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HAPPY HOUR GUIDE 


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CONTENTS 


flieSfoanger's 

HAPPY HOUR GUIDE# 


Editorial 

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR 

Dan Savage 

EDITOR OF PRINT 

Christopher F rizzelle 

MANAGING EDITOR 

Leilani Polk 

DIGITAL EDITOR 

Chase Burns 

ASSOCIATE EDITORS 

Charles Mudede, Eli Sanders 

SENIOR STAFF WRITER 

Rich Smith 

STAFF WRITERS 

Lester Black, Nathalie Graham, 
Katie Herzog, Jasmyne Keimig, Dave Segal 

COPY CHIEF 

Gillian Anderson 

Things To Do 

REGIONALCALENDAR DIRECTOR 

Jamie Reed 

ARTS CALENDAR EDITOR 

Joule Zelman 

MUSIC CALENDAR EDITOR 

Kim Selling 

FOOD a DRINK CALENDAR EDITOR 

Julianne Bell 

ASSOCIATE CALENDAR EDITOR 

Elaina F riedman 

Art & Production 

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION 

Erica Tarrant 

ART DIRECTOR 

Jessica Stein 

DESIGNERS 

Rachelle Abellar, Ashley Belfsky, 
Anthony Keo, Joel Schomberg 

Advertising 

REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR 

James Deeley 

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES 

Ben Demar, Katie Phoenix 

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/THEATER 

Juliette Brush-Hoover 

ENTERTAINMENT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 

Diana Katz 

DISPLAY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 

Neal Callahan 

SALES OPERATIONS MANAGER 

Taffy Marler 


ADVERTISING COORDINATOR 

Bobby Anderson 

Events & Media 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 

Rob Crocker 

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS 

Tracey Cataldo 

MARKETING a PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR 

Caroline Dodge 

MARKETING a EVENTS COORDINATOR 

Kevin Murphy 

EVENTS DESIGNER 

Chelcie Blackmun 

PODCASTS 

Nancy Hartunian 

Business 

PRESIDENT 

Tim Keck 

CFO 

Rob Crocker 

ACCOUNTING MANAGER 

Renee Krulich 

RECEPTIONIST 

Mike Nipper 

CREDIT MANAGER/OFFICE MANAGER 

Evanne Hall 

Technology & Development 

CHIEFTECHNOLOGY OFFICER 

Anthony Hecht 

LEAD DEVELOPER 

Jay Jansheski 

DEVELOPERS 

Michael Crowl, Nick Nelson 

TECH SUPPORT SPECIALIST 

Grant Hendrix 

Bold Type Tickets 

DIRECTOR OF SALES a OPERATIONS 

Sarah VanSandt 

CLIENT SOLUTIONS REPRESENTATIVE 

Janina Loos 

Circulation 

CIRCULATION MANAGER 

Kevin Shurtluff 

CIRCULATION ASSISTANT 

Paul Kavanagh 

Publisher 

Laurie Saito 


COVER PHOTO BY 
MEGAN XEAL 

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7 

HAPPY HOURS FOR BEER LOVERS 

A breakdown of the best happy hours in Seattle to enjoy craft beer. 



15 

HAPPY HOURS FOR DRINKING WINE 

Oenophiles, our guide to the city’s best wine happy hours has got 
you covered. 



21 

HAPPY HOURS FOR ENJOYING A COCKTAIL 

There’s nothing that a little liquor can’t fix, and these places mix it 
up best. 



29 

HAPPY HOURS FOR YOU AND YOUR POOCH 

Why leave Fifi at home when you can bring herto drink with you? 



37 

WEED SHOP HAPPY HOURS 

Specials around Seattle make shooting for happy hour shopping 
a must. 



38 

HAPPY HOURS FOR FOOD 

Forget about the alcohol-here are the five best happy hours to get 
your nosh on. 


SEATTLE’S FAVORITE BARTENDERS 



5 

MORGAN ELIZABETH 

Pine Box on Capitol Hill 

13 

JOE WARGO 

Cure Cocktail on Capitol Hill 

19 

NEIL YAMAMOTO 

Revolve Food & Wine in Bothell 


27 

CRISTINA BUENAVENTURA 

Currant Bistro in Belltown 


33 

TIMOTHY DEENIHAN 

1900 Fifth in downtown 


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PHOTOS BY MEGAN XEAL 


deluge of Stranger 
readers voted on 
their favorite Seattle 
bartenders in a survey we 
conducted back in Sep¬ 
tember. You'll find Q&As 
with the five winners 
nestled amid the watering 
hole recommendations in 
our 2019 Happy Hour 
Guide. Of course, 
there were plen¬ 
ty of bartenders 
who didn't earn 
enough votes to 
claim a victory but 
they came close enough 
that we felt they were 


Morgan Elizabeth 


worthy of a shout-out for 
being awesome. They are: 
Kessler Dixon (Feiera- 
bend), Andrew Larson 
(Heartwood Provisions), 
Ken Gray (Lucinda 
Grain Bar), Bryn Quarles 
(Artusi), Phillip Trick- 
ey (Smith), Rob Nokes 
(Metropolitan Grill), 
Dante Martin Jr. (Queer 
Bar), Brian Honda (Tri¬ 
angle Pub), Pete Stalvey 
(King's Hardware), 
Jefferson Ellis (R Place), 
Jermaine Whitehead (II 
Nido), and Cera Grind- 
staff (Stampede Cocktail 
Club). Keep up the stellar 
work, y'all. 

XO, The Stranger 


How did you get into bartending and 
how long have you been at it? I started 
working in bars as a cocktail waitress 
when I was 20, and I bothered my bosses 
until they gave me bartending shifts. I’ve 
been bartending for almost 11 years. 

What do you love most about your 
job? I enjoy the friendship in bars. 
Whether it be with my coworkers, 
regulars, or complete strangers. There’s 
something special about the way people 
connect over a beer or cocktail. 

What are the qualities of a good 
bartender? Efficiency, knowledge, and 
kindness. 

