The History of the Happy Hour

Have you ever wondered how “happy hour” got its name? 

 

You’d be surprised to learn that one of our favorite phrases, “Happy Hour!” actually dates back to WWI and a group of homemakers… Sound intriguing? Read on to learn about the history of happy hour

 

Happy Hours at Sea

 

During WWI, a group of well meaning homemakers – determined to make life for our Navy officers at sea more pleasant – started “Happy Hour” on board the Navy’s USS Arkansas, which quickly spread to other ships. These happy hours would be a time for them to smoke and enjoy entertainment including wrestling matches, movies, dances, and boxing in the evenings.

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Modern Day Happy Hour

 

Before dinner drinking really began to take off during the Prohibition. Speakeasys readily advertised happy hours where their guests could enjoy drinks before they headed out to have dinner at restaurants that were not allowed to serve alcohol. As the Prohibition ended in the 1930s, the acceptability of day drinking began to rise in the workplace. For white collar workers in the 1950s and 60s, day drinking was just a part of the job and restaurants began opening advertising “happy hours” for drink specials after work. (Think Mad Men.) Interest in happy hour declined through the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but has since made a modern day resurgence. Let’s drink to that!

 

Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey

 

Well now that you’ve gotten your daily dose of history and useless trivia, it’s time to talk about when you’re coming in to partake in your next Dallas Happy Hour at The Nodding Donkey! Join us any day this week for daily happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers; just ask your server for details on which handcrafted cocktails, craft beer, delicious appetizers, and wine specials are available that day! We’re the best sports bar in Dallas for a reason!