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Jun 18, 2010 01:34 PM

Downtown Seatte happy hours

I was surprised I couldn't find a dedicated thread about this already so I thought I'd start one...

Been to any good downtown happy hours lately? I've had an awful lot of subpar happy hour food in the past year or two, even from restaurants where I'd expect better--a lot of places are phoning it in. The Brooklyn, the Met, Elliott's (except for the raw oysters--those are still great), Taste...I know hh isn't where the food is going to knock me out, but I expect a little more than I've been getting lately. And I'm always disappointed when good cocktails aren't on special--BOKA on Wednesdays, and Zig Zag (thumbs down on the food, though), are the only places I know that discount their house cocktails (not just wells). BOKA is also the only food standout for me these days--some one in the kitchen really does care about what they're putting out for HH.

So--what are your favorites?

Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. I like Umi, Barolo, Sazerac, Spur, and Cellars

    1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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    1. re: natalie.warner

      Since I just tried List I would say go for Barolo. The HH wine was a Vitiano Cab, Sang, Merlot and it was quite good for $14 a bottle... as in you probably couldn't get a better bottle for $14 in a restaurant. The gnocchi with black truffle cream is worth going for. Other dishes were very good but didn't knock my socks off. They were still a cut above most HH fare. The focus seems to be more on ingredients and less on fried salt than most HH stuff you find. Granted this is based on List [which is technically in Belltown] but Barolo is the same team.

      I also liked Szazerac. I've always liked the restaurant and I also enjoyed the HH.

      I really liked the Triple Door Happy Hour though not everything was great. The food was better than most of HH food I've tried around town. Wine was also good for HH wine.

      1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

      Triple Door
      216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

    2. My most attended are Vessel, W, Wild Ginger--you can probably triangulate to my office building. Used to be Sazerac, but we haven't been able to get a table in a year, even showing up prior to 5, so we have given up. I would say Wild Ginger has the best food, but it's not super innovative or great. Oh, and Sip is ok. They have a patio I want to check on in warm weather.

      I went to BOKA yesterday for the first time in a couple years. My happy hour menu cocktail was still $10, and most were $7. A nice variety of food, but their fries are not as good as W's. They looked and tasted prefrozen.

      For cheap and filling, I know people who go to Barnard's on Seneca and who go to the rooftop at the Red Lion--they have a buffet.

      1. Have you tried Purple? I went there once when they first opened and had a pretty good time. The appetizers were good but I really can't tell you about the cocktails. My libation of choice is Chopin rocks so as far as mixed drinks goes, I haven't a clue. Sorry.

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        1. re: ddttbm

          I didn't know they had a happy hour--I don't see anything about it on the website. What do they offer?

          1. re: christy319

            Purple does half off wine flights (usually $15-20) the real bargain. $4 beers, not sure about cocktails. Matador in Ballard has great HH $4/5 food but no drinks, I guess that's not downtown though. :)

        2. i ditto Umi Sake House (around 1st Ave & Blanchard) and Barolo Ristorante (intersection of Westlake, Virginia, and 7th Ave).

          Wann Japanese Izakaya (around 2nd Ave & Lenora) is also pretty good for sushi and Del Rey (1st and Battery) has some decent food too.

          I've been meaning to try the Tom Douglas Restaurants (around 4th & Virginia) - prices seem OK but the food selection looks limited.

          1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

          Umi Sake House
          2230 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

          Del Rey
          2332 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

          1. Spur's happy hour is so good, I'm hard pressed to tear myself away to try any others. I'm addicted to their pork belly sliders and their smoked salmon crostini.

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            1. re: frygirl

              Do they have a pretty good selection of discounted food? The one time I was there they didn't even bother to tell us it was happy hour, and I only noticed a few discounted items written on a chalkboard when I used the restroom later. These items seemed pretty unexciting next to the regular menu (which is not inexpensive).

              1. re: christy319

                You're right - the happy hour menu is exclusively on the chalkboard. It's not a huge selection (4-5 items) but always so good.

              2. re: frygirl

                I second Spur for happy hour. Awesome, creative food and pretty cheap during happy hour!

                Billy Bob


                1. re: Billy Bob

                  What time and days does Spur have HH? Can't seen to find it on their website.


                  1. re: Scary Bill

                    According to a recent Seattle magazine's review of the top five Happy Hours in Seattle, Spur's Happy Hour runs from Sun-Thu 5-7.


                    Billy Bob

                    Spur Gastropub
                    113 Blanchard Street, Seattle, WA 98121