Happy Hour | Hot Spots

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SUIKA

This unassuming restaurant on Pine boasts a bustling and warm atmosphere with an impressive saki chandelier and uni shooters. Expect to be greeted at the door and whisked to a table to feast on what is perhaps the boldest happy hour deal in the city. Called “Ten-Bero,” customers choose from a house Moscow mule or a 5 oz. sake to pair with a 16 oz. Sapporo. The Moscow mule is made with house ginger beer, both sweet and spicy. Patrons also get an appetizer trio platter, which chef ’s choice bites range from fresh poke to crispy and seasoned chicken karaage. Did we mention the Ten-Bero is only $10?

Capitol Hill
Happy Hour: Tuesday–Friday 5–6:30 p.m.
Sat., Sun. 4–6:30 p.m.

CIVILITY AND UNREST

Motivated by the desire to make craft cocktails accessible, Civility and Unrest celebrates “Social Hour” from 5–7 p.m. Frequenters of the somewhat mysterious speakeasy can find intrigue in the rotating menu of libations, served for $8. The bartenders approach each with the artistry of a true professional, delighting customers with an element of discovery. The rotating list may contain “The Blind Tiger” with Old Weller bourbon, cyan, aperol, lemon, and orange bitters; or a “White Rabbit” starring Four Roses bourbon, crème de cacao, banana and almond milk. James Beard Award-winning owner and chef Jason Wilson makes sure the food accompaniments aren’t merely an aside. Starting at $6, bites include smoked bacon deviled eggs and truffled goat cheese stuffed cheese puffs.

Downtown Bellevue
Happy Hour 5–7 p.m. daily

CAFE PRESSE

On any given day, you can pop into Cafe Presse near Seattle U. and find a cozy dining room and bar, bustling with patrons reading magazines, carving up croque monsieurs oozing with bechamel, or sipping on wine at the bar. On weekends, eyes are on soccer games playing. Happy hour “Vin ExPress” offers Parisian cafe classics like clams with fennel and pancetta ($11) and cured ham with cornichons ($6.50), among other favorites, all under $11. Pair these treats with discounted wines from the French countryside for an immersive European experience.

Capitol Hill
Happy Hour: 4–6 p.m. and 11 p.m.–1:30 a.m. daily

MONSOON

Monsoon, a longtime Seattle favorite with this Bellevue sister venue, showcases a menu harmoniously inspired by both Vietnamese and Pacific Northwest cuisines. Happy hour is no different, with nearly 20 food items under $10 to choose from, including salt and pepper chicken wings and claypot mussels with lemongrass and coconut milk. Similarly, the drinks are bright, refreshing and thoughtfully crafted with innovated spins on the classics.

Downtown Bellevue
Happy Hour: 3–6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close daily

BRANCHWATER

No need to rush from work. Relax knowing a $7 Kentucky mule is waiting for you until 8 p.m. Formerly Commonwealth, this Belltown establishment has a Southern flair with the authenticity only a true Southerner could cultivate. Owners Amanda and Cory Chigbrow, also owners of next-door Pintxo, offer Southern eats, inspired by Amanda’s Kentucky upbringing. Sit by Branchwater’s indoor fireplace with a $4 pint in one hand and barbecue rib in the other.

Belltown
Happy Hour: 4–8 p.m. daily

JERK SHACK

We weren’t kidding when we said that happy hour has evolved to be a meal of its own. Jerk Shack is living up to their reputation of serving jerkspiced dishes and tropical cocktails with a dose of Caribbean hospitality. Though the dinner menu is meant to be shared by a party, happy hour service dishes up individual bowls, all adorned with Caribbean slaw, house sauces, caramelized onions, pistachio rice and your choice of grilled jerk chicken, Cuban pork belly or plantains for $11. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a sunny Seattle day on the outdoor patio and be transported to the islands responsible for this impossibly zesty food.

Belltown
Happy Hour: 4–6 p.m

BOTTLE AND BULL

Whether you’re an Eastsider for work or pleasure, Bottle and Bull is a perfect destination for craft cocktails and a bite. The robust happy hour menu can range from small snacks like speck-wrapped dates ($2) to larger items like housemade pappardelle pasta ($10). Food aside, the bar offers more than 10 drinks, all below $9. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Bottle and Bull’s highly seasonal offerings reflect the cuisine of the cities he frequented: Florence, Paris, Havana and Pamplona, to name a few.