Strangest or most outrageous thing 
you’ve ever witnessed or experienced 
while working? Oddest request? 

How do I even rank this stuff? (Or keep it 
appropriate!?) I was once very seriously 
offered $15,000 to marry one of my 
regular’s cousins, who needed to get into 
America. I politely declined. 


Anything you can’t drink anymore 
after bartending as long as you have? 

FERNET. I don’t know how y’all still do 
it. One bad fernet hangover should cure 
you for life. 



Current drink of choice? I’m into all 
this CBD around these days. Also, low or 
no abv [alcohol content] cocktails. 

Favorite drink to make and/or the 


drink you make best? What about 
your proudest conception of a drink? 

I love making mai tais! They’re pretty! 
And so good, don’t he! My favorite drink 
I’ve made at Pine Box is the Doornail: gin, 
tart cherry reduction, lime, and Petrus 
Aged Pale. It tastes like a cherry limeade! 

Least favorite drink to make, and 
why? Egg-white cocktails! So time- 
consuming and it dirties your whole 
thing up. 

What’s your own favorite watering 
hole? Summit Public House. And, of 
course, the Stumbling Monk. 

What do you do when you’re not 
slinging drinks? For fun, for work, for 
passion, for whatever? I write poetry. 
I’m a mom, and I love to plan parties. 


You can find Morgan at the Pine Box 
(1600 Melrose Ave) on Capitol Hill 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays during happy 
hour, and on Friday and Saturday nights. 


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Beer! 

A breakdown of the best happy hours in Seattle to enjoy craft beer. 

BY LESTER BLACK 



Full Throttle Bottles 

Bottle shops have always played an 
important role in Seattle’s craft beer 
revolution. Stores like Bottleworks 
(Wallingford), Stumbling Monk (Capitol 
Hill), and Chuck’s Hop Shop (Ballard and 
Central District) have spent decades 
improving Seattle’s collective beer palate 
by exposing drinkers to amazing beer. 
Georgetown’s Full Throttle Bottles (5909 
Airport Wop S ) is a relative newcomer 
to Seattle’s bottle shop scene, but they 
haven’t wasted any time bringing in an 
incredible selection of local and imported 
beers, both in bottles and on 12 taps. 

This mix is what makes shops like Full 
Throttle beautiful: You get to taste the 
best local beers while seeing how they 
stand up against out-of-town breweries. 
Among the current noteworthy offerings 
are a hazy IPA from Seattle’s Mirage Beer 
Company, a tart mixed culture beer from 
Portland’s Culmination Brewing, and a dry 
saison from Quebec’s Brasserie Dunham. 

No traditional happy hour here, but 
the beer at Full Throttle tastes a little bit 
better between 11 am and noon, when the 
shop celebrates the German day-drink¬ 
ing tradition of fruhschoppen (sharing a 
midday drink with friends), with $1 off 
every beer on tap. 

College Inn Pub 

The best college bar in the University 
District, the College Inn Pub (4006 
University Way), need not be reserved for 
the undergrads. The low ceilings, plentiful 
booths and tables, and wraparound bar 
give it a comfortable ambience for people 
of any age. 

Visitingthis underground dive feels a 
bit like taking a trip back in time, as it’s 
situated in the basement of the historic 
Ye College Inn, built in 1909 for the Alas- 
ka-Yukon-Pacific Exposition taking place 
at the nearby, then-newly-built University 
of Washington campus. The English 
Tudor-style building is now one of the 


few on the Ave that remain from the era. 
And their happy hour deals are plentiful: 
$1 off drafts and $5 wells between 3 and 
6 pm on weekdays, and all day Sunday. 
The College Inn has a solid tap list that 
regularly features Chuckanut Pilsner, 
giving you a nice hoppy lager bier reason 
to visit this landmark. 

Brouwer’s Cafe 

Though it looks unremarkable from the 
outside, pull open the big wooden door 
at Brouwer’s Cafe (400 N 35th St) in 
Fremont, and you’ll find yourself in the 
middle of a medieval dungeon offucking 


amazing beer. The light is low, there’s a 
second-floor cabaret-style balcony look¬ 
ing onto the entire first floor, and behind 
the bar sits 64 taps and refrigerators filled 
with that aforementioned beer. 

Though it’s only about 15 years old, 
Brouwer’s feels like a beer monastery, 
likely because their amazing Belgian 
beers are served with such reverence, 
the whole place feels religious. They take 
their beer seriously here, and while sour 
and tart Belgians dominate the menu, 
Brouwer’s also serves some of the best 
lager and IPA in the city. 

Visit duringtheir daily happy hour 


(3 to 6 pm), when all those expensive 
beers are $1 off and Brouwer’s amazing 
pommes frites (crispy Belgian-style french 
fries) are only $3. 

The Masonry 

If Brouwer’s is the stodgy parent of 
Seattle’s beer scene, showing us how and 
where to drink and appreciate fantastic 
beer, then the Masonry is the irreverent, 
cheeky cousin slyly getting you to chug 
Solo cups full of rare lambic at your 
grandfather’s funeral. The Masonry has 
fantastic beer, and they just don’t give a 
fuck about anything else. 


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2191st Ave N. #101 • Seattle, WA 
uptownhophouse.com 


24 Constantly Rotating Taps 
Spirits & Wine 

9 TV’s with all the Sports Packages 

Full Menu • Open at 2pm Daily 

Happy Hour 
Mondays: All Day 
Tuesdays - Fridays: 2-6pm 

Taco Tuesdays: $2 tacos 

Thursdays: Trivia, 7pm 


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ALL ACES WELCOME 


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961414TH AVE. SW - WHITE CENTER 

206-763-1347 



JESSICA STEIN 


This pizza-and-beer place in Lower 
Queen Anne (20 Roy St) and Fremont (730 
N 34th St) serves amazing wood-fired 
pies, natural wine, and show-stopping 
beer. The guy behind the Masonry, 

Matt Storm, has an unnatural ability 
to persuade the best breweries in the 
entire country to send him kegs of their 
exceptional beer. Brews by Monkish 
(Los Angeles), Half Acre (Chicago), Burial 
(North Carolina), Jester King (Texas), and 
E9 (Tacoma), to name a few, are regularly 
served up at both locations. Plus, the 
highly acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin makes 
the Masonry’s house beer, the dry and 
earthy Turbo Bam. 

