Hong Kong is a notoriously expensive city, and this is most apparent when we’re out eating and drinking. That’s why there’s nothing we love more than excellent deals.
Happy hours are easy to come by, with many establishments offering amazing discounts on alcoholic beverages... but our minds always turn to food. So where can we go to get a little snack along with our post-work wine?
These spots – interestingly, many are Italian – have our food-loving interests at heart...
One of our favourite SoHo stalwarts, Posto Pubblico by Red Sauce Hospitality is a vibrant spot for an after-work drink. However, thanks to their awesome free-flow deal during happy hour, we can promise you it won’t just be one drink. Enjoy two hours of free-flow beer, wine and spirits along with a tasty selection of antipasti such as fresh bread, cold cuts and pickled veggies.
How much? $208 (includes free-flow antipasti, Peroni, wine and house spirits)
When? Weekdays, 5–7pm
Where? 28 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central
Another popular haunt from our Red Sauce friends, FINI’S offers an all-American-style free-flow happy-hour deal consisting of unlimited beer, wings and fries – simple yet incredibly effective.
How much? $108 (includes free-flow Asahi beer, chicken wings and fries)
When? Weekdays, 5–7pm
Where? 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central, and 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai
Former bank vault turned high-end Chinese restaurant Mott 32 has recently introduced an irresistible happy-hour special. Grab a friend and enjoy dim sum to share for every two drinks ordered. We highly recommend the refreshing signature Hanami cocktail.
How much? Drinks from $110; 1 free portion of dim sum for every 2 drinks
When? Daily, 5:30–7pm
Where? Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4–4A Des Voeux Road Central, Central
Lan Kwai Fong’s sleek izakaya has a luxe happy-hour deal that won’t break the bank. At Silencio, order any drink and indulge in freshly shucked Fin de Claire oysters at just $10 a pop! You can also pair this with an hour of free-flow sake. Kanpai!
How much? $10/oyster with any drink purchase (limited to 6 oysters/drink); free-flow sake at $98/1 hour
When? Daily, 3–7pm for oysters, 12–9pm for free-flow sake
Where? 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Stazione Novella is Black Sheep Restaurants’ casual Florentine wine bar that offers the ultimate aperitivo hour for us carb monsters. All you need to do is order one drink (the Aperol spritz comes highly recommended) and you’ll get unlimited access to their plentiful selection of antipasti.
How much? $88/Aperol Spritz, drink purchase includes free-flow antipasti
When? Daily, 4–8pm
Where? 52–56 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central
For (literally) the hottest happy hour around, look no further than Chilli Fagara. This Michelin-recommended Sichuan spot has launched a new aperitivo offering that includes plenty of peppercorn-laced snacks and beer. This fiery package can also be enjoyed at home.
How much? $388 (includes any 3 “ma la tang” nibbles + 6 Peronis)
When? Daily, 5–7pm
Where? 7 Old Bailey Street, Central (or order on Deliveroo)
A trip to Bali may be out of the question, but perhaps the tropical island happy hour at Poem is the next best thing. Order a deliciously discounted drink and add on $88 to get free-flow snack platters of tasty Bali-style eats.
How much? From $40/drink; $88 for unlimited snack platters for 2 hours
When? Daily, 5–7pm
Where? 5/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
CIAK – In The Kitchen
CIAK – In The Kitchen is one of our more prestigious happy-hour entries. Helmed by three-starred chef Umberto Bombana, CIAK is Hong Kong’s first and only trattoria to be awarded a Michelin star. While their à-la-carte menu is certainly on the pricier side, their aperitivo hour offers an amazing deal. Just buy one drink and eat your heart out in authentic Italian antipasti.
How much? From $100/drink, with any drink purchase including free-flow antipasti
When? Daily, 5–8pm
Where? Shop 327–333, 3/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, LANDMARK, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, and Shop 265, 2/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing
Carnivores will love the MEAT Me at 5 happy-deal at MEATS. With both well-priced drinks and bar snacks as well as being a perfect people-watching location, you can’t go wrong with this spot from Pirata Group. Drinks and bar bites start at just $40! We love the Cajun fries and fish tacos.
How much? $40–60/drink or snack
When? Weekdays, 5–7pm; weekends, 3–7:30pm
Where? 28–30 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central
208 Duecento Otto
If you manage to get off work early enough, this happy hour could have you drinking and eating for four hours! At 208 Duecento Otto, happy hour runs from 3–7pm and includes half-price wine, beer and cocktails along with the chef’s selection of antipasti and pizza. As with all JIA Group restaurants, 208 is beautifully designed, and its gorgeous interiors will transport you out of Hong Kong for a little while.
How much? Half-price house wine, beer and selected cocktails, with each drink purchase including free-flow antipasti and pizza (drinks start at around $60)
When? Daily, 3–7pm
Where? 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Il Bel Paese
Il Bel Paese in Sheung Wan is an Italian deli and eatery offering a premium array of Italian produce such as cheeses, hams, olives and veggies. But that’s not all – they also have a happy hour that’s almost too good to be true. Order any drink and you’ll get access to an entire antipasti spread!
How much? From $68/drink, with any drink purchase including the antipasti buffet
When? Daily, 5:30–7:30pm
Where? 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
In authentic Italian style, DiVino Patio offers an impressive aperitivo spread. After a long day at the office, get your fill of hot and cold bites with the purchase of one full-priced beverage. Now, that’s Italian hospitality!
How much? From $65/drink, with each drink purchase including the aperitivo spread
When? Daily, 5:30–7:45pm
Where? Shop 11, 1/F, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai
Ciacoe is a bit of a hidden gem, but it’s a beloved spot for those in the know. This cosy neighbourhood Italian wine bar is ideal on pleasant evenings when you can sit outside, order a glass of vino and gorge on their complimentary buffet of Italian finger foods.
How much? From $96/drink, with each drink purchase including the antipasti buffet
When? Daily, 5–8pm
Where? 1A Moon Street, Wanchai
Pirata Group’s The Optimist is our go-to happy hour when we’re in Wanchai. Maybe it’s the friendly staff, maybe it’s the cocktails, but it’s probably the delicious ham croquettes. The Spanish-style Optimistic Hour menu is organised by price, from $48–88 for both drinks and snacks. Each section includes fabulous wines, beers, cocktails and spirits.
How much? $48–88/drink or snack
When? Daily, 3–7:30pm
Where: 239 Hennessy Road, Wanchai
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