Happy Hour May Be Getting a Little Happier
“It’s five o’clock somewhere,” so the song and the story go. This phrase is used by those wishing to justify drinking alcohol at some point during the day instead of waiting until the usual evening hours.
But a happy hour is not always just an hour.
In thirty-nine of the fifty states, some restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have happy hour from 5 to 7 on Monday through Friday, or at some other period of time that is more than an hour. During happy hour, discounted drinks and food are offered, and sometimes along with some other perks.
However, in eleven of fifty states in the “land of the free,” there is no happy hour. Happy hour bans are in effect in the states of Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont.
But happy hour may be getting a little happier.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, state representative for the Twenty-Sixth Middlesex District Mike Connolly, a self-described “activist, attorney, renter, proud progressive Democrat and DSA member,” has introduced a bill (HD.3896) to “revisit the state’s ban on Happy Hour, in place since 1984.” The bill is technically “an Act providing for immediate and long-term relief for restaurants and bars in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Connolly cites a new Massachusetts poll showing that “70% of Massachusetts residents [polled] support allowing bars and restaurants to offer discounted after-work drinks.”
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker said he wasn’t interested in reversing the ban, however, because of the “awful, horrible, terrible
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