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A guide to the best happy hour deals in Hong Kong

Fun nights out needn’t cost an arm and a leg

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Edited by
Fontaine Cheng
Written by
Darcie Greenoff
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We’re serious! Going out for a cheeky drink doesn’t have to be a bank-breaking activity. Whether you love a chilled evening with a few glasses of wine or are up for a big night out, these are the Hong Kong venues to hit up without getting a bunch of those regretful receipts the next day. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sheung Wan

This Italian restaurant has been a popular dining and drinking spot since it opened its doors in 2010, thanks to its great-tasting dishes accompanied by regional wines and cocktails. The atmosphere is laid-back, and just between us, they are quite generous with the free flow refills! 

Happy Hour Deal: Cocktails ranging from $58-88, bottles from $380-680.

When: Available Tuesday to Sunday 3pm-7pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Central

After the roaring success of its Repulse Bay location, Amalfitana opened a second outlet in Soho to appease Hongkongers in one of the busiest areas. The Amalfitana in Central offers some great Southern Italy inspired drinks to get those Amalfitana coast vibes going. Thanks to the cool and comforting ambience, this is a top spot to enjoy drinks with friends.

Happy hour deal: Cocktails are available per serving at $58, beer is $38, and house wine and Prosecco are $48.

When: Amalfi hour is available Monday to Friday 3pm-7pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Quarry Bay

This laid back Italian restaurant serves food and drinks inspired by the Mediterranean. They have a few branches in Hong Kong including Quarry Bay, Tai Hang, and Happy Valley, and the spaces are all relaxed and comfortable to enjoy a glass of wine, or two. 

Happy Hour Deal: Alonzo hour offers house wines, beers, and mixed drinks with prices varying from $38-58.

When: Available Monday to Sunday 3-8pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Located in the Rosewood hotel, this tapas-inspired gastro-market restaurant offers some pretty great views of Victoria Harbour. It also presents an array of food and drink that come at affordable prices. The venue has a bustling social scene which is perfect for those looking for a lively night out on the town in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Happy hour deal: Two tapas dishes with two hours of free-flow Prosecco, red and white wine, and beer for $350 per person (and $60 for any additional dishes).

When: Available Monday to Sunday 3pm-6pm.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

Cadillac is an almost hidden, open-air Californian and Mexican bar, with an outdoor seating area that offers scenic views over Causeway Bay. The atmosphere can get a little rowdy, thanks to the ‘crazy hour’ they have with decent drinks at great prices.

Happy Hour Deal: There are different rates throughout the day which offer low prices on selected beer, wine, spirits, and their classic margaritas. Expect $18 drinks from 3pm-4pm; $28 drinks from 4pm-5pm; $38 drinks from 5pm-6pm; $48 from 6pm-7.30pm.

When: Monday to Sunday 3-8pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Vietnamese
  • Soho

The high ceilings and large glass windows at Chôm Chôm mean you can easily sit back, relax, and people watch as you sip on a drink or grab a bite. It’s busy most nights, but if all else fails, grab a seat on the stool outside, where there are ledges on the wall for your drinks and nibbles.

Happy hour deal: Vietnamese beers are available at $38 while glasses of house red and white wine or Prosecco is at $48, alongside a bucket of signature VFC Wings for $88.

When: Available Monday to Sunday 6pm-8pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • North Point

Cruise is a modern Asian rooftop restaurant and bar with a great outdoor terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour. Its outdoor oasis is the perfect setting for sunset sessions and is a relaxing place to while away the evening. 

Happy hour deal: Selected signature cocktails are priced at $78, the Sommelier’s selection of wine by the glass is $68, glasses of Champagne are $108, Sapporo beer (bottled) is $45 and Local Cruise Brews (draught) is $55. 

When: Sunset sessions run Monday to Sunday 3pm-7pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Central
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Perched at the top of Wyndham Street, Divino is the perfect spot for a little LKF nightlife watching or for a casual after-work drink and could even be the starting point of your night out. They also offer some great food and a solid selection of wines by the glass.

Happy Hour Deal: Free aperitivo snacks are available to enjoy with your drinks as well as one hour of free-flow wine, beers, Prosecco, Aperol, Campari spritz and juice or soda for $168.

When: Aperitivo is available Monday to Friday 5pm-7pm; free-flow runs on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays until 6pm (they open at 12pm).

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • Admiralty

With a spacious indoor dining room and outdoor seating area, Emmer is a warm and welcoming pizzeria to dine in. You’ll also want to stop by for drinks thanks to the deals, but we can’t guarantee that you won’t order a whole pizza to enjoy too!

Happy hour deal: House drinks from $41 and beer pitchers from $165.

When: Available Monday to Sunday 4pm-8pm. 

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Soho

Fini’s, with its bright neon sign and 50s style ads on the menu, is an American Italian diner all over. The front of the restaurant is open, looking onto Elgin Street in Central, so you can watch the hustle and bustle of Soho, making it one of the best places to sit back and enjoy the free-flow on offer.

Happy hour deal: Unlimited free-flow chicken wings, fries and beer for $109 per person.

