by Kristy Stevens-Young, Examiner.com
Seattle is a gastronomically gifted area in which every possible cuisine is represented. Many of these great restaurants offer happy hours complete with discounted plates and drinks. Check out these top happy hour picks perfect for relaxing after work, meeting with friends or grabbing an early dinner.
The Bookstore Bar
1007 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Located just five blocks from Pike Place Market, The Bookstore Bar can be found inside the Alexis Hotel. For those who like to wind down the day with a good book and a stiff drink, this bar is a must see. The happy hour offerings run Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and include $4 draft beers, wines and wells with a rotating menu of food choices ranging from just $3 to $7 per dish. This place is well known for its extensive menu of single-malt Scotch whiskies, American bourbons, American whiskies and by-the-glass wines. It also boasts a large selection of Pacific Northwest microbrews for those craving a good beer. The setting is cozy and classic, making it the perfect place to stay warm while the winter rain or snow comes down outside. If you are alone or waiting for someone to arrive, grab a book off the shelves to read; if you find it‘s a book you just can‘t put down, purchase it for just $5. Street parking is usually available or guests can take advantage of the valet at the Alexis Hotel for only $7.
Elliott’s Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56
Seattle, WA 98101
Looking for a happy hour with a view? Elliott’s Oyster House is located on Seattle’s gorgeous waterfront, and while the meals here can get a bit pricey, happy hour brings down the prices on beer and spirits. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, guests can choose house wine (red or white) or a draft beer for $4. Discounted mixed drinks, including a $3 Oyster Shooter (peppered vodka, bloody-Mary and an oyster) and a $6 Pier Margarita are highly recommended. Be sure to indulge in some of Elliott’s scrumptious fare on the cheap: crispy calamari, salmon sliders, blackened rockfish tacos and pan-fried oysters are all under $5. At 3 p.m, the chef’s choice of freshly shucked oysters on the half–shell become available. While that’s reason enough to head over, it is the fun, one-hour interval pricing that’ll keep you there. At 3 p.m., oysters are 75 cents each, at 4 p.m. they jump to $1.25 and at 5 p.m. they are still a deal at $1.75 each.
Boko Restaurant and Bar
1010 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Boko Restaurant and Bar is the perfect place to bring your vegetarian and vegan friends and co-workers. The restaurant’s menu clearly marks which items are gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian friendly, making it easy to safely order exactly what you’re craving. What’s more, Boko offers not one, but two happy hours daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. to close. Happy hour draft beers are $4 and house wines and well drinks are $5 each. Along with great small plates like truffle fries ($4), Boko offers yummy sweets from brownies to shortbread cookies to homemade truffles.
Dragonfish Asian Cafe
722 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Located on the corner of 8th Avenue and Pine Street inside the Paramount Hotel, Dragonfish offers a happy hour seven days a week. Choose from the cafe’s specially priced draft beers, cocktail specials or sake for just $3. House red or white wine can be picked up for a dollar more. Dragonfish Cafe’s happy hour food menu includes $1.95 and $2.95 half sushi rolls and small plates, $3.95 and $4.95 small plates and $5.95 small plates and rice bowls. The food is continually tasty, which explains the always busy to downright jam-packed bar when the happy hour crowd files in. Happy hour runs daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Be sure to check it out any time on Mondays, as the specials run all evening from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
309 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
No listing of great Seattle happy hours would be complete without an unassuming neighborhood pub. This is the spot to go if you and your happy hour crew are looking to sip on a few drinks, play some pool and let loose. The unpretentious haunt offers half-price food and discounted drinks during happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Grab a cue ball and enjoy some free pool or darts while sipping on any number of draft micros or bottled beers. Then order up a homemade meatloaf dinner and get ready to partake in some uninhibited karaoke.