Drinking all Masonry’s world class beer 
doesn’t come cheap, so hit up their daily 
happy hour (2 to 5 pm at the Lower Queen 
Anne location; 4 to 6 pm at the Fremont 
location), where you can get discounted 
pizzas and small plates, $5 on select 
beers, $9 wine, and 10 percent off bottles. 

Collins Pub 

I’d never heard of Collins Pub (526 Second 
Ave) until I saw a tweet during last year’s 
Seattle Beer Week that was the beer 
world’s equivalent of a mic drop. The 
Pioneer Square bar announced they’d 
be tapping kegs of Cascade Brewing’s 
2010 Spiced Apricot Sour and Russian 
River’s 2010 Supplication Sour, incredible 
beers that are hard enough to find in a 
bottle from this year’s vintage. Collins Pub 
getting eight-year-old kegs of both is like 
Indiana Jones finding the Sankara Stones 
in the Temple of Doom. I don’t know what 
the Collins Pub owners had to do to get 
those beers, but I’m thankful they decided 
to share them with Seattle. 


And even when it’s not Seattle Beer 
Week, the pub keeps great beer flowing 
through its 20 taps. On a recent visit, I had 
a Herdsman Apricot Farmhouse from Dirty 
Couch Brewing that had sharp tartness 
like a Flanders Red Ale, and a Punch IPA 
from Skookum Brewingthat was hazy 
and soft on the palate with notes of white 
grape and citrus. 

Collins takes $1 off draft beers 
between 4 and 6 pm Monday through 
Friday, and their happy hour also includes 
a selection of food, like a house hummus 
plate for $7 and pulled-pork sliders for $8. 

Ballard Beer Company 

Naming your bar “Ballard Beer Company” 
takes some guts-no mediocre bar would 
suffice as THE beer bar of Seattle’s great¬ 
est beer neighborhood. But this Market 
Street watering hole (2050 NWMarket 
St) meets its name’s high expectations. 
The cleanly designed space has ample 
tables and seating-including a little patio 
where you can watch Ballard’s endless 
parade of dog walkers—plus there’s a huge 
projector screen for watching sports and, 
most importantly, the tap list leans heav¬ 
ily on beer actually made in the Ballard 
neighborhood. 

Oh, and they have a great happy hour. 
Any of their 17 beers on tap cost only $4 
for a pint between noon and 4 pm, which 
is a steal given how good their tap list is. 
On my last visit, I tried Lucky Envelope’s 
Grapefruit IPA, a crisp beer that tasted 
like breakfast in Hawaii and burst with 
grapefruit flavor. For my second pint, I got 
a Passionfruit Sour made by Breakside 
Brewing in Portland. It was pleasantly 
tart, juicy, and full of tropical fruit flavors, 


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Aurora's Finest - Seattle, WA 
est. 1996 

27 TAPS 
60+ BOTTLES 
22+ CIDERS 
INDUSTRY NIGHT 

Duck Island’s Pressure-Fried 
Fricken’ Chicken & Duck Bails! 

HAPPY HOUR 

Everyday 3-5pm 
$3 PER $1 off drafts, 

$5 wells. Food Specials 


7317 Aurora Ave N 
(next door to Beth’s Cafe) 

More info at 

duckislandalehouse.com 


SEATTLE’S 1ST BRITISH PUB 



206 N. 36th St. Fremont 

THEEGEORGE.COM 


HAPPY HOUR 

MON-FRI, 3-7 

$1 OFF WELLS & BEERS 




PROPER 
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perfect for the 85 degree day I was expe¬ 
riencing at the time. 

If you’re looking for a way to sample 
from a variety of Ballard breweries with¬ 
out marching up and down Leary Way, 
head to Ballard Beer Company, getthere 
before 4 pm, and you’ll save some money 
on the beer, too. 

The Pine Box 

The Pine Box (1600 Melrose Ave) is a 
mainstay of Seattle’s beer scene, for good 
reason. There’s its convenient location 
halfway up Capitol Hill, an easy climb 
up from downtown, or an easy descent 
from Volunteer Park. There’s the historic 
charm of it being in an old funeral home, 
which hosted Bruce Lee’s funeral in 1973. 
There’s comfortable booths and plenty of 
other seating. And there’s one of the best 
curated beer lists in the city. Their 30-plus 
taps always feature some of Seattle’s 
finest breweries, consistently including 
hard-to-get kegs like Holy Mountain, 
Cloudburst, and Machine House, as well 
as a smattering of great out-of-state and 
even international beer. Plus, for whatever 
reason, a lot of beer from California’s 
Firestone Walker Brewery. 

Once, they even had the famous 
Rodenbach Grand Cru on tap, a Flanders 
Red Ale made in Belgium that consistent¬ 
ly ranks as one of the best beers in the 
world. On my last visit, I opted for Holy 
Mountain’s Remnant Saison, bright yellow 
with hints of lemon, oak, and mustiness, 
and a slightly tart finish. I could drink and 
think about this beerfor hours. 

Their happy hour is 3 to 6 pm week¬ 


days, 11 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, 
and includes $1 off every draft, pints of 
Firestone Walker’s DBA for $4 each ($14 
pitchers), and bites for $4 to $9. 

Beveridge Place Pub 

Even though Beveridge Place Pub (6413 
Californio Ave SW) has been on almost 
every “best beer bars in America” list 
since 2010, it’s out in West Seattle, which 
might explain why you’ve never heard 
of it. It’s been the secret of beer nerds 
and the distant denizens of the area for 
too long-but let me justtell you, it’s well 
worth the trip! 

