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Happy Hour Suggestions Seattle

I went to Ponti last night for happy hour and had a pretty nice burger and fries for $5, and a sorta weak Gin and Tonic for $3.50. The burger was on a nice bun, and had the usual trimmings, but was medium-well. Next time I'll ask for rare. The fries were a little soggy but tasty.

I want to make a habbit of trying out a new happy hour every week, and want to hear from you all about your favorites.


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  1. cascadia. $1 miniburgers (get 'em with black truffle butter) + a glass of bubbly = the happiest hour. gets crowded though.

    1. When I lived in Seattle I attended many a happy hour... it's my favorite meal after all! Here are some of my favorites:

      -The Met serves cheap steak sandwiches w/ drink specials
      - Palomino has $5 pizzas and other discounted apps
      - Ohana's (on 1st and Bell) does discounted beer, sake and blue hawaiians along with discounted sushi and other apps
      - The Brooklyn has drink and app specials and if you get there early enough you can relax on the patio outside
      - Cascadia has $1 mini hamburgers

      I'll post others if they come to me... have fun!

      1. My favorite place for a drink is Zig Zag (on the Pike hillclimb going from the Market down to the water). The owners are genius mixologists. If you go more than once, they will probably remember your name and your favorite drink. I suggest telling them the type of drink you like and let them work their magic (it helps to sit at the bar). Because drinks are on our minds when we go there, I haven't had much of their food, but what I have had was good. Enjoy.

        1. Not sure if they have an official "happy hour" but the Jolly Roger Taproom at the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company in Ballard offers the most amazing miniburgers with even better sauces, and other favorites (including a fried pickle) to soak up all the good beer (sorry no liquor here).

          They also do a great job of pairing their beers with each of the menu items as well. See the "CHEF'S LIST MENU" section for the Lil' Jolly Royals: http://maritimebrewery.citysearch.com...


          1. McCormicks has a great happy hour if your goal is cheap and filling food. Buy a drink (doesn't have to be alcoholic) and food is $2.95. They always have a 1/3 lb cheeseburger and fries, other items change but usually includes a hummus type plate, quesadilla, chicken wings, etc. The early one is 4-6.

            I recently went to Zao downtown and they had a really nice happy hour with good food and decent house wine.

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            1. re: lisaf

              i just looked up mccormick's website and it says there is a $1.95 bar menu that includes the 1/3 lb burger...doesn't mention anything about happy hour, so does this mean it's this ridiculous price anytime? if so ---- AWESOME


              1. re: soypower

                It's during happy hour only. I forget the exact hours, but it's early evening and another in the late evening. And, it's only available in the bars, which are seemingly always packed. So plan to get there early.

            2. I enjoy pretty much all forms of happy hour-- a fav (and where I'm headed today) is Nijo in post alley at spring. Its specials are on sushi as well as other apps and on their fabulous lychee martinis.

              Closer to my house I like the hi-life in ballard: 4:30-6 and 10-12 I think, it does cheap pizzas and other delectables and also wells, wines and beers. I talked to one of the bartenders and he said they are trying to play up their late night happy hour, so there should be some more improvements to come as well! I'm excited about what this place could become.

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              1. re: dagoose

                The last time we went to Hi Life's happy hour it started at 3. Great Con sopressata pizza and excellent caeser salad for $3 each.

                1. re: dagoose

                  Dagoose- I think I'll be hitting up NIjo- I am in love with lychee anything. We had a fling in Hawaii and I can't get enough! What time is their happy hour (sadly I work 12 hour days and I usually leave the hospital right when they are ending...but I get 4 days off so it works). Thanks!

                2. Thanks everyone. Happy hour Sushi at Nijo! I'm there! To be honest, I've never been there before. I usually go to Shiro's or I Love. I also can't wait to try the burger at McCormicks. Zig Zag will be on my list for drinks.

                  So....anybody else want to chime in with their happy hour favs?

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                  1. re: BoomOp

                    Rays Cafe at Shilshole, Thai mussels and a wonderful view!4 to 6 I think, very limited seating.

                    1. re: BoomOp

                      I have to say the Hideout on Boren was really a fun place. The bartender chatted with us and made me a fantastic Chartruese drink. That was a new and "fresh" drink I had never had. He also had me sample a few gins (I'm a gin virgin) for free. Only a few cheese, meet, hummus apps- its mostly a bar type place. All the artwork (it covers the walls) is for sale and there is a in house "zine" that you can try to contibute to or just flip through and see whast other drunk people doodled.

                    2. For Ballard, my favorites include The People's Pub ($2.50 pints of German and microbrews, $2.50 well drinks along with discounts on many of their menu items - my favorites are the deep fried pickles, pork croquettes and pulled pork sandwich) and Hattie's Hat ($1 off all drinks). Matador has good food happy hour prices (and they do a late night happy hour as well), but you have to put up with the scenesters which is often annoying enough to keep me from there *s*

                      You might hit a few web sites for other suggestions - http://www.nwsource.com/peoplespicks/... , http://www.sevennites.com/ , http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/041...

                      1. Atlas Foods in the university village has a decent happy hour. Not amazing food, but pints and appetizers are just $2.

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                        1. re: bergeo

                          A couple of colleagues and I recently went to Umi Sake House in Belltown (http://www.umisakehouse.com/Menu.aspx ) for their happy hour (4-6) and really enjoyed it.

                          I already went back with my wife. Our favorite is the Sashimi set for $8.

                        2. Oyster happy hour at flying fish, 5-6 m-f.

                          I second the vote for Umi. I went for happy hour last week. The spider roll was cold, but the nigiri were very nice, and the oyster shooters tickle your brain.

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                          1. re: babette feasts

                            Thanks so much everyone! I just got back from Umi, and it was really great. 2 of us ate very well with a large Sake to share and spent $15 each with tax and tip. Great suggestion. Okay....... what's next???

                            1. re: babette feasts

                              one thing a bit odd about Ume is that if you sit at the sushi bar, the chef will sometimes give you unsolicited pieces of fish, and then they appear on your bill. this seems a bit underhanded (usually such offerings from the chef are understood to be free). the most flagrant example of this was when i asked to see a certain fish on the specials menu, but did not order it, and he then prepared some sashimi of it and handed it to me and when i got the check there was a charge for $15 for the sashimi. Be careful to make clear to them what you do or don't want!

                            2. Notwithstanding the over-the-top advertising, this page has an excellent run-down of happy hour deals in Seattle sorted by neighborhood:


                              1. i love happy hour too but am in bellevue during the day so it's really hard to get across the bridge for happy hour in seattle...any suggestions for bellevue happy hours?

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                                1. re: soypower

                                  Yarrow Bay Cafe at Carillon Point has an excellent Happy Hour. I think it goes until 9pm. Apps are $4 with a drink.

                                  Sake House (Kirkland) used to, but they are under new ownership and name, so I'm no longer certain. Rikki Rikki has a sushi happy hour, but it ends too early for me to get to.

                                  There's also a McCormick's in Lincoln Square.

                                  520 Bar and Grill on Main in Bellevue has some very good apps--try the Chicken Quesadilla.

                                  1. re: ethereal

                                    awesome suggestions - thank you!! :o)