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2021-07-22 8:35:44 AM  
Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007.)

Most I recall, pubs would have discounts on food rather than drinks.
 
2021-07-22 11:13:45 AM  
Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.
 
2021-07-22 11:25:42 AM  
What they need to ban are "gritty" crime dramas set in Boston starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or Marky Mark.

I think "The Departed" only happened because Martin Scorsese saw a cell phone once and thought "Neat, lets make a movie about that".
 
2021-07-22 11:26:02 AM  
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Alcohol better Covid cure than the crap this guy is been selling.
 
2021-07-22 11:28:03 AM  

dothemath: What they need to ban are "gritty" crime dramas set in Boston starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or Marky Mark.

I think "The Departed" only happened because Martin Scorsese saw a cell phone once and thought "Neat, lets make a movie about that".


Noooooooooooooooo.

I desperately need a sequel to The Town.
 
2021-07-22 11:35:29 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.


The last time I was there we bought beer and wine at Big Y. Am I wrong, or was there liquor there as well? I seem to remember buying vodak at the Big Y in Hadley.
 
2021-07-22 11:38:35 AM  
Calm your tits, Subby. If you don't like it or you're an unvaccinated moron you should stay home. The vaccinated & otherwise healthy rest of us are getting back to our lives.
 
2021-07-22 11:38:39 AM  

waxbeans: dothemath: What they need to ban are "gritty" crime dramas set in Boston starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or Marky Mark.

I think "The Departed" only happened because Martin Scorsese saw a cell phone once and thought "Neat, lets make a movie about that".

Noooooooooooooooo.

I desperately need a sequel to The Town.


That would only make me more annoyed by how different the ending was to the book
 
2021-07-22 11:39:04 AM  
"You should do it drunk and happy."

Or drunk and belligerent. That's a coin toss.
 
2021-07-22 11:40:39 AM  

ToasterRadio: "You should do it drunk and happy."

Or drunk and belligerent. That's a coin toss.


Boston: Racist San Francisco
 
2021-07-22 11:41:28 AM  
More like Hackin' Hour!
 
2021-07-22 11:41:41 AM  

Jaesop: waxbeans: dothemath: What they need to ban are "gritty" crime dramas set in Boston starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or Marky Mark.

I think "The Departed" only happened because Martin Scorsese saw a cell phone once and thought "Neat, lets make a movie about that".

Noooooooooooooooo.

I desperately need a sequel to The Town.

That would only make me more annoyed by how different the ending was to the book


OMG

Does that one YouTuber still make 10 minute versions of movies?
/
Runs off to get on the YouTubes
 
2021-07-22 11:41:44 AM  

CFitzsimmons: Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.

The last time I was there we bought beer and wine at Big Y. Am I wrong, or was there liquor there as well? I seem to remember buying vodak at the Big Y in Hadley.


My understanding is that Massachusetts restricts the number of licenses to sell beer that a single entity can hold. This means that that for chains with lots of stores, they'll pick which ones to sell beer at carefully. So, for instance, there are two Trader Joe's stores in Cambridge. The one on Memorial Drive sells beer, but the one at Alewife does not, if I remember correctly.

For a chain like Star Market or Hannaford which has many stores, you probably won't be shopping at the one that sells beer.
 
2021-07-22 11:43:30 AM  

waxbeans: Jaesop: waxbeans: dothemath: What they need to ban are "gritty" crime dramas set in Boston starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon or Marky Mark.

I think "The Departed" only happened because Martin Scorsese saw a cell phone once and thought "Neat, lets make a movie about that".

Noooooooooooooooo.

I desperately need a sequel to The Town.

That would only make me more annoyed by how different the ending was to the book

OMG

Does that one YouTuber still make 10 minute versions of movies?
/
Runs off to get on the YouTubes


See this is why I hate to internet it has no idea what a 10-minute movie is farking stupid mother farkers at Google
 
2021-07-22 11:45:38 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.


I dunno man. If you forgot to buy wine for thanksgiving you probably also forgot turkey and that feels like it's not my problem.
 
2021-07-22 11:46:57 AM  

Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.