Unlike Chuck’s Hop Shop, this mega 
beer bar has some serious specials: $1 off 
pints of drafts from Washington State and 
$2 off pitchers every weekday from 2 to 
6 pm (noon to 6 pm weekends). On Mon¬ 
days, the deal gets better with a select 
group of Washington beers priced at $4 
a pint and $16 a pitcher all day. If you’re 
wary of makingthetrip without knowing 
what’s on tap, just go to their website, 
where a listthat’s updated live tells you 
what’s pouring from their 35-plus taps. 

Pike Brewing Company 

Most of my favorite breweries in the 
city don’t have happy hours-Seattleites 
don’t seem to need an incentive to visit 
any of the city’s multitude of breweries. 
But of the places on this list where beer 
is actually made, you might be surprised 
that Pike Brewing Company (1415 First 
Ave ) made the cut. That’s because despite 
the swarms of tourists encircling its Pike 
Place Market location and the mountains 



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COURTESY OF PIKE BREWING COMPANY 


Pike Brewing Company 


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The Masonry 
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JESSICA STEIN 


of beer kitsch inside their bar, locals 
should be visiting this landmark brewery. 

Pike Brewing opened in 1989, and it 
is still locally owned, unlike some of the 
city’s other craft pioneers (cough, Elgsion, 
cough). Send some cash to the local guys 
by hitting up “hoppy hour”—4 to 6 pm 
Monday through Friday at the original 
downstairs restaurant and bar, the Pike 
Pub, where you get $1 off pints and $4 off 
pitchers; and 3 to 6 pm every day (and 
9 pm to close every night) at Pike Brew¬ 
ing’s fancy upstairs gastropub, Tankard & 
Tun. You can get deeply discounted eats 
at both, too. 

Even if Pike isn’t the hippest brewery, 
they nail the classic craft styles. Their Pike 
Stout has big roasted malt and chocolate 
flavors, a balanced bitterness, and the 
smoothness that all stouts should have. 
Even at 7 percent alcohol, it’s still not too 
heavy to split a pitcher of it. 

The Yard Cafe 

A visit to the Yard Cafe in Greenwood 
(8313 Greenwood Ave N) means some dif¬ 


ficult decisions for a beer geek. They don’t 
have the biggesttap list intown, but their 
18 rotating beers usually include some 
of the hardest-to-find in the country. A 
recent visit yielded a tap list and next-up 
listthat included Tillamook’s De Garde 
Brewing, Italy’s Birrificio Del Ducato, and 
local favorites Cloudburst Brewing and 
Holy Mountain Brewing. I have never seen 
De Garde on tap anywhere. I didn’t even 
think that was a thing. 

I opted for the De Garde Pale Rye Tart 
Saison and the Cloudburst Sorachi Not 
Sorry IPA. The De Garde was wonderfully 
juicy and tart. The Cloudburst was an 
amazing display of Sorachi Ace, a hop 
originally developed in Japan that gives 
this beer flavors of lemon and lemongrass 
and a snappy clean finish. 

Happy hour atthe Yard is 4 to 6 pm 
Monday to Friday. It’s far from a steal: You 
only get $1 off regular beer prices, which 
can be as high as $8. But when the beers 
are this good, a small discount becomes a 
great deal. And it includes some Tex-Mex 
small plates. 



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HAPPY HOUR 4-7PM DAILY 




WELL SHOT 8 TALL BOY PBR/$6 
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WELLS, TAPS & HOUSE COCKTAILS / $1 OFF 


5 CHICKEN WINGS / $.50 EACH 
CHICKEN SANDWICHES / $2 OFF 
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Monei| can’t buq happiness. 

Moneq can buq our sweet 
happq hour deals. 

Mondaq - Fridaq : 3:00 - 7:00 

Full-size appetizers, soup, and salads are $2 off. 

Pizza slices, sandwiches, well drinks, domestic 
drafts, and house wine are $1 off. 

Sundaq - Tuesdaq: All Daq 

Rainier tail-boys are $3. 

Pool table rentals are half-priced. 

Offers valid only for dine-in. 

It’s only a happy hour if you’re here! 



456 N. 36th St. :: Fremont, Seattle, WA, USA 



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Joe Wargo 



MEGAN XEAL 


How did you get into bartending and 
how long have you been at it? I’ve 
been a bartender and mixologist for 
a little over seven years. I started 
out in Las Vegas before 
moving to Seattle, where 
IVe been living for a little 
less than two years. I 
would usually play the 
role of bartender for my 
friends and would often 
find myself trying to craft the 
most unique drinks that I could 
think of. Transitioning from a Vegas- 
style to a Seattle-style of drinking was a 
learning curve. Getting to use stuff like 
all the different types of amaros and 
other things that I wasn’t necessarily 
used to gave me a new perspective on 
bartending and put me on a whole new 
level of mixology. 


What do you love most about your 
job? I never get bored. I’m always 
finding ways to challenge myself when 
it comes to inventing or re-creating a 
cocktail. Being able to bring your ideas 
to life and presenting them to patrons is 
a truly rewarding feeling, when executed 
successfully. 


What are the qualities of a good 
bartender? Having a great personality 
is an absolute must, and a knowledgeable 
background of bartending is the true 
setup for success. Honesty is respected, 
and confidence is key. ALWAYS serve 
with a smile. 

Best/worst “Man/Woman/Yeti 
Walks into a Bar” joke? Two men walk 
into a bar. The third one ducks. (My 
coworkers love me for these jokes.) 

Anything you can’t drink anymore 
after bartending as long as you 
have? Current drink of choice? I can 

never get used to the taste of absinthe, 
sambuca, or anything that remotely 
tastes like black licorice. I enjoy a nice 
shot of Sailor Jerry. But every now and 
then, I like to keep it simple and kick 


back with an ice-cold Rainier. 

Your fans mentioned you make some 
pretty creative cocktails. Describe a 
few of your proudest concoctions. 

