Seattle is a city rich in many things – art, culture, food, and – one of our personal favorites – happy hours. There are hundreds across the city every week. From upscale rooftops teeming with corporate professionals, venerable cocktails and elegantly plated, bite-size sustenance, to the greasy dives where Everyman pulls up a seat at an unyielding, antiquated bar, pool cue in hand – there’s no denying it; the hours betwixt 3 and 7 are, in fact, some of the happiest in the city.
Below, check out five happy hours that may fly below the radar, but which certainly haven’t escaped our notice.
5. Anchorhead Coffee Co. | All day, every day
Okay, so coffee shops aren’t necessarily synonymous with “happy hour,” but Anchorhead is here to challenge the norm. Anchorhead is a longtime PNW roaster, and now their maiden cafe is coming up on her first birthday. (Congrats, guys!) One of the greatest things about this place – aside from the sleek design, amazing coffee, and tasty snacks, beer and wine – is their happy hour policy. All day. Every day. (caveat: on select items.) Yum.
4. Cursed Oak | Monday, all day | Tuesday – Sunday, 4 – 7 p.m.
Nestled demurely on the corner on the corner of 2nd and Blanchard, amidst the crafty ecosystem of the Belltown neighbourhood, Cursed Oak has managed to maintain both esteemable innovation and approachability – a balance that seems to challenge many a Seattle watering hole. A well-rounded spirit list and captivating mixology perfectly complement the unpretentiously elegant bites, as an impressively diverse crowd nods their heads to catchy, current tunes. But this article isn’t about accolades for ambience, so what can you expect at happy hour? $2 off pretty much everything; well drinks, wine, specialty cocktails, Rainier and Tecate tall boys and appetizers.
Pro tip: keep an eye on their calendar. They have periodic late-night live music.
3. Lost Lake Cafe | Monday – Friday, 6 – 9 a.m. & 4 – 6 p.m.
For the early riser, LL’s morning happy hour (a jrrny team favourite) means everything on their mini menu is $5 and under. Think 2 eggs, toast and bacon ($3.99), two super-thick slabs of French toast ($4.99), or a fluffy biscuit smothered in country gravy and a fried egg ($4.99). Don’t get us started on the $5 bloody mary, mimosa or Bailey’s & coffee.
For those who are a little slower to rise, catch the afternoon happy hour for stellar deals on a classic 6 oz. cheeseburger with all the fixins, plus fries ($3.99; veggie burger option for $5.99), Nachos Grande (which actually is grande, and only $5), and a plethora of other warm, not-low-calorie-but-oh-my-god food options, plus $3.50 wells, $1 PBRs, and $7 rotating draft & shot of whiskey.
Pro tip: morning happy hour requires a beverage order to snag happy hour food prices; but if you’re not feeling quite bloody-mary-bold, their freshly brewed Caffe Vita coffee counts as a beverage. And they’ll refill for free!
2. Toulouse Petit | Daily, 4 – 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. – close
With especially favourable results from surveys taken by CNBC and TripAdvisor (one of the 10 best happy hours in the nation and the fifth favourite restaurant in the nation, respectively), Toulouse Petit is not a complete mystery; but its relatively clandestine Lower Queen Anne locale keeps it a refuge for the locals. As is proudly printed atop their menu, Petit’s happy hour boasts more than fifty exquisite preparations priced between $5 and $11, and they mean exquisite. Think fresh salads, charcuterie, tons of seafood, sliders, more than a dozen vegetarian-friendly selections, succulent cocktails made with premium spirits, beer, and wine by the glass or carafe.
Pro tip: we’d be remiss if we failed to mention the breakfast happy hour. Party’s on, Monday through Friday, 9 – 11 a.m.
1. Garage | Daily, 3 – 7 p.m. | Sunday – Thursday, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
As the sheer magnitude of their building can attest, Garage is far from unknown in Seattle. Crowds start flocking not long after opening time, and nearly every square foot is full by 10 p.m. – especially on weekends. That said, the 20 bowling lanes, 25 pool tables and multiple bars certainly accommodate, and these guys are champs of customer service. What you may not know about Garage is that their happy hour isn’t limited to deals on draft beer and well drinks (and pizza, during late night happy hour); no – they refuse to be so ordinary. Specials also apply to lanes and pool tables, and vary by the day. You can check out this page for more details.
Pro tip: bowling shoe rentals are always $4.
Happy happy houring!
Garage Billiards is a 40,000 square foot Chrysler-dealership-turned-funhouse in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Seattle. Boasting 6 bars, 20 bowling lanes, 25 pool tables, and five variably-sized private spaces, Garage is the perfect spot for groups, small and large, to eat, drink and be merry.
Food. Pool. Bar. Bowl.