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Seattle Happy Hours

SFLisa May 27, 2007 07:07 AM

I will be in town in a few weeks and am looking for a happy hour with great appetizers. Am a wine drinker so half-priced cocktails do not need to be the draw.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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    country bumpkin RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 12:45 AM

    While passing through on the ferry back to Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, I had the opportunity to stop by Ivar's for their happy hour. Apetizers and light entrees off the bar menu were very reasonable and tasty. Since I commute on a regular basis, this will likely become a regular part of my routine.

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      Kevin B RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 08:27 AM

      I'm a big fan of Union's happy hour. Half price bar menu of small plates. 1st and Union.

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        JacknSea RE: Kevin B Jun 3, 2007 04:19 PM

        Does Union get crowded fast?

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          Kevin B RE: JacknSea Jun 4, 2007 12:40 AM

          More so later in the week, Th-Fri. The bar area definitely isn't good for large parties so you don't get nearly the after work crowd as other places. I've had to stand or wait for a seat but not often.

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        laurahutch RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 12:09 PM

        Brasa at... 3rd & Lenora-ish has an extensive bar menu that's 1/2 price at happy hour. Steak and frites, lamb burgers, swanky pizzas, mussels and clams, etc. That said, their wine is quite expensive. I mean, I get expensive happy hour wine but I'm still generally surprised.

        1. eternalX RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 02:14 PM

          Has anyone tried Wann for their happy hour? Looks pretty good. Been meaning to go (and will next week).

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            JacknSea RE: eternalX Jun 3, 2007 04:17 PM

            I went to Wann for happy hour last week. $2.50 pints are a real bargain. Many of the food items are the same portion as reg menu, but much cheaper during happy hour. Finally tried korobuta sausage, which was okay, but the accompanying mustard was far too mild.

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              eternalX RE: JacknSea Jun 7, 2007 08:40 AM

              Went last night and just had a few items. The space is gorgeous, but a little quiet and I was so sad to see so many fried items on the menu. That's sort of the same problem I have with Wasabi. I was hoping to see more grilled items...or fresh items. I know sushi is fresh and it was good, but I guess I was just expecting something a little more. I might return for one of the rice bowls one day, but don't see myself going back often.

          2. terrier RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 02:23 PM

            The mini-burgers in the bar area at Cascadia are well and truly worth trying & they're $1 (IIRC) during happy hour.

            I'm also a big fan of the $4 mussels and $2 truffle fries at Elysian Fields.

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              kkbriggs RE: terrier Jun 3, 2007 08:14 AM

              I was just there last week and burgers are now $2...but still so good.

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                barleywino RE: kkbriggs Jun 3, 2007 08:28 AM

                Ditto on Union (more small-plates style than your typical happy hour finger food), Ponti (get a seat on the terrace to watch the boats go by). Also mussels/frites on the outdoor patio overlooking the water (bring your shades) at Maximiliens in Pike place market (although service can be spotty there). if you go for happy hr at Cascadia, be aware that the line can start forming outside the door as much as 1/2 hr ahead of opening time (which is 5pm). Also burgers there tend to come medium or well done, even if you request rare.

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              alki_chick RE: SFLisa Jun 1, 2007 03:21 PM

              If you are looking for sushi Nijo (http://www.nijosushi.com/) has a nice happy hour and so does Umi (http://www.umisakehouse.com/Menu.aspx).

              I also enjoy Ponti's (http://www.pontiseafoodgrill.com/menu...) happy hour as well.

              1. Charles RE: SFLisa Jun 3, 2007 05:45 PM

                TASTE at the Seattle Art Museum http://www.tastesam.com/cafe_taste_me... has a great selection of scrumptious treats, an all Northwest wine list and great specialty cocktails, their signature Hammering Man cocktail is only $5 and so delicious.

                I was there last night with some friends and in addition to the many cocktails we imbibed had the orecchiette carbonara, Frites, asparagus salad, scallops strudel. Needless to say a good time was had by all.

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                  terrier RE: Charles Jun 3, 2007 06:12 PM

                  That's funny, we were at SAM Taste last night for the first time too, around 9:00. We just popped in for a drink and a snack at the bar.

                  We greatly enjoyed the Impressionist and Ginger Jar cocktails and the grilled cheese sandwich & "soup shot." The miniburgers were also good, though I wish the frites had been twice-fried for crispness.

                  I want to get back there for dinner sometime soon. The baseball steak w/ dijon gnocchi's calling to me.

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                    allisonw RE: terrier Nov 13, 2007 11:04 AM

                    Forgive me if this has been posted before, but here's a link to a cool site that tracks Happy Hours:


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