It happens very rarely, but sometimes when the stars align, we’re able to bear witness to fights of such epic proportions that they’re written into the history books as battle royales to remember.
No matter what type of battle it is, there are few things more exciting than watching an underdog come good.
Men Speaking the Truth
Truth is a commodity sometimes short in supply in Hong Kong.
Dopp Kits for Savvy Gents
We’re travelling more than ever and that means we need to be a little more organised when on the road. Dopp kits, created by German immigrant Charles Doppelt in 1919, are ideal for busy travellers that need all their grooming needs in one easy pouch. Here are some of our favourites.
America’s Wild West was a real man’s world. The American Frontier was a time when men drank and caroused in saloons; when barroom brawls were settled in high-noon duels; and when the outlaw cowboy embodied all it was to be a man.
Our Favourite Old Fashioneds in Hong Kong
Chilled, with touches of citrus and the warmth of whiskey, the Old Fashioned is a revered classic and a bartender's go-to drop that’s the perfect concoction for Hong Kong’s temperamental springs. Even if you’re not a whiskeyphile, you should know the ins and outs of this endearing drink as well as its many modern reiterations, and the best way to start is by sipping your way through our favourite tipples.
One of the city’s most creative cocktail corners, Quinary’s take on this timeless tipple includes a garnish you can snack on. Created by mixologist Antonio Lai, the Quinary Old Fashioned is made with caramel popcorn-infused rye whiskey, with a touch of cola syrup and a wafer thin strip of orange peel to off-set the sweetness. The cocktail comes with a cone of house-popped caramel popcorn on the side. Website: www.quinary.hk
It may be the classiest Chinese joint in town but Mott 32’s standalone cocktail bar also mixes a mean drink, including the Old Harbour, with Hakushu Japanese whisky and Rittenhouse Rye as a base, and chrysanthemum, goji berries, and grapefruit bitters giving an Oriental-meets-Occidental take on this beloved cocktail.
This male-orientated speakeasy hidden away above Wyndham is home to innovative and soul-soothing drinks, including the Rhum in Fashion, a rum version of the classic tipple made with Blackwell Jamaican and Ron Zacapa Guatemalan rums, chocolate and vanilla bitters, and lime zest to add a touch of freshness to a heady blend.
If you’re bound for the South Side, newbie eatery Limewood boasts a heady Charcoal Washed Old Fashioned made with HM King Scotch, smoky Taliskar single malt, and charred orange, the perfect grog with which to welcome the beach season in Repulse Bay.
Also one to be innovative, The Woods on Wyndham Street serves up a Peach Old Fashioned made with Michter’s Bourbon, freshly muddled peach, peach bitters and a touch of thyme. It’s the perfect Old Fashioned for those working their way into classic whiskey cocktails.
Go for a Caribbean take on the classic spirit with Rummin’ Ting’s Lawd Ah Mercy, a smooth as silk blend of Plantation dark rum, Angostura bitters, and Fee Brothers chocolate and plum bitters, shaken and served on cracked ice.
For a truly spectacular take on this classic drop, head to Duddell’s (yes, another ritzy Chinese spot with a great bar), where mixologist Marek Wo Vojcarcik whips up the Bullet to the Head, a great potion of Bulleit Bourbon with maple syrup and strawberry Angostura bitters, best enjoyed on the terrace.
Stopping a Good Thing from Going to Waste
Allow us to paint a scene for you. You’ve met a spectacular woman, you’ve wined and dined and cabbed it home.
Something to Tickle Her Fancy
For those NecesCity men who are in steady relationships, Valentine’s Day can be a holiday fraught with perils and overextended expectations.
Good Food, Not a Cult
It’s well and truly 2015 and yet, for some of us, those well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions are still echoing with our Jiminy Crickets.
Sex isn’t something we usually associate with danger – at least not immediately – but a new study has found the ‘cowgirl’ position, a soft-core cinematic favourite, just might be the most dangerous position you could ever find yourself in.
Any guy can make a dinner reservation, so this Valentine’s Day get your femme du jour to fall in line with your post-date plans by treating her to an unconventional night out.
After the Horses Bolt
Despite its glitzy malls and shimmering neon-clad skyscrapers, Hong Kong has a rich architectural heritage, and many of the landmarks of that legacy are retired law enforcement compounds.
Your Dirtiest Thoughts, Explained
It’s been said a man’s thoughts turns to sex far too frequently – every seven seconds, by some accounts. The frequency is open to debate, but that it happens is not a question.
Man’s New Best Friend
One of the enduring hallmarks of a gentleman is the ability to truly appreciate whiskey – any iteration of it.
Legacies of the 27 Club
Billy Joel once said that only the good die young, and ignoring the subtext of the lyrics and the controversy the song kicked up, the phrase is something of a truism – especially in the world of music, where the ‘27 Club’ is an unfortunate reminder of genius gone too soon.
Hong Kong is littered with clubs of all description that are branded ‘members only,’ and while some do live up to the elite bastions that are private members’ clubs, some merely carry off the appearance. Here is our selection of the five ‘members-only’ clubs you need to know.
Repulse Bay’s New Beach Shack
In a 24/7 city like Hong Kong, it’s all too easy to get caught up in being ‘busy.’
