The mercury is rising in Hong Kong, and with summer just around the corner, the forecast is looking like sunny skies, lots of drinking and plenty of late-night partying. With Lan Kwai Fong still the undisputed hub of after-hour antics, entertainment masterminds Buzz Concepts have brought us a new late-night lounge in Central to quench our thirst and satisfy our itch for a late-night boogie.
The hospitality group have long been orchestrators of Hong Kong’s vibrant nightlife scene, whether by opening flashy clubs such as Volar or crafting the ultimate drinks and dinner destinations at places such as Lily & Bloom. Taking over the old Fly, Mudita, the group’s newest venture, aims to combine the best of both worlds by offering stellar food and drink offerings as well as heart-pumping DJs and a cracking dance floor — all without the crowded chaos of traditional clubs.
At Mudita, they’ve tapped into the city’s changing tastes, moving away from flashy, exorbitantly priced clubs and instead offering an accessible, no-cover-charge destination for guests to enjoy a drink and tunes while still soaking in the vibes of Central’s party district. Conveniently located on Ice House Street, the 3,200-square-foot venue features creative craft cocktails, upscale bar bites, and a rotating list of renowned DJs and music collaborations.
An inviting yet somewhat mysterious space, Mudita channels aspects of both a tropical lounge and an underground speakeasy, employing a retro colour palette with an array of contrasting textures. A candle-lit alfresco seating area offers a respite for guests to sip and savour their drinks, set amongst bursts of lush greenery. Inside, high tables and velvet booths encircle a 360-degree bar which anchors the space, while a stage and dance floor complete the retro-chic club vibes.
The name Mudita is defined in Sanskrit as “the pleasure that comes from delighting in other’s well-being”, and delight you will in the brilliant cocktails shaken up by the bar team. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet weekday tipple or letting loose on Saturday night, it’s hard to stop at just one with 10 bespoke libations on the menu: try the Mescaloma (HK$130), spiced with Rancho de Reyes chilli liquor and topped with vanilla soda water; or the Umami Spritz (HK$150), a riff on the Aperol Spritz with Nardini Chinese rhubarb bitters mixed with citrus bergamot, and splashed with Chinese sparkling rice wine.
To line the stomach, the kitchen team have conjured up a mouthwatering bar bites menu which ranges from Iberico pork cheek slow-cooked in red wine (HK$150), to sauteed chorizo with ham, garlic and parsley (HK$90), and grilled Spanish octopus dusted with smoky paprika (HK$90).
Meanwhile, the club comes alive every Friday at 11pm and Saturday at 10:30pm with live music from some of Hong Kong’s most talented singers and musicians, followed by DJs pumping tunes late into the wee hours. A changing selection of music draws guests onto the open dance floor between trips to the bar, with an eclectic offering comprising R&B, jazz, funk, soul, Motown and more. The music selection champions both rising local talent and big-name international stars; since opening, the club has hosted the pre-party to ‘The Road to Wonderfruit’, as well as Grammy Award-winning Brasstracks, and Electronic duo Booka Shade.
With happy hours (2-for-1 from 5–8pm on weekdays), comedy nights (every last Tuesday of the month), ladies’ and gents nights and all-out weekend parties — Mudita is gearing up to be the one-stop destination for Centralites looking for a riotous night out. Check out all the upcoming happenings here.
Mudita, G/F, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 9902