Arena Bar by Zerve
1/F, 10 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui HK
+852 9683 7083
Arena Bar by Zerve well and truly challenges a stereotypical sports bar, delivering a sophisticated sports and gaming den that takes its inspiration from New York City’s stylish venues. Mini jumbotron screens, sports paraphernalia and comfy chairs and lounges combine to create a place that’s worth lingering on any given evening.
Arena is the second outpost from the Zerve Group. Their flagship bar, Zerve Bar and Billiards was born out of the owners’ frustration at being unable to locate a decent place in Hong Kong that combined sports and affordable partying in a comfortable and clean environment.
Following the success of the bar in Causeway Bay, the owners brought a few more partners onboard to open Arena in Tsim Sha Tsui just a year later. With the second location, they were able to stand on both sides of the harbour as the go-to spot for sports viewing and bar games combined with good food and drinks at wallet-friendly prices.
The vibe at Arena is hip and cool – a popular haunt with millennials looking to spend a few recreational hours socialising, playing games and meeting new people after work. On any given night, you can pop in and find Hong Kong’s youthful crowd shooting pool, playing darts, or going head-to-head on two custom light-up beer pong tables.
Of course, an upgraded venue needs a more sophisticated food and drinks menu to match, and Arena Bar by Zerve delivers on both fronts. To start, you’ll find balanced, hand-crafted cocktails – concoctions that wouldn’t be out of place amongst some of Hong Kong’s more high-end cocktail bars.
Try the Chemical Romance, which packs a fruity punch with a mix of rum, passionfruit and pineapple, made smooth with the addition of egg white; or the G.A.G. – a spicy blend of gin, apple juice, mint, cinnamon and ginger beer, which will quickly awaken your senses.
To snack on, there’s everything from truffle fries to Parma ham and truffle pizza, juicy beef sliders and triple-flavoured chicken wings, given an Asian twist with a slug of sriracha to accompany the homemade BBQ sauce. The bar snacks go swimmingly with an ice-cold glass of beer, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can always order a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and treat your friends for the evening – this is meant to be a night of “classy” drinking, after all.
Meanwhile, sporting events are shown across no less than 15 large LED screens, with clusters of wooden high-top tables spaced comfortably within viewing distance. Guests will find themselves with plenty of room and the luxury of being able to hold a conversation without having to shout above your neighbour – a rare occurrence amongst most of Hong Kong’s cramped bar spaces.
With casual food and drinks, and elbow room to spare, going out no longer has to be a chore. Arena is here to inject a classy upgrade to Hong Kong’s nightlife scene.