AEE 445: How to Be Happy at Happy Hour in the US

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Today find out what phrases you need for 4 different situations in English when you visit the bar with friends or colleagues.

One of our listeners asked us what vocabulary you need at a happy hour and we want to show you how to do it today.

A “Happy Hour” is usually an event that happens at a bar after work.

It usually goes from 5 to 8pm.

There are specials and reduced price drinks.

You might go with colleagues after work and stay for about 1- 2 hours.

Here in Boston the bars are not legally allowed to discount drinks during “Happy Hour” but in New York and most other parts of the country they can discount the drinks.

How to order a drink:

  • “Hey can I get a Sam Adams.” (more casual)
  • “I’ll have a martini.”
  • “I’ll get a glass of Malbec.”
  • “Could I have a Cosmopolitan.”

 

How much to tip:

You should leave about 20% of your total bill.

Remember that servers in the US don’t get paid very well.

 

How to make sure no one drives home drunk:

  • “Are you OK to drive?”
  • “Let me call you a cab.”
  • “Can I offer you a ride home?”
  • “Can I call you a cab?”
  • “You’re cut off.” (this means that the person can’t have anything else to drink)

 

How to say that you want to pay for someone’s drinks:

  • “I’ll get this round.”
  • “Let me get this one.”
  • “Let me get this one. You can get the next.”

 

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