Is your 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. job making it difficult for you to go to (or fully take advantage) of happy hour? Break the monotony of the work week and skip out early with one of our tried and true excuses to use with your boss so that you can make it to happy hour on time.

  1. It’s a networking opportunity.

    Happy hours can be one of the best opportunities to meet with a potential business partner, to close a deal, or to build rapport with clients. The relaxed atmosphere of a happy hour encourages the flow of conversation and is the perfect place to meet old and new contacts.

  2. Two words: coworker bonding.

    What better way to bond with your coworkers than over a cocktail? Employees who feel connected to others at work are more likely to approach each workday with a positive attitude and sense of teamwork. And if your boss still isn’t buying it, just tell them you’re working on relationship development.

  3. A glass of red wine is scientifically proven to be good for your health.

    Red wine is a source of antioxidants and is thought by many to be good for heart health. While there is some debate on how great red wine really is for your health, for the sake of happy hour, let’s just go with it.

  4. *Insert employee happiness statistic.*

    The best employees are happy employees. A recent Glassdoor survey found that 87% of employees expect their employer to support them in balancing work and personal commitments. Being personally committed to happy hour should be supported, no?

  5. I worked through lunch.

    Most employers offer a lunch break between 30 minutes and an hour. If you’re truly dedicated to the half-priced appetizers and discounted drinks, skip the lunch break so you can head out right as the clock strikes four.

  6. The best work done is off site.

    And with a martini in hand.

  7. I’ll buy you a drink…

    T-Pain may have said it first – and in a less than professional context – but who can resist the temptation of a good cocktail or craft beer? Go ahead and ask your boss to join you. Not only will you leave the office early, but you’ll get some one-on-one face time with your boss, and after a drink (or two), you might even have the chance to ask for those extra days off for your holiday vacation.

  8. I have to be back in the office early, so it’s best to get a head start.

    A hungover employee = an unproductive employee. Leaving 30 minutes early versus an hour of recovery time in the morning = 30 minutes of work time saved.