I have so many, it’s hard to choose! I’m 
pretty proud of my “What’s Up, Doc?”— 
made with Brown Sugar Bourbon, fresh 
lemon juice, fresh carrot juice, a tiny 
splash of pineapple juice, and topped 
off with ginger beer. The garnish is an 
orange peel wrapped in mint, so it’s 
meant to look like a tiny carrot. Also my 
“Bathtub Party” seems to be the most 
picturesque and very tasty. Made with 
a top-shelf vodka or gin of your choice 
and our house-made cucumber jalapeno 
syrup, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon 
juice, and topped off with our house- 
made lemon foam for bubbles. Did I 
mention it’s served in a mini bathtub? 


And the cutest little rubber duck that you 
get to keep! Just two of MANY drinks I 
have in my arsenal. 

Do you have a least favorite drink 
to make? I think most bartenders, 
including myself, will tell you that 
any cocktail that involves any sort of 
muddling or rimming, or just takes a 
few extra steps, is always a pain to make, 
especially whenyou’re slammed. It’s just 
the minor price we bartenders must pay. 

What’s your own favorite watering 
hole? One of my favorite spots is 
Momiji. I always feel welcome there, 
and the atmosphere is so chill. It’s a 
great place to hang with friends and 
try some Japanese sake or the finest 
Japanese whiskey. Plus, who can say 
no to a delicious roll of sushi? 


What do you do when you’re not 
slinging drinks? Outside of running 
the bar, I’m always looking to stay active. 
Whether it’s going to the gym so I can 
enjoy all the delicious foods and drinks 
I want, or venturing off and exploring 
the great Northwest. Spending time 
with family and friends I cherish 
the most. Sunday mornings during 
football season, you can find me at the 
local sports bar rooting for my favorite 
team. Go Vikes! (I still got love for the 
Hawks.) And lastly, I’m always up for 
doing research and finding inventive 
new ways to improve my craft for 
cocktails that I love serving the great 
city of Seattle so much. 


You can find Joe behind the bar at Cure 
Cocktail (1641 Nagle PI) on Capitol Hill 
Tuesday through Sunday. 


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Wine! 

Oenophiles, our guide to the city’s best wine happy hours 

has got you covered. 

BY JORDAN MICHELMAN 


Vinnie’s Raw Bar 

From the team behind Navy Strength, 
Vinnie’s Raw Bar in Belltown is easily one 
of this year’s most interesting wine bar 
openings. The list here focuses on natural 
wines from makers like Occhipinti (Sicily), 
Holden (Oregon), and Gut Oggau (Austria), 
presented alongside a contemporary 
Northwest-style take on a classic raw bar, 
with oysters, sashimi, crab sliders, and 
a “seacuterie” board. The happy hour at 
Vinnie’s lives up to the hype, with $2 off 
all glass pours, and $5 off the restaurant’s 
cheese plate. There’s also a rad Saturday 
night special: the “Tina Turner Power Hour,” 
featuring 50 percent off select glass pours 
between 9 and 10 pm. Happy Hour: 5-7 
pm daily, 9-10 pm Sat; 2505 Second Ave, 
Suite 103,206-420-7043. 

L’Oursin 

The twinkling brass and warm wood dining 
room at L’Oursin is lovely, sure, but up 
front this is one of the city’s best bars, and 
should be treated as such-a nightly service 
of smart wine and cocktails from L’Oursin’s 
sprawling, mostly imported booze selec¬ 
tion, overseen by owners Kathryn Olson 
and Zac Overman. There is no traditional 
nightly happy hour, but on Mondays, the 
bar plays host to “Nuit du Boeuf,” which in¬ 
cludes a lovely (off-menu) house burger for 
$12 (offered until they run out), well booze 
for $6, and glasses of “wine roulette” (“a 
glass of whatever we want you to have”) 
for just $5. They literally never serve bad 
wine at L’Oursin, so you’re in good hands. 
Nuit du Boeuf: 5 pm-close Mon; 1315 E 
Jefferson St, 206-485-7173. 

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar 

I enjoy a couple of things in particular about 
Purple Cafe, Heavy Restaurant Group’s 
Fourth Avenue flagship (now with locations 
in Bellevue and Woodinville). First, it feels 
impossibly sophisticated in that down¬ 
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no matter how much older I (unfortunately) 
continue to get. Second, it has a very good 
happy hour (in a big city, downtown sort of 
way), with a range of wine pours for $7.50 
and a grip of food specials, including an $11 
steak frites and $7 chicken liver toast. Look 
at you, with your discounted glass pour 
and yoursteakfor less than $20. You’ve 
made it after all! Happy Hour: 2-5 pm 
daily; 1225 Fourth Ave, 206-829-2280. 

JarrBar 

JarrBar is a municipal treasure tucked into 
the base of Pike Place Market, a far older 
municipal treasure. The happy hour at this 
Spanish-style drinks and snacks bar is 
all-world, inspiring many happy thoughts 
of a day-drunk afternoon in Madrid or 


Barcelona or some other sunny, permissive 
destination. During its happy hour, JarrBar 
offers $5 pours of wine-red, white, or bub¬ 
bly—alongside $3 Marcona almonds and 
$6 cured Spanish meats. There’s also a $2 
discount on any of the bar’s many types of 
tinned fish, served with lemon, sea salt, and 
espelette. Even if you’re not sure if you like 
any of those things, you should go anyway. 
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm and 10 pm-2 am 
daily; 1432 Western Ave, 206-209-2239. 

Damn the Weather 

Is Damn the Weather Seattle’s most per¬ 
fect modern gastropub? Do food writers 
use the theoretical construct ruse as a 
way of asserting something they believe in 
without havingto come right out and make 


a definitive claim? I love this place, and 
am continually impressed by it on repeat 
visits, which includes its good-if-minimal- 
if-generous daily happy hour. There is a 
$9 glass of house wine, $1 off beer, and 
there are discounted pours of vermouth, 
which is technically wine, just aromatized. 
Vermouth and soda is the debauched 
sophisticate’s day drink of choice, be it 
Dolin, Mancino, or Yzaguirre, all ofwhich 
are available here. Happy Hour: 11 am-5 
pm daily; 116 First Ave S, 206-946-1283. 

