Chef May Chow continues to take Hong Kong by storm with her recently launched restaurant, Happy Paradise. Easily spotted thanks to the restaurant’s blaring neon lights, Happy Paradise gives off bar-only vibes, but they do serve food (dinner only throughout their soft opening). If you’re looking for a fun late-night spot to grab a few cocktails and some contemporary Chinese dishes, Happy Paradise has you covered (so long as you don’t mind sitting in a room lit up by bright neon lights).
Price point: $$
G/F 52-56 Staunton Street, Central 2816 2118
Uma Nota has just opened up in Soho, offering diners authentic street food from Liberdade, the Japanese district in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The vision behind Uma Nota is a modern day boteca: a chilled out space where locals go for a relaxing drink and some street food. It’s hard to miss Uma Nota when walking by thanks to its brightly colored steps and Brazilian-inspired mural along the outside wall. Not sure what to order? Try one of their signature dishes, like the Coxinhas de Frango (HK$65); a chicken and okra dumpling alongside a homemade chili sauce. Wash everything down with one of four varieties of Brazil’s most well-known cocktail: the caipirinha (HK$90).
Price point: $ – $$
38 Peel Street, Central, 2889 7576
Soho Spice has been kicking it on Elgin Street for as long as we can remember, but they’ve recently undergone a complete physical makeover as well as a brand new menu curated by Chef Peter Cuong Franklin (formerly of Viet Kitchen). The inspiration behind Soho Spice’s new menu was taken from a variety of Southeast Asian street food and put together with Chef Franklin’s modern flare. Soho Spice is the perfect place to go if you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, but can’t quite settle on a specific region (who said you can’t have it all?!).
Price point: $$
47B Elgin Street, Central, 2526 2227
Why choose just one bar when you could spend your night barhopping Veuve Cliquot’s new Yellow Hour series. Having just wrapped up last month’s theme of popcorn, we’re drooling over what creations these fourteen restaurants will come up with for this pairing of french fries. From April 1 – May 31, participating restaurants will be serving a glass of Veuve Cliquot alongside a unique french fries creation (happy hour food at its finest!). Some restaurants include La Paloma, FoFo by El WIlly, Tazmania Ballroom, F.A.B, Comptoir, Eiffel Bistro, Shore, and many more.
Price point: $$
14 participating restaurants across Hong Kong
The minds behind the innovative cocktail bar The Woods are at it again with their newly opened concept bar, KWOON. What’s on the menu? Simple: cocktails in a can. Though the thought of paying HK$70 – $100 for a canned drink may seem a bit crazy, these cocktails are made fresh by the talented mixologists behind the bar at The Woods, and are canned on-sight using no artificial preservatives. Lasting up to two months refrigerated, you can enjoy these delicious beverages anywhere you go (hello, upcoming beach season!). Available for takeaway or to enjoy at the bar.
Price point: $
64 Staunton Street, Central, 2522 0281
Three Monkey’s has been kicking around Sheung Wan for a little while now, but they’ve recently launched “Sake House” on the first floor. Aside from the obvious, Sake House is meant to be an Izakaya (essentially a place you’d go to after dinner for some late-night drinks and fun). Expect a range of sake bought by the glass or carafe, a selection of sake cocktails all priced at HK$100 (we have our eyes on the Fru Fru: sake, strawberry, and fresh basil), and the full Three Monkey’s menu to help you soak up all that delicious booze.
Price point: $-$$$
151-155 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 3151 7771
thisgirlabroad is a Canadian expat who found herself packing her life up in the Great White North to move to a city filled with skyscrapers, dim sum, and 7-Eleven’s. She’s been living, loving, and eating her way through Hong Kong for the past four years without any plans to slow down. Between working full time, managing her blog, and freelance writing, you’ll likely find her with a strong cup of coffee in one hand and a jar of crunchy peanut butter in the other.