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June 23, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 1, 1991 | By Alissa Wolf, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 29, 2011 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, zalotm@philly.com 215-854-5928
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.
SPORTS
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.
FOOD
August 2, 2013 | By Michelle Dembo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1987 | By Ken Tucker, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 1994 | This story was written by Inquirer staff writer Gwen Florio, with contributions from correspondents Lisa E. Anderson, Doug Donovan, Jayne Feld, Cheryl Squadrito and Andrew Metz
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.
FOOD
August 12, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
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.
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FOOD
August 12, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 28, 2015
Q uestion: I have a friend who always points when talking about someone, which I think is incredibly rude and makes people (especially those being pointed at) feel uncomfortable. But when I told her this, she insisted there was nothing offensive about this, and that people don't even notice it. Please settle this argument. - Liz in New Jersey Answer: Pointing is rude. It's that plain and simple. A person will certainly notice if he or she is being pointed at by a stranger or a friend.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Sheena Faherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
The women drifted around the cloth-draped, candlelit tables, cradling glasses of wine and nibbling on cheese cubes. Some, in suits and heels, had arrived directly from work; others, in stylish workout gear, had already been to the gym. Their chatter muffled sounds of the trendy Rittenhouse Square restaurant downstairs. Then the PowerPoint image flashed up. "This is an egg," reproductive endocrinologist Maureen Kelly told the dozen women, now listening intently. The screen showed a human oocyte, the star of this unlikely happy hour on egg freezing for women who want children, but not right now. Sprouting up all over the country, such events have been praised for offering important information and criticized as marketing schemes targeting a vulnerable demographic, women all too aware of their ticking biological clocks.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
ANY GIVEN Sunday, open the blue door to the storefront Church of the Living God at 2nd Street near Somerset in West Kensington, and you won't be able to sit still. The band, including a 10-year-old boy strumming a guitar and a 14-year-old girl on the drums, could pass for a professional rock/soul group. Even the oldest member, 100-year-old Anna Lee Green, stands, claps, dances and sings in this self-proclaimed "Happiest Church In The City of Philadelphia. " Happy it is. The church exudes joy even when parishioners cool themselves with fans that depict an ad for a funeral home in the Powelton neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there After a busy week of teaching language arts to seventh graders, Liz was ready for happy hour with coworkers from Carusi Middle School in Cherry Hill. Her phone buzzed with a text that said it was from friend Jenna: "Wear something cute. I'm bringing a friend. " What the heck, Liz thought. Her eHarmony matches had been disappointing. Besides, that early evening in February 2011, Liz, who is now 28, needed some lighthearted fun. She had recently been hospitalized for a blood clot in her leg - a random, frightening incident.
FOOD
August 2, 2013 | By Michelle Dembo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | Laurie T. Conrad
Put some Zen cool in your summer with "Zen Tea Basics," an exploration of Asian teas with Pamela Lee, 2-4 p.m. July 21 at Yoga on the Ridge (493 Domino Lane, 215-792-6400, YogaOnTheRidge.com ). Sample tea varieties from green to oolong, with snack pairings. Tips on how to tell good teas from bad, too. $30. Preregistration required. National Pralines Day was Sunday, but Beck's Cajun Cafe is reveling all week long with a version of the sweet New Orleans treat at its Reading Terminal Market location (12th and Arch streets, 484-919-5310, beckscajuncafe.com )
TRAVEL
March 25, 2012 | By Debbi K. Kickham and William D. Kickham, For The Inquirer
Can't afford to vacation in Maui? Lots of people think that - and they're wrong. We have visited Maui every year for the last 20 years, and have discovered tricks and tips to make it an affordable place to stay - and 2011 was no different. Airfare is about $850 round-trip from Philadelphia in the low season (mid-April to mid-June and September to mid-December) to Kahului Airport, in the center of Maui. The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono was our first stop, and we found that this inn, just 10 minutes from the airport, is a great place to relax, unwind, and get your bearings.
NEWS
January 29, 2012 | By Miriam Hill and Shaj Mathew, Inquirer Staff Writers
There's nothing like drinking to a good cause, so why not let Philadelphia bars stay open until 3 a.m. to generate more tax revenue for city schools? That's the idea laid out by City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown on Thursday, a concept that immediately drew criticism. "I can't speak for everyone, but I think the reaction we're going to have is: Absolutely not in this community," said Matt Ruben, president of the board of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Brown anticipated that the bill would fan concerns about crime and rowdy drunken behavior in neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Old City, and Manayunk.
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