Cocktails On The Cheap: Sippin’ On A Budget In Hong Kong

 

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Hong Kong has gained quite the reputation for being one of the costliest cities around. But if you’re looking to get your drink on, there are definitely ways to do that without breaking the bank. Following my recent trip to Hong Kong, I gathered a few tips on how you can enjoy your cocktails on the cheap while in the Pearl Of The Orient. 

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Complimentary Happy Hour At Ovolo Hotels – Well, it doesn’t get any cheaper than free. During our stay in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour, and were treated to a complimentary, two-hour Happy Hour every darn day. Seriously, it was great. The staff put out a selection of wines, spirits, mixers, and snacks during those two hours, and you’re allowed to serve yourself. They also fill your FREE mini-bar with local beer. Again, it was great.

The Ovolo Aberdeen Harbour is on a pretty chill side of Hong Kong Island. I personally enjoyed it since we were able to take advantage of cheap food and less hustle and bustle. But if Aberdeen isn’t quite your style, there are several Ovolo hotels in Hong Kong to choose from. 

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Cocktails On The Cheap: Complimentary Happy Hour For Guests At Miami’s Hotel Croydon

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Due to an unfortunate Airbnb experience, my best friend and I unexpectedly found ourselves at the Hotel Croydon, during a recent visit to Miami Beach. The hotel came with a number of perks (free shuttle service to and from the airport, fruit-infused water, etc.) , but as you can imagine I was most impressed by the daily, complimentary Happy Hour. Happy Hour is already a gift from the gods, so when complimentary drinks are involved, it’s almost too much Lushworthy-ness to handle. Don’t worry though, I managed.

Hotel Croydon’s complimentary Happy Hour takes place every day for hotel guests, from 7 to 8 P.M. at the bar inside The Tavern. All you do is flash the bartender your room card and you’re good to go. Happy Hour options consist of drinks made using vodka, tequila, whiskey, or rum and a variety of fruit juices. So, don’t expect pina coladas or Manhattans. Since the complimentary Happy Hour ends at 8 P.M., it’s a nice pre-game before you head down to South Beach where you’ll likely spend an arm and a leg, and another leg on cocktails.

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Enjoying a cocktail or two…definitely two.

If you don’t plan on visiting the Hotel Croydon anytime soon as a guest, there’s also their regular Happy Hour, which is also pretty sweet. It takes place every day from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. and 11 P.M. to 3 A.M., and features $3 domestic beer bottles, $5 well drinks, and more.

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Cocktails On The Cheap: LA’s Best Wine Happy Hour

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Me: “Excuse me, is your Happy Hour special for all wines on the menu?”

Waitress: “Yep! All wines by the glass.”

Me: “!!!!!!!!!!”

Not sure about you guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a Happy Hour that features half-off an entire, and quite extensive, menu of wines. Well, I lucked out in the most Lushworthy of ways during my recent trip to Los Angeles. My friend and I were really craving French macarons, so we did some research online and came across Little Next Door. We immediately made our way to Little Next Door and soon discovered that we arrived during Happy Hour. Cha-ching! After being informed that all wines were half-off, I ordered a glass of Rose to go with my macarons. And then more Rose. And then another macaron. And then possibly more Rose…I can’t quite remember.

The Rose was delish, and in my opinion it paired well with the assortment of macarons I ordered. I absolutely loved their salted caramel-flavored macaron. I ordered a pistachio macaron, but it came straight out of the fridge or freezer, and was a little too cold to be enjoyed. The third flavor may have been vanilla. Tasty, but the salted caramel was hands down the best.

Also, in addition to boasting a stellar Happy Hour, Little Next Door is a welcoming, well-decorated establishment. Heavily French-themed with ample space outside for people-watching while you sip on your wine of choice.

Oh! Almost forgot the most important part. Happy Hour at Little Next Door takes place from 4 – 7 PM, Monday – Friday.

Cheers!

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Cocktails In ‘Nooga: Sips & Southern Charm At The Chattanoogan Hotel

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If you grew up in Atlanta, or any other city in the Southeast for that matter, the mention of Chattanooga, Tennessee probably brings back memories of lengthy fields trips to the Tennessee Aquarium or family trips to Lookout Mountain. With such nostalgic memories, you’d probably be surprised to hear that Chattanooga is actually quite the Lushworthy city.

