Nirvana Bar, Sheung Wan Our Favourite Bar in Hong Kong

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You might have walked past it without even noticing it's there, such is the unassuming charm of Nirvana, our favourite bar in Hong Kong. Located right outside the MTR station in Sheung Wan, it's distinguished by the fact that it's just a bar. That's right, just a bar. None of this molecular cocktail, black marble counter top rubbish. It's a normal bar, and in Hong Kong, where every new venture strives to be different, that's a serious USP.

The Thai owner, a man with the coarsest hands you've ever touched (seriously, give em a go) is an absolute legend, although he will tell you exactly where to sit if he thinks he can get a bigger group round your table. He charges around the place selling happy hour pints for HK$39, and they also serve very decent, very reasonable Thai food. The minced pork with coriander and chilli is top notch, albeit with a tendency to hurt on the exit.

The decor of Nirvana says it all. It's run down and decorated by small tables but it's made by the atmosphere and lack of pretense. There's no fancy design ethic, it's just a place to have a drink which is reflected in the clientele. We can't think of another bar in Hong Kong where gweilos, locals and travellers mix so comfortably, kicking back and having icy lagers. It's the definition of cheap and cheerful - we couldn't even find a nice photo of it (see above). Perfect for tonight's after work sharpeners.

Heaven, with its feet firmly on the ground.


Cafe Nirvana
G/F, 65 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan
2545 2588


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