All You’ll Want for Christmas
‘Tis the season, and along with the carols that grate on your nerves, the frenzy of last-minute shopping, and the often tacky ornaments and displays found…well, just about everywhere, comes the disappointment on Christmas morning when you unwrap your gifts to find a pile of presents that “it’s the thought that counts” doesn’t quite make up for.
An Interview with Kaitlin Kapur
As head of bespoke matchmaking company Anteros International – an exclusive dating service for the discerning and well-heeled – Kaitlin Kapur knows a thing or two about romance.
Admiralty’s New Class Act
It seems whenever you think of the word ‘Continental,’ it conjures up a sense of old world charm, of hospitality steeped in tradition, of an attention to detail that we rarely encounter in today’s fast paced world.
A Meeting of the Minds
Hong Kong’s cocktail culture is coming along nicely after many years of overly-sweet, overly-colourful concoctions that rot teeth and wrack brains the next day.
Hong Kong loves its culinary trends, and the latest is all about simple pleasures; the combination of a simple rib-eye steak, cooked to perfection, and served with French fries and sauce, usually hollandaise or béarnaise, or even a simple jus, is magic after a long day screen-gazing. Add lashings of cheeky red wine and you have a recipe for a lad’s night out. Here’s who’s doing steak frites in the Fragrant Harbour.
Keeping Things Simple
The French know a thing or two about fashion, culture, and fine dining. But like most fashion-forward cultures, they also excel at simplicity, as can be seen at family-run Parisian culinary landmark Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, founded in 1959, where your choices are limited to the wine that accompanies your steak and French fries, which come doused in a secret sauce passed down over the generations.
Video Gaming for Adults
When you were young, depending on how long ago we’re talking, you would have gone through a video game phase.
This November a brotherhood of men once again took to the streets of Hong Kong proudly sporting all manner of moustaches in support of Movember, the men’s health-advocating charity that seems to gather more ‘bros each year. NecesCity gathered three MoBros one evening to talk about their mo’ stories over a few man-approved cocktails.
MoBro: Nicholas Worley
Years as a MoBro: Five
This year’s mo’ style: Handlebar
Nick’s grandfather passed away at an early age from undetected prostate cancer, so when he heard about Movember, he knew it was a brilliant way to raise money to fight the disease,and raise awareness for men’s health in general. “I think Movember is important because men need to realise that we’re not as strong as we think we are, and that health is very important.” His involvement started when he contacted the Melbourne-based charity to try and organise a gala party here, a move which eventually led to the official launch of Movember in Hong Kong. For Nick, the biggest marker of Movember’s popularity has been its total assimilation into global and local culture, one so complete that even workplaces and gyms are supporting it. As well as growing a ‘mo, Nick’s team – a group of Crossfit enthusiasts – are raising money with a burpee challenge, where they complete one burpee for every HKD10 raised. So far the team has raised more than HKD30,000, so on November 29, the team – supported by the Hong KongCrossfit community – will be on a mission to finish 3,000 burpees.
Words of mo’ wisdom: Grow a mo’ and save a bro.
MoBro: James Aitchison
Years as a MoBro: Seven
This year’s mo’ style: Trucker
For James, Movember’s unique status as one of the few charities to specifically address men’s health was the initial drawcard. “Health is something which too many of us are nonchalant about until we hit mid-life, so the awareness the charity aims to increase is such an important aspect. In a very specific way it addresses the number one health concern for men, which is cancer.” But, the camaraderie he found once he started growing a mo’ is what’s kept him going for seven years. “Whether it’s with my team, or with a stranger sporting an excellent ‘gringo’ (look it up!) at the pub on a Friday night, it’s great that we can band together for a just and righteous cause.”James is also part of the Crossfit Burpee-athon, but his Movember involvement also has ties to his professional life. His employer, Australia’s Macquarie Group, is a vocal supporter of the charity – they were declared Movember’s biggest corporate fundraiser in 2012. James describes the charity’s rise in popularity as an ‘incredible journey,’ which has grown from being a largely Australian initiative into the truly global even that it is now.
Words of mo’ wisdom: Good donators make good lovers…make MO mistake!
MoBro: Peter Yuill
Years as a MoBro: Four or five years
This year’s mo’ style: None – I used to have big fancy ones, but decided to go simple this year.
Stylised facial hair was always a part of Peter’s look so when he heard about Movember, the charity seemed like a perfect fit. The fact that it was a fun, creative way to get guys talking about men’s health made his involvement a no-brainer. “Often, men don’t want to discuss their health so I think the Movember message is an important one.” As an official Movember representative in Hong Kong, Peter’s thrilled to see how much the charity’s popularity has grown in recent years. “Movember’s always been popular around the world but it only had a small following here early on. Now, you don’t just see expats getting involved, a lot of locals take part as well.” Peter and his team, Mo Against the Machine, have also teamed up with the guys at Clockenflap for a month-long run of events to benefit Movember – dodgeball days and trike drifting in the New Territories are just a few of the active, money-raising efforts the team have taken part in.
Words of mo’ wisdom: Growing a moustache doesn’t just make you look good, it might help save your life.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
We’re all looking for motivation in life; we’re all looking for satisfaction, renewed energy, and even companionship, and what better time to seek these essential elements out than at the end of yet another year?
Luggage that’s Smarter Than You
We’ve all been there, stuck at a soulless airport, looking into the dead eyes of an equally soulless airport employee, who couldn’t care less that your luggage never arrived.