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Set Up 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 checks for specified items or categories, days of the week and times, or for a limited date range.

For example, let’s say you offer 20% off drinks for a weekend happy hour (Saturday - Sunday, 9 am - 12 pm). If an employee adds a mimosa to a check on Sunday at 11 am, your 20% discount will automatically apply — so your employees can check out customers quickly and easily, without needing to manually apply running discounts.

Happy Hour Discounts

Create Automatic Item or Category Discounts

  1. Head to the Items tab in your online Square Dashboard > Discounts
  2. Click Create New Discount
  3. Enter the discount details
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply
  5. Click Select Items to apply discounts to certain items or categories automatically
  6. Click Save

Create Quantity Discounts

Create a discount that will automatically apply when you add items or categories and a specified quantity to a sale.

You can set up three types of quantity discounts:

  • Exact Quantity: When you add an exact item quantity to your cart, the discount will automatically trigger and apply to the item cost.
  • Minimum Purchase Quantity: When you add a minimum quantity of an item to your cart, a discount will apply to a purchase.
  • Buy One, Get One: When a customer buys a specified quantity of an item or category, a discount will apply towards additions of the same item or towards different item(s) added to the cart. For example, you can create a BOGO discount so that when a customer purchases 2 cocktails, they’ll receive 50% off the cost of an appetizer.

Note: If you’d like to set up a buy one, get one free discount, just make sure to set the discount percentage amount to 100%.

To get started:

  1. Visit Items > Discounts in your online Square Dashboard.
  2. Click Create a Discount.
  3. Toggle on Auto Apply to Items and Categories.
  4. Click Quantity. Next set your Discount Rule. You’ll have three options for setting up your quantity discount:
    • Exact Quantity
    • Minimum Purchase Quantity
    • Buy One, Get One
  5. Once selected, add the required quantity for the discount to apply, click Save.

You can update an existing discount at any time by clicking Edit Purchase Rule from the discount details page.

Create a Recurring Discount

  1. Visit Items in your online Square Dashboard > Discounts.
  2. Click Create Discount to add a new discount
  3. Enter the discount details
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply and apply the discount to items/categories
  5. Toggle on Set Schedule
  6. Select the day of the week and time of day the discount will be applied
  7. Click Save

Create a Limited Time Discount

Specials Discounts

  1. Head to the Items tab in your online Square Dashboard > Discounts.
  2. Click Create New Discount.
  3. Enter the discount details.
  4. Toggle on Auto Apply.
  5. Click Select Items to apply discounts to certain items or categories automatically.
  6. Toggle on Set Date Range and select dates to create a limited time discount.
  7. ClickSave.

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.

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