Mallets at the ready — The Lawn Club is a brand-new concept from the creators of The Grounds.

Here in land-scarce Hong Kong, any notions of enjoying a film outdoors — whether through drive-in options or rooftop renditions, complete with personal headphones — are fanciful at best. Until The Grounds, which ran from the end of 2020 to April of this year. Now, arriving at the cusp of summer from the creators that brought Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to the Central harbourfront is The Lawn Club; an experience that replicates that of The Grounds. However, instead of a passive watch-only experience, it’s interactive. Lawn games. Live entertainment. The works.

Retaining the fenced-in ‘pods’ of four that abide by social-distancing measures, The Lawn Club’s headline features are the variety of garden games perhaps unfamiliar to most city dwellers — save for the massive game of Jenga. On offer for booking through QR codes are activities like pétanque, PutterBall, ladder ball, croquet and cornhole. Quick instructions are written out on chalkboards; otherwise, employees of The Lawn Club are happy to run through crash courses on each.

On the main-stage, The Lawn Club has planned a summer-long roster of live performances from DJs and artists, with plans to stream sporting events like Tennis Grand Slams and Rugby Tours to European Football Championships on the large screen for an unbeatable al-fresco viewing experience.

Following lawn games and live entertainment with appetites now whetted, on-site and delivered directly to each private pod via QR code, too, are Shake Shack’s best-of’s and drinks from Peroni, Four Pillars, Aperol Spritz, BubbleMe and Jim Beam bourbon. The Lawn Club also marks the debut of Pepperjack wine from Barossa’s Treasury Wine Estates.

The Lawn Club runs from May to July, with prices for a 4-person pod starting at HK$600, while 4-person ‘Prime’ pods — which exchange sun loungers for cushioned sofa seating and occupy the space directly across from the LED screen — are priced at HK$1,000. Book your session here.

The Lawn Club, Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong

Joey Wong
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.