When you’re too tired to stay out late, but too young to stay indoors ||
Now that autumn and daylight savings time is upon us here at the Jersey Shore, it’s getting harder and harder for me to get myself up for a late night out. With darkness coming on sooner in the day and Jersey Shore entertainment starting later in the evening (usually around 10PM), I can barely keep going to enjoy myself. Sometimes, even a nap after getting home from work doesn’t do the trick for me.
So I had to rediscover Happy Hour and make it my own again.
The reason I say “rediscover” is because back when I was spinning records in the early 80’s at the Bar Bombay, Happy Hour was big business, prime time. People literally would park themselves on the bar stools for hours on end, both there and every other watering hole in the area. It was probably one of the best times for the bars to make money outside of the weekend nights, and from a DJ’s perspective, it was an easy payday. There wasn’t a lot of pressure to get people to dance then, just so long as the music was pumping and the people were happy.
Back then, I used to either work deejaying Happy Hour OR go to and meet people for Happy Hour, then go out afterwards to a club. Now it’s Happy Hour or a late night event, either one or the other.
Lately, instead of trying to keep myself up to make it to any of the shore’s major entertainment venues, I’ve just headed out right after work on Friday to the nearest area bar for an “early nightcap”, then head home. The latest I can make myself stay up is probably around 11PM-11:30PM or so, and since a lot of the entertainment starts at 10PM, I have to ask myself if it’s really worth it to go out just when I can feel myself winding down for the night.
Plus, there are usually multiple events going on over the weekend here at the Jersey Shore, so the dilemma is not only whether to stay up to attend an event, but also to choose which one to go to. Unless I see a show that starts late that I really really really want to go see, I’ll just forget about it, hit a couple of pubs for Happy Hour, and call it an early night (drinking responsibly, of course).
Enjoying Happy Hour is easy. You walk in and sit at the bar, then order your favorite drink. If you’re at a local watering hole, more than likely, you’ll start running into people you know. You engage in light conversation with them, then continue to order a few more rounds until you’ve had your fill of social interaction. You close out your tab and then head out.
As a money maker, Happy Hour is coming back. The great thing about HH now is that a lot of places offer acoustic acts as background to all that afternoon imbibing. Usually those acts are stripped-down versions of the groups and musical acts that you’d see in any Jersey Shore club late at night. For instance, even though you wouldn’t see a full music group during a Happy Hour, you might see a smaller version of that group perform while you’re relaxing with a drink in hand. There are some places that still employ deejays during Happy Hour, but more places are switching to live entertainment as a change of pace.
So draw me another Malibu bay breeze, bartender. . .and long live Happy Hour!!
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