Restaurants will offer a variety of sweet deals to get you in the door for their happy hour. It’s almost like getting the employee discount – if only for a limited number of hours per day and only on specific days. If you want to take advantage of some great deals on appetizers and drinks, happy hour is the way to go.
What is “Happy Hour?”
What is a “happy hour” anyway? Well, it’s a set period when certain food and drink are deeply discounted so that customers are more likely to buy them. Many bars and restaurants use that time to promote their on-tap brews and appetizers. The thought behind it is that you’ll consider the discount in perspective and consider buying more because even if you don’t or can’t finish all of the food, you’re still coming out ahead financially since the items are so much cheaper than normal. Because you get a chance to get more of the things that you love, and because food and drink tend to make people happy – BAM! – Happy hour.
History of Happy Hour
You may be asking yourself, “Where did the idea for happy hours come from?” There is evidence that happy hours originated in the early 1900s and is linked to Navy slang. Throughout the First World War, sailors were allowed a period of time off the ship known as “Happy Hour.” However, some experts claim the term happy hour existed before the Navy coined the term. Shakespeare uses the phrase in King Henry V to describe pleasant times.
A Ban on Happiness
Sadly, this “happy hour” happiness isn’t afforded to everyone, though. Citing safety reasons, Massachusetts, Indiana, Utah, and North Carolina all have banned happy hours, as has all military base bars, and Pennsylvania has limited the time happy hours are allowed – it was limited to just two hours until 2011 when it was extended to four hours. Fortunately, here in the United States, bans and limits tend to be more of the exception than the rule – in the U.K., there are even more restrictions if you can imagine that!
Looking for the Best Happy Hour Near You?
If you want to find the restaurant that has your favorite food and drinks on special during happy hour, there’s an app for that – try doing a little bit of research on Yelp! You can also check out our weekly happy hour specials here.