classic and a bartender's go-to drop that’s the perfect concoction for Hong Kong’s temperamental springs. Even if you’re not a whiskeyphile, you should know the ins and outs of this endearing drink as well as its many modern reiterations, and the best way to start is by sipping your way through our favourite tipples.


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Stopping a Good Thing from Going to Waste

Allow us to paint a scene for you. You’ve met a spectacular woman, you’ve wined and dined and cabbed it home.


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Something to Tickle Her Fancy

For those NecesCity men who are in steady relationships, Valentine’s Day can be a holiday fraught with perils and overextended expectations.


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Good Food, Not a Cult

It’s well and truly 2015 and yet, for some of us, those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions are still echoing with our Jiminy Crickets.


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Sex isn’t something we usually associate with danger – at least not immediately – but a new study has found the ‘cowgirl’ position, a soft-core cinematic favourite, just might be the most dangerous position you could ever find yourself in.


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Any guy can make a dinner reservation, so this Valentine’s Day get your femme du jour to fall in line with your post-date plans by treating her to an unconventional night out.

 


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DSLR Photos Without the Camera

Men are visual creatures.


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After the Horses Bolt

Despite its glitzy malls and shimmering neon-clad skyscrapers, Hong Kong has a rich architectural heritage, and many of the landmarks of that legacy are retired law enforcement compounds.


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Your Dirtiest Thoughts, Explained

It’s been said a man’s thoughts turns to sex far too frequently – every seven seconds, by some accounts. The frequency is open to debate, but that it happens is not a question.


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Man’s New Best Friend

One of the enduring hallmarks of a gentleman is the ability to truly appreciate whiskey – any iteration of it.


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Legacies of the 27 Club

Billy Joel once said that only the good die young, and ignoring the subtext of the lyrics and the controversy the song kicked up, the phrase is something of a truism – especially in the world of music, where the ‘27 Club’ is an unfortunate reminder of genius gone too soon.


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Hong Kong is littered with clubs of all description that are branded ‘members only,’ and while some do live up to the elite bastions that are private members’ clubs, some merely carry off the appearance. Here is our selection of the five ‘members-only’ clubs you need to know.


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Repulse Bay’s New Beach Shack

In a 24/7 city like Hong Kong, it’s all too easy to get caught up in being ‘busy.’


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All You’ll Want for Christmas

‘Tis the season, and along with the carols that grate on your nerves, the frenzy of last-minute shopping, and the often tacky ornaments and displays found…well, just about everywhere, comes the disappointment on Christmas morning when you unwrap your gifts to find a pile of presents that “it’s the thought that counts” doesn’t quite make up for.


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An Interview with Kaitlin Kapur

 As head of bespoke matchmaking company Anteros International – an exclusive dating service for the discerning and well-heeled – Kaitlin Kapur knows a thing or two about romance.


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Admiralty’s New Class Act

It seems whenever you think of the word ‘Continental,’ it conjures up a sense of old world charm, of hospitality steeped in tradition, of an attention to detail that we rarely encounter in today’s fast paced world.


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A Meeting of the Minds

Hong Kong’s cocktail culture is coming along nicely after many years of overly-sweet, overly-colourful concoctions that rot teeth and wrack brains the next day.


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The Ultimate Man Cave

We men love being in the presence of women.


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Pure Genius

Hong Kong loves its culinary trends, and the latest is all about simple pleasures; the combination of a simple rib-eye steak, cooked to perfection, and served with French fries and sauce, usually hollandaise or béarnaise, or even a simple jus, is magic after a long day screen-gazing. Add lashings of cheeky red wine and you have a recipe for a lad’s night out. Here’s who’s doing steak frites in the Fragrant Harbour.


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Keeping Things Simple

The French know a thing or two about fashion, culture, and fine dining. But like most fashion-forward cultures, they also excel at simplicity, as can be seen at family-run Parisian culinary landmark Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, founded in 1959, where your choices are limited to the wine that accompanies your steak and French fries, which come doused in a secret sauce passed down over the generations.


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Video Gaming for Adults

When you were young, depending on how long ago we’re talking, you would have gone through a video game phase.


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This November a brotherhood of men once again took to the streets of Hong Kong proudly sporting all manner of moustaches in support of Movember, the men’s health-advocating charity that seems to gather more ‘bros each year. NecesCity gathered three MoBros one evening to talk about their mo’ stories over a few man-approved cocktails.


