Is “Club 7-Eleven” the Best Performer in Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) in selling alcohol with the blessing of no Open Container Laws in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong Brew House said farewell to Lan Kwai Fong during a raining night yesterday. One more established bar was missing in Hong Kong.
Could we put the blame to the growing impact by 7-Eleven in Lan Kwai Fong selling cheap bottled beers?
Up till now, there are three 7-Eleven stores in Lan Kwai Fong area. Two in Lan Kwai Fong and one on Wyndham Street.
These 7-Elevens in Lan Kwai Fong are selling more selections of wines than 7-Elevens stores in other districts of Hong Kong. The beer price is on average around HK$20 each, which is about four to five times less than a bottled beer sold in bars and restaurants.
In Hong Kong, we don’t have Open Container Laws, by which alcohol is not allowed in public space and drinking liquors are only allowed in restaurants and bars.
Restaurants and bars are required to pay high rent and fitting-out costs as well as to follow the hour restriction of selling liquor. But 7-Elevens can sell alcohol for 24 hours without need of getting liquor licence.
The Lan Kwai Fong Group, founded by Allen Zemen, is the major Landlord and F&B operator in Lan Kwai Fong, might not want to see the 7-Eleven stores growing in Lan Kwai Fong. But they can’t stop other individual landlords to rent out their shops to 7-Eleven which can pay the high asking rent.
New York Speakeasy Bar “Employees Only” opening in Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊)
While Hong Kong Brew House was closed yesterday, New York speakeasy bar “Employees Only” is opening in Lan Kwai Fong today. Employees Only has taken up the F&B shop which was previously occupied by Va Bene, , which has moved to Sai Ying Pun for more than a year.
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