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Happy Hour Survival

Does anyone have any Happy Hour survival tips? I'm not sure where we're going yet, but I'm meeting with friends for happy hour both today and tomorrow. Eep!

Wed. Sep 13, 12:56pm

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I just drink water...lots of it. At first I got alot of slack. Now my friends are used to it and just get me a water when they get their next round.

If you want to drink, you could always alternate water with drinks. Or, if you just want to appear to be drinking, get a diet coke with a lime. No need for anybody to know there is no alcohol in there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:02 PM

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Can you meet your friends some place other than a bar?

As I've gotten older we've shifted to meeting for walks instead.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:02 PM

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i agree with the poster who suggests meeting elsewhere, especially since you asked for "survival tips". it sounds like you may be steeping into an overly tempting environment. it's good to recognize this before you arrive!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:04 PM

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Since you ARE going to happy hour, NOT asking where else you should go I will give a few suggestions:

Michelob Ultra or Miller Lite, only 95 and 96 calories
Anything mixed with diet soda

Good luck and have fun!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:37 PM

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Becks Light Beer - Only 64 calories
Corona Light - 95 calories - this is my favorite
Rum & Diet Coke - 65 calories for each ounce of alcohol

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:54 PM

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to the op

are you more concerned about the drinks or the free/cheap food that will probably be available?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 1:58 PM

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Rum and Diet Coke (1 oz. rum) - 65 calories

Vodka and Soda (1 oz. vodka) - 65 calories

White Wine Spritzer (4 oz. white wine topped with club soda) - 80 calories

Bloody Mary (1 oz. vodka, 4 oz. tomato juice, dash of Tabasco and pepper) - 90 calories

Budweiser Select (99 cal)

Michelob Ultra Low Carb (95 cal/2.5 g carbs

Miller Light (89 cal/2.9 g carbs

vodka tonic has around 200 calories :( that's my drink of choice :(

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 2:04 PM

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Forget the drinks, my problem at happy hour is the nachos...mmmmmmm....Id just encourage SPLITTING one appitizer if food is the issue...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 2:46 PM

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WINE WINE WINE- i don't know anyone who can chug wine, so it always takes a while to finish... plus you look classy and you're getting those heart benefits as well :)

Otherwise- diet soda mixers are a good choice.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 5:55 PM

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just becareful with diet soda as mixers they tend to let the alcohol work faster

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 5:56 PM

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I'm with the wine strategy. I can sip a glass of red for quite awhile while 2 cosmos would have quickly disappeared. I find that ordering a house salad witth the vinegarette is a great appetizer. It's cruchy, takes awhile to eat and keeps your fingers out of the jalapeno poppers.

Anyway - good luck and have fun!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 6:58 PM

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Go to th Happy Hour have fun! You could eat on yhe way if it is after work . Have something with protien and maybe a piece of fruit. I cannot allow my self one overdvero or I am finished.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 8:02 PM

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to the op...

how did your night go?

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 10:10 AM

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well? are you going to tell us how you handled your evening? did you follow any of the advise given here?

Friday, September 15, 2006, 9:35 AM

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OP here. Sorry it took so long to get back to this thread. I read it, but didn't have time to repost then forgot for awhile.

But yes, I did use the advice. I really appreciate the suggestion of miller lite. I tried it and it was pretty good. I used that tip this weekend as well. Also, because it's a beer and not sweet 1 lasted me a long time then I switched to water.

I'm headed to another happy hour tonight so I thought I'd come freshen up on the tips. Thanks for all the great tips.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 7:42 PM

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Thanks to everyone who posted here. Great tips. I'm so glad I stumbled (not literally) up it.

Monday, March 05, 2007, 8:00 PM

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Happy Hour Survival

I can go through wine pretty quickly, too. Although some wine lovers consider this sacriligous, you can cut your calories in half by having a white wine spritzer - wine mixed with soda water. I also always request ice water, too, and try to alternate the drink and water. It helps, but sometimes I still end up diving into the cosmos and potato skins!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 11:11 AM

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