Happy Hour Hot Spot: Starbucks is Starting to Sell Wine, Beer and Tapas

You may have a new favourite happy hour spot by the end of this year.

Already the saviour of every weekday morning, Starbucks is starting to roll out a wine, beer and tapas menu across several U.S. locations to give you plenty of reason to stop by post-work too. The Seattle-based coffee house’s adult offerings will likely roll out across Canada by the end of 2015.

A Williamsburg, Brooklyn location became the 76th Starbucks to serve booze South of the Border last week.

The new beverage menu will include beer from your city’s local brew scene and wine options from around the world, as well as tasty bites like bacon-wrapped dates and creamy truffle mac & cheese (see a full sample menu here). The ‘Evenings’ menu makes a lot of sense for a business that derives 73% of its revenue revenue and sees considerably shortly lines as the day wears on.

“There aren’t that many places to go in the evening where you can go very relaxed, very casual. It’s not loud. You can actually have a small group and hear yourself talk,” said Rachel Antalek, vice president of concept innovations and Starbucks sommelier.

Now that she mentions it, that is painfully true.  Just don’t forget to pack away the laptop.