Seattle's Happy Hour Hangouts
Collected by Stephanie Perry , AFAR Local Expert
You've had a long day — take a break and put your feet up! Seattle bars offer plenty of great happy hour choices, whether you're looking for liquid refreshment or top-notch snacks to tide you over until dinner.
1118 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Unicorn is one of my favorite places to take visitors because there's just so much to look at: the lurid circus-painted walls, the costumed and accessorized taxidermy, the lavishly painted bar that seems to have been pulled off a carousel. During...
1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
You really can't ask for fresher beer than they serve at the Pike. This huge pub is actually built around the equipment that is brewing the next batch as you drink. It's the brainchild of Charles Finkel, whose passion is evident in this glorious...
1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Locals may get a twinge of nostalgia remembering Lunchbox Laboratory's original, tiny shack in Ballard, where vintage lunchboxes covered the walls, and they closed when they ran out of meat. Fortunately, their new South Lake Union location is much...
429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Recently remodeled, Coastal Kitchen has shed its colorful decor for a more upscale, modern vibe, but it's still serving the same stellar brunch dishes, like the ever-popular gingerbread waffles shown here. Every few months, they create an entirely...
722 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Located across the street from the Paramount Theatre, Dragonfish Asian Cafe is an ideal stop for happy hour and pre-theater drinks and snacks. The Asian-fusion menu features sushi alongside Korean and Vietnamese dishes. Happy hour goes from 3 to 6...
1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Lost Lake may look like it's been open for decades, but despite its dimly-lit vintage decor, this Capitol Hill diner just opened in 2013 — and is already a favorite with locals. One side is a restaurant and the other side is a bar, depending on...
1901 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Vietnamese restaurant Long Provincial offers one of downtown's best happy hour food menus in their Jelly Bar. The drinks menu features some interesting (and potent) options, like the tangy kumquat bubbly or tamarind fizz. But it's the snacks that...
1005 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
As its name implies, the Hideout isn’t the most centrally located place, and it can be a bit difficult to find the nondescript entrance (unromantically close to the Virginia Mason hospital). But step inside, and it’s a different world: dimly lit,...
2313 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Yes, the name is a real groaner, but there’s a reason: it’s the new incarnation of the former Ipanema rodizio restaurant. What’s still the same is the never-ending parade of juicy, flavorful meat carved at your table by roaming passadores, as well...
2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
So called because it’s located above sister restaurant Pintxo, The Upstairs is indeed up a flight of stairs, but once you’re inside, it feels like a cozy, if dimly lit, living room, complete with Victorian-style couches and wingback chairs,...
2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Part restaurant and part performance venue, the Rendezvous is a full night out in one cozy spot. The restaurant has typical bar food (burgers, salads, deep-fried snacks) that's basic but good; happy hour goes from 3-6 pm daily with food specials....
517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Another restaurant on the food-filled 15th Avenue strip of Capitol Hill, Liberty Sushi has a bit of an identity crisis: is it a café, a bar, or a sushi joint? Maybe it doesn’t matter, since all are delicious. During the day, they serve Stumptown...
2219 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
If you’re looking for a place to watch the game — any game — Spitfire, in Belltown, is sure to have it on. The big, roomy bar has twenty-two 42-inch flat-screen plasma TVs, two 150-inch and one 100-inch HD projection screen, all blasting...
2222 2nd Ave Ste.100, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
You know a bar is serious about craft cocktails when they publish their bitters menu on their website. Clever Bottle has an impressive roster: sunshine bitters, X-mas Tree, chocolate, sunshine, cinnamon spice, bluebell flowers, apricot brandy,...
2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Wasabi Bistro is everything you’d expect of a sushi joint in Belltown: elegant, modern decor, high-quality fish, and expensive prices. In addition to three pages of flagrantly inauthentic sushi, like the Geisha on Vacation roll (spicy crab,...
1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Japonessa is a “sushi cocina” that blends traditional sushi techniques with south-of-the-border ingredients like jalapeno, cilantro, and mango. It also has one of downtown’s best sushi happy hours — if you can get in. Happy hour is every day from...
4539 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
A fun restaurant/lounge in West Seattle with tiki-bar flair, West 5 offers a popular happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Stop in for a drink and admire their vintage decor and the oversized, crown-shaped neon sign...
503 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
I have always loved going to the conveyer belt sushi places. It’s so fun to watch the food travel past as you have to make a quick decision to take it, or wait to see what comes next. Every plate has a corresponding price, and when you are...
1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
A neighborhood bar with Italian flair, Bar Cotto offers a carefully edited menu of pizza, vegetables, bruschetta, and local and imported cured meats. The Corona bean and cauliflower salad with currants and rosemary is a must-try, while the creamy...
1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Tucked away beneath the Pike Place Market — halfway down the long staircase to the waterfront known as the Hill Climb — is the Zig Zag Cafe, a charming little cocktail bar with a distinctly speakeasy-esque atmosphere. The craft cocktail menu...
411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Located in The Fairmont Olympic’s main lobby, the Terrace is an upscale piano bar featuring live music Thursday through Saturday, starting at 7:00 p.m. Happy hour is daily from 3:30–6:00 p.m. and features food and drink specials, as well as local...
2226 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
“Seattle’s best happy hour” is not a title to be bestowed lightly, but List has more than its share of devotees. And with good reason: their happy hour features half off the food menu, plus discounted beer and wine. List serves Italian food with a...
1216 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Seattle is mysteriously blessed with an abundance of excellent Oaxacan restaurants. If you love the savory fare at Ballard’s La Carta de Oaxaca — but not the long weekend wait for a table — La Cocina Oaxaquena, at the edge of...
114 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Located just around the corner from the Seattle Center, Triumph Bar is an upscale place to take a break after you’ve trooped around the Space Needle, EMP, or Chihuly Garden and Glass. During happy hour (3-6 and 10-close), enjoy indulgent snacks...
1007 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Bookstore Bar & Café combines two of life’s great pleasures: books and booze. This hotel bar focuses on scotch and whiskey (over 130 varieties), though they also serve up carefully made craft cocktails; we liked the the Rum Daisy...
126 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located below a billiards room in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, the Pharmacy is a retro-funky lounge with a strictly classic craft cocktail menu: Manhattans, sidecars, old-fashioneds, and French 75s. Order at the bar, then take your drink to one of...
83 Spring St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Tucked away in an alley, Nijo Sushi is a hidden happy-hour treasure for sushi and sake lovers. Small plates start at $3 and include nigiri, hand rolls, and long rolls, plus favorites like takoyaki (octopus and potato dumplings) and mixed poke...
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