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.
G/F, 65 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan