Today is the 75th anniversary of Prohibition getting the axe. To celebrate, here are some resources for locating happy hours and free drinks near you. There are probably some special Prohibition-themed events going on in your city too, but these sites can lead you to cheap drinks any time.
A guide to who’s serving free drinks in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and Honolulu. You’ll find legitimate listings like art shows that happen to give away booze, to shadier ideas like crashing company parties: “And the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Party sounds like an uber awesome gathering of tech nerds …” Use at your own discretion and don’t blame us if you get picked up by security.
This site maps happy hours in Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, and San Francisco. It lists what the specials are, times, and locations. Because of it, I now know about $2 Guinness pints at a pub near my house, a $9.50 Polynesian buffet and cheap tropical drinks at the infamous Tonga Room, and $2 bar bites and cheap drinks around the corner from CHOW HQ. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
The Unthirsty folks have a pretty fancy site that allows people to leave comments and rate happy hours, as well as maps them out on via Google. It covers a lot of metros too, including Portland OR, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Tacoma, Brooklyn, Austin, Philadelphia, Vancouver WA, Las Vegas, San Diego, Minneapolis, Spokane, Pasadena, Atlanta, and Miami. It also has a filter called “I’m Picky” that lets you refine your city’s results by categories like wi-fi, food specials, and if there is a patio. Bonus points for the extremely cute cartoon-character pint glasses and martini olives.