June 23, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Happy hour in Pennsylvania may soon get a lot happier. Under legislation that received final House passage on Wednesday, bars and restaurants will get more flexibility to schedule the times they sell cheap drinks each week. Bars would still have to comply with the total 14-hour-a-week happy-hour limit, but the bill increases the happy-hour period from two hours to four hours a day. The legislation is part of a bill to address several issues in the state's arcane liquor code.
September 14, 2011
It perhaps goes without saying, but happy hour is one of the sublime pleasures of adulthood. Yet while everyone knows the concept of happy hour, I'll bet a lot of people never realized that happy hours were so closely regulated. In Pennsylvania, a bar or restaurant can only hold a maximum of 14 hours of happy hours per week and those hours must be posted seven days in advance. Until recently, an establishment could only host two hours of happy hour each day. Those laws were loosened somewhat in July, and we can now enjoy up to four hours of happy hour.
August 1, 1991 |
The recession has taken a bite out of your budget, you're too tired to make the late-night club scene and, besides, you're so hungry, you could eat sand. Not to worry. You can still make the scene at any number of clubs in Atlantic City during early-evening happy hours, where the star attractions are reduced-price drinks and complimentary munchies. There are so many of these, it's hard to narrow them down. So, once again, I rounded up Blanche, Stanley and Stella for a little rendezvous on a Jitney named Desire, so we wouldn't have to worry about driving.
July 29, 2011 |
BETWEEN MIXING margaritas at Northern Liberties' Cantina Dos Segundos, Bob Achilles said he was wary of state legislation that lets bars double the two-hour length of happy hour. "I'm just envisioning people getting drunk then leaving after happy hour ends, and not tipping," said Achilles, 34. "But I'm a worrier. We'll find out soon enough. " Dos Segundos, like many Philly bars, hasn't figured out what to do with the wiggle room afforded by the law, which went into effect yesterday.
May 27, 2010
Philadelphia Park will begin its summer Happy Hour racing schedule tomorrow with a 4 p.m. post time. The track will offer racing on Fridays for 10 weeks through the end of July. During that span, the Pha will be dark Sundays, except for this Sunday ( Memorial Day weekend), June 20 (Father's Day) and July 4 (Independence Day). Live racing on those three Sundays begins at 12:25 p.m. Along with live racing, live bands will play in the Picnic Grove, along with food and drink specials and local disc jockeys as hosts.
August 2, 2013 |
What's the best way to end a long workday? Small bites at a fair price. Good company. And, of course, a cocktail. And the best place to get all three? Happy hour. What follows are some road-tested recommendations for good deals at fun post-work hangouts that will surely cure any case of the stuck-in-the-city-in-the-summer blues. For good, inexpensive small plates and groups who can't decide between a party atmosphere or a professional setting, check out Sampan - where you can get a little of both, plus an extensive menu of $2 to $4 small bites.
February 19, 2011
Let's have a toast: To superfluousness, which the Pennsylvania legislature embodies; to the nanny state, which it perpetuates; and to Prohibition, which it suspects wasn't such a bad idea after all. Hear, hear! The occasion for this celebration is a new bill amending state regulations governing happy hours. No, that's not the half-price well whiskey talking: The state really does have regulations governing happy hours - or, for those wondering how a government lawyer would define them, "the period of time during which a licensee discounts alcoholic beverages.
April 19, 1987 |
Happy Hour (Rounder ) is only Ted Hawkins' second album, but this 50-year-old musician has already earned a special place in popular music. Like his 1982 debut, Watch Your Step, this new record offers his unique mixture of country, blues, folk and pop music, sung in a warm, gravelly voice. Hawkins is a first-rate songwriter, filling his compositions with vivid yet simple language and creating melodies that remind you of influences as disparate as Sam Cooke and the Everly Brothers.
August 12, 2016 |
Step into Gran Caffe L'Aquila on a Friday evening, and you may feel like you've wandered out of Center City and into a bar in, say, Venice. Staffers chatter in Italian, and, in the back, past the displays of gelati and panini, the marble-topped bar is laden with goblets of sparkling vermilion drink. Crowding in for drinks are regulars like Leontine Benedicenti, 39, a Milanese expatriate who was treating her homesickness with the preferred remedy, an Aperol Spritz. This is aperitivo , the Italian answer to happy hour.
October 14, 1994 |
Happy hour. Such a cheerful name, such a great concept. You're tired and tense from a rough day at work, but it's too early for dinner - what better way to unwind than with a couple of cold ones and a handful of beer nuts in the company of friends? Although you might want to upgrade the scenario a little: How about a glass or two of wine, some appetizers, and oooh, maybe even the possibility of meeting someone new? Now that's happy. It's also what you're likely to find at happy hours these days.