cocktail hour


: a time when people drink cocktails (such as before dinner)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is closed to outside guests until cocktail hour, as is the fine-dining restaurant, Bellefeuille—where chef Julien Dumas holds a Michelin star—still maintains its members-only exclusivity at lunchtime. Ann Abel, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 An unnamed art collector visiting the booth unintentionally kicked the pedestal during the fair's opening evening cocktail hour, which was enough to cause the sculpture made of porcelain to fall down and shatter. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2023 During cocktail hour, which unfolded on the sidewalk of Madison Avenue—surprisingly mild February temperatures allowed for such a congregation—guests sipped on Champagne and mingled. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2023 Limited tickets are available for $180 which includes a cocktail hour, dinner, presentation and screening. Sun Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2023 Forward, the large bow sundeck can be converted into a chaise lounge come cocktail hour. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Jan. 2023 Imbibe during cocktail hour or effortlessly pair it with almost any meal. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2023 Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed cocktail hour and a performance by ballerinas before the bridal party entered with a choreographed dance. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 An article last Sunday about the wedding of Marley Brown and Akeel Shah misstated the supplier of the caviar served during the cocktail hour. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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“Cocktail hour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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