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Has anyone been to Brasa's happy hour? I thought about trying to bring a group of friends to eat paella and other nibbles.

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  1. I used to work next door, and would splurge on steak frites when I was feeling flush (which isn't very often, and it isn't even very expensive). The drinks are great and the service is usually pretty good, just watch your back outside running the tweaker gauntlet.

    1. Was up there a couple weeks ago. I had the lamb burger, which was as good as could be. The frites with it were just OK, not really resembling the real thing. Wife had the mussels which were among the best I've had. The tempura vegetables, however, were an oily mess and close to inedible. Wine list was OK, very Spain/southern France-centric as you'd expect, but far too expensive (a glass of wine costing roughly what a bottle does in the store) for what it was. I'm not disappointed we went, but I'm in no rush to return.

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      1. re: DaweStotz

        Dawe, is there any other place you would recommend for cruising around during happy hour for good eats?

        1. re: fuzzyboy

          Wish I had a better command of Seattle happy hours, but alas I'm in Oregon and don't get up there nearly enough.

          1. re: fuzzyboy

            If I remember correctly, doesn't Lola have a short cheaper menu during cocktail hour?
            I had a great little lamb meatball sandwich there one night early in the evening sitting at the bar.

        2. Fuzzyboy, If you rent a copy of "Night of the Living Dead" you can see some of their waitstaff in action.

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          1. re: Leper

            uh oh. leper, does that mean the waitstaff moves very slowly and lurches around the place?

          2. Fuzzyboy, They are invariably dressed in the tradition of Bell-Town-Black, with a certain "vacancy" to their demeanor that is disconcerting to those of us with an actual pulse. I seriously wonder where they go when the sun rises above the shadow of Mt. Rainier....

            1. We ate dinner there last month and have to agree that the service was weak. Our server made a couple of mistakes and wasn't knowledgable on the wine list. The food was good, but not as good as it should have been at those prices.

              1. fuzzyboy,

                I think Brasa's happy hour is a good deal but agree with all the posters who think the food's deteriorated in the past few years (it's still good, but definitely not great). Also, only food, and not drinks, are discounted (if that makes a difference to you -- it does to me). A few happy hours I enjoy when I'm hungry are the happy hours at Marjorie, Tango (but it's in the bar only, and the bar area is small and fills quickly) the Apartment Bistro (also small, but they've got some delicious discounted apps and good drinks), and Nijo (a must-try: the Shiso "mojito"). I want to check out Boku (has anyone been?) and I think the happy hour at the Zig Zag is the best deal in town. In addition to a spectacular and extensive happy hour drinks menu, they boast the best bartender in Seattle and possibly beyond. Also, although they've removed their seared tuna from the happy hour food menu (um, not that I'm keeping track) they still have a few good snacks. There are others I like but these definitely present my favorite overall "package."

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                1. re: ssusu

                  Ssusu,

                  Seems like everyone's opinion is that brasa has gone down hill. I haven't been there in several years. I've been to marjorie and tango before, but not for happy hour. They are both quite fun. Never been to the other three. Nijo sounds interesting.

                  1. re: ssusu

                    Are you asking about Boku or BOKA (as in Bold Original Kitchen Artistry)? I've been to BOKA and it was just okay. The food was good but the drinks weren't very well balanced. Too sweet for my tastes.

                    1. re: Lauren

                      I stand corrected. A "boku" apparently is a Cuban drum shaped like a truncated cone. Barleywino, thanks for the new suggestion. Happy hour usually is my happiest hour.

                    2. re: ssusu

                      How could I forget the Zig Zag? Yes, best happy hour around and the best bartender I've ever encountered. I'd have Murray Stenson's baby.

                    3. For a very different spin on happy hour, Wann (2nd between Virginia and LEnora); both the food and the drinks are unique in this area (try the seared beef tataki w/ ponzu jelly and fiery fresh ground wasabi, chicken nanban, fried squid etc or the uniquely Japanese cocktails, such as the Passion of the Geisha (ask for a double squeeze of grapefruit), or the drink that changes from a Kamikaze to a Cosmo as you drink it). PS they also stock a regular bar. Comfy seats too.

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                      1. re: barleywino

                        what? turns from a kamikaze (i used to love those when i was younger) to a cosmo?

                        1. re: fuzzyboy

                          it has an ice cube made from cranberry juice floating in it

                      2. be aware that their signature cocktails made with shochu are still served but what they don't tell you (unless you ask) is that they are substituting vodka for shochu because they are sold out of shochu and having problems restocking it from the WA state liquor board, whom they are required to buy it from

                        1. i had shochu in korea and i think it took the enamel off my teeth. that stuff is not something i would go out of my way to get to.

                          1. at 50 proof, shochu is not that strong (vodka is 40 proof) and it's not served straight, but as a mixer; the same drink at Wann with vodka substituted for shochu tasted flat and watery compared to the preparation with shochu

                            1. it's not that proof that got me, it was the taste. i took it straight and then with ice. not necessarily the best experience in my life.

                              i had another brand at another restaurant and it was much better, although still not something i'd be aiming to taste.