How to handle Hop Sing Laundromat's happy hour

The Nevermore as prepared by Lee at Hop Sing Laundromat, 1029 Race St., Philadelphia.

Before you head out for a night on the town, you may pregame - you know, drink (cheaply) at home.

Hop Sing Laundromat's new happy hour - which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday - almost demands that you pregame.

Pregame ... food.

The dimly lit cocktail bar at 1029 Race St. in Chinatown serves nothing but potent cocktails, which are discounted to $9 at happy hour from their usual $12.

Don't want to drink on an empty stomach?

You might be able to snag a slice of fruit from the bar or filch a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup from its spot on the shelf in the anteroom while waiting for your table, but the enormous door dude probably would have none of that.

On the plus side, HSL's well list is better than the top shelf at many establishments, including:

El Dorado 6 Year Old White Rum

El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum

El Dorado 21 Year Old Rum

Don Q Gran Anejo Rum

Jameson 12 Year Old Irish whiskey

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon

Johnny Drum Private Stock bourbon

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon

Willett 4 Year Old Rye

Plymouth Gin

Nolet's Gin

Seguinot VSOP Cognac

Ultimat Vodka

Laird's 7 1/2 Year Old Apple Brandy

Pig's Nose Blended Scotch Whiskey

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt

Jura 16 Year Old single malt

Double Cross Vodka

Cold River Potato Vodka

Jameson Gold Reserve