How Happy Hour Came to Be

Happy hour is a terrific time to meet up with your friends or coworkers and take advantage of the specials that are offered at your favorite restaurant. While happy hour is a staple in many people’s routine, the concept of a happy hour can actually be traced back to recent history. From its humble beginnings as a Naval recreational period, happy hour is now offered by restaurants across the country. Let’s take a quick look back at the history of happy hour.

Origins: 19 th Century

The first mention of happy hour can be linked to the first decades of the 1800s, when it was mentioned in Naval records. In order to boost moral, sailors were provided with an hour of recreation at the end of their shifts. This hour quickly became referred to as happy hour, and typically featured wrestling matches and other physical activities.

Development: Prohibition Era

Happy hour became associated with drinking and eating during the Prohibition Era of the 20 th century. In the 1920s, the 18 th amendment made it illegal for American citizens to buy, drink, or produce alcohol. However, drinking culture prevailed, despite the amendment. When local drinkers met up for a libation, they referred to their time as the happy hour. These happy hours were held secretly, and often occurred earlier in the evening.

Expansion: Modern Day

After the end of prohibition, Americans no longer had to drink in secret speakeasies and underground bars. However, the concept of happy hour continued to gain popularity, even after prohibition was discontinued. Over the decades, bars and restaurants began attracting the after work crowd by offering happy hours during the early hours of the evening.

When you are planning your next happy hour in Katy, come down to the bar at Salt and Pepper. Our restaurant offers a popular nightly happy hour that includes food and drink special. To learn more about our happy hour schedule, or to make a reservation at our steakhouse, give us a call at (281) 347-6803.