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The Ravens Club Happy Hour

Update (October 12, 2016)
Happy Hour happens weekdays from 4–6pm and Late Night Thursdays from 9pm–close.
$7 cocktails, $1 off select draft beer and the best $5 snacks in downtown!

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I’ve been doing a lot of research on the evolution of the “Happy Hour,” and although it is ingrained in our minds as a communal cocktail experience, its origins are unclear. The first mention in print of “Happy Hour” in this context came in a 1959 Saturday Evening Post article. But it was earlier, in the 1920s, thanks to the failed experiment called Prohibition, when brave citizens gathered for pre-dining hours specifically focused on consuming then-illegal cocktails at a speakeasy or home bar. Eventually, the ideas merged, and people began using the phrase frequently to refer to a jolly time had when drinking with friends during the late-afternoon hours and early-evening hours.

It only makes sense that such a time would be revered. You’ve just completed a hard day’s work and aren’t quite ready to head home or weigh yourself down with a meal. But you need to shake off the day and kick up those heels! What can possibly be better than going into the perfect establishment to partake of cocktails and convivial chatter?

Picking the perfect place, though, can be a little tricky; it must be a bar, lounge, saloon, tavern or watering hole that meets some very specific criteria. First, the bartender must be approachable and amiable. Second, the bartender must make a dandy drink-one that doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds, but rather, entrances, and one that isn’t served in a trough-size receptacle. Third, the place in which you’re spending a happy hour should allow for conversations both intimate and joyous. And, finally, the establishment should have a different atmosphere at happy hour than other times, adding to the uniqueness of those hours.

If you’ve had a bad day at the salt mine, happy hour must lift the weight from your shoulders and put you right for the evening. If you’re getting ready to have dinner with a set of new in-laws, happy hour is necessary to steady the nerves. Happy hour has to remind us that whatever came before or whatever might come afterward, right here and now, for these few hours, all is well-and well shaken-with the world.

So with this information in hand, we set out to create the right atmosphere, the right cocktails and small bites to satisfy those late afternoon cravings. We’ve put five of our top selling cocktails on our HH menu along with our eclectic draft beer selections and priced them all at $4. We hope that these great drinks along with five small plate selections, also at $4, will entice you to stop in and relax for a moment before your big evening!