Jun 29, 2006|
So you’ve sold the car, mortgaged the second flat, and put the kids to work at the mainland factory. That means it’s time to mosey over to the nautically themed bar Typhoon and pretend you’re still rich by taking advantage of their latest gimmick. For a mere $500, you can play the tycoon, ring a newly installed “warning bell,” and everyone at the bar can enjoy a standard shooter on your magnanimity. You get to keep up the guise of rich, benevolent Uncle Lo and regale the regular crowd of post-work boozers with tales of fame and glory. Use your precious little money for food and shelter? That’s poor people’s talk. 37 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2527-2077.
A common solution to bankruptcy is going to a place where you can afford the beer. The Deli Lamma is a perfect place to wallow in poverty-ridden misery since happy hour starts at the cheap, cheap time of 9am, and winds up at 8pm, Mon-Sat. Hey, you’re unemployed – so why the hell not? With $20 beers and $25 cocktails ready for the drinking in a pleasant alfresco setting that’s touched with gentle, blessedly free breezes, you’d be a fool not to get smashed here. Deli Lamma is an Indian restaurant as well, and you may even be able to persuade the relaxed, friendly bar staff to throw you a garlic naan or two. 36 Main St., Yung Shue Wan, Lamma, 2982-1583.
As the name suggests, this place is big and perfect for sulking in a dark corner all night without anyone noticing you. Of course, wooden panels, basic seating and stone-slab floors aren't exactly hallmarks of five-star decor, but beggars can't be choosers. They can, however, be excellent drinkers. And Barn II is the epitome of trash drinking. For a little more than a $100, you can go on an all-night drinking binge of watered-down whiskey. There’s also enough warm beer and cold snacks to keep you hung over for the next four years. After that, you'll be a new man. Just hope to god you don't bump into anyone from the old office. 1/F, Cigna Tower, 484 Jaffe Rd., Causeway Bay, 2591-0354.
The good thing about bankruptcy is that no one will want to call you anymore, so you can sell your mobile and take a peaceful, quiet walk through Hong Kong Park on your way from the Official Receiver's offices to Lan Kwai Fong. No doubt you’ll be alone with nary $200 in your pocket. Fortunately, that’s just enough to net you a small keg of Carlsberg at Bulldogs, and with the World Cup going on, there are plenty of people you can befriend for a few hours. Who knows? You may get so into it, you’ll start hugging the nearest drunk guy after the next goal – and his wallet will probably be sticking out invitingly from his back pocket... G/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2523-3528.