Virtual Happy Hour: How the Pros Do it.


You’re bored at home. You panic-bought a bunch of junk food and it got you few the first couple weeks, but let’s face it; you need a drink. We ALL need a drink. Luckily our friends at Frugal MacDoogal are happy hour pros, even when the “crowd” has to meet from a distance. So if you need ideas, from recipes that make you feel like a bonifide bartender to games you can play over Facetime, you’ve come to the right place. Sit down, it’s time for virtual happy hour.


The Gin Quarantini

  • 2 ½ oz parts  Gin
  • .50 oz part dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Classic Margarita

  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • .75 oztriple sec
  • .75 oz simple syrup
  • .75 oz lime juice
  • (Or make it easy and mix with Limade or Lemonade!) 

Bloody Mary (because some mornings you just need one!) 

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz of Walker Blood Mary Mix (<< The best!)
  • Top it off with a Moonshine pickle from Ole Smokey Distillery

Where to Get the Booze!

Frugal MacDoogal is now delivering Monday-Friday from 10AM-5PM. They have the biggest selection of craft beer, liquor and wine. PLUS! They are also delivering snacks, bar accessories, and sparking water! It’s easy! Place your order over the phone at 615-242-3863 or by email at [email protected].

Fine Print: $50 minimum required + delivery fee; 21+ only, valid ID required at time of delivery.

Fun Things to do: 

Jackbox Games

Play a huge variety of games perfect for your living room TV. But this digital game night can even be played remotely with the help of a little screen sharing. And they have this handy how-to guide right here! Want to try it out? They’re even offering Drawful 2 FOR FREE.

Netflix Party!

Even while we are all doing our part and social distancing, we can have a movie night with our friends! Netflix Party is is an app that you can watch Netflix with your buds. It will pause everyone at the same time for snack breaks and is complete with a chat room!

Drunk Pirate

Maybe your day calls for a drinking game? This one is super simple and a ton of fun!


The video chatting app has been around for a long time and has a ton of build-in games. Grab 7 friends and let the games begin!

Two Truths and One Lie

Not all games require technology. How well do you thin you know your friends? Hope those acting lessons paid off!

Words with Friends

A classic is a classic. You know it, you love it. This word game is like Scrabble on a screen, and you can even play over SMS texting!

BuzzFeed Quizzes

Take a quiz together! There’s an endless amount, and they’re all just as ridiculous and entertaining as the next. 

Applications to use for your Virtual Happy Hour

Google Hangouts

  • integrated into your Gmail account
  • easily schedule your chats with Google Calendar
  • Hangouts can include up to 150 people, but video calls with standard accounts can only include up to 10. Upgrade to business for 25!

Facebook Messenger

  • doesn’t require any additional download from Facebook
  • video chat includes up to 8 people

Facetime on Apple Products

  • Works on iPhones, iPads, and iMacs, and Macbooks
  • Up to 32 friends on Facetime at the same time!*
  • Learn more about capabilities here


  • Web browser available but works best with downloaded desktop version
  • Digital filters and virtual greenscreen backgrounds to spice it up
  • Easiest to see all of your friends at one time
  • Free version only allows up to 40 minute calls. After that you’ll have to start a new session and reconnect to keep talking!