We love a good happy hour almost as much as we like a bottomless brunch- especially if it’s offered seven days a week. With the long hours everyone has to work these days, it’s way too hard for anyone to make HH as most of them cut off at 6:30pm- at least let them go until 8pm people.
We deserve to enjoy reasonably priced beverages and bites after a long day of work without having to have the anxiety of rushing to your bar- and then having to double fist our cocktails, and binge drink them like we are at a frat party just so the ice doesn’t dilute our drinks. Then when we finally have the time to enjoy a happy hour on the weekend- it’s not offered.
Aloha Hour features select specialty cocktails and wines for $7, well drinks for $5, and beers $3. In addition, a nice selection of bar bites are only $7.
We started with the new Drunken Mule. We love a good Moscow Mule, and Roy’s version is an excellent upgrade to the original- especially if you are a fan of pineapple (we sure are). Instead of muddled lime they use pineapple, with pineapple infused Pau Maui vodka and a splash of Oregeat Q ginger beer. It’s light and refreshing.
We also, of course, had to have Roy’s signature Island Mai Tia. It’s been a classic since the 1040’s- one sip and you will want to be transported to a beach in Hawaii with your feet in the sand, staring out into crystal Blue Ocean.
For bites we ordered the Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs, which are smoked and smothered in Roy’s Original Mongolian Sauce. They were tender and fell off the bone, so you can eat them with a fork and knife. It was hard to resist picking them up with my hands, but I managed to maintain my ladylike status. The sauce was delicious, sweet and tangy.
We also ordered the Tempura-Crusted Ahi Roll and fried Lobster Potstickers. Both had a nice crunch and the Spicy Togarashi Miso Butter Sauce served with both had a good flavor. Since they were both fried you can’t really taste the lobster or Ahi, but they are a nice change to your traditional bar snacks.
Roy’s Aloha Hour takes place if their elegant bar, which is dimly lit with nice wooden accents and a beautiful saltwater tank illuminating the room.
Roy’s in Newport Beach is located in Fashion Island
453 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949) 640-7697