“Happy Hour” does not exist in Massachusetts, at least in legal status. Back in 1984 the Commonwealth decided to ban all Happy Hour bar promotions, believing that people soaking up cheap alcohol after work were contributing to an increase in fatal DUI incidents. No more $2 pitchers, 25 cent cans, “mexican madness” tequila give-aways, beer pong, or “drink free until you pee” contests (the ban applies also to allowing any games involving drinking). The Happy Hour ban essentially outlaws any form of drink promotion other than ongoing weekly specials, and as a result Mass. isn’t the easiest place to find cheap drinks. I suspect that killing Happy Hour also meant a reduction in people going out for after-work drinks, unlike Mass.’ western neighbor where Happy Hour is a HUGE deal and after-work bar gathering has a far greater social significance.
How big of a deal is Happy Hour in your neck of the woods? Are you a Happy Hour regular?