The words "happy" and "hour" have appeared together for centuries when describing pleasant times. In 1599, Shakespeare's King Henry V says, "Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour that may give furtherance to our expedition....." The idea of drinking before dinner has its roots in the Prohibition era when people would host "happy hours" at a speakeasy before eating at restaurants where alcohol could not be served.
 
More than 22 West U Rotarians lived up to happy hour history on Monday, March 21 at the Marquis II, West University's Neighborhood Bar. The Marquis II went from an empty bar to a welcoming place where you meet your friends. Richard Lazear managed to hold a foodie committee meeting amongst the noise of the lively conversations and raucous laughter. Thank you to Honey Leveen for providing healthy, delicious snacks. It was past 9:00 pm when the last people dragged out of there.
 
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