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Six Great Seattle Happy Hours

Seattle Happy Hours for All Tastes and Budgets


Going out to for a drink can get expensive. The great mystery of bars is that you’re traveling away from home to pay someone to pour liquid from a bottle that you could pour yourself just as easily for a fraction of the price. But even in these trying economic times, Seattle’s pub and bar culture has continued to thrive. A key is a well-designed happy hour. Consider a few of our favorites.

1. Cafe Campagne

Looking to impress a date or out-of-town visitor? Or just to treat yourself and a friend to some of the best wine and French food in town. The happy hour features 3oz tasters of fine wines running from $2.25 to $5.50. The food features screaming deals like a pate sandwich for $1 and pommes frites with aioli for $4. In one of the best locations in town in Post Alley by the market. 

Where: Pike Place Market

When: 4pm-6pm Mon-Fri

2. Zig Zag Cafe

There’s little debate Murray Stenson is the best bartender in Seattle. According to GQ he is the best bartender in the entire country. You’d expect his cocktails to be prohitibitively expensive, right? Think again. The happy hour here is a phenomenal deal with a huge list of house cocktails for a reasonable cost. The underrated food specials run from $3-$8 and can be thoughtfully paired with your cocktail of choice with the help of your very knowledgeable waiter. 

Where: Pike Place Market

When: 5pm-7pm Mon-Fri


3. Galway Arms

If classy cocktails are not your thing, consider the very down-to-earth Galway Arms in the U-District. For your best abv (alcohol by volume) bang-for-buck, there are few better options than this rough and tumble Irish bar. Cheap well drinks, microbrews, surprisingly good fish and chips, and a veggie hummus plate.

Where: University District

When: 4pm-7pm Daily

4. Chinook’s

I know what you’re saying, “Those happy hours sound great. But I need a bar where I can moor my sailboat.” Look no further than Salmon Bay’s Chinook’s, sitting between Magnolia and Ballard and home to some of the best value seafood in the city. It’s not close to much of anything (except for the fishing fleet), but Chinook’s serves no-nonsense fresh seafood with a spectacular view out its huge windows. The happy hour is wildly popular, with cheap oyster shooters, shrimp cocktail, well drinks, and house wine.

Where: Fisherman’s Terminal - near Ballard

When: 4pm-6pm Mon-Fri

5. The 5 Point Cafe

One of Seattle’s oldest continueously open bars, the 5 Point is the rare bar that appeals equally to tourists and locals. Open (though not serving alcohol) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the 5 Point is the definition of unpretensiousness. Try the mac and cheese wedges and soft-shell tacos. Strike up a conversation with a regular, and before long you may just be a regular yourself.

Where: Belltown

When: 4pm-6pm Mon-Fri


6. Boat Street Cafe

Boat Street Cafe might just have the best ambiance of any restaurant or bar in the city. It’s just decorated enough to be pleasing to the eye, just casual and familiar enough to invoke a living room feel. Nearby tables of diners and drinkers don’t feel like impositions, they feel like neighbors. The happy hour menu varies but usually involves some very tasty wines and appetizers (typically in the ballpark of oysters, salads, dates, and cheeses). Come in for happy hour and you’ll likely end staying for dinner--without a single regret.

Where: Belltown

When: 5pm-7pm Tues-Thurs


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