Happy Hour in Central – 8 Venues We Love in 2021

by Joanne Rushton
March 10, 2021

Happy hour is a great way to enjoy a glass or two of your favorite alcoholic beverage at discounted prices.  Going out for a drink and a bite of food with your colleagues or friends doesn’t need to be so expensive!

Many restaurants in Central Hong Kong offer great happy hour deals to make their venues more lively in order to attract bigger crowds for pre-dinner drinks and/or dinner.  The deals they offer are great.

We’ve done our research (and enjoyed a drink or two in the process) and rounded up the best happy hour deals in Central Hong Kong. 

In this article, we cover the best happy hour deals in Central, including;

  • Best happy hour venue with outdoor bar
  • Happy hour venue, which offers an all-you-can-eat Italian buffet
  • Best happy hour venue to enjoy a burger
  • A sleek venue with a 1950s interior offering delicious cocktails

 

1. Best outdoor bar for happy hour with delicious Peruvian food

ICHU

Best happy hour deals Central Hong Kong

Happy hour deal: For $50, you can enjoy house wine, prosecco, and beer. For $60, you can order a negroni, espresso martini, and Aperol spritz.

Ichu is centrally located right near the escalators in Mid-Levels. They have an expansive outdoor terrace where you can enjoy their happy hour deal.

The mountainous terrain of Peru inspires the outdoor patio, and it’s a real hidden gem within the urban landscape of Hong Kong.

Don’t worry about the heat and humidity; they have large outdoor fans everywhere.

The restaurant attracts a large number of people. One of the best things about Happy Hour at Ichu is that you can enjoy their Peruvian cuisine at some meager prices! The restaurant is well known for its delicious Peruvian food. We love their tasty chicken and beef skewers, each priced at $70. The fried squid at $50 is also a hit.

When: Monday-Friday, from 3 pm – 6 pm 
Where: 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Telephone:  852 2477 7717

 

2. Best bar in Hong Kong for happy hour in a cool, relaxed setting

Armoury Parade Ground Bar & Cafe 

During Happy Hour, you can buy beer for $50, and red wine, white wine, rose, and prosecco all for just $55.

The Armoury bar is centrally located in Central and is a great post-work hang out.

It’s also a terrific spot for visitors given the bar’s location in Tai Kwun, the refurbished former Central police station compound. Visitors are sure to enjoy the historical charm of the site. A large mango tree shelters the terrace.

Just like Ichu, this venue feels like a relaxing oasis within a bustling, busy city. Seat yourself at the outdoor terrace and relax.

You can order modern Thai bar snacks courtesy of the Aaharn kitchen team.

When: Daily from 3 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: G/F, Armoury Building, 02 Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: 
852 2703 9111

 

3. Best for a classic American happy hour experience

Fini’s

Fini's is a great option for happy hour in Hong Kong. You can enjoy beer, chicken & fries. Yum!

During Happy Hour, you can enjoy all the beer, chicken wings, and fries you want for $109.

Whether you’re an American craving for a slice of bar life from back home or looking for a new taste sensation, head over to Finis’ happy hour.

Ready for a challenge?

For an all-in price of $109, you can chow down on all the chicken wings, fries, and beer you can manage. It’s a perfect mix of protein, carbs, and beer that’s just what you need after a long slog in the office.

Previously, the happy hour promotion was suspended, but it’s now back in full swing and paying attention to the health protocols. Staffing hasn’t changed, and that’s one of the things we’ve always loved about this place.

And the pizza. We love the pizza so much that we’re telling you about it even though it’s not included in the happy hour deal. We’re not even sorry because who can be sorry about pizza?

When: Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 7 pm, excluding holidays
Where: 49 Elgin Street, Central
How much: All-in price of $109 for chicken wings, fries, and beer.
Contact: FB @finis.hongkong Insta @finis.hongkong

 

4. Best laid-back venue in Central for happy hour 

Fineprint (Happy hour is currently suspended at Fineprint)

Fineprint is a very popular happy hour venue.

During Happy Hour, you can buy drinks for $50 (craft beers, house wine and certain cocktails)

Fineprint, in the extremely popular Peel Street, is by day an extremely popular coffee shop! At night, the happy hour is a big hit too! 

This place can get hugely crowded, so be sure to go early, otherwise, find a friend and chat on the street (being mindful of social distancing rules of course!). Fineprint is a great option if you enjoy a casual setting and enjoy people watching. 

When: Daily, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $50 for select craft beers, house wine, and cocktails
Telephone: +852 5503 6880

 

5. Best for beers and burgers in Central for happy hour

Big Sur

Big Sur offers one of the best happy hour deals in Hong Kong. Read our article to learn more.

During Happy Hour, you can buy red wine and white wine for $50-60, prosecco for $60, and craft beer from $50 and up.

Our last recommendation was also a beer and burger joint, but Big Sur and Beef & Liberty are worlds apart, and both very much worth a post-office trip. 

Big Sur is unapologetically Californian, with kale salads and apple slaws alongside hearty burgers. You’re here for the beers at happy hour, though.

