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