There are two philosophies when it comes to drinking alcohol that can be broadly divided into the “American” and “British” approaches. The American Approach is to gamify the whole thing, introducing frivolity into the process via games of flip cup, beer pong and the like. You can lump Hong Kong’s own dice games into this category. The British Approach, meanwhile, is Just. To. Drink.
I lean towards the latter, but sometimes something comes along to pull me in the other direction, like which is billed as “the world’s first interactive beer pong game system.” Essentially, it all works via an interactive table, which allows it to deliver automatic scorekeeping (which is difficult to do manually the more you drink) as well as customizable sound effects, lighting and animations. You can even download an app to your own phone so you’re always hooked in to your next game—and to a worldwide leaderboard. For a chance to become the NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD at beer pong? I might start taking an interest.
BP Connect available at Pong, 1/F, 38 Yiu Wa St., Causeway Bay, 3956-5201; and at M1 Bar, 17-19 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2311-7212.