Mass has easy access to beer and liquor stores. They all go to NH

Incidentally it seems most liquor stores in Ohio are in major grocery stores now but that's within the last few years.
 
2021-07-22 11:47:33 AM  

GregInIndy: Calm your tits, Subby. If you don't like it or you're an unvaccinated moron you should stay home. The vaccinated & otherwise healthy rest of us are getting back to our lives.


Offer not good in Los Angeles.
 
2021-07-22 11:48:31 AM  
Massachusetts was likely the first entire state in the nation to ban happy hour in 1984 after a 20-year-old woman died in Braintree in a driving accident following a happy hour.

Seriously?
 
2021-07-22 11:49:59 AM  

bostonguy: Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007).


1984. A pretty white girl died in a car accident after getting loaded at a 99 (or maybe Ground Round) and that was the end of that.
 
2021-07-22 11:50:40 AM  
To live in Massachusetts you'll need plenty of alcohol in your system
 
2021-07-22 11:51:08 AM  

whidbey: Massachusetts was likely the first entire state in the nation to ban happy hour in 1984 after a 20-year-old woman died in Braintree in a driving accident following a happy hour.

Seriously?


For the children.
 
2021-07-22 11:52:32 AM  
Dukakis recalls happy-hour ban, guarantees more deaths if it's reinstated

God, maybe it wasn't such a good idea to vote for Dukakis in 1988.  He's a dipshiat about "Defund the Police" too.
 
2021-07-22 11:52:44 AM  
Robert Kraft approves.

Oh wait, that's Happy Endings.
 
2021-07-22 11:52:46 AM  

docilej: To live in Massachusetts you'll need plenty of alcohol in your system


I've got family in a town called Three Rivers.

The unofficial town motto is "It takes 3 livers to live in 3 Rivers."
 
2021-07-22 11:54:32 AM  

Bowen: bostonguy: Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007).

1984. A pretty white girl died in a car accident after getting loaded at a 99 (or maybe Ground Round) and that was the end of that.


I say damn the consequences and bring it back and call it the Chappaquiddick hour ಠ‿ಠ
 
2021-07-22 11:56:03 AM  

bostonguy: Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007.)

Most I recall, pubs would have discounts on food rather than drinks.


When I was at Northeastern, starting in '82, I used to go to the Black Rose. Phil Sweeney still had full ownership and the place had not seen its first significant reconfiguration -- the bar was still along the State St side of the building, there was a partition between it and the tables, and the stage was still planks across the tops of a couple of booths on the Commercial St side.

We had happy hour in those days ... 2-for-1. I'd go in after class on Friday. As happy hour drew to a close, the bartender would actually warn us and encourage purchases in advance. So, I'd have 4 pints in front of me at that point.
 
2021-07-22 11:56:40 AM  

GregInIndy: Calm your tits, Subby. If you don't like it or you're an unvaccinated moron you should stay home. The vaccinated & otherwise healthy rest of us are getting back to our lives.


So much this.

If you're too afraid to go outside, don't.
 
2021-07-22 11:57:18 AM  
What do you expect from a state founded by people that wore buckles on their hats and set their citizens on fire? If you must drink, they make it as much of a chore as possible.
 
2021-07-22 11:57:30 AM  

dothemath: ToasterRadio: "You should do it drunk and happy."

Or drunk and belligerent. That's a coin toss.

Boston: Racist San Francisco


Plenty of racists in SF, and there's no end of bigots. Probably better just to say Boston: One of many East Coast San Franciscos.
 
2021-07-22 11:58:38 AM  

Bukharin: What do you expect from a state founded by people that wore buckles on their hats and set their citizens on fire? If you must drink, they make it as much of a chore as possible.


We didn't set them on fire. We pressed them. On a related note, Squishy Witches is the name of my 4 Non-Blondes cover band.
 
2021-07-22 12:04:25 PM  

Aar1012: Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.

Mass has easy access to beer and liquor stores. They all go to NH

Incidentally it seems most liquor stores in Ohio are in major grocery stores now but that's within the last few years.


