Happy Hours Return to Indiana: Cheers to a New Era

Indianapolis, IN—After a 40-year hiatus, the clinking of glasses and the joyous camaraderie of happy hours are back in Indiana. Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1086 into law, lifting the decades-old ban on happy hour drink specials. As of July 1, 2024, bars and restaurants across the state can once again offer enticing discounts on libations.

A Toast to Empowering Businesses

Indiana’s prohibition on happy hours began in 1985, with the intention of curbing drunk driving. Now, HEA 1086 aims to strike a balance between responsible service and economic vitality. By allowing establishments to serve discounted drinks during specific hours, the legislation empowers businesses to thrive while maintaining a commitment to safety.

Cheers at a bar

The Fine Print

While the return of happy hours is cause for celebration, there are some guardrails in place. Bars and restaurants can offer reduced prices for drinks for no more than four hours a day and 15 hours per week. Additionally, these happy hours cannot occur between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. It’s a delicate dance—a chance to raise spirits without compromising public welfare.

A Sip of History

As the sun sets on the ban that spanned four decades, Hoosiers can once again clink glasses, share laughter, and unwind. Whether it’s a frosty beer, a classic cocktail, or a mocktail, the return of happy hours marks a new chapter—one where responsible enjoyment meets economic revival.

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