Saying Farewell to the Clubbing and Bar Scene of Lan Kwai Fong (LKF)?
The evolving changes of Lan Kwai Fong’s food and beverage shops, restaurants, and bars have seen the struggle of survival among f&b operators in Hong Kong.
Despite its high profile in Central, Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) is now filled with a number of vacant shops. Its not surprising to see some restaurant owners or operators located at the middle of D’Aguilar Street withdrawing their business.
Signs for Lan Kwai Fong’s f&b shops for rent are put on the wall. Upstairs or street-view bars and restaurants are open for new rent or for sale.
It was traditionally one of the highest rental areas for F&B shops. But few long-established F&B operators have moved out in recent few years.
Sour Memory of Lan Kwai Fong’s bar and restaurants owners
Bars and restaurants owners are looking for new rents as they are losing business, pushing them further to other boundary. Many blame 7-Eleven for selling cheaper alcohol liquor and beer in the neighborhood while some prefer to tell the hard-life story of declining number of tourists and expensive rents :
- Va Bene, a restaurant and bar by Gaia Group, in Lan Kwai Fong for more than 20 years, moved to Sai Ying Pun about a year ago.
- Club 97, after its operation for 34 years, closed the door for good last August. It was once a hot clubbing place for celebrities and hip people in town.
- Beijing Club, at the fringe, was also closed in 2015 after recording loss.
- Kee Club was shut down shortly after the closure of Club 97.
Will Lan Kwai Fong Be Able To Against All Odds?
Is the party in Lan Kwai Fong over? Is 7-Eleven killing the bar scene as complained by many bar operators in Lan Kwai Fong?
We believe that the bar scene is not only affected by competitions from other districts, but also the changing preference of bar lovers who tend to go more to speakeasies in Hong Kong which can provide brand new bar experience to customers instead of giant clubbing venues.
Nowadays, we can still find a number of Lan Kwai Fong starred restaurants and food and beverages operators running business.
The street remains a spot of charm in Central, though undergoing changes, which might evolve into a different scene with more dining element and new bar concepts. Let’s see.
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