Yeah, I haven't been back to Ohio since 2019, and I haven't actually lived there for a much longer time, so I'm less sure about the current state of things regarding liquor sales. The difference I was pointing out was that if you want beer on Ohio, the grocery store will have it so you're not making a separate trip, but there are (were) a lot fewer stores that sell liquor. In Massachusetts, beer or wine is a separate stop, but those stores also sell harder booze, and there are a lot more of them.
 
2021-07-22 12:04:51 PM  

ToasterRadio: dothemath: ToasterRadio: "You should do it drunk and happy."


Or drunk and belligerent. That's a coin toss.

Boston: Racist San Francisco

Plenty of racists in SF, and there's no end of bigots. Probably better just to say Boston: One of many East Coast San Franciscos.


But I meant that in only the most positive sense.
 
2021-07-22 12:15:16 PM  
They took away Happy Hour? I thought this was America?

Which party supports day drinking?
 
2021-07-22 12:19:20 PM  

bostonguy: Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007.)

Most I recall, pubs would have discounts on food rather than drinks.


It was a big thing during the 1980's.  I remember going to Jonathan Swift's in Harvard Square after work.  It had been a day of dusty demolition, so I ordered a shot of whiskey with my beer to cut the dirt.  The guy showed up with 2 beers and 2 shots.  Soon after, the guy next to me bought me another round.  He was a Vietnam vet and gave me the best advice of all time about how to get with the woman of my dreams.  If you want to know the advice was along the lines of "Every woman will have a moment when she's willing, even if it only lasts for a minute.  The trick is to know when that moment of weakness occurs."  I have observed this mostly in hindsight, thinking "Oh yeah, that would have been the moment but I missed it."
Luckily I had ridden my bike that day and there's no law against drunk biking (I'm pretty sure there is a law against drunk biking.)
 
2021-07-22 12:32:25 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.


Youre not SOL. Just drive over the state line into New Hampshire and buy it there (and for much less cost).
 
2021-07-22 12:41:19 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: CFitzsimmons: Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.

The last time I was there we bought beer and wine at Big Y. Am I wrong, or was there liquor there as well? I seem to remember buying vodak at the Big Y in Hadley.

My understanding is that Massachusetts restricts the number of licenses to sell beer that a single entity can hold. This means that that for chains with lots of stores, they'll pick which ones to sell beer at carefully. So, for instance, there are two Trader Joe's stores in Cambridge. The one on Memorial Drive sells beer, but the one at Alewife does not, if I remember correctly.

For a chain like Star Market or Hannaford which has many stores, you probably won't be shopping at the one that sells beer.


That is why Trader Joe's closed its location in Tyngsboro, MA and immediately opened back up again one mile up the road into Nashua, NH.
 
2021-07-22 12:48:31 PM  
But how do the bartenders feel about it? Happy Hour is great for tips and all that, but I wonder how many would find the added responsibility of ensuring people are not drunk is worth the tips?
 
2021-07-22 12:52:35 PM  

Metastatic Capricorn: Bukharin: What do you expect from a state founded by people that wore buckles on their hats and set their citizens on fire? If you must drink, they make it as much of a chore as possible.

We didn't set them on fire. We pressed them. On a related note, Squishy Witches is the name of my 4 Non-Blondes cover band.


♫ Woo Ooh, Squishy Witches, they got the stones piled high-ey-ey-eye!♩ ♪
 
2021-07-22 12:54:03 PM  
This has nothing to do with covid, branch covidianmitter. Happy hour was done away with in 1984 after a drunk driving fatality. Be sure to bath in sanitizer and triple mask just in case freak show.
 
2021-07-22 12:58:38 PM  
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2021-07-22 1:01:27 PM  
Happy Hour, whatever.
24-hr grocery stores need to go back to being open 24 HOURS.
Some of us still work 2nd and 3rd shifts, so it would be very farking nice, if you farking please.
 
2021-07-22 1:16:48 PM  

lurkey: Happy Hour, whatever.
24-hr grocery stores need to go back to being open 24 HOURS.
Some of us still work 2nd and 3rd shifts, so it would be very farking nice, if you farking please.


