Crackdown on public drinking won't deter binge drinkers

Crackdown on public drinking won't deter binge drinkers

The path taken by the government and other public institutions to control drinking-related accidents and crime takes the form of stone-walling the consumer's choice: drinking in public.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 2:50am

Letters to the Editor, February 4, 2013

Toyota Prius hybrid taxis could help reduce smog. Photo: AFP

The HK$10 billion announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to "remove tens of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles from the streets" will be wasted. This measure probably came about thanks to lobbying by vested interests from the motor trade.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 3 comments

Ned Kelly's Last Stand marks 40th birthday by backing Operation Santa Claus

Santa's Last Stand at Ned Kelly's, which celebrates its 40th birthday on Tuesday, raised cash for Operation Santa Claus. Photo: David Wong

It will be a big night for jazz music in Hong Kong when Ned Kelly's Last Stand in Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, turns 40 on Tuesday.

It has become such an institution that you sometimes forget live jazz this good is performed there every night of the week, and can be heard for nothing more than the price of a beer.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

Famous Wan Chai bar Neptune II closes as licence refused

Neptune II was one of the most popular dance clubs in Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

Legendary Wan Chai haunt Neptune II has been shut down, with the Liquor Licensing Board refusing to issue it a new licence.

The basement club in Jaffe Road, established in 1993, was one of the most popular dance clubs in the city. However, for the past two weeks its shutters have been pulled down and its doors closed.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

Bar review: Intime Wine Bar & Cafe

Besides the bar and banquettes, Intime offers a small outdoor seating area at the rear.Photo: May Tse

This small side street is home to institutions such as Ned Kelly's Last Stand, Jimmy's Kitchen and Weinstube. More recent arrivals on the cul-de-sac include Mes Amis and Castro's. We stopped by just before Halloween, and it earned extra points for going all out with the decorations. 

8 Nov 2012 - 10:14am

Joe's Billiards & Bar

2/F King's Hotel, 303 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai Tel: 3188 1470

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Le Tambour

52A Peel Street, Central Tel: 3114 6320

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Clampdown in the works for upstairs bars

The government wants to clamp down on the proliferation of upstairs bars.

It launched a two-month consultation yesterday on proposals that would ban them from semi-residential apartment blocks and buildings where regulations are persistently broken, and reduce their capacity on safety grounds.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Less pub but a lot more grub

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No dry, tasteless granola bars; these healthy bites are yummy

Kuranda Natural Health Bars, Almond & Cherry HK$58 for four 40g bars, City'super

To make something sweet, either load it up with processed sugar or flavour it naturally. This Australian-made bar does the latter, using dried cherries and honey. With its mixture of sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds, though, I couldn't help feeling like a bird while eating it.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


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3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Raising the bar

BY THE time you finish reading this article, another bar will have opened in Hong Kong. Well, probably. It certainly feels like it, and with the city's notoriously fickle party crowd always looking for the hottest new place, it's tough for any new bar to stand out from the crowd.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Entertainment enclave

Stanley is a popular entertainment and shopping area. The main street by Stanley Beach houses many restaurants and bars, where people can enjoy the sea breeze while enjoying a beer. The famous Stanley Market is a favourite for tourists looking for interesting gifts to take home.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

No go-go zone

Shuang Cheng Street has seen its share of combat. In the 1970s, US soldiers on leave from the front lines of the Vietnam war would head to its cluster of boy meets-bargirl nightclubs when in Taipei. They joked that the boisterous pubs were the only place to find a fight in Taiwan.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Upstairs bars could face tighter rules on licensing

Upstairs bars may face stricter liquor licensing rules as the government considers tougher measures to tackle violent crime, fire safety and public nuisance concerns.

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am