Schoolnight rules broken

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 October, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 October, 2002, 12:00am

One of the longest-standing Sunday night party venues is Club 97 (9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. Tel: 2810 9333). Known simply as Reggae Night, the weekly party has been luring Sunday night drinkers and shakers for 18 months. Behind the turntables is British Jamaican DJ Mikey Dread who has been promoting reggae in Hong Kong for more than a decade. 'We go from old skool reggae to dance hall, with a bit of R&B and hip-hop,' says Mickey. 'It's quite a mixture - we try to keep everybody happy. We get a varied crowd - lots of tourists and air crew come down.' From 9pm to 2am, happy hour until 10pm.

Chapter Three (Basement, 23 Hollywood Road, Central. Tel: 2526 5566) offers similar fare with its recently launched evening Sunday Splashdown. 'We get people coming in off junk trips,' says Gary Stokes, group operations manager for Staunton's Group. 'It's a good, chilled-out vibe.' The DJ is Briton Brother Dom, who plays a mixture of funk, soul, disco and reggae from 10pm-2am. Cocktails are served two-for-one all night.

For something more bohemian, duck around the corner and into Gecko (LG/F, 15-19 Hollywood Road, Ezra Lane, Central. Tel: 2537 4680). This ultra-comfortable spot has been through various incarnations - first as the spacey Antidote then as after-hours party venue, Deep. Now, the French sommelier and wine importer Christophe Bonno has taken over. A Gecko-style Sunday night includes a good list of wines to sample, velvety sofas, candle light, and leaning by one wall: a well-loved upright piano that has been known to inspire the occasional impromptu turn.