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Eastside Tavern, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

It seems that this bar has changed hands since I was last here.

The first inkling I had that something was up was when the bar wasn’t opening as early as it used to and there were signs on the door saying that they didn’t accept credit cards whereas they had before.

It was a Sunday afternoon and a mate and I were looking for somewhere to watch the Hawthorn v Richmond AFL match. I’d popped in on the way back to my hotel the night before to ask if we could watch the game here and they said yes, as long as it was being broadcast.

We duly arrived after spending the morning up at Sham Shui Po geeking out a little to find the Essendon v Brisbane match on the TVs, so we thought we were set for an afternoon of beers and footy. It wasn’t busy, probably half a dozen people, a majority, if not all were Australian.

Two pints of Asahi were duly ordered as we settled in. The Essendon v Brisbane match drew to towards its conclusion as pints of Carlsberg and Kronenbourg were ordered and then an NRL match came on the TV… Sigh… they broadcast the crap Essendon v Brisbane match but not the Hawthorn v Richmond match.

I didn’t look to see if the food menu had changed as we’d been eating all morning but the beer menu was still full of good choices.

We decided to decamp and head back towards the more touristy area of Tsim Sha Tsui.

I asked for the bill and pulled out my credit card to see what they would say. They asked for cash but I said I preferred to pay by card and they magically found their credit card terminal – so much for not taking credit cards!

We headed over to Fatt’s Place for a couple more beers and to then find somewhere to eat.

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The Hair of the Dog, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Just around the corner from Fatt’s Place is another small bar called The Hair of the Dog. There are two bars of this name in the area but the one we visited is on Hart Avenue not the one on Chatham Road.

We got here around 7:30pm on a Friday evening after jumping off the ferry from Macau and it was pretty full with the after work crowd. We did manage to snaffle a table right by the door looking out into Hart Avenue.

The list of beers was OK with the old standards of Carlsburg, Stella and Hoegaarden all available. There’s no food available in house but you can order from across the road and they’ll deliver it to your table.

We were back here on Saturday afternoon as well after exploring Central and The Peak.

A much nicer place than Fatt’s around the corner.

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Fatt’s Place, Kowloon, Hong Kong

We were in Hong Kong for our last evening and went to a place in Kowloon I was trying to get to during my last trip called Fatt’s Place.

Fatt’s Place is a bar that opens out onto Hart Avenue – a good place to look at the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong while you have a drink.

When we got there mid afternoon and there were only a few of us, probably half a dozen. Table service had our beers in front of us pretty quick smart along with a bucket of peanuts.

It’s pretty down market, concrete floors and rickety tables. When you shell your peanuts you just throw the empty shells on the floor!

There is a very good selection of international beers on the menu to chose from and a small kitchen in the corner for fresh cooked food like burgers and pizzas – though we didn’t eat.

A bit of a divey, local bar that’s worth atleast one drink if you’re in the area.

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JC Cafe and Bar, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

I was looking for Fatt’s Place on Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui but I miscalculated and ended up stumbling upon the JC Cafe and Bar instead.

Arrived about 6 o’clock and the place was buzzing, lots of people after work I’d be guessing. Even though it was still light outside the establishment is quite dark inside.

If you were in a group of people I think this would be a decent place to visit, but as a single I felt out of place.

Beer, Carlsburg this time, was at the obligatory Happy Hour prices. I grabbed a Calamari and Onion Rings from the food menu as a snack while I had 2 pints of beer.

I’m going back to Hong Kong soon with a mate, might see if the dynamics are different with 2 of us.

As I left JC’s I then found where Fatt’s Place was, a hundred or so metres up the road!

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Eastside Tavern, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Another good little bar that’s close to the InterContinental Grand Stanford on the ground floor of the Empire Centre on Mody Road in East Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Eastside Tavern is probably best described as a sports bar with many TVs playing sport from all around the world and bar staff dressed in sports themed uniforms.

I visited here a couple of times during my last trip.

There was a good selection of beers at reasonable prices during the many hours of Happy Hour each day. Tsingtao pints for around HK$48 each.

The food menu was reasonable and the 3 different dishes I tried

  • Mini Slider Burgers
  • Chicken Curry
  • Nachos

were all of good quality and quantity and reasonably priced.

I’d walked past this place probably 100 times on previous trips but never went in – I’m glad I did this time.

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