Kirkland
Happy Hour: 3–6 p.m. daily

VIF

Cafes around the city are making coffee and wine enthusiasts’ lives much simpler by not only serving but specializing in both. Vif is perhaps the brightest of the bunch with thoughtful food to boot. Upon entering the quaint building on Fremont Avenue, customers will face an entire wall adorned with Vif ’s natural wine selection. It is one of the only wine shops in Seattle to sell exclusively natural wines. Natural wine goes through the fermentation process with only native yeasts without additions or physical manipulations. The intention: having the flavor best reflect the vineyard where it was made. Enjoy a whole bottle off the wall or pour by the glass, along with a “snackette” menu featuring perfectly seasoned rotating tartines, cheese selections and soup with local bread.

Fremont
Happy Hour: 4–6:30 p.m. Tues.–Fri

MR. WEST CAFE BAR

Familiar yet sophisticated, Mr. West Cafe Bar is situated in downtown Seattle’s Denny Triangle. If you ever fantasize about relaxing on a mid-century modern chair drinking vermouth with a twist, this is for you. The ultra-hip cafe bar offers a seasonally-rotating list of finger foods like roasted almonds ($4), castelvetrano olives ($5), and herbed Beecher’s cheese curds ($6) There are also variations of focaccia with topping choices of smoked arbequina whipped ricotta ($7) and pimento cheese with pickles ($9). Drink specials include $1 off draft beer and cocktails, $2 off wine glass pours and $10 off wine bottles.

South Lake Union
Happy Hour: 4–7 p.m. Monday–Friday

VOLTERRA

The famed Seattle eatery (also in Ballard) straddles both upscale and humble approaches. Volterra’s happy hour offerings make finer dining accessible with rotating seasonal plates like panseared scallops, steamed mussels and clams and lamb sliders with a mini caesar salad, all for $8 each. Sparkling blood orange citrus drops, the Volterra margarita and house white sangria are among the drink options. For something simpler, $5 house white and red wine pours are a staple.

Kirkland Happy
Hour: 4–6 p.m. daily

REVEL

Rumors that Revel might be closing were immediately squashed with the announcement that it is only temporary to enable the construction for “Revel 2.0.” Never fear, the longtime Fremont establishment relocated to Westlake Avenue until it re-opens in 2019. The happy hour menu offers plenty of beer, wine and house cocktail specials, along with a sampling of chef Rachel Yang’s creative street food inspired menu. Sip on the Lazy Gardener ($8) with cucumber infused gin, fresh mint syrup and Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Charsui dumplings with red cabbage and chipotle apple pickle ($7) or the pork belly pancake with kimchi and bean sprouts ($7) are as delightful as they are affordable.

South Lake Union
Happy Hour: 4–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday

RACHEL’S GINGER BEER

With three unique locations, Rachel’s Ginger Beer is undoubtedly a force in Seattle. The 12th Avenue location in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is expansive, with a sunny atmosphere that makes the $7.50 Moscow mule that much better. Though only the classic ginger beer is available at a discount, the menu features all of Rachel’s flavors such as blood orange, white peach and caramelized pineapple, which can be spiked with your choice of spirit. Of course, something this fresh must be paired with fantastically crispy fried chicken and fries. Luckily, Sunset Fried Chicken is there to help.

Capitol Hill
Happy Hour: 4–6 p.m. daily

DERBY

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Just when we thought we had Ethan Stowell figured out, he opened a restaurant inside The Shop—a self-proclaimed “country club for gearheads” in Sodo. The 36,500 square feet of high-end storage space is home to shiny automobiles, motorcycles and Stowell’s Derby, a place for Northwest wines, bourbon and scotch. The food menu changes frequently, but often contains comforts of poutine with smoked brisket ($9) and semolina fried oysters with chipotle aioli ($12). If the menu happens to offer the house specialty, “Bad Ass Bacon,” it should not be overlooked. Glazed and thick cut, this particular dish is getting rave reviews. The slab is slathered with honey and cayenne pepper, then sprinkled with Maldon sea salt. From vintage cars to bourbons and bacon, this place is rich.

South of Downtown Seattle
Happy Hour: 3–7 p.m. daily

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