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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

We’re all looking for motivation in life; we’re all looking for satisfaction, renewed energy, and even companionship, and what better time to seek these essential elements out than at the end of yet another year?


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Luggage that’s Smarter Than You

We’ve all been there, stuck at a soulless airport, looking into the dead eyes of an equally soulless airport employee, who couldn’t care less that your luggage never arrived.


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If Not Now, Then When?

It’s almost bonus season, and you know what that means – daydreams at your desk, of all the places you’d like to visit, if only you could find the motivation.


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Celebrating Attention to Detail

If you think about it, the older we get the more we appreciate precision; with the passing of years, we start to notice attention to detail, to crave the bespoke, to covet the curated, and to revel in the mastery of the artisans.


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Even alpha males need a dose of self-appreciation from time to time and these guy friendly sanctuaries are bound to satisfy. 

 


Gentlemen’s Tonic

Brother to the original urban man cave in London’s Mayfair, Gentlemen’s Tonic on Wellington Street is a contemporary take on a traditional men’s barbershop, except it also offers facials, manicures, massages, and plenty of manscaping for the black suit crowd looking for reprieve from the corporate world. The Rubio package, designed “for the ultimate playboy”, includes a haircut, wet shave, express toning facial, hand treatment (not what you’re thinking), and a deluxe Swedish massage. Alternatively, great for buck’s party warm ups, the Hemingway inspired ‘After a Heavy Night of Drinking & Bullfighting’ marries an aromatherapy message and facial with a stiff Bloody Mary.http://www.gentlemenstonic.com/

 

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

With a Turkish Hammam, Moroccan Rasul ,and a 1930s Shanghainese style barber and grooming centre at guests’ disposal, The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Oriental offers treatments laced with ancient wellness tradition across 15 treatment suites, with an adjoining state-of-the-art fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. Lads looking to languish should book the three hour long Gentlemen’s Refresher – Half Day package and arrive an hour early to chill in the vitality pool or sauna before starting with an exfoliating Hammam experience, followed by a de-stress massage, and a mini facial to rid the skin of impurities. Catch up with your mates over a session in the amethyst crystal steam room or over bouts at the ice fountain. 
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The Strand Hong Kong

The Strand Hong Kong is a haven in which modern men can unwind without the fuss of work or women. With the entire second floor of the Cochrane Street building dedicated to the lads, The Strand is famed for their extensive list of facials, which use organic products sourced from Germany. However, you’ll miss out if you don’t go in for The Godfather ritual, during which a team of professionals subject punters to a 60-minute oriental body massage, a 30-minute booster facial and a 15-minute jetlag treatment that promises to lighten eye luggage. There’s little left to do but kick back with a magazine in one hand, and a chilled beverage in the other. 
http://www.thestrandhk.com

 

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Chuan Spa

The Langham Place Mongkok boasts the city-famous Chuan Spa, an oasis on the 41st floor where traditional Chinese medicinal practices are used reduce mental stress and muscular tension. The Chuan Signature Man Menu focuses on the male specimen’s energy flow, or Qi. Highlights include the Stress Killer massage and the Chuan Man’s World skin cleanse. The Metropolitan package, for the modern, working man, is a must-try, with its back scrub, warm paraffin mask, leg and foot massage, and Chuan Man Maintenance purifying facial, is designed to alleviate inner tension as well as sculpt and tone the body. An hour and 30 minutes later, you’ll be one with all of your chakras. http://www.chuanspa.com.hk/en/HongKong/

 

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W’s Bliss Spa

Soaring way above cloud nine on the 72nd floor of the W Hong Kong, the Bliss Spa is a retreat that features nine lavish treatment rooms, jacuzzis in locker rooms, and even a brownie and lemonade buffet to satisfy mid-spa hunger pangs (though we’re sure they would also bring a margarita or two up from the WooBar if you asked nicely). Enjoy BIP (Bliss Important Person) priority status and check out the spa’s exclusive Pour Les Garcons summer promotion that combines a 30-minute back, neck, and shoulder massage, and a 15-minute scalp therapy session, with a 30-minute facial that’ll exfoliate and tighten the skin and rid you of your post-deadline panda eyes. You’ll even have access to the FIT gym and WET swimming pool, one of the city’s most iconic, leaving the hotel a new man. http://www.w-hongkong.com/

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A Classy Cultural Immersion

We consider ourselves very particular travellers, and we’re sure you do too.


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Release Your Inner Cowboy

When you were a little tyke, there’s a high chance you fancied, at one stage or another, being a cowboy.


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