These days, drinks with friends look a little bit, well, different. After-work happy hours and Saturday boozy brunches have been replaced with Zoom game nights and FaceTime wine dates. At the beginning of this strange new era, these digital get-togethers were a much-needed opportunity to check in with friends, see each other's faces, and share a drink, even if it was through a screen.
But a few months in, what used to be a welcome excuse for me to actually put on makeup has started to feel more like another obligation. Instead of something I look forward to every week, it's become an extension of the million-and-one other video calls I have throughout an average day.
But since there's no way we're getting through this time without the support of our social circles, I resolved to find a way to breathe some life into virtual happy hours. Whether it's with a new-to-market drink of choice or an activity that doesn't involve rehashing the day's news cycle, I put together a list of products to revitalize your virtual happy hours and put the fun back in connecting with the people you love.
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