Every Friday, members of the White House staff make their way downstairs to the Mess for their traditional
end-of-the-week happy hours.
If the President is available, he sometimes drops by for a cold beer before heading off to dinner. Other
guests often include Cabinet members and their staff.
In this casual atmosphere, staffers discuss ideas they have for new programs and initiatives. The basic framework
for President Obama's health care reform was built from notes scribbled on a napkin at one of these happy hours.
In a spirit of openness and transparency, President Obama invites you to join him for Happy Hours at the White House Mess.
Happy Hours are held every Friday from 5PM - 7PM in the White House Mess, which is located in the basement of the
Advance reservations are required. For more information about the Mess including directions and reservations, visit the Dine at the White House Mess
page on this website.
White House Happy Hours Menu
The Happy Hours menu includes a selection of specialty drinks, beer, wine, and tasty appetizers.
President Obama enjoying Happy Hours at the White House Mess
White House Beer Recipe
Can't make it to the White House for Happy Hours? Brew your own White House Honey Ale at home.
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