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Why You Should You Still Have Happy Hour Even At A Distance

The coronavirus has turned drinks at the bar into drinks in our individual homes, but that doesn’t mean you have to drink alone or miss out on your favorite Nico cocktails.It’s understandable that people are looking endlesslessly for fun ideas during social isolation. Scheduling some time to see friendly faces can be a lifeline for people who miss their friends and loved ones. Whether you decide to have a cozy chat with your far-fletched besties or plan on dropping into a video chat room filled with all your family, we have here’s what to know about having a successful virtual happy hour.

Keep It Small


There’s a benefit to keeping your happy hour fairly intimate. Too many people in Google Hangouts, Group FaceTime or Zoom and it just becomes chaos. More than eight to 10 people and conversations can’t really happen without leaving people out. If more than 10 people are attending your virtual happy hour, consider appointing a moderator to help the conversation run smoothly.

Get Dolled Up


Connecting online is also a good excuse to shake off your third-day sweat pants and shimmy into a snappy outfit. Apply makeup and put on a cute outfit for your virtual happy hour with some friends. The act of getting ready might give you a sense of normalcy.

Get Comfy

Wherever you hold your happy hour, make sure the lighting is bright enough so others can see you. Don’t let your barking dogs and shrieking children can affect the vibe. As long as there is a stable surface to rest your laptop or device on. Have the call in the place in your home where you are most comfortable. 


Settle On Food And Drinks


Many groups improvise with a “Quarantini,” so discuss with your pals on what you’re having! Make some of your favorite Nico cocktails


Espresso Martini 

Three Olives Vanilla, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico, Fresh Espresso


Pomegranate Martini 

North End’s Own Vodka, Pama Liqueur, Cranberry, Fresh Lime


Sicilian Kiss 

Limoncello, Splash of Cranberry, Prosecco Float, Fresh Berries


Make some of your favorite antipasti in the comfort of your home. 



Rice Fritters, Mozzarella, Beef, Peas, San Marzano Tomato Sauce


Fritto di Calamari

Fried Fresh Calamari, Sliced Cherry Peppers, Chipotle Sauce



Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, EVOO, Balsamic Glaze


End on a high note

Keep your virtual happy short and sweet, then make plans to do it again. Before you know it you will be back to your weekly night out at Nico Ristorante!  We can all get through this pandemic. Stay safe and healthy!

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