During a trip to Chattanooga, which thankfully took place before the holiday rush, I had the opportunity to experience the Lushworthy side of The Chattanoogan Hotel, one of the city’s premier hotels.

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My brunch plate, which was devoured within minutes, and mimosas.

Although the Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel was quite literally the last part of our trip, I absolutely have to start here. In fact, the hotel was put on my radar because of their brunch. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. First off, not only is the Sunday Champagne Brunch buffet-style, they also serve bottomless champagne and mimosa. As someone who drinks and dines in the city of Atlanta, I can tell you that brunch with a standard meal and bottomless mimosas will easily cost you at least $30. Sunday Champagne Brunch at The Chattanoogan Hotel is only $21.95, and that includes your champagne and mimosas.

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Oktoberfest Fun At The Andaz Wall Street’s Beergarden

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably recall seeing a photo of several large mugs of beer during my #LushworthyInNYC visit to New York. Well, during my visit, my friends and I were able to take part in a little Oktoberfest fun at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street. I’m more of a cocktail gal, so unfortunately, I tend to sometimes neglect the wonderful world of beer.

I’m a picky beer drinker, but at the end of the day I do consider myself a beer drinker overall. My friends on the other hand, not so much. You’ll never catch them with a brew in hand. While at The Beergarden at the Andaz Wall Street, we all opted for a mug of Schöfferhofer Grapefruit. And let me tell you…I. Am. In. Love. It was delicious. I had no idea what to expect. It’s heavy on the fruity side, which I enjoyed. Thankfully, it also lacks that grapefruit bitterness that I personally dread. Oh! And believe it or not, my non-beer-drinking friends might actually be on board the brew bandwagon thanks to Schöfferhofer Grapefruit.

Other beers served at The Beergarden include Radeberger Pilsener, Erdinger Weissbier, Bluepoint Oktoberfest, and Lagunitas IPA. All beers can be purchased in regular glasses or large, shareable boots.

We also had the opportunity to sample two different, Sigmund’s pretzels during our visit. One was a cheese pretzel while the other was a standard, salted pretzel. The salted pretzel was heavy on the salty side. No bueno. But the cheese pretzel, like most everything made with cheese, was pretty tasty.

The Beergarden is of course outdoors, and we really lucked out with the weather in New York during our visit. It was perfect for relaxing outside while sipping on a new favorite.

If you’re hoping to visit The Beergarden, take note that it’s open until the end of October, Tuesdays through Fridays.

***A complimentary food and drink tasting was provided by the Andaz Wall Street, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.

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A Lushworthy Review Of Pineapple Willy’s In Panama City Beach

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If you live in the Southeast, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a vacation quickie. Last month, the fam and I took a girls-only trip to The Gulf for a few days. We stayed in a condo that was on the beach, and also steps away from Pineapple Willy’s, a popular restaurant/bar in PCB.

Pineapple Willy’s is well-known for their cocktails (both frozen and on the rocks), which are served in refillable souvenir cups. We visited Pineapple Willy’s three times during our visit, and I had the opportunity to try their “Pineapple Willy” signature drink (on the rocks) and a “Rum Runner” (frozen). Made using rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut, the “Pineapple Willy” is basically a pina colada on the rocks. A very tasty cocktail, but entirely too much ice. All that ice ultimately waters down the drink and takes down the potency. No bueno.

Since the “Rum Runner” was frozen, I didn’t have either of those issues. As the good folks here in Atlanta say, I was “lit” about halfway through my drink. Yes bueno. Also, another tasty concoction.

As a self-proclaimed oyster connoisseur, the fried oysters at Pineapple Willy’s were everything for me. The oysters themselves were huge. There was a nice amount of batter on them, but since the oysters were so big, I didn’t find them to be overly-breaded. I do wish they had their own house-made sauces. The cocktail and tartar sauce I received were both pre-packaged (Ken’s to be exact). I also tried the calamari and smoked tuna dip. Both were decent, not sure if I’d order them again though.

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