Where is your ideal happy hour destination? Do you prefer a light, airy spot—maybe even al fresco—or a darker and moodier locale? Some are drawn to drink at their favorite dive bar, while others opt for a more luxurious backdrop post-work. Still trying to figure out your go-to? Maybe it's time you turned to the stars.
Julie McGill is a New Orleans-based attorney, astrologer, and spiritual entrepreneur who has made her astrology hobby a full time career in 2016. Below, she details each sign's perfect 5 o'clock retreat. While some signs have a few favorite types, others are more steadfast in their preferences. No matter where you stand, there is a spot in New Orleans destined for you. Cheers!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries likes excitement, physical activity, and taking charge. The Ram isn’t known for its patience, and will not like waiting or sitting in one place too long. A slow environment is just a recipe for boredom. The ideal Aries happy hour doesn’t need to be complex, for Aries is a simple sign. I suggest nearly a place that offers an upbeat pace and happy, generous service. Music, televisions or even games are a plus!
Happy hour: Barcadia
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
For lack of a better phrase, Taurus is a meat and potatoes sign. The Taurus enjoys traditional, time-tested pleasures. They do not need a menu of fancy, novel cocktails smoking from the rim. But don’t mistake the tradition-oriented Taurus as lacking taste – this is far from the truth. The ideal Taurus happy hour offers a small variety of high-quality beer, wine, spirits and small bites.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Geminis have a great need for stimulation – not so much physical activity, but the type of variety and people that keep the mind entertained. They value socializing, and might prefer an ample amount of space conducive to meeting new people and moving about. Geminis also enjoy change, even at their favorite happy hour spot. I would recommend a place with rotating specials, variety, and interesting scenery.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Perhaps more than any other sign, Cancers value comfort. Finding a place the Cancer might enjoy a drink better than she would enjoy the drink on the screened-in porch with her best friend sets the bar high. I envision the perfect Cancerian happy hour as one set in a cozy environment with familiar faces. The Cancer likes sharing and connecting with others, and will need a place without too much activity and noise.
Happy Hour: Bouligny Tavern
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Leo the lion might be king of the jungle but is also a big kid at heart. Leos like fun, music and drama. The Leo’s ideal happy hour might be lively and provide some manner in which the Leo can engage – maybe in flirting, friendly competition (some shuffleboard or darts), picking the next song on the juke box, karaoke or dancing. But don’t forget, Leos also enjoy being treated like royalty. They appreciate more than anyone a place with some pomp, circumstance, dramatic flair and exceptional service.
Happy Hour: Auction House Market
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Virgo is a particular sign with rather high standards. Win over the Virgo customer, and a bar is surely to please any clientele. The Virgo is practical and as should be their happy hour venue – a drink menu with something for everyone, good prices, quality service, and a studiously kept environment. Virgo is also a social sign, meaning a place allowing for chat and camaraderie is preferred.
Happy Hour: The Elysian Bar
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Libra is a sign ruled by Venus, the goddess of relationships and beauty. Two roads can be taken to put Libra in the perfect happy hour spot. The first is recommending that Libra goes to a local favorite watering hole where “everybody knows your name.” Libra is surely to have an important relationship with everyone there. But since Libra also enjoys romance and fine things, a happy hour with fine wine and ambiance for relaxing with a lover works well too.
Happy Hour: The Delachaise
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Scorpio is a mysterious, sensual and charismatic sign. The Scorpion might appreciate a secret venue, maybe a speakeasy, ringing the bell to be admitted entry, or a hidden underground bar. Scorpios also enjoy the taboo, the shock factor – they embrace what most others run from. It must have been a Scorpio that dreamed up the bar Cure, that mixes high dollar champagne drinks with a bit of darkness and cockroach art.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittarius is a somewhat dualistic, meaning two types of venues might please this sign. Sagittarius is symbolized by the centaur, human from the waist up and horse from the waist down. In the same way, Sagittarius is quite physical, active and athletic. They might enjoy game or sports-oriented happy hour venues. On the other hand, the brainy Sagittarian sort would enjoy a campus venue for chatting up philosophy with a professor or two.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Capricorn is a sign that often works very hard to accomplish, achieve status, reputation and enjoy the finer things in life. Capricorns are likely to be enjoying happy hour in a suit, somewhere down in the CBD among everyone who is anyone. On the weekend, the Capricorn happy hour changes to the golf course, a Garden District hotel, or another invitation-only destination.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Aquarians are good vibe people with eccentric taste. By his or her dress, you can always tell an Aquarius from the crowd. They are friendly and progressive, having a way of fitting in while standing out. An Aquarian happy hour spot should also be this way. It must be eccentric, quirky, ahead of its time, and stand apart from any other place on the map. If there is a venue that feels like stepping into a time machine, this is the place your Aquarius goes for happy hour.
Happy Hour: The Vintage
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces is a sign filled with an interesting mix of personalities. Sometimes spiritual, dreamy, but always removed from Earth-bound reality in some way, the Piscean person is an impractical genius who seems to be connected to “the other realm.” Pisces is symbolized by the fish, and there are usually plenty of indiscriminate fish at any given watering hole! But since Pisces is generally artistic, subtly creative and musically driven environments that don’t overwhelm the senses are ideal.
Happy Hour: St. James Cheese Company