Members Only

[05/01/15] 

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.

 

 Boujis

Boujis

The original Boujis, in London’s South Kensington, has a devout following among celebrities, fashionistas, and even royalty, and though the Hong Kong offshoot operates in the same manner, something’s been lost in translation. It’s still popular with those who want to be seen on the scene, but although it brands itself a private members’ club, if you can dress to impress and carry off an air of entitlement, you should be able to find your way to one of the VIP tables that line the dance floor in the back of the club. However, membership here does appear to offer some bang for buck, thanks to the ‘Boujis Life’ initiative which gives members access to offers with brands and services like Quintessentially Lifestyle, Sense of Touch Spa, Lord’s Tailor, Thomas Pink, Epic MMA Club, and Pure Fitness. www.hk.boujis.com

 

Kee Club

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A more discerning establishment, it’s slightly more difficult to charm your way into Kee Club. The easiest way to gain entrée is to visit with member, or score an invite to one of the events that are frequently held here – but you’ll be rewarded for your persistence. Refined and unfussy, the upstairs restaurant serves up a popular dim sum menu during the day and contemporary European cuisine for dinner, while by night, the club-like space boasts a large, packed dance floor flanked by seated areas perfect for scoping out who’s cutting a rug. Membership here includes food and beverage credits, access to reciprocal clubs around the world (think New York, London, Beijing, Shanghai) and a host of invitations to private parties and events. www.keeclub.com

 

Dragon-i

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The city’s ultimate see-and-be-seen venue, Dragon-I is a favourite hangout for aspiring models, trust fund babies, and visiting celebrities – Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, David Beckham, Zinadine Zidane, and Snoop Dogg are just some of the big names to have partied here. The club often has big names spinning the decks – Fedde LeGrand, De La Soul, and Pharrell were recent visitors – meaning the dance floor often gets debaucherous. It’s called a members-only club, and while you’ll have to do battle with the tough bouncers and even tougher door girls, with a nice suit, a bit of charm, and some arm candy, it’s not that difficult to slip past the velvet ropes. Dragon-I also does a popular weekend dim sum brunch, so if you don’t feel like battling to get in at night, step in for a feed the next morning. www.dragon-i.com.hk

 

The Foreign Correspondent’s Club

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This is the top choice for the intellectually inclined. The club regularly hosts lunchtime talks by local and international speakers on subjects ranging from media issues and foreign policy to anthropology and politics. Former speakers have included CNN’s former Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy; Monocle’s Editor in Chief Tyler Brûlé; and actor-writer Michael Palin. The club is only open to card-carrying members (and their guests), although if you have the right connections, membership is technically open to all. The main bar is something of an institution, having made its way into novels, movies, and documentaries, and still functions as a laid-back networking venue; the main dining room is a quiet fine-dining choice serving mix of western and Asian cuisine; and live jazz features several nights at week at Bert’s, the basement bistro. www.fcchk.org

 

Hong Kong Football Club

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For those with athletic aspirations, this is the obvious choice. The club began in 1886 as a rugby-centric association, and continues to be deeply entrenched in Hong Kong’s sports scene to this day. The club’s teams compete locally and internationally in rugby union, soccer, field hockey, squash, lawn bowls, and netball, although other sports are on offer within the club, including squash, badminton, and tennis. Whatever your sport, you’ll find facilities here cater to it, with a soccer pitch, swimming complex, golf simulator and driving range, tennis courts, bowling alley, snooker rooms, fitness centre; you’ll even have access to boxes at the Happy Valley and Sha Tin race tracks. There’s a waiting list to join, but if you’re demonstrably willing and able to play on one of the competitive teams, you’ll be offered a 12-month full sports membership which will give you full access to the club, including its seven food and beverage outlets. www.hkfc.com.hk

 

 


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