When: Available Monday to Friday, except Public Holidays, 5pm-7 pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Central

This Asian fusion restaurant and bar has artwork and graffiti lining the walls that give it a unique, eccentric style. With the many different holy hour offers that Holy Eats has, it’s basically a question of when do you want to go for a drink.

Happy Hour Deal: Holy hour offers drinks from $30; all bottles of wine, Prosecco and sake are 50 percent off; Thirst-day offers Aperol Spritz and Prosecco for $50.

When: Holy Hour is available Monday to Sunday 4pm-6pm; every Wednesday and Sunday, Holy Hour is available all day; the wine, Prosecco and sake discount is available everyday from 9pm onwards; and Thirst-day is available on Thursday and lasts all night long.

  • Restaurants
  • Central

The interior of Ichu is inspired by the beauty of Peru and has Amazonian-style artwork on the walls, adding vibrancy and a lively vibe to the whole space. The bar serves up some imaginative cocktails that are even better when enjoyed out on its terrace.

Happy hour deal: La Hora Sagrada, or ‘holy hour’, offers drinks ranging from $50-70. Meanwhile, Wine Nights offer 50 percent off on their rare wine list, including a selection from various regions such as France, Italy, Chile, Lebanon, and Israel.

When: La Hora Sagrada runs from Monday to Friday 3pm-6pm; Wine Night runs every Monday night from 6pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Soho

Established by well-known wine critic James Suckling, this bar in Central, which doubles up as a restaurant, is one of the more popular wine bars in Hong Kong offering over 400 wines to try. Their happy hour allows you to try some labels that would normally be priced at $600 to $950 per bottle. 

Happy hour deal: Special featured wines are priced at $60 per glass, and New Discovery Flights (three glasses of wine per flight in tasting portions) are available at $88. Only one flight per person is permitted.

When: Special featured wines are available every Saturday 12.30pm-5pm. New Discovery Flights are available Monday to Friday 5.30pm-6.30pm.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Hotel bars
  • Central

Located in The Murray hotel, Murray Lane is a great looking bar with a happy hour that features an array of premium and artisanal spirits, wines, bubbly and beer, in which they offer the second pour of your order on the house. They also have a selection of complimentary canapés to nibble on too!

Happy hour deal: Buy one drink, get the same drink again for free.

When: Available Monday to Friday from 5-8pm.

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  • Restaurants
  • Soho

The restaurant and bar has the look and feel of a New York Italian diner, with a rustic-industrial setting and a cool bar area for those who just want to go enjoy a casual drink. It’s the perfect spot to catch up with friends and socialise while enjoying the free flow on offer. 

Happy hour deal: Free-flow beer, selected wines, spirits, and Prosecco for $189.

When: Available Monday to Friday 5pm-7pm.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan
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Home to an impressive and broad range of sake, Sake Central is the cool and trendy spot to go if you’re after something that makes you feel like you’re drinking in Japan. The bar will limit what sake you drink though so if you want more variety, it’s worth drinking in the retail area for a wider range.

Happy hour deal: The Saketen 10 Ochoko Challenge provides 10 different sake to try and 90 minutes worth of free refills of your favourites for $188.

When: Available Sunday to Wednesday 5pm-7pm.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Jordan

A bar within the Eaton HK in Jordan, Terrible Baby (Time Out Bar Awards 2020 winner: Best Rooftop Bar winner) serves up some great cocktails and also has a budding collection of wine and spirits. The bar also has a fantastic outdoor terrace area which is fun to lounge in and sip refreshing drinks, when the weather permits that is.

Happy hour deal: Cocktails and wine are available at $68 and bottled beer at $48.

When: Available Sunday to Thursday at 2pm-8pm.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Wan Chai

Filled with botanical artwork and greenery, this Spanish eatery and bar serves up classic tapas and houses a big selection of gin for some refreshing G&Ts and cocktails. What can we say, you can definitely feel optimistic about this bar.

Happy Hour Deal: Prices vary from $48-88 depending on the drink.

When: Available Monday to Sunday 3pm-7.30pm.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

Dive bar The Pontiac stands out from the rest, in a good way, attracting a fun, energetic crowd to their barstools. Their cocktail list offers a large variety of flavours and strength, so they’ll be something for everybody and the bar has an ‘I couldn’t care less’ vibe that we could all do with once in a while.

Happy hour deal: Ponty hour offers wine at $50, cocktails at $50, house spirits at $40 and beer at $30-$50.

When: Available Monday to Sunday from 5pm-8pm.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

This easy-going bar on Peel Street has a cool vibe, cute decor, and a great drinks deal going. Not only does their happy hour run for two hours, but they also have two-time slots: one during opening and one at closing time. The deal includes a great selection of wine, beer, fun cocktails and if you’re hungry, a range of snacks too. 

Happy hour deal: The rotating cocktail of the day is available at $50, rail drinks (vodka, gin, rum, whisky and tequila) and wines by the glass start at $45, and the bottled beers are an easy $25.

When: Shady hour is available Monday to Sunday from 5-7pm and 11pm-1am.

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