Pool-hall bar racks up successful year despite slump

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 March, 2009, 12:00am

We're not sure how much they've actually contributed to the standard of billiards in Hong Kong, but for a hip venue with some edgy cache, Racks has it in the pocket.

The club, co-owned by model Lisa Selesner, threw a second birthday bash on Wednesday with the usual assortment of hipsters and poseurs all looking too cool for pool, ironically. Among the revellers were action star Donnie Yen Ji-dan and his wife Cissy Wang, model Ana Rivera and professional socialite Jennifer Tse Ting-ting. In a way, Racks is the new Dragon-i for people who want to look like tough guys instead of corporate softies.

'I think we're happy with the success and the growth of the club,' general manager Nick La (pictured below) said. 'The financial crisis hasn't really affected [our] business at all ... I think people will still hang out at Racks in good times or bad times. A game of pool can be very relaxing.'

Hence they've already expanded, with a second pool-hall bar in Shanghai, and while others are downsizing, La suggests they're ready to hustle like sharks while everyone else is behind the eight ball. 'Well, the overall plan is to have a Racks in all major cities within Asia ... It's just a question of time.'