Best bars to check out on Peel Street, Central
15 May 2020
Restaurants and bars in Hong Kong have finally reopened their doors last Friday after what seems like an eternity of temporary closures and socially distanced seating. While it’s still too soon to see LKF back to business as usual, our favourite hub for debauchery has been unusually quiet with crowds migrating upwards for the summer. Peel Street’s always been the go-to destination for bar-goers who prefer French wine over tequila shots and until clubs announce their triumphant return, it looks like outdoor boozing is here to stay! Check out our guide for the best bars on Peel Street:
The cheekiest place in town. Good luck snagging a seat, though at Shady Acres we’re pretty sure mingling outside is the move. The drinks menu at Shady Acres is extensive but unpretentious, with a wine list of over 200 choices and a comparable mix of stiff cocktails. If you’re not convinced, Shady also does not one but two happy hour deals each day. Once at 5-7 pm and again at 11 pm-1 am.
Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central, /www.theshadyacres.com/
65 Peel (Ho Lun Jeng)
65 Peel’s name is straightforward enough for those Googling how to get here. Its Chinese name is an inside joke for locals as is the nostalgic blast-to-the-past decor and classic cocktails with a Hong Kong flair. Unlike the table small bites blissfully ignored at bars, 65 Peel also serves up shared plates you’ll actually want to order like the Poached New Zealand Diamond Clams with White Pepper (HK $138) or Slow-cooked 24 hr Iberico Char Siu (HK $228). You can even stay for a post-drinks desert with their menu staples of sweet soup or churros. Who can pick between the two?
65 Peel, 65 Peel, Central, +852 2342 2224; https://www.facebook.com/65peel/
Geographically Italian restaurant and wine bar 121BC is on Hollywood Road, but at its core, 121BC is a Peel Street joint. Its recent move has changed nothing but its location retaining its swanky wine list and Italian dishes.
The Roundhouse BBQ + Beer
We know...we know. Enough with the wine! As much as we love swishing our glasses about and pretending to ‘taste floral notes’, (real talk) most of us have no idea what we’re talking about. Give us something ice cold to wash down on a hot, humid Hong Kong night out instead - enter The Roundhouse BBQ + Beer. This Texan joint is equal parts ribs and liquid carbs. With over 25 craft beers to choose over, it’s your best bet for a change against the wine scene.
The Roundhouse BBQ + Beer, 62 Peel Street, Central, +852 2366 4880
With outdoor seating, Uma Nota is the ultimate spot to grab a drink or two during happy hour. Serving Japanese-Brazilian cuisine from the corners of Sao Paulo, drinks at Uma Nota have their own unique flare including Caipirinhas made with cachaca, the spirit of Brazil. For a taste of Japan, try the Yoisho (HK $95) with 15 Japanese and Brazilian botanical infused Yaguara Branca, pink grapefruit, Peychaud’s Bitter, tonic water and basil.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel St Central, +852 2889 7576; www.uma-nota.com/
Don’t let cancelled trips stop you from tasting wine from every region of France! Peel Street has no shortage of wine bars but Le Tambour boasts a large French crowd every weekend meaning you’re getting the good stuff!
Le Tambour, 52A Peel Street, +852 6490 7922; www.facebook.com/letambour
Precious storefront space means sometimes Peel Street bars like Fineprint not only serve you a stiff one but also take care of your morning-after hangover with the best cheese toasties and avo toast. Fineprint also has a Fifty buck Happy Hour (daily!) with a menu of Australian wines and classic cocktails. If that doesn’t sound like the best of both (booze and breakfast) worlds, we don’t know what is.
Fineprint, 38 Peel Street, Central, +852 5503 6880; https://fineprint.hk/