There are 14 craft beers on tap, all with their own unique taste. If you’re a connoisseur and know your lagers from your ales, you’re going to have a meltdown at the menu here. Even better, for happy hour, you’ll pay $50-65 for an 11oz glass and $220-285 for a 2-liter jug.

It’s not just the beer. Fancy a gin and tonic? How about a freeflow? You can get unlimited G&T for just $75. There are also bubbles for $60 and rose, red, and white wines for $50-60 per glass. 

When: Everyday, 3pm – 8pm
Where: 22 Staunton Street, Central
Contact:  +852 2529 3001 FB @BigSurHK Insta @bigsurhk

 

6. Best venue in Cental for happy hour with an Italian buffet

Post Pubblico

Posto Pubblico has one of the best happy hour deals in Central, Hong Kong.

During Happy Hour, you can can enjoy free-flow beer, wine, and spirits alongside all-you-can-eat Italian buffet for $198. 

Post Pubblico is located on Elgin Street. It is an airy, open, relaxed venue, and it’s fun to sit here and have a drink and watch the world go by. There’s also plenty of night-life close by, so it’s easy a perfect location if you want to continue to another next venue.

The Italian bites consist of a buffet of bread, cheese, cold cuts, and veggies. How can you resist?

When: Weekdays, 5-7 pm
Where: 28 Elgin St, Central
Telephone:  +852 2577 7160

 

 7. The best happy hour to change up your style

The Pontiac

The Pontiac sells a lot of different gin cocktails. This is a perfect happy hour venue for gin-lovers.

During Happy Hour, you can buy drinks for as little as $30  

The bar where are the cool kids go, The Pontiac, is all about the atmosphere. It’s an inclusive bar that welcomes one and all, with some funky cocktails at great prices to keep them there!

The uber-cool staff will welcome you with one of the three happy hour cocktails, our favorite when we went in was the Remember Mary, with gin, Campari, hibiscus, Branca Menta, and lemon. You may notice a gin theme happening, and it’s only slightly intentional.

Also on the happy hour discounts are house wines and selected beers. You’ll pay $30 for Pilsner Urquell, $40 for wine or house pours of spirits, and $50 for the cocktails. There’s no food on-site, but sometimes you just need to have a few quick drinks before heading home for dinner.

When: Every day, 5 pm 8 pm
Where: 13 Old Bailey Street, Central
Contact: FB @thepontiac Insta @wearethepontiac

 

8. Best happy hour venue with sleek interior and 1950s vibe

Foxglove

Foxglove has one of the best happy hour deals in Central Hong Kong.

During Happy Hour, you can buy red wine, white wine, craft beer, vodka and gin for $60. Signature cocktails are available at $80.

Secretly located behind an umbrella shop, Foxglove is a speakeasy with live music and an array of happy hour deals. Foxglove has a 1950’s vibe, and fittingly they offer a “Mad Men/Mad Women” happy hour promotion.

Try a signature martini ($80) such as a Don’s Old Fashioned, which they make at your tables from a rolling drinks cart. The food is Chinese, and their set lunch and dinner menus are delicious. 

When: Monday-Saturday, from 5 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 47A Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2116 8949

 

FAQs

What does happy hour mean?

It means a set period of time whereby you can enjoy drinks and food at discounted prices. Often happy hour prices only refer to a specific number of items on the menu. Don’t expect a great deal on high-end champagne; instead, you can expect great pricing on house wine and standard spirits. Generally, both bars and restaurants will hold “happy hour” between 5 – 7:00 pm to create a lively environment, which will help them attract more people to their venue

How long does happy hour last?

Happy hour doesn’t last for just an hour; normally, happy hour will last at least two hours.

Why do restaurants and bars do happy hour?

Restaurants and bars offer happy hour deals to boost sales in an otherwise quiet period. Also, having a busy venue helps to attract more people for pre-dinner drinks or dinner.

How much does it cost to buy a bottle of wine in Hong Kong?

The cost of a bottle of wine will vary greatly, but if you are buying a bottle of wine at a restaurant, it’s unlikely that you can find much for under $200.
However, if you are buying wine for your personal use, there are plenty of great wine sellers offering great quality wine from all over the globe. In 2008, Hong Kong abolished the tax on wine; since then, the wine price reduced.
If you’d like to learn about our favorite wine distributors in Hong Kong, check our article dedicated to our favorite Hong Kong wine suppliers.

How much does a glass of wine normally cost at a bar/restaurant in Central?

The cost of a glass of wine in Cental can vary, but you might be able to pay as little as $40 a glass, but a glass of wine can easily cost $150 or more on the higher-end.

 

Finally

We are committed to helping you find the best places to go in Hong Kong for a drink or a bite to eat without blowing your budget; we hope you’re now ready to enjoy happy hour in Hong Kong.

Have we missed your hidden gem for happy hour in Hong Kong? Reach out to us on Instagram or Facebook and let us know what we are missing.

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2 Comments

  1. Tom

    Went on April 7 and Ichu happy hour is only until 6pm…

    Reply
    • SavvyinHK

      hi Tom, Thanks for the message. We just spoke to Ichu and indeed they have changed their happy hour timing due to restaurants having to close early. The timing has been amended in the article. Thanks so much for sharing!

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