Happy Hour and Discounts with Square for Restaurants
If you need to trigger discounts automatically for happy hour, or maybe a dinner special, just head to your online Square Dashboard to get started. You can create discounts that will automatically apply to bills for specified items or categories, days and times of the week or for a limited date range.
For example, let’s say you offer 20% off drinks for a weekend happy hour (Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.). If a team member adds a mimosa to a bill on Sunday at 11 a.m., your 20% discount will automatically apply – so your team can check out customers quickly and easily, without needing to manually apply running discounts.
Create a discount via Square Dashboard
Discount Advanced Settings
Under the discount details, click Show Settings.
You have the option to require a passcode to apply discounts on the Restaurants Point of Sale app or if you want to apply the discount after tax.
Applying discounts on Square for Restaurants
Once you’ve created a discount from your online Square Dashboard, you can apply it to a single item or the entire bill.
From the Square for Restaurants app:
1. Open an existing or create a new bill.
2. Under the Actions tab, tap the Discounts tile.
3. Select the Discount to apply to the bill.
Note: Only fixed-percentage discounts can be applied to a single item at this time.
If you’d like to apply a discount to the entire bill, you’ll first need to add a discount function to your item grid. You can then select the discount from your menu and add it to the bill.
Review answers to frequently asked questions about using discounts with Square. Check out the full comparison of features between Square POS, the Square for Restaurants Free Plan and Plus Plan.
Create a Customer Based Discount
Customer-based discounts allow you to create and link discounts to Customer Groups from your online Square Dashboard. The discounts will automatically apply when a customer from the Customer Group is added to a transaction. Also, any customer added to a Customer Group with an associated discount will automatically receive the discount during a transaction. To get started:
From your online Square Dashboard, go to Items & Orders > Items > Discounts.
Click Create a Discount.
Enter the discount details, including the discount name, amount and location. Note: If a discount is connected to a specific location, the customers will only get the discount if they make a purchase from that location.
Select the Customer Group you want to apply the discount to.
Note: if the customer associated with the discount is removed from the transaction, the discount will also be removed from that transaction. If you add the customer back to the transaction, the discount will reapply automatically.