It's called 'Happy Hour' and almost all of the local restaurants here happily indulge their patrons. Many drinks/cocktails/beer or wine are heavily price-reduced for two hours a day, usually late afternoon between 4PM and 6PM. Many restaurants also have a reduced-priced menu to go along with their drinks. Those two combinations: low cost cocktails and top shelf, reduced-priced menu items make for a very nice afternoon where you can catch up with your friends without breaking your retirement bank roll. Whoever invented this social phenomenon, in my book, is a genius! Thank you!
DH and I met some of our friends the other day at an exclusive restaurant during Happy Hour. I had my fave cocktail, a black raspberry Cosmopolitan, for only five bucks! Normally, this drink sells between $12 and $14 (I've seen it for $18 a few times!). The Happy Hour menu included many of the restaurants notoriously expensive dishes with starting prices of only $3.95! How cool is that? Apparently, my fellow retirees sure know how to live!
We were a party of eight, happily crammed into a booth (the waiter told us in order to get the Happy Hour selections, we had to remain in the bar area and not deep inside the restaurant......which was fine with us!). Good conversation, lots of laughs, lots of cocktails and food flowing ($5 burgers, $4 flat bread pizzas, $6 shrimp scampi to name a few of the choices). It was a lovely, enjoyable two hours.
I can get used to living like this.
And I will.