Friday, March 6, 2009

Bite On The Money Wines for $4, cocktails for $5 – after work drink prices always make you smile. But ponying up $15 for a plate of soggy crab cakes at the bar makes the hour a lot less happy.

Point taken.

Try one of these happy hours where the deals on eats are as good or better than the drink specials.

Morton’s Steakhouse
During Power Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. every day, nearly everything on the bar menu is only $6. The best are the smaller versions of dinner menu faves, like mini crabcakes, mini iceberg wedge salads, mini cheeseburgers and the mini filet mignon sandwiches. Wash it all down with a Vodka Mortini, Cosmopolitan or Palm Beacher for $7, or pick a glass of wine for $5. Morton’s Steakhouse, Ala Moana Center, 808.949.1300.

The antipasti choices that you can only order at the bar are just enough to tide you over till dinner. Pick marinated artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, a mini caprese salad, calamari or mixed vegetables – they’re $3 each or three for $7. Vino, Restaurant Row, 808.524.8466. Open Wednesday through Saturday.

Formaggio Wine Bar
Every Monday in March, happy hour lasts all night at Formaggio Wine Bar at Market City Shopping Center. From 5:30 to closing, enjoy $6 pizzas to go with the house-selected $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 cocktails. Formaggio Wine Bar, 2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd. (in the Market City Shopping Center), 808.739.7719.

Brasserie Du Vin
The entire pupu menu is half off from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. That means you can have a big plate of Pommes Frites for $2.50, or a mozzarella salad for $6, to go with one of the special $4 cocktails. Brasserie Du Vin, 1115 Bethel Street, Chinatown, 808.545.1115.

In the lounge area every weekday from 5 to 7 p.m., nibble on three tasting plates for $18. The European-inspired Aperitivo special is chef’s choice every night, so expect a fresh presentation on menu staples like Kobe beef, rock shrimp and lots of sushi variations. A cocktail is included in the price. Nobu, Waikiki Parc Hotel, 808.237.6999

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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