May 11, 2018
‘Taz,’ as it is universally known, fills a unique niche. Not as glam as its sister bar, Dragon-i, also owned by Gilbert Yeung, it still attempts to project a sophisticated, pretty hip vibe – the younger, brattier sister, perhaps. It also diverges from D-i and Hong Kong’s other premium clubs by offering something unique – it presents itself as a ‘games’ venue, with fun on the cards as the main draw. This glamor-meets-games concept seems to have stuck, however, as Taz on a weekend is usually packed to the rafters. Central to its popularity are the three large pool tables staked out in the middle of the main space, which would be great if they didn’t dominate the floor quite so much, breaking up the flow considerably. The pool tables can be raised up to the ceiling, however, allowing for the floor to be repurposed as a dancefloor – there is also a raised DJ booth, and hip-hop and EDM are the favored choices here — or, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a ping pong hall. Old habits die hard in Hong Kong. Perhaps at odds with its let-your-hair-down concept, it has a polished feel to it, lots of angular mirrored surfaces, courtesy of Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio, responsible for London’s Shoreditch House private club. Bottle service is the norm here, and the cocktails, while pricey, are usually well-made and pack a pleasing punch. It occupies a generous space in Central’s LKF building – its entrance is on busy Wyndham Street, a stone’s throw from Dragon-i, it also boasts a fairly spacious outdoor terrace overlooking Lan Kwai Fong.