For me, happy hour is a lifesaver.  It's a way to be social, but not blow the bank.  And it's a way to check out the new digs on the scene without committing to a whole night out.  In a way happy hour is like speed dating.  Stay with me now, I can explain.  But you should also know that I've never actually been speed dating.  My knowledge of speed dating comes exclusively from American cinema, most noticeably the movie Hitch.  Nonetheless, here we go . . . 

First, both are timed.  One never lasts long enough, the other . . . I guess it just depends on the person.

Second, both are inexpensive.  At least I hope you're not dropping tons of money . . . geez, you just met!

Third, you turn to both when you're at your whit's end.  One, with work; the other, with traditional dating.

Believe me, I could go on.  But I'd rather share some of my favorite Spokane happy hours.

Cyrus O'Leary's:  Buy a drink and get free hot wings every Friday night.  That's right, FREE hot wings!

Catacombs:  Well drink specials.  Every Monday, small three topping pizza with mozzarella and red sauce only $5 from 5-6 pm.

Rain Lounge:  Every Wednesday is half-price bottles of wine. 

Steam Plant Grill:  Coeur d'Alene Brewing Co. pints for only $2.50, plus $5 cocktails.

Until next time - keep a smile on your face.  After all, it's happy hour somewhere!  Speaking of, who hosts your favorite Spokane happy hour?