According to A History Of Drinking, the term “happy hour” was coined in the U.S. Navy during the 1920s as a euphemism for drinking on board the ship. Although people have embraced happy hours for almost a century now, National Happy Hour Day is a relatively new “holiday” and it’s right around the corner.
And what better way to celebrate on November 12 than at the nation’s best happy hours? This fun and unofficial “holiday” is all about cutting out a little early to enjoy delicious drinks and small bites with friends, coworkers, and family. So, grab your crew and head to your nearest restaurant because merriment is encouraged all week long.
Denver: With 15 martinis to choose from on the happy hour menu (all $6 each!), Blue Sushi Sake Grill is a sushi lover’s dream. There is something for everyone on the extensive menu, including nigari, sashimi, raw and cooked rolls, and generous shared plates. We’ll have one of everything, please!
San Diego: La Puerta offers an amazing happy every day of the week, making it an ideal spot whenever your taco and margarita craving strikes. Go on Monday for half off all drinks AND appetizers from 3 p.m. to close. We’ll take another order of chips and salsa, too.
Napa: Stop by Carpe Diem in Napa for truffle fries or mac and cheese topped with duck and pair it with some of the most delicious wine around. Another spot with a daily happy hour, it’s the perfect mid-day rest-stop after doing some touring in California wine country. Insider tip: don’t miss out on the chef’s selection of tacos, which are constantly changing.
New York: Anytime you can get a beer, a shot, and a hot dog for $10, you know you’ve found a happy hour gem. Head to Mess Hall in Harlem for free cheese puffs and a delicious “adult happy meal.”
San Francisco: If you like oysters, then you can’t pass up this $1 happy hour! Head to Bar Crudo in San Francisco for fresh and delicious seafood, straight from the source. Pair it with your drink(s) of choice, and it’s the best deal in town.