NEW YORK — This summer, Americans would prefer a “happy three hours” instead of just one. That’s according to a new poll of 2,000 adults over 21, where more than a third (38%) say happy hour should span an average of about three hours. Even so, respondents usually spend about two and a half hours at any given happy hour.

The summer season brings longer, brighter days which makes room for activities like happy hours and this year is no different.

In fact, 68 percent of respondents are looking forward to making up for “lost” summers this year due to the pandemic and 64 percent consider themselves to be more excited for this summer than in previous years. More daylight boosts the mood for more than half (55%) of respondents and 61 percent feel guilty if they “burn daylight” during the summer months.

Hoping to take advantage of as much as possible during the summer months, respondents are looking forward to catching up with friends (43%), going out more often (39%), and music festivals (35%).

Tuesday is party night?

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bevy Long Drink, the survey also shows that almost two-thirds (65%) are more likely to participate in happy hour during warm weather. So, it’s no surprise that 36 percent believe happy hour should be the longest in the summer.

When looking at preferred days of the week to partake in a happy hour, data shows that Tuesday is the ideal day to hit the bars after work, with the majority of respondents (18%) crowning it as their go-to happy hour day and Friday being a close second (17%).

“As we all look forward to the summer season, social activities like happy hour have taken on a new meaning, so why just limit happy to one hour?” says Andrea Desaulniers, Brand Manager, Bevy Long Drink, in a statement. “And we found that the majority of respondents are likely to try new things while they are out at happy hour, so we’re excited to offer a new beverage to kick-off their summer celebrations.”

Respondents were divided over the difference between a happy hour and a “pre-game,” with one respondent saying, “[A] pre-game is a whole party with friends and family. Happy hour is a few cocktails after work.”

Another adds, “I’m more free when having a happy hour.”

It’s happy hour somewhere!

Regardless of definition, when looking for the perfect drink to sip on during happy hour or at a pre-game, 40 percent of respondents are looking for something refreshing. Almost half (48%) lean towards easy-to-drink beverages.

Overall, 63 percent of respondents agree that they like to try new things at happy hour. With that in mind, 65 percent prefer going to happy hour during warmer weather so it’s no surprise that 21 percent say the cold weather keeps them from attending.

Even so, 20 percent say nothing will keep them from participating in a happy hour.

There is one thing respondents can agree on — that’s when happy hour should begin. For both weekends (24%) and weekdays (23%), the majority prefer happy hour to begin somewhere between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Whether making up for lost time with friends or getting out and trying new things, people are looking forward to being social again this summer more than ever,” Desaulniers says. “Seeing that drinking ease and a refreshing taste are important to almost half of respondents partaking in a happy hour (or three), drinks like Bevy are a great option to kickstart your adventures all season long.”

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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