Pennyroyal 

Pennyroyal, located inside of the Kimpton 
Palladian Hotel, is unequivocally a “fancy” 
bar. The velvet booths and tufted bar 
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glowing back bar are fancy; the portraits 
of Frasier Crane and Bill Gates in the 
lobby are fancy. But the bar’s daily happy 
hour-dubbed the “Penny Pincher”—is 
accessible for even the most plebeian 
of punters, blouse wines are just $5, and 
yes, this includes a sparkling (though not 
capital “C” champagne, which is obviously 
saved for fancier times). A shot and a beer 
can be had for $8. A Red Stripe, cool and 
easy in the bottle, is just $3. There are little 
bar snacks starting at 4 pm, including salt- 
cod beignets and truffle fries, both priced 
under $10. Here at Pennyroyal, you can 
be fancy on a budget, because fanciness 
is merely a construct and late-stage 
capitalism makes deal seekers of us all. 
Happy Hour: 2-6 pm daily; 2000 Second 
Ave, #100, 206-826-1700. 

Barnacle 

It’s been nearly a decade since it opened, 
and getting into the Walrus and the Carpen¬ 
ter continues to be a Sisyphean exercise in 
patience and humility. The world will have 
ended-Seattle having fallen into the sea 
following the Great Nuclear Quake-and 
yourtable atthejointthatspawned Renee 
Erickson’s ever-growing restaurant and 
cookbook empire will still be an hour-long 
wait. But there’s always Barnacle, the Wal¬ 
rus’s erstwhile waiting room antechamber 


disguised as a cocktail bar, where you can 
get discounted drinks and snacks during 
happy hour each day. blouse wine is $8 a 
glass, and there are some really good sher¬ 
ry and vermouth-based cocktails available 
for less than $10, plus boquerones (fresh 
cured anchovies) and shaved ham to keep 
you from going mad while waiting... and 
waiting... for your table next door. Happy 
Hour: 4-6 pm daily; 4743 Ballard Ave NW, 
206-706-3379. 

Bottlehouse 

What a good little wine bar in Madrona! 
Bottlehouse walks a clever line between 
accessible and experimental, pouring 
comfortable mainstays (like a good DOC 
vinho verde) alongside more psyche¬ 
delic natty wine offerings (Biodynamic 
Bordeaux or Hudson Valley Piquette, stay 
trippy). Happy hour knocks $2 off every 
wine by the glass, plus brings a glass of 
on-tap vermouth down to just $5. This 
means that the really lovely, utterly natural 
Oregon pinot noir by Art + Science on 
the list for $11 now sells for just $9. That, 
friends, is a screaming deal for a beautiful 
glass of wine. Whether or not you can 
actually afford to live in this neighborhood, 
you should definitely be going to Madrona 
for drinks. Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily; 1416 
34th Ave, 206-708-7164. 


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PHOTOS BY MEGAN XEAL 


How did you get into bartending and 
how long have you been at it? I burned 
out on my former sales job and wanted 
out. Bartending was supposed to be a 
temporary break before returning to 
sales—it’s been 10 years now. 

What do you love most about your 
job? On a good day, seeing people 
enjoy the food and beverages, learning 
something about what they are drinking 
and eating. On a bad day, going home. 

What are the qualities of a good 
bartender? Listening to the guest, 
knowing what is on your shelves and 
how it combines in drinks, knowing 
flavors and how to combine them, 
attention to detail, and lots of patience. 
In the words of Bill and Ted, “Be 
excellent to each other and party on.” 

Most outrageous thing you’ve ever 
witnessed while working? Oddest 
request? Overall craziest bartender 


Neil Yamamoto 


story? I walked into the restroom 
to check on what needed cleaning or 
replenishing, and there was a couple 
going at each other against the wall with 
their clothes on the floor. I did my check 
for paper towels and toilet paper, and 
then I asked them if they needed another 
round. They slunk out after leaving cash 
for their tab on the table. Oddest and 
craziest are going in a possible book I’m 
currently working on. 

What’s the best/worst come-on 
you’ve heard while behind the bar, 
either directed at you or someone 
else? A former boss bluntly asking a 
woman on her first visit to the bar to 
go to bed with him, but couched in very 
profane language. She left after telling 
him off and never came back. 

Anything you can’t drink anymore 
after bartending as long as you have? 
What about your current drink of 
choice? I can’t stand Jagermeister; the 


smell of it makes me gag. And not due to 
bartending, but to a high-school beach 
party, and Budweiser. Favorite drink is 
Scotch or Irish whiskey, maybe a few 
flakes of ice depending on my mood. A 
good martini is right up there, too. 



Favorite drink to make? What about 
your proudest conception of a drink? 

I don’t have a favorite, but I get tons of 
positive feedback on my old-fashioned 
and my manhattan. My favorite thing 
to do is combine flavors found in food 
into cocktails that make people question 
what they think they like. One was a take 


on Thai/Vietnamese food that used fish 
sauce. Another was a caprese cocktail 
that used tomato shrub that’s garnished 
with a mozzarella cheese ball. 

Least favorite drink to make? I won’t 
name it because it’s one of the most 
popular drinks on the menu still, but 
I’m tired of making it every night. Or 
vodka and soda, because it’s so darn 
boring a drink. 

Where’s your own favorite watering 
hole? My home bar. 

What do you do when you’re not 
slinging drinks? Try to get sleep 
and spend time with my wife, maybe 
see friends. None of which happens 
often enough. I’m really pretty boring 
nowadays. 


You can find Neil at Revolve Food & 
Wine (10024 Main St) in Bothell Wed¬ 
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Cocktails! 

