As we’ve mourned before, Massachusetts abolished liquor-based happy hours in 1984. This means that, much to the dismay of the profligate yet penurious people of the state, bars and restaurants cannot offer free or reduced-price drinks. They can, however, offer free or reduced-price foods, which leads to very happy situations like that at Brasserie Jo, which offers free tarte flambees (like Alsatian pizzas!) from 5pm-7pm every day.
Excitingly, South End hotspot Pho Republique is getting in on the action as well with a special menu of “dim sum” available only at the bar from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Hey, you can name it after a meal generally served around brunch time all you want, but if it’s only available at the bar and in the early evening, that’s a happy hour you’re dealing with. Misnaming aside, the menu looks delightful (curry potato samosa! candied garlic spare ribs!). The deal starts on April 1 and runs through May, so make your plans!
[Photo: Neon Boston]