Happy hour is that magical window of time generally occurring at the end of the working day when friends and coworkers gather to blow off steam, divulge secrets, share gossip and hopefully eat some discounted decent food and partake of a tasty bargain beverage or two.
I happen to live in a town that boasts impressive happy hours so I often need a little help deciding where to go, especially since I have a limited socializing budget right now. GoTime simplifies this difficult task.
Let’s say it’s a sunny day in Seattle and for some reason I’m getting off of work at 3:30. I have my heart set on drinking a cold beer on an outdoor patio. Instead of driving all over town, wasting valuable time, I pop on over to GoTime and start a search. I start with the obvious things like the day, the time and the location. Then I further narrow down my options by features, like outdoor seating.
Now I’ll use today as an example. It’s a bit gloomy and damp out, so I would love to cozy up next to a fireplace with a pint of dark ale. A quick GoTime search reveals that today in Seattle, WA, at 3:30pm, there are 22 venues with a fireplace offering Happy Hour.
At this point, I narrow the search down again to bars in the neighborhoods closest to where I am right now and then click through the top 3 or 4 results to see what Happy Hour specials they offer. This step is important because not all specials are created equal.
Have I told you my story about the $50 Happy Hour? Beware of ordering $8 cocktails that have been discounted from $10. While tasty, they add up quickly!
Now that I have the most pertinent information, I make my decision and text a few friends my venue of choice – the Park Pub – and wait patiently until 3:30. If I was feeling especially indecisive though, I could read through user comments right on GoTime and see if I find anything that could sway me. For example, apparently the PP makes an “amazing Bavarian pretzel.” Good to know.
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