After a long day of work, sometimes it’s nice to unwind with a little food and a drink or two with friends. It’s common to head out to the local bar and grab a beer and some appetizers before heading home. Since bars and restaurants know this pattern is a habit for many people, many offer happy hour drink specials with reduced drink and food prices. If you’re someone in a uniform polo shirt who just got away from the office and is looking for a place to hang out for a bit, you’ll likely have a lot of choices. Considering the happy hour specials might factor in to your decision, but you don’t want to take too long to decide. These specials usually run from somewhere around 4 to somewhere around 7. If you hit the gym beforehand and get to the bar or restaurant after 7, you may have missed your chance.
One great thing about happy hour is it brings in people of all kinds, from construction workers to accountants. Whether you have a housekeeper uniform or a business suit, all are welcome at after work. And since everyone is pretty much in the same boat–trying to relax after a long day of work, the mood is usually pretty laid-back and relaxed. Everyone is simply there to let go of the pressures of the day or week and focus in on socializing with their friends. There’s usually a lot of laughing, and the atmosphere is pretty casual.
For the bar or restaurant, the happy hour is a pretty good strategy. Since they’re looking for repeat customers, any time they can get someone in the door of their establishment is a good thing. Those excursions might lead to guy’s nights out or dinners with the family. Sure, the bar might be able to make more money during happy hour by selling full-price drinks and food, but that might make the table of five guys in uniform work shirts go to the restaurant down the street instead. So the revenue has been lost from that happy hour, as well as a decreased potential for repeat business in the future. It’s pretty apparent that happy hour is a symbiotic relationship that helps everyone involved. As long as everyone is having a good time and has a safe way to get home, it is a great thing!