Don’t get me wrong — I love my job, but I get off at 7 p.m. That means by the time I’m off the clock, all of the happy hours across Hawaii are over. Sure I could have a glass of wine at home…but where’s the break from a mundane week?
Driving from home to work, and then back home again…
What I’m saying is a good happy hour really brightens your week. Maybe you’re having a rough one, so you plan a pick me up in the middle of the week with friends. Where will you go? Well for me, whenever I get the chance, the perfect place to unwind is Amuse Wine Bar.
Amuse is inside the Honolulu Design Center (the big orange building on Kapiolani Blvd.) and their happy hour is from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday – Friday. It’s a great place to get together with a bunch of friends or co-workers after work because there are beer tap tables, plus serve yourself wine.
The happy hour menu consists of $5 cocktails — of which the Grandgria is always my go-to, otherwise you’ll always find me with a wine glass in one hand and my Amuse wine card in another.
This little baby…is my best friend. I bought one on a Wednesday when they have this deal where you can buy a pre-loaded $50 card for $25. A steal right? You can believe I took advantage of that. By now that money has been spent over a couple visits, but the cool thing is I can always re-load. It’s like setting a limit for yourself so you don’t overspend.
Once you’ve got your wine card, you can go over to the tables of wine dispensaries inside the bar area where different red or white wines are featured on each table. Similar to a soda fountain, above the wine bottles are spigots to put your glass under as well as the price per pour. Once you’ve decided on the wine you want to taste, insert your card into the nearest slot and click the button above the wine bottle.
As it is a “wine tasting,” not a lot comes out. Give it a swirl and taste it. If you like it, grab a little more before you head back to your seat — and repeat!
While the first picture in this post showcases some longer tables inside Amuse, right next to their wine cellar and wine dispensaries, there’s also some beautiful outside seating where there are big, white, lounge-y sofas — and you’ve got a view of the city through a huge glass wall. It’s a nice change from the darker, moody lighting inside.
When it comes to food, there are $5 and $6 dishes you can order from on happy hour. We typically order the BBQ Spiced Fries ($5), the grilled cheese sandwich ($5), and the pulled pork bao buns ($6). However we have tried the hummus crostini ($5), and it was really good. There’s also edamame ($5) if that’s what floats your boat.
It’s nice to lounge at Amuse through happy hour because at 7 p.m. they have live music most nights. It’s a great little hangout, and I wish I could go more often. Two thumbs way up from this wino!