The History of Happy Hour

Happy Hour is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of work. However, have you ever wondered where exactly the tradition of Happy Hour comes from?

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The term “Happy Hour” dates back to the early 19th century. Happy Hour was used as U.S. Naval slang to describe the downtime that would take place on Navy ships. During this Happy Hour, members of the Navy would entertain themselves with boxing and wrestling matches.

Happy Hour wasn’t associated with drinking until the Prohibition. After the 18th Amendment went into effect in 1920, prohibiting the manufacturing, transportation, and sale of alcohol, renegade drinkers headed to speakeasy clubs to drink illegally. The time they spent drinking at speakeasy clubs was known as Happy Hour.

In the 1960s, Happy Hour began to take place during after-work hours. With the working class seeking a way to unwind after work, bar and restaurant businesses took advantage of the after-work hours to offer Happy Hour deals. The Happy Hour of the 1960s is still going strong today, with a couple of hours in the early evening dedicated to having a drink or two for a discount price. Many restaurants and bars host Happy Hours, including Coastal Kitchen! We here at Coastal Kitchen host our Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. During our Happy Hour you can dine on a $5 Cuba Libre, a $5 mixed drink, a $7 Daiquiri, $2 off beer and wine, and even half price snacks.

Get your Happy Hour on this week at Coastal Kitchen. Pay us a visit between 4 and 6 p.m. during the weekdays to enjoy delicious Suffolk County drinks and delightful deals. You can find our restaurant and bar at 12 East Main Street in Bay Shore. We look forward to serving you soon!

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  • Sunday: 11:30am - 1am

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