An Ar­gu­ment for Al­co­hol

Bloomberg Businessweek (Asia) - - ETC -

Needle­point? Sure, if that’s your thing. Tram­polin­ing? Sounds fun, un­til you re­al­ize you’ve be­come less flex­i­ble since you were 12. Art mu­seum? Whoa, that would prob­a­bly re­quire a lot of think­ing. For all the al­ter­na­tives to sidling up to a bar and or­der­ing a Man­hat­tan (fall, win­ter), a Ne­groni (spring, sum­mer), or a High Life (is it 5?), does any­thing beat sit­ting, slowly for­get­ting about your spread­sheets, and chat­ting up strangers? That’s a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion. The an­swer is no. “Maybe find time for that new ac­tiv­ity be­fore work,” says Jim Kearns, bar di­rec­tor for New York’s Hap­pi­est Hour ( hap­pi­esthournyc.com), which of­fers free French fries and a $10 beer-and-shot spe­cial from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon­day through Thurs­day. (Take that, veg­etable preser­va­tion class.) If noth­ing else, says Jeff DeCanio, Hap­pi­est Hour’s gen­eral manager, bars usu­ally have one sum­mer es­sen­tial you’re not go­ing to find at an out­door food fes­ti­val: “air con­di­tion­ing.”

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