Hong Kong hosts more than a few international sports events: the annual dragon boat races, tennis tournaments, the rugby Sevens, golf matches – all of them grace Hong Kong. But when the action is far away, the best solution is to head to one of Hong Kong's sports bars with a bunch of buddies, order up the beers and hunker down to watch the day's (or the night's – Hong Kong is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, and there's half a day's time difference with the United States) action.
The best sports bars combine wide screens with extensive menus covering both food and drink and – not to be ignored – somewhere that's comfortable to sit for the duration of the event.
There's plenty of choice, whether it's in the cosy depths of The Excelsior hotel's basement at the Dickens Bar, or down in Wanchai – one of Hong Kong's most exciting nightlife zones – at The Wanch, or out on the island of Lantau, right beside the sea at the China Bear. Sports bars usually advertise major upcoming events well in advance.
One thing to remember, even if you find yourself surrounded by non-English speakers, sport is an international language of its own.