CHICAGO (CBS) — Happy hour could soon return to bars and restaurants in Illinois.
The state has banned happy hour drink specials since 1989, in an effort to cut down on drunk driving, though bars and restaurants were still allowed to designate “happy days,” when they could offer discounted drinks on a specific day of the week.
Business owners have said happy day discounts aren’t as successful at drawing crowds as a daily happy hour.
The Illinois House and Senate have approved legislation to again legalize happy hour, allowing bars and restaurants to offer discounted beer, wine, and spirits for up to 4 hours a day, and 15 hours a week.
“It’s gonna be huge,” said Ryan See, owner of Bridge House Tavern and Compass Bar.