There’s nothing that a little liquor can’t fix, and these places 

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Suika 

Suika is the closest Seattle has come to 
the bustling izakayas that line the streets 
of Tokyo and serve as gathering places 
for eating and drinking after work. Suika’s 
happy hour menu changes daily, with a ro¬ 
tating list of about 10 food specials and 10 
drink specials, but you can usually count 
on the rainbow uni shooter ($6), a tiny 
flavor bomb; potato salad ($7) crowned 
with silky onsen tamago, a custardy soft- 
cooked egg; kyuri kimchi (Suika’s original 
kimchi-sauce-marinated cucumber sticks, 
$4); and glorious garlic-jalapeno chicken 


wings ($8). Drinks include sake ($6), 
beer ($4), and cocktails made with fresh, 
spicy house-made ginger puree ($6). The 
DIY Chu-Hi ($6)—a shochu highball that 
comes with your own grapefruit, orange, or 
lemon to squeeze-is cute and fun, just like 
everything else about this place. Happy 
Hour: 5-6:30 pm Tues-Fri, 4-6:30 pm and 
10-11:30 pm (drinks only) Sat-Sun; 611 E 
Pine St, 206-747-9595. JULIANNE BELL 

Korochka Tavern 

Korochka was specifically hatched to 
be a Russian-themed cocktail bar-after 


Russian American owner Lisa Malinovskaya 
lamented thatthey don’t really have cocktail 
culture back home-and they offer some 
weird shit here. Makes sense, seeing as 
they’re not working with common alcohol 
archetypes... unless you count a Moscow 
mule. As such, you can get, for example, 
a Birch Sapling, which is made with birch 
sap liqueur (people in Russia sometimes 
drink birch sap, I’m told), vodka, lemon, 
and tonic, or, say, brilliant red beet-infused 
vodka with Cynar and prosecco, known as 
a KGBeet. And they have kvass (a traditional 
fermented Slavic beverage that’s usually 


made from rye bread), and they were 
putting chamomile syrup in things the other 
day, and there’s always a different herbal 
cocktail special that tastes like a dryad 
ladled it out of a hollow tree trunk. Never 
fear, though: Malinovskaya and co-owner 
Kendall Murphy know whatthey’re doing, 
and the weirdness is always a delicious 
draw, never a deterrent. Also, hey-there’s a 
free Tetris machine, and during happy hour, 
you get $1 off all beers and food, plus there 
are various drink specials. Happy Hour: 

4-6 pm daily; 12348 Lake City Way NE, 
206-420-3142. MEG VAN HUYGEN 


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2 Fingers Social 

Self-described as a classy and fam¬ 
ily-friendly dive bar (family-friendly 
until 8 pm, parents!), 2 Fingers Social in 
White Center is serving heavy-handed 
two-finger pours, and I’m here for it. 

There is a hot and cold cocktail list at the 
neighborhood favorite, and for the cooler 
to colder weather, I’d highly recommend 
the signature hot toddy, a delightfully 
steamy drink with Four Roses bourbon, 
lemon, honey, and a cinnamon stick 
($8). The house cocktails are always 
reasonably priced ($8-$10), but don’t 
miss happy hour for $1 off drafts and $5 
half-sandwiches, like the pork roast banh 
mi, tuna melt, or green-chili grilled cheese. 
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily; 9211 Delridge 
Way SW. KARATIERNAN 

Bathtub Gin ft Co. 

You could call this speakeasy-style 
Belltown bar a bargain basement during 
happy hour, when the drinks sinkfrom 
$12 to $9 (and $7 for wine by the glass). 
Built in theformer boiler room of an old 
hotel, it’s a literal basement, and from 
the minute you enter through the alley 


(instructions on their website: “Look for 
the wooden door”), you’re Alice in Cocktail 
Wonderland. Exposed brick, low ceilings, 
and small, creatively carved-out spaces 
create an intimacy with the bartender 
and/or whomever you’re with, depending 
on where you sit. Upstairs, the six bar 
seats are the perfect place to debate the 
merits of various gins with whoever is be¬ 
hind the stick while you drink. Downstairs, 
cozy into the couches or carry on at one 
of the few tables over an Exterminating 
Angel (gin, orgeat, lime, and lime and 
cardamom bitters) or the dark, complex 
Death Star (bourbon, fig and maple syrup, 
and lemon juice). Wherever you choose 
to take your drink, the tiny space and 
laid-back atmosphere make this an easy 
place to work your way through expertly 
made cocktails that mix traditional spirits 
and interesting ingredients in new-and 
ultimately fascinating-fashion. Happy 
Hour: 5-7 pm daily; 2205 Second Ave, 
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daily daiquiri ($9). Fried-to-order chichar- 
rons ($3) arrive in a metal cup, warm and 
still audibly crackling, and sizzle and pop 
in your mouth like porky, salty Pop Rocks. 
Buttery olives ($4) in a petite Week jar, 
and salaminis ($7), chewy bites of fancy 
jerky, are also worthy happy hour snacks. 
Happy Hour: 4-7 pm and midnight-close; 
2232 First Ave. JULIANNE BELL 

Lottie’s Lounge 

This unassuming neighborhood bar in 
Columbia City is, in my opinion, one of 
South Seattle’s best-kept secrets when 
it comes to fine craft cocktails. Their 
signature Moscow mule, the Cascadia 
mule, is a refreshing mix of basil vodka, 
fresh lime, and pear and Douglas fir ginger 
beer, served in a classy copper mug with 
a splash of basil bitters. They’re pouring 
with house-infused liquors, fresh ingredi¬ 
ents, and often from-scratch mixes. Stop 
in during happy hour for $2.50 tallboys, 

$5 wells, and $1 off drafts, glasses of 
wine, and signature cocktails. Happy 
Hour: 3-6 pm daily; 4900 Rainier Ave S, 
206-725-0519. KARA TIERNAN 

Life on Mars 

What makes the Capitol Hill spot stand out 
from the rest of Seattle’s hundreds of wa¬ 
tering holes are its formidable wall of re¬ 
cords and its plant-based menu. It’s a para¬ 


dise for vinyl-loving vegans-and also not 
a bad place for those not obsessed with 
analog musical formats and eco-conscious 
eating. During vinyl happy hour, patrons 
can select something to play from the wall 
of vinyl, and titles vary greatly, from Prince 
to Dusty Springfield to M.I.A. There’s also 
a traditional happy hour menu with dis¬ 
counts on some of those vegan eats (e.g., 
$5 Caesar salad, $6 roasted broccoli, $8 
Golden Treasure fries), plus the obligatory 
alcohol offerings, of course-$2 off wells 
and house cocktails such as the Everyday 
Sunshine (gin, genepy, blanc vermouth, 
lemon) and the Velvet Goldmine (mescal, 
dark rum, cashew orgeat, ginger, lime), plus 
$1 off drafts and wine. Vinyl Happy Hour: 
4-7 pm Mon-Sat, all day Sun; Regular 
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily; 722 E Pike St, 
206-323-9166. DAVE SEGAL 

