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Classic cafe-culture drinking for half price

THE Italian aperitivo hour is the bridge between work and dinner, daytime and evening. It's a time for winding down and catching up with friends, while enjoying a few drinks and perhaps a snack too.

Veeno's happy hour gives you 2 for 1 on cocktails, beer, gin and wine, from Negronis to pints of Menabrea.

At Veeno, which is owned by a family of Sicilian winegrowers, they've brought this part of their culture over here, and disguised it as the very English tradition of 'happy hour'. But unlike your average UK happy hour, it's not cheap prices for cheap drinks, but cheap prices for some very classy tipples.

Veeno's happy hour gives you 2 for 1 on cocktails, gin, beer and wine, from Negronis to pints of Menabrea. It's on every day, including weekends, from 4pm to 7pm. Here's what you can enjoy:

Veeno's Happy Hour

2 for 1 on classic Italian drinks including:

Pints of Menabrea, a draught beer from Italy's oldest brewery in Biella, Piedmont.

The wine of the week from Veeno's family vineyard in Sicily.

The artisan gin of the week.

Classic Italian cocktails: Spritz, Negroni, Bellini, Rossini, Sicily, and Daiquiri.

The happy hour drinks are a good accompaniment to their sputini (snacks) which include meats and cheeses flown in from Italy, such as prosciutto di Parma, salame Milano and gorgonzola from Lombardy.

Other light options include their bruchette which feature toppings such as black olive pate and fig jam and goats cheese.

Next time you're wondering where to meet afterwork, head here. Veeno is just off Albert Square, on Brazenose Street.

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