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Rumors Of The Day: Is all OK with that Hong Kong institution known as Joe Bananas in Wanchai?

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Once, THE place to meet up and have a good time and with the chances of getting laid being odds-on, today, JB’s is a meeting place for the old and the listless and sad old drunks.

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Plans to create a JB Lounge started- and then stopped just as did another venture called the Liquid Lounge which had grand plans for success but flopped into a real Barney Rubble.

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I now hear that the mastermind of all these grandiose schemes has sucker-punched his Indian investors and done a runner leaving his partners with egg on their faces and no return on their investments and with their investments going to the runner’s bank account.

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It is quite astounding the number of truly brilliant guitarists there are playing in different bands at Spicy Fingers in Jaffe Road, Wanchai.

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Sure, they are in covers band and so are hardly original with pretty weak singers, but the guitarists, especially guys like Bennie and Dan, are excellent. Perhaps it’s something in their DNA, but they play soooooooo much better than the local variety of guitarists.

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While many of the latter might do a valiant job in trying to play, they just can’t cut it. Guys like Dan and Benny make it all look so effortless.

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It just kills me to see them up there playing their asses off and AS GOOD as ANY guitar god in the world today and receiving only a smattering of applause from the handful of fans who show up.

This is the time when aging Rock heroes should look East and help give these guys the one break they need. Put your money where your chops were or still are.

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The very discreet club called Le Kage in Lan Kwai Fong and where fat cat Chinese and mainly Indian businessmen.

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With its garish interior and cages where girls gyrated like at a strip club in the Seventies, the main attraction were girls from Oz and Eastern Europe who drank Chinese tea in Martini glasses and fleeced the horny old men.

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One bill for two rounds of drinks for three girls and two dances in the LeKage of lurve is said to have setback one married Indian gentleman a cool HK$80,000.

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I hear that Restoration, the strangely named New Orleans steakhouse- huh?- but with excellent cuisine and tremendously popular- is about to undertake another restoration by opening up a butchery and walk-in restaurant nearby.

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And right below Restoration in Wyndham Street will be another new restaurant in an already jam packed environment.

This one is called Icon and will no doubt join all the other acorn bars and restaurants and clubs that open with a bang and rent-a-crowds and then meekly close their doors.

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Haven’t these people ever heard of over-supply and no demand?

Walk around the High Street area and wind yourself down to Hollywood area and you will get choked up seeing the lines of empty restaurants with a lone waitress at the door almost begging you to come in.

All very sad, all very stupid.

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The closure of the bar and cattle market that was Neptune 2 in Wanchai supposedly for liquor licenses problems has a number of other bars in the area running scared.

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Sure, it was a well-known pickup joint, but so are all the bars in Wanchai with Escape, the former Fenwick, being the most popular with its bevy of Colombian, Filipina and Thai ladies. It operates openly and no one cares- for the time being.

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The more real problem involves the underage kids frequenting these Wanchai bars and who are easy prey for drug dealers.

One bar in Lockhart Road has underage kids spilling onto the street even on school days whereas those Nigerian pushers I keep mentioning have increased their territory and are not restricted to hanging near the late night club Gecko.

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In fact, that whole street is infested by pushers of all nationalities with the Nigerians having made their way to Wanchai and are now scavenging on those too young and drunk to know what’s going on.

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One has to wonder if the local gendarmes know what the hell is going on at the back of many bars and in the loos and if they realize that they have their priorities all wrong by looking into things like sound ordinances and liquor licenses.

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