Let’s face it: Hong Kong is a global business hub, and working long hours is sort of part of the deal. Earlier this month, a government task force released a report on doomsday scenarios resulting from hypothetical standardized working hours and overtime pay legislation. But it looks like those 49-hour-average work weeks aren’t going away anytime soon.
The good news is, Hong Kong offers plenty of opportunity to blow off steam after you leave work for the night. (Because you’ve never gone back to your desk after happy hour, right? Of course not.) To save you precious decision-making minutes, we’ve rounded up the five best happy hour deals in Hong Kong with a little something for everyone.
May you work, drink, and be merry every night of the week.
Lily & Bloom
You know a happy hour deal is going to be good when the promotional materials are titled, “Dear Trouble, Welcome Back!” This hot spot in Central will pour your first Happy Hour drink for just 5 HKD (less than 1 USD) every weeknight from 5 to 8 p.m. and cocktails for 45 HKD (about 6 USD) afterward. Can’t make it during the week? Lily & Bloom welcomes trouble on Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. as well.
Stone Nullah Tavern
This American bar and grill offers an unbeatable happy hour deal: 1 HKD well drinks (less than 1 USD) starting at 5 p.m., with the price doubling every 20 minutes until 7 p.m. Sure, showing up at 5 p.m. might be a challenge when your boss is staring you down from across the room, but we’re sure you’ll come up with something. Even a 6 p.m. order will only run you 8 HKD (a little over 1 USD).
Graffiti Bar claims the title for longest happy hour in the Lan Kwai Fong district, running special food and drink pricing from noon to 10 p.m. Ciders and beer start at 40 HKD (a little over 5 USD), while a glass of wine during happy hour will set you back 48 HKD (a little over 6 USD). Unfortunately, you’ll pay full price for any of their extensive cocktails, but hey - you can’t have it all.
Because the only thing missing while holding a discounted drink is public humiliation, We Lounge (and karaoke bar) fits with this list. Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., We Lounge is offering all-you-can-drink whiskey, beer, and mixers in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Don’t forget to check if your co-workers have their phones out before stumbling up to the stage.
Catering to a more sophisticated palate, WOOBAR’s Wednesday night “Winederlust” allows guests access to free-flow wine and cheese from 8 to 10:30 p.m. A classy, 330 HKD (about 43 USD) way to unwind after a long day at work. Enjoy!