HOURS: 2:30–5:30 p.m. everyday; 10 p.m. to midnight Fri-Sat.
THE SCENE: Depending on which location you visit, Hapa Sushi can feel chic and elegant (Landmark) or bright and lively (Cherry Creek). The Early Bird happy hour draws ladies who lunch late and business people who forgot to lunch earlier, while the Night Owl happy hour is so popular for the late-night munchies crowd that it extends to Thursdays at all but the Landmark property.
WHAT TO EAT: Sushi rolls are two for $9 and include several salmon options and a White Tuna Roll made with albacore, ginger, and scallions. Vegetarian rolls are two for $8, and a long list of starters that includes pork potstickers, broiled green mussels, and tempura shrimp are offered at discounted prices. For Friday and Saturday Early Birds, the nigiri sushi is also discounted. Hapa is so busy, the fish is always meltin- your-mouth fresh.
WHAT TO DRINK: Sake, anyone? You can have it hot ($5.50 for a 10-ounce flask of Gekkeikan, Purple Haze, or Vanilla Sake), fruit-infused ($7 for a flask of Mango Nigori or Raspberry Sake), with a 21-ounce Kirin ($9 for a Sake Bomb of beer plus hot sake), or in a $6 cocktail. Try the Jasmine (gin, Aperol, jasmine, and lemon) or the Ume Margarita (Espolon Blanco teuila, salted plum, and lime).