No Happy Hour, Massachusetts
What started as a response to a fatal drunk driving incident back in the ‘80s turned into a law abolishing happy hour set by then-governor Michael Dukakis in 1984. Nearly 30 years later, the ban on drink specials is affecting customers to this day, disallowing free or discounted alcoholic drinks during certain time periods.
Alex Attia, General Manager of The Charles Hotel in Cambridge tells us, “In Massachusetts, ‘happy hour’ does not exist as it does in other states. All liquor specials must be available all hours for a full week and spirits cannot be discounted. At Noir here in The Charles Hotel, we've created a food-driven happy hour - Noir Bites - with our food offerings to entice people during peak periods. At times, it is very hard to explain this to our out-of-state clients, but the law is the law, and we always respect it.”