Boston Happy Hour Overview

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Boston happy hours do not exist. That's because in 1984, then-Governor Michael Dukakis signed into law stipulations prohibiting happy hour promotions and discounted liquor sales in an attempt to curb drunk driving. Since that time, bars and pubs have had to use creativity and clever marketing when it comes to roping in the after-work crowd.

Most Boston bars choose to get around the law by instead offering great deals on bar food. McCormick & Schmick's features a “Social Hour” menu in its bar area, with sophisticated versions of traditional pub grub at reasonable prices with a minimum beverage purchase.

Tremont 647 in Boston's South End has always been a great spot for affordable eats and out-of-this-world drinks, thanks to the bartenders who do their own house infusions. The restaurant's bar side, known as Sister Sorel, offers $5 Mondays, featuring four different appetizers for $5 each.

Similarly, the Globe Bar & Café in Back Bay offers a “Bar Bites” menu from 5pm to 8pm from Monday through Friday, with appetizers for less than four bucks. Other spots, like Zuma Tex Mex Grill, highlight one particular cheap drink offering – such as $5 margaritas – which can be ordered at any time, but promote them with a cheap-eats menu aimed at the after-work crowd.

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