It’s a common fact of life that many work-related conflicts can be solved over a drink. Thousands of secrets have been divulged under the tawdry yellow light of an Amstel Light promotional sign. Low-grade alcohol and smoke-stained pleather booths make for amazingly soothing corporate confessionals. In some dark and magical way, the siren’s song of happy hour coaxes coworkers into revealing the real reasons they smite you in the workplace. Messy divorces, deaths in the family and financial turmoil – I’ve heard it all. If you can uncover the truth you might just be able to save your team. And if your team doesn’t need saving, then happy hour is a great reason to get together with friends. In addition to the obvious bar finding tools like Yelp and Citysearch, below are a couple resources to help you enjoy your off-site work excursions:
1. Happy-Hour.com: This service allows users to search for bars via postal code. Listings including a full selection of happy hour specials and their hours. One unique feature of this service is that users can rate their favorite bars. For those of you who enjoy the hermit-like exclusivity of your favorite bar, you might want to ease off on the glowing review for fear of seeing your watering hole gain worldwide popularity.
2.Unthirsty: This site is a particularly useful geek site as it allows users to search for bars serving food and offering wifi access. The patio search is a great idea, but there are definitely some discrepancies with the information. Users should call ahead to ensure that their destination has wifi.
3. Buy Your Friend A Drink: Rather than buying your friend a $1 fake drink on Facebook, you can buy them a real drink and email them a gift certificate while they’re at work. This is a nice way to surprise someone at the end of a long work day.
4. Mappy Hour: This site lets users upload their reviews and happy hour recommendations on a Google Map. This is a great tool for those looking to make multiple stops. In order to save yourself from embarrassing moments, you might want to schedule a stop for dinner as well.
5.My Open Bar: My Open Bar is available in New York and Chicago and offers weekly listings on events serving cheap and free alcohol. From artists’ receptions to cd release parties, this site is a great resource for those looking to wet their whistle on the cheap.
6.Coovents: There’s something about those New Yorkers. Coovents is a happy hour mapping service with a Twitter feed and text messaging service. From half priced sangria in Nolita to $1 beer in the Burg, New Yorkers get the best deals on booze as they happen.
7. MyOrder: This service is outrageously obnoxious unless you’re in one of those particularly crowded happy hours where you’re at constant risk of losing your seat, or you just can’t tear yourself away from a ball game or show. The application allows you to make your order directly from your phone without having to flag down a server. Keep in mind that if you’re going to treat your wait staff like a beer bot, it’s probably best to dish out some extra dinero for a tip.
Drink responsibly and enjoy!