It’s all about happy hour.
In my first job out of college, I started going to happy hour with co-workers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel bar. I told myself it was a great way to skip horrific rush-hour traffic southbound on Interstate 83, but it also was a chance to socialize with the people I worked with on a daily basis, meet new friends, and in the early 2000s, the Crowne Plaza always had Flavor Blasted Goldfish crackers to snack on.
Soon after, downtown became a hotbed, and I’ve spent nearly 10 years recording that scenario. Happy hour is where it’s at, so to speak. Discounts on drinks and food can entice even the stodgiest friend or co-worker to let loose a little and relax after the workday. If you’re on a budget, snagging these specials is perfect for your wallet, too.
Pennsylvania’s liquor code, so beautifully antiquated, permits bars and restaurants to have just 14 “happy” hours per week. A law implemented last July updated the allowance from two hours to four “happy” hours per day, but maintains the 14 hour per week maximum. This change allows bars and restaurants to have the flexibility to tailor their specials to fit their needs or coincide with sports or other events.
Bars and restaurants also are allowed to offer full-day specials, besides happy hours.
At first glance, most happy hours have stayed the same. A few are taking advantage, however, and expanding weekday happy hours by foregoing hourly weekend specials.
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