The flights had better stay cheap to one of Europe’s favourite weekend break destinations Barcelona, as Catalonia has banned happy hours and any other sort of alcohol promotions.
There will be no more getting hammered half-price as the region, and shortly the whole of Spain cracks down on a boozing boom: “We have had a very poor public image, and the public accuses us of inciting people to drink too much,” says a spokeman for the Bar Owners’ association. Blame the Brits, French, and other carefree foreign trippers for driving the drinks market, but also Spain’s three percent alcoholism, traffic accident rate, and European norms. “If the promotions end we’ll just go back to the corner shops and supermarkets and buy bottles again,” said one young woman. The young may return to crowding in parks and squares to drink and dance. The Catalonian government says it is the most important public health law in nearly 20 years.