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2021-07-22 1:17:57 PM  
Since everything shut down, we have been having covid cocktails  in our front yard with neighbors every Friday evening. First with masks and social distancing etc. Now , chairs, tables lighting , music, potluck, BBQ, shots of Tully lined up, specialty drink nights, toasts, fire pit, sneaking in the backyard to smoke a joint, and 10 to 20 people who are our neighbors and freinds all in the front yard on the sidewalk.

Difficulty, we live downtown  a 5 minute walk away from the Pier and a dozens of bars and restaurants..

So , we don't need your steenking happy hour,

At least one positive thing out of this mess
 
2021-07-22 1:28:06 PM  
Hey, today is Thursday.  Happy 'hour' all night tonight at my favorite bar/restaurant!  1/2 price tenderloin lollipops, wooooo!
 
2021-07-22 1:38:12 PM  

Martian_Astronomer: CFitzsimmons: Martian_Astronomer: Massachusetts has some oddly inconsistent liquor laws.

On the one hand, due to a quirk of how licensing works, most chain supermarkets cannot carry beer and wine.
On the other hand, there are independent liquor stores on almost every corner.

This effectively means it's less convenient to get beer but far more convenient to get hard liquor than it is in, say, Ohio.

Liquor stores can be open till 11:00 pm seven days a week, but there are no happy hours and liquor stores must be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you are going to Thanksgiving in Massachusetts and forget to buy wine the day before, you're SOL.

The last time I was there we bought beer and wine at Big Y. Am I wrong, or was there liquor there as well? I seem to remember buying vodak at the Big Y in Hadley.

My understanding is that Massachusetts restricts the number of licenses to sell beer that a single entity can hold. This means that that for chains with lots of stores, they'll pick which ones to sell beer at carefully. So, for instance, there are two Trader Joe's stores in Cambridge. The one on Memorial Drive sells beer, but the one at Alewife does not, if I remember correctly.

For a chain like Star Market or Hannaford which has many stores, you probably won't be shopping at the one that sells beer.


Market Basket finessed this by creating MB Liquors and putting their own liquor store right next to each new grocery that they build.
 
2021-07-22 1:40:06 PM  

Mock26: But how do the bartenders feel about it? Happy Hour is great for tips and all that, but I wonder how many would find the added responsibility of ensuring people are not drunk is worth the tips?


Legalized happy hours aren't compulsory happy hours.
 
2021-07-22 1:47:27 PM  

drewogatory: whidbey: Massachusetts was likely the first entire state in the nation to ban happy hour in 1984 after a 20-year-old woman died in Braintree in a driving accident following a happy hour.

Seriously?

For the children.


It was driven by the state MADD chapter.  That incident became the centerpiece of their campaign. It did cause a significant reduction in DUIs and accidents involving an impaired driver.
 
2021-07-22 2:03:45 PM  

dothemath: ToasterRadio: "You should do it drunk and happy."

Or drunk and belligerent. That's a coin toss.

Boston: Racist San Francisco


San Francisco is racist San Francisco.
Jesus Christ read the news.
 
2021-07-22 2:38:50 PM  

Bowen: bostonguy: Bring it BACK? When was there Happy Hour? (I left in 2007).

1984. A pretty white girl died in a car accident after getting loaded at a 99 (or maybe Ground Round) and that was the end of that.

The beginning of the end of Happy Hour occurred in the parking lot of a Braintree mall on the hot, dry, night of Sept. 9, 1983, according to press reports.
On that Friday night, Kathleen Barry, 20, of Weymouth, met her friends at Ground Round, where they had won free pitchers of beer in a "name that tune" game, according to a Boston Herald story and George McCarthy, then chairman of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
After leaving the bar, Barry and a friend climbed on top of another friend's 1975 Chevrolet sedan for a joy-ride around the King's Plaza parking lot in Braintree, according to a Boston Herald account. Barry fell under the car and was dragged 50 feet, breaking her neck, arms and legs. The driver had consumed at least seven beers, according to the ABCC.

 
2021-07-22 3:14:27 PM  

Bukharin: What do you expect from a state founded by people that wore buckles on their hats and set their citizens on fire? If you must drink, they make it as much of a chore as possible.


Youre this upset there is no happy hour?   Happy hour makes it less of a chore to drink?
 
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