Happy Hour On Upper Asylum
Koji is an interesting place. It's all at once a hip, trendy sushi bar; upscale Pan-Asian eatery; traditional watering hole and happening, hooking-up after hours spot. (DAVE MORAN)
Come about 4 p.m. each day, many local workers begin spilling out of their respective cubicles and crowding these establishments.
17 Asylum Street, Hartford
(860) 247-KOJI (5654)
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday
Specials: $5 house sake martinis, $2 drafts of Sapporo & Ten Penny Ale, half priced appetizers
Koji is an interesting place. It's all at once a hip, trendy sushi bar; upscale Pan-Asian eatery; traditional watering hole and happening, hooking-up after hours spot. And, at least in my opinion, it manages to wear all of its hats rather well.
Part of the fun of Koji other than the fact that with all the harsh neon interior lighting, it's almost like being a character in a Michael Mann film is that you really don't know what type of vibe to expect each time you show up.
During lunch and dinner hours, Koji seems to function like any other restaurant, with table service dominating the atmosphere. But between meals, the bar area becomes the crowded spot. After 10 p.m., most of the night owls begin to stream in.
Koji has a varied and extensive specialty drink menu, including its famed Scorpion Bowl. It's not for the faint of heart, or the meek of disposition. In fact, it'll probably take you and at least three friends to polish it off, should you all be feeling courageous and thirsty.
Koji runs Happy Hour seven days a week from 5 to 7 p.m. Its specials are $2 drafts of Sapporo or Ten Penny Ale, a local offering brewed across the river in East Hartford. You can also enjoy any of 23 appetizers at half-price. I'm told the Spicy Duck entrée on the dinner menu is quite good as well.
Feng Asian Bistro
93 Asylum Street, Hartford
Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
Specials: Various specials on appetizers and sushi rolls, which change monthly. Assorted martini specials and half priced drafts every day of the week.