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There's a Cocktail and Free Chicken Deal at the Shangri-La That You Should Know About

Oct 14, 2016 | 11:25 Fri
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The Deal: Every day in October, from 5pm to 7pm, order a drink from their happy hour menu for 45rmb and get free all-you-can-eat chicken drumettes at the 1515 West bar in the Jing'an Shangri-La.

The happy hour menu consists primarily of cocktails -- "Black Manhattan", "Old Fashioned", "Aviation", basic cocktails like G & Ts, and several others. You can also get a pint of Stella or a glass of red or white wine for the same price. Still, offering free chicken wings with a cocktail menu in a high class five-star hotel bar is a bit weird isn't it? Isn't it?

Or is it GENIUS?


No, it's still pretty weird. That being said, it's one of the best deals in town right now.

The experience started out a bit odd. Single drumettes were served on plates all on their lonesome. However, once you finished, another is quickly. And then they started giving them out two at a time.

And they didn't stop coming.

For free food, the drumettes are surprisingly good -- you could order these as a dish. They are marinated with a sweet and sour sauce and cooked as the night goes on. In total, I probably ate over 20 of these on my own. Needless to say, I did not have dinner afterwards. And although I did purchase a second drink, I could have had the feast on the coattails of my first 45rmb drink alone.

The cocktails were well-made and strong, but the staff didn't seem too knowledgeable about their drinks. One exchange from the night went like this:

"What's in the Aviation?"

"It has color?"

"Excellent, I'll have that."

Otherwise, the staff were attentive and professional. The chicken arrived quickly and our snack bowls were refreshed the instant one depleted. The snack bowls include olives, so yes, there's also free-flow olives.

Cocktails and chicken wings are an odd mix. Cocktails are to be consumed gracefully. There's no grace to eating chicken wings. But if you enjoy both and don't mind having them together, there isn't a better deal out there.


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