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As a Starbucks frappuccino lover, one of my favorite ways to save money as a broke student back then was taking advantage of all the Starbucks specials and finding ways to get free drinks.
Scoring great deals during their happy hours was one way for me to save money.
I’ve been taking advantage of the Starbucks Happy Hour deals since the early days of 2011, so I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about the Starbucks Happy Hour special today!
By the way, I used to call them the Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour because their promo didn’t include anything else beyond their blended drinks.
The first Happy Hours used to be between 3 p.m. and closing time at all participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada on select Thursdays. This is no longer the case but read on to find out about their NEW happy hours.
You can also find out what drinks are included in the U.S. and Canada menu during the 2019 happy hours between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Starbucks!
Starbucks Happy Hour
Now, all you frappuccino addicts are probably familiar with the Starbucks BOGO Happy Hour program.
But for those of you who have no clue about this, I’ll be answering every question you have about it along with other Starbucks special offers. 🙂
Before you read on, don’t forget to check out how you can get free Starbucks drinks all year round.
I made sure I took advantage of all those clever hacks so I could score free coffee and drinks more often. And the more hacks and coupons you use the more free drinks you could get.
When is Starbucks Happy Hour?
On October 10, 2019, the company announced the updated happy hour promotions will pop up more frequently between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays.
Today, on November 14, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. you can enjoy ANY handcrafted drink! The Happy Hour special is buy one, get one free on any grande or larger handcrafted drink at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.
What is Starbucks Happy Hour?
According to the company, the special promotion will allow you to buy one and get one free on ANY handcrafted drink between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays. This includes their delicious Frappuccinos!
Not sure what a handcrafted drink is? Click here to find out what qualifies as a handcrafted drink.
Anyway, that’s pretty much a half-off special, or what most people like to call it “Starbucks BOGO” (buy one get one free).
With this 2 for 1 special, I recommend bringing one of your buddies or coworkers to go with you. 🙂
Here’s what the company wrote on their Happy Hours page:
“Meet a friend, plan a date, escape from the office—Happy Hour is now from 2–7 pm on select Thursdays and it’s buy one, get one free on ANY handcrafted drink (size grande or larger).
That means you can enjoy everything from iced coffee to cold brew, macchiatos to matcha, Pink Drink to Frappuccino® drinks. It even includes Nitro, where available.”
You don’t need any happy hour code or coupon to redeem your drink. I generally just walk into the coffee shop and ask for my order.
But to be notified about their deals and special beforehand, I recommend becoming a registered member and a user of their app so you don’t miss out.
When you’re subscribed to their e-mail, they give you an early notification about their Happy Hour days. Based on my experience, they notify you 1 day in advance.
With that said, keep an eye out on Thursdays so you can redeem the Starbucks BOGO deal.
What is a Starbucks handcrafted drink?
As mentioned earlier, the Starbucks BOGO Happy Hour special includes any handcrafted beverage.
That basically means almost anything that the barista has to create or make at the store. The company has said this does NOT include hot coffee, hot brewed tea, ready-to-drink beverages, and Starbucks Reserve® beverages.
So, the drinks they include in their Happy Hour menu are hot drinks like the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate, Lattes, Mochas, Starbucks’ signature Frappuccino Blended Beverages, and Iced Teas. These are all considered “handcrafted” drinks.
Read the list below to find out more in detail. 🙂
What is included in Starbucks Happy Hour?
You may be wondering what’s included in the happy hour menu. Or perhaps you may be deciding what drink to order.
Here is a list of some Starbucks handcrafted drinks you can try at the next happy hour special. The drinks in bold font are my top recommendations.
Again, remember that this excludes hot coffee, hot brewed tea, ready-to-drink beverages, and Starbucks Reserve® beverages during this special promo.
Frappuccino Blended Beverages
Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
Salted Caramel Mocha
Caramel Ribbon Crunch
Mocha Cookie Crumble – This tastes really similar to the Java Chip drink except it doesn’t include chocolate chip bits. Instead, it has a crumble Oreo cookie bits mixed. A really delicious drink if you’re feeling for something sweet!
Java Chip — this drink is perfect for you if you’re a chocolate chip lover!
White Chocolate Mocha – This drink tends to be really sweet every time I order it as-is, so I usually ask them to make it less sugary for the perfect taste!
Green Tea Crème – I don’t see this on the menu but it’s great for green tea lovers! One of my favorites!
Vanilla Bean Frappuccino – Also not on the menu, but you can still ask for one if you love vanilla ice cream because that’s almost exactly how it tastes! Really good!
Pumpkin Spice Latte – Who can resist the to-die-for PSL? This drink is one of my favorites during the Fall!
Starbucks Blonde Pumpkin Spice
Matcha Green Tea Latte – A really good drink especially if you love matcha! It has a bittersweet taste and leans more towards the bitter side.
Salted Caramel Mocha
White Chocolate Mocha – Yum! This one is really delicious and I personally ask for the Skinny version for less fat!
There are a ton more options to choose from but looking at the full menu will likely make your head spin! 😕
I’m a user of their app and I like how they make it super convenient for you. The app lets you order your drink with your phone. You can also track your Stars and Rewards.
Aside from their Happy Hour for their BOGO drinks, Starbucks also offers other special deals to help you save money on your favorite items from the menu.
For instance, the company was offering any Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich and a tall brewed coffee for $4.95 for two weeks.
I generally pop by at Starbucks to work on my blog, so I usually catch their specials like these. You should try their Everything Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with ham and cheese — it’s actually pretty good! 🙂
Here, check out a couple of these specials I got notified about as a loyal Starbucks Rewards member.
Here’s a previous notification in my inbox about their Happy Hour special.
This one wasn’t your typical Starbucks BOGO special. Instead, you could get half-off (50% off) just by buying any one blended drink.
And here’s one special for collecting bonus stars on top of your regular stars when you try their promo and deals.
As I mentioned earlier, the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is one of my favorite drinks and I get this every fall, so why not take advantage of the bonus stars for more free drinks? 🙂
Again, you can become a registered member and start collecting stars to qualify for a ton of free Starbucks coffee and drinks!
Readers, are you redeeming your second free drink at the next Starbucks happy hour special?