I don’t know about you but hearing the words “credit crunch’ or “financial crisis” or anything related to the dismal world economy, has started to sound like an old, irritating screech in the depths of my worn-out ear drums. So it was much to my delight when it emerged during a recent trip home to Europe that economic crisis related dialogue has shifted and has begun acknowledging the silver lining of those deafening, dark clouds. What I mean is that instead of wasting all that precious time complaining and polluting the airwaves with economic grievances, people have begun exploring the economic advantages for the individual wishing to save a buck or two during these “hard times”. Many shops around the world are offering better and more frequent sales, restaurants are offering value menus and the happy hour in bars has become more popular than ever before.
Fortunately, China’s alcohol industry hasn’t suffered the same fate as the UK’s back in 2008, when the British decided to drink 1.8 million less pints a day between July and September of that year, hence leading to a 7.2% decline in alcohol sales. Most of us lucky expats don’t have to be that fussy about every kuai we spend here in China, though it is always good to know where the bargains are at nonetheless. Hurray, it’s not all doom and gloom and we’ll show you where you can fuel up on cheap booze in Shenzhen that won’t make you go bankrupt any time soon.
Everyday Happy Hour at The Terrace
The Terrace in Shekou has a happy hour every day of the week. Mondays is Mojito Night with two for one deals on all mojitos. Tuesdays is all day happy hour from 11:30 to 20:00, where you can enjoy two pints of varying beers for the price of one. Wednesdays is for the ladies, with two shots of tequila and tequila based cocktails for the price of one. A dose of live music by Sugar Rush Band is also thrown in for good measure. Thursdays is VIP Champagne Night with 20% off on all champagnes and sparkling wines, champagne cocktails, cognac bottles and cigars for VIPs and 10% off for everyone else. Friday and Saturday at The Terrace is Jager Weekend, with you guessed it, special offers on Jagermeister bottles. Finally, you can buy a bottle of Smirnoff with four soft drinks for 380 RMB per bottle on Sundays.
The TerraceView In Map
Add: Seaworld Square, Shekou, Shenzhen
Tel: 0755 2682 9105
Free Drinks: “After Work Bell” at The Snake Pit
Home to the Shekou Hash House Warriors, Shekou rugby, Shekou flag football and soft football, The Snake Pit knows not only how to attract the sporty type, but those who love their booze too. From Monday to Friday at 18:30 if you hear that special bell sound it means that all drinks are absolutely free. A great initiative to manage your time management skills for the sake of free drinks!
The Snake Pit 蛇吧 View In Map
Add: G16, Taizi Square, Sheokou, Shenzhen
Happy Hours at Enigma Bar
Enigma offers drink deals every Wednesday and Thursday. If you’re female then Wednesdays is the night for you. All cocktails are buy-one-get-one-free. Thursdays is Shooters Night which means you can down your favourite shooters for only 20 RMB (offer open to all genders).
Enigma BarView In Map
Add: Ground Floor, Shop 6 Haibin Commercial Centre, Shekou , Shenzhen
Tel: 0755 26677744
Happy Hours at McCawley’s Irish Bar
McCawley’s also offers quite a lucrative drinks deal. Drinks are half price between 17:00-19:00 every Sunday to Thursday, so it’s the perfect choice for cheap and often much-needed after work drinks. Meanwhile a Columbian rock band plays live sets every Tuesday to Saturday from 22:00-02:00.
McCawley’s Irish Bar & RestaurantView In Map
Add: Shop no.118, Seaworld, Shekou, Shenzhen
Tel: 0755 2668 4496
Though Shenzhen is not exactly known as a cheap city, with a little know-how it’s easy to go out regularly without drinking your finances dry. Also, don’t forget to check our events listings for Shenzhen to find out about more events happening around the city.
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