A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 30, 2014
“It’s happy hour somewhere”

"It’s happy hour somewhere” is a jocular excuse for drinking that has been printed on many posters. “It must be happy hour somewhere in the world” was cited in a 1987 play. “It’s always happy hour somewhere” was cited in 1997.

Similar sayings include “It’s five o’clock somewhere” (it’s time for an alcoholic drink), “Putting vodka in my juice, because it’s Russia somewhere,” “It’s breakfast time somewhere” (it’s time to eat breakfast foods, such as cereal) and “I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere.”


Google Books
Jacob’s Ladder
By Barbara Graham
New York, NY: Dramatists Play Service
1987
Pg. 39:
ANNIE. Not quite. It’s nine o’clock in the morning.
LEONA. It must be happy hour somewhere in the world. Borneo or some godforsaken place.

Google Books
Prairie Hardball
By Alison Gordon
Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart
1997
Pg. 130:
“It’s not even five yet,” I said.
She shrugged.
“With the time difference, it’s happy hour in Toronto.”
“It’s always happy hour somewhere,” I said.

Google Groups: alt.folklore.ghost-stories
Porch Bartender??
Jacque Whaley
4/9/99
I’ts Happy Hour somewhere! Give me a shot!!

Google Groups: rec.motorcycles.harley
tank range
Rob
9/12/02
(...)
A couple of pints of stout (I know it’s happy hour somewhere) for the 2 Rob’s while we ponder this.

Google Books
Alcoholica Esoterica:
A Collection of Useful and Useless Information As It Relates to the History and Consumption of All Manner of Booze

By Ian Lendler
London: Michael Joseph
2007
Pg. 2:
“It’s always happy hour somewhere in the world, the rest is just good timing. “ —ANONYMOUS

Google Books
CloudDancer’s Alaskan Chronicles
By CloudDancer (Gary J. Bakewell)
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse
2007
Pg. ? (Chapter 5):
It’s Always Happy Hour Somewhere!!

Twitter
Chumworth
‏@chumworth
it’s always happy hour somewhere in the world.
3:23 PM - 21 Mar 2007

Twitter
Jeff Siarto
‏@jsiarto
It’s happy hour somewhere smile
1:39 PM - 6 Apr 2007

Google Books
Chances:
Down the Road of Life

By Judy Kay
Bloomington, IN: iUniverse
2012
Pg. 12:
She stopped by a roadside restaurant, (truck stop) as she saw a sign “Happy Hour SomeWhere” as the light was blinking off and on to light up the darkest of the night.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 • Permalink