Making the most out of Happy Hour

Picture this: you’ve just moved to the great city of Houston. Your first week at the job has been tedious, there are too many names to remember, and you’re still unpacking every night after work. The weekend is finally here, and you’re looking forward to unwinding, but don’t really have a plan. Your friendly Space City neighbor has your back and is here to help. Even if you’ve lived here your whole life or just arrived, what better way to spend the time than to enjoy a good old happy hour, no matter the occasion! You might be thinking, “that sounds like a great idea, I’ll close this tab immediately and head out right now!” Slow down there a sec because I’ve got five great tips to help you make the most out of happy hours.

  1. Be informed – Know what the different happy hours around you are. Ask your friends and co-workers what their favorite places are for happy hour. Better yet, since you’re here, take a look around to see the different times and specials of all the bars near you. Knowing what times and offerings are available for a bar’s happy hours will save you the headache of having just missed their specials because that one Yelp review you looked at was posted last year.
  2. Make a plan – Once you know where you want to go, decide on whether you’re settling down for the evening, or bar hopping. If you’re sticking to one place for the night, try to get there before their happy hour if you can (assuming they’re open then). That way, you can take full advantage of the deals. If you’re jumping around from bar to bar, try to line up the happy hours as best you can. It might be a little difficult to remember as the night goes, but if you fail, then you have a good excuse to go out and try again.
  3. Have “a drink” – While I’m a fan of trying out the different drinks bars have to offer, personally I’m a bigger fan of having your go-to drink. Whether it’s a certain type of beer or cocktail, it helps to have one type of drink you’ve had multiple times. Especially when it comes to cocktails, when you find a bartender that knows how to make your drink perfectly, odds are that they’re pretty good at making other drinks.
  4. Get familiar – So you’ve found a bar that serves your favorite drink at the right time and place. Then start to get to know the crowd. Talk to the bartender when they’re not too busy. Maybe meet the owner when they’re around. Once the staff gets to know you, odds are they’ll keep you in the loop of future specials. You’ll get your drink faster during the busy times since they’ll already know what you like. You start going there often enough, they might even knock a drink off your tab!
  5. There’s more to HH than just drinks – Many bars and restaurants offer specials on their appetizers and entrées during their happy hours. It’s always a good idea to have some food in you when you’re out drinking, so why not enjoy something while you’re there. As I’m typing this, I know I’ll be enjoying some $1 tacos tonight at Christian’s Tailgate.
  6. Have fun! – I know I said five tips, but counting isn’t high on my list of priorities, so here’s one last tip anyways. Whether you’re going out with your friends, your partner, or a stranger you just met, or if you’re out on your own, try to enjoy yourself.

So there you have it. With these five six tips, you’re set to have a good night out drinking. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders as they’re the ones that help make all these happy hours possible. As always, drink responsibly and make sure your crew gets home safe and sound at the end of the night.