You can feel the raw, hustle of Hong Kong’s back alley bars and the smooth elegance of a 1920s speakeasy when you walk into Pao Pao. Inspired by Wong Kar-wai’s lush masterpiece, “In the Mood for Love”, Pao Pao aims to tell a story and create a very underground, unpretentious vibe, while maintaining a subtle classiness. Pao Pao – a term of endearment in Hong Kong meaning “darling” usually used for the naughtiest cutest little boys – was opened to satiate late-night munchies and provide the perfect nightcap.
Specialising in dim sum and cocktails, serves everyone’s favourites from both worlds. On the food side, enjoy siomay, various dumplings, and salted egg pao (we are totally digging the salty-sweet combo). And if a few dumplings really aren’t going to satisfy you, Pao Pao also serves some more substantial plates including a tasty roast-duck noodle and an array of congees.
On the drinks side, Pao Pao’s mixologist Gerry Adrian and his team will be preparing a rotating flight of signature cocktails, including twists on cocktails we all know so well like the Rocket Piña Colada, a deconstructed smoking cocktail that is both an experience and a drink, and the Xin Hai, an herbal martini of sorts. Another noteworthy tipple for those of you who like it on the sweet side is the Shanghai Tea Party, a Manhattan like you’ve never seen it!
Between the kitschy lucky kitties, vintage Chinese posters, grungy murals and the dim-red lighting, we say Pao Pao is a pretty wicked, un-divey-dive bar. If you like a little (or a lot) atmosphere with your little plates, you’ve come to the right place. Hump Day pick me drinks with live jazz? Yes, please!
Pao Pao, Jl. Senopati Raya no. 16, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, phone +62-21/2751-0698. Hours Mon-Thurs 6pm-1am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun 6pm-1am.