Restaurants in Virginia Will Soon Be Allowed to Advertise Happy Hours

Believe it or not, it's currently against the law in the Commonwealth.

Restaurants in Virginia will soon be able to advertise their happy hours. (Photo: Jennifer van der Kleut/Patch)
Restaurants in Virginia will soon be able to advertise their happy hours. (Photo: Jennifer van der Kleut/Patch)
By Drew Hansen

Beginning Jan. 29, restaurants and clubs in Virginia—remember, there are no stand-alone bars in the commonwealth—will be able to advertise happy hours, according to the Washington Post.

Previously, establishments could only advertise happy hours within their walls.

There are heavy limitations within the new state law, though.

While businesses will be able to use social media or more traditional means to advertise the duration of happy hours for the first time, they’re not allowed to say what the specials specifically entail.

"… they can't say 'margarita specials from 4 to 7' or 'two-for-one sangria specials,' and they can't say the prices," Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Public Relations Specialist Carol Mawyer told the Post.

The Post's Fritz Hahn wrote that while the law is a step in the right direction, it really doesn’t assist in consumer choice.

Hahn explains:

“When you're in an area as bar-heavy as Arlington, Alexandria or Falls Church, it would be nice to know what you're getting into before you walk through the doors: If, for example, one bar on Wilson Boulevard sells craft beers for $3 while another offers domestic bottles for the same price. But hey, at least it gets rid of the wink-wink advertising Virginia bars have resorted to in the past, such as saying they had "25-cent wings and other specials from 4 to 7 p.m."

Read the entire Washington Post story here.

What do you think of the laws restricting Virginia restaurants and clubs from advertising happy hours? Or, that there can be no stand-alone bars? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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