Ever wonder what the origin of the term “Happy Hour” is? A bit of research yielded some conflicting information. All agreed on two things: one is that the term originated in 1920 in the US Navy, denoting a time when sailors had a few hours to engage in entertaining pastimes. The other is that widespread use of the phrase came about after a 1959 mention in the venerable Saturday Evening Post. The term has come to mean that time, just after work, when people kick back a bit after a long day and get “happy.” Traditionally, bars and lounges offer reduced drink prices and often discounted appetizers. Santa Fe has a variety of Happy Hour options in a range of venues from swanky to casual. Some places offer discounted food options so it can be a relatively inexpensive way to grab dinner out. Some only offer their full-priced bar menu and others have no food at all. Besides early evening Happy Hours, some places have mid-afternoon ones as well, including “Hoppy Hour” at Low ‘n Slow and a 3pm tapas and drink time at La Boca. A few places such as Secreto Lounge and The Living Room at Loretto have late night Happy Hours as well. Not all places in Santa Fe have full liquor licenses; if that’s important to you, check with them before you go. Wherever you choose to unwind and socialize with friends or make new ones, drink moderately and have a great time!
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