Steamed buns stuffed with braised pork or fried chicken. Wonton wrapper nachos topped with beef, mozzarella, and sriracha mayo. Crispy calamari served with Thai basil aioli. Bar Bao doles out inventive snacks like these at happy hour, which unfolds every weekday starting at 3 p.m. The specials also include draft brews, house sake and shochu, and cranberry J-POP crushes.
The bao buns also factor heavily into the weekend brunch menu. Order yours filled with fried avocado, braised pork belly, or bulgogi cheesesteak when you come for brunch. Try a fusion "bao-nedict" a bun crowned with poached eggs and your choice of protein plus home fries on the side. Round out your meal with a specialty brunch cocktail like the Bloody Geisha, a blend of sake and house-made bloody mary mix with crushed wasabi peas dusting the rim.