We know how stressful Hong Kong’s work culture can be, and there’s nothing better than catching up with friends over a drink after a day of hard work. Scroll down to see our list of favourite happy hours around town!
Text by Iris Wong
Aberdeen Street Social
G/F PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
We love Aberdeen Street Social’s cocktails, especially when it’s during happy hour. On weekdays from 5pm to 7pm, come to the social hub at PMQ for house white, red or rose wine at just $50, selected English classic cocktails at $68, or a pint of Fuller’s Frontier craft lager at $50. Then head upstairs for a hearty British meal created by executive chef Chris Whitmore and a lip-smacking libation crafted by bar specialist Ryan Nightingale.
Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Commissary’s cheese and jalapeño croissant isn’t the only thing we’re dreaming about: from 4.30pm to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday, Commissary is offering selected beers at $45 and selected cocktails and spirits at $60. Special concoctions to watch out for include the house-fermented Kombucha and Funky Tepache (both at $55 each. Be sure to pair it with the restaurant’s delectable snacks, such as the smoked chicken wings in buffyaki sauce ($68).
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Our favourite healthy diner is bringing a different kind of happy hour. Peggy Chan of Grassroots Pantry believes that if you have to drink, drink only the best, so from April 3 onwards, for $138, guests can enjoy unlimited house drinks (natural/biodynamic wines, beer or organic cocktails) and free flow of vegan bites from the kitchen for 60 minutes. Happy hour runs from 4pm to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
Lily & Bloom
5/F & 6/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, CentralWhen it comes to happy hours, Lily & Bloom is probably the first place that comes to mind. Every weekday from 5pm to 9pm and every Saturday from 6pm to 9pm, enjoy your first drink for $50, the second for $25 and the third for only $5! Choose from a range of delicious mixers, premium beers, wines, spirits and featured cocktails. The fun doesn’t end here: get 30 per cent off all drinks served in a stem glass from 9pm on Mondays, and get a 2-for-1 deal on all drinks and bottles from 9pm on Tuesdays!
8/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, CentralEvery day from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, head over to Mercato for its Aperitivo Hour and do happy hour the Italian way. Drinks start at only $38 and you get a complimentary plate of chef-selected antipasti. Bring a friend and enjoy the buy-2-get-1-free deal! Booze on offer include Peroni ($38), wines at $68 per glass, and classic Italian aperitivo cocktails (spritz!), also priced at $68 each.
Ronin Japanese Cuisine
6/F M88, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central
Who can say no to the fail-proof combination of tasty skewers and an ice-cold draft beer or whisky? Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, come to Ronin Japanese Cuisine between 10pm to 4am for its late night happy hour and enjoy all alcoholic drinks at a discounted price! Cocktails, including the all-new Peach Boy, Hanasaka Jiisan, Kappa and Monkey-crab Battle (all priced at $138 each), are $98 each during happy hour. What’s more, get 50 per cent off for these four cocktails during the month of April! Skewers start from $16, and don’t forget to try the lightly dried stingray ($98) while you’re there.
Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Hours”
Various locationsWhether Monday or hump day, a glass of bubbly is always a great way to cheer one up. From now until December 31, champagne house Veuve Clicquot is collaborating with 14 restaurants in Hong Kong to create fun happy hour menus with a change in theme every few months. If you love popcorn, don’t miss the Pop Clicquot series (until April 30) where inventive popcorn dishes are paired with a glass of Yellow Label. Think tomato salad with white anchovies and popcorn ice cream ($148 at La Paloma), spicy chicken popcorn ($130 at Shore) and crab roe salad papadum with cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn ($148 at Tazmania Ballroom).