Happy Hour has been banned in Illinois since 1989, but could be making a triumphant return.

My husband was so excited to come home and tell me the news about Happy Hour. He is a bartender and works very hard to make sure his guests have a wonderful time on their nights out.

Happy Hour returning to Illinois
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Happy Hour isn't something we have had in Illinois since 1989. We are one of the only states that do not allow it. Happy hour drink specials may not be a thing of the past.

I know you are thinking, but Lori, my favorite bar has drink specials every night? That's not what I'm talking about.

Currently, under law, alcohol specials are allowed but under restrictions. An alcoholic drink needed to be discounted for an entire day rather than a shorter period of time.

That may change.

A new bill, according to The Chicago Tribune, was passed by the House on May 28 and the Senate on May 31, allowing discounts for a few hours a day on alcoholic beverages. In order for the bill to pass, Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to pass the bill.

This brings a whole new meaning to Happy Hour doesn't it!

There of course will be rules that establishments will have to follow:

  • Discounts are allowed for up to four hours a day, and up to 15 hours a week.
  • Specials must be advertised a week in advance
  • Volume specials, like two drinks for the price of one, are still prohibited.
  • Happy Hour deals can not be offered after 10 p.m.
  • Establishments could offer meal packages listing food and alcoholic beverage pairings together for a fixed price
  • All alcohol servers in the state have to complete B.A.S.S.E.T. training. (I have done the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training class in the past. It's not difficult, but very informative.)

I think this is fantastic news. Let's hope this passes soon, I'm craving a margarita.




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