At Don’s Supply, we’re here to make happy hour even happier!
In the bar business, Happy Hour has become a staple which, for many establishments, forms an important backbone of their business. While the practice of putting the terms “happy” and “hour” together to denote good times dates back to the Middle Ages, the common usage of the term “Happy Hour” should perhaps be credited to the U.S. Navy.
According to the story, in early 1913, a group of women called the “Happy Hour Social” organized semi-weekly social gatherings, called “smokers,” on board the USS Arkansas. The name “Happy Hour Club,” “Happy Hour Social Club,” and similar variants, had been in use as the names of social clubs, primarily by women’s social clubs, since at least the early 1880s. By June 1913, the crew of the Arkansas started referring to their regularly scheduled smokers as “Happy Hours.” The “Happy Hours” included a variety of entertainment, including boxing and wrestling matches, music, dancing and movies. By the end of World War I, the practice of holding “Happy Hours” had spread throughout the entire Navy, eventually transitioning to the civilian entertainment scene.
There are several other competing stories about the origins of the phrase, but regardless of its origins, Don’s Supply is your headquarters for bar equipment and supplies to help make your Happy Hour specials successful and memorable. Since 1969, we have served the needs of bars from ranging from large nightclubs to neighborhood taverns and everything in between.
Although we expanded in the mid-90s into a full service Food Service equipment and supplies dealer, we’ve never forgotten our roots, and today we serve as the most comprehensive bar supply store around, with a significant portion of our 26,0000 square feet of showroom and warehouse space devoted to barware, glassware, icemakers, blenders, and other items designed to make your bar the Happy Hour place to be.
Whatever you need behind the bar, call us at (501) 568-1872 or contact us online at this link.