Cafe Flora 

As a recently converted gluten-freebie, 

I absolutely love and appreciate what 
chef Janine Doran and team are carefully 
crafting over at Madison Valley’s Cafe 
Flora, aka literal food porn for the GF 
sect, vegetarians and vegans, and really, 
anyone in between. Nearly everything on 
the menu is GF, like the Oaxaca tacos with 
smoky braised greens or roasted corn and 
heirloom tomato pizza with one of the 
best gluten-free crusts I’ve ever had-it’s 
fluffy and airy, not the usual flat chewy 
crap you’ve grown accustomed to if you’re 
gluten intolerant. The food isn’t cheap, but 
if you go during happy hour, at least you 
save on your drinks; beer and wine for $4, 
and cocktails like house margarita or the 
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Ben Paris 

Christened after Benjamin M. Paris, an 
iconoclastic Seattle sportsman and en¬ 
trepreneur who used to run Paris Cigars, 
Lunch fr Cards in the space duringthe 
early 20th century, this bar and restaurant 
inside the renovated State Hotel conjures 
timeless Americana vibes. The happy 
hour menu features updated comfort-food 
staples like poutine ($6) with short rib 
gravy and Beecher’s cheese curds, steak 
frites ($15.50) with hanger steak, caper 
salsa verde, and hand-cut fries, and a 
signature burger ($9) with smoked aioli, 
bacon jam, and Delice de Bourgogne, a 
lush triple-cream cheese. Settle in with 
a classic cocktail ($8), like a Sazerac, 
manhattan, old-fashioned, daiquiri, mar¬ 
tini, or Tom Collins. Happy Hour: 4-5:30 
pm daily; 130 Pike St, 206-513-7303. 
JULIANNE BELL 

Teachers Lounge 

Teachers Lounge is a marriage of opposites. 
Stashed in a cozy, sexy, low-lit storefront 
on Greenwood and 85th, the decor under 
that low light is real shticky, with pull-down 
educational maps, chalkboard-painted 
walls, hopscotch on the floor, and an orrery 
hangingfrom the ceiling. But despite 
all the hard kitsch, co-owners Desiree 
and Perry Wright (formerly of Copper 
Gate and Cicchetti) make some seriously 
unfuckwithable classic cocktails-and the 
ones that aren’t classic yet should be. The 
Corn & Oil is the standout, with falernum, 


blackstrap rye, and lime; the sharp, peaty 
Ed Rooney comes in at a close second, 
made with blended Scotch, Cynar, Lillet 
Blanc, orgeat, and whiskey-barrel-aged 
bitters. I’m also a fan of the sleek, subtle 
Burlock, with light rum, Bonal, Heering 
cherry liqueur, and black walnut bitters. 
During “Happy 1 Hour,” you get $2 off 
house cocktails, and $1 off all beer, wine, 
and food. Happy Hour: 5-6:37 pm Tues- 
Sat; 8505 Greenwood Ave N, 206-706- 
2880. MEG VAN HUYGEN 

Artusi 

Italy has its own version of happy hour— 
the grand tradition of aperitivo, where 
friends gatherfor a nip of something 
boozy and a light meal after the end of the 
workday to stoke their appetites before 
dinner. Artusi-a “modern aperitivo bar” 
on Capitol Hill with white hexagon-tiled 
tabletops and long, cylindrical papertubes 
dangling from the ceiling-translates that 
experience to the Northwest. And there’s 
no better time to take advantage of it than 
their happy hour, where you can order a 
$6 spritz (your choice of Aperol, Campari, 
Cynar, and Gran Classico with prosecco 
and soda), Cynar Collins, gin or vodka 
martini, old-fashioned, Americano, or 
Fernet Branca, and munch on light bites 
like salumi ($7), cheese ($5 for a party of 
one, $8 for two, and $11 for three), and 
roasted hazelnuts with controne chili 
and muscovado sugar ($3), all the while 
pretending you’re on a sidewalk in Rome. 
Happy Hour: 5-7 pm and 10 pm-close 
daily; 153514th Ave, 206-678-2516. 
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Cristina Buenaventura 



How did you get into bartending and 
how long have you been at it? I have 
been bartending since the moment I 
turned 21. I started working in 
the service industry at 19 and 
was always intrigued by the 
bartenders. They were 
always so cool, knew all 
of the things, and made 
everyone so happy. I wanted 
to be a mad scientist, too. 


What do you love most about 
your job? I absolutely love crafting up 
new cocktails, shrubs, infusions, and 
various ingredients. What I love even 
more is sharing them with all of my 
incredible friends and regulars. We do 
what we call “Wednesday Night Turnip” 
(because naturally “turn up” evolved into 
“turnip”), where everyone comes in to 
drink at my bar, they close it down, and 
then we all go drink together. The people 
will always be my favorite part. 


What are the qualities of a good bar¬ 
tender? A decent amount of classic 
cocktail knowledge, the ability to multi¬ 
task, and being quick on their feet. But 
most importantly, they are positive, 
approachable, and kind. Anyone can mix 
up a drink—but if you’re snarky and rude, 
I won’t be back. 


Strangest or most outrageous thing 
you’ve ever witnessed or experienced 
while working? Outrageous and strange 
happenings are the norm—I’m abartender, 
ha-ha. Whether it’s getting roped into a 
relationship/life/advice debate, cutting 
someone off, or watching a couple break 
up at the bar, there’s always a story at 
the end of the night. But Tinder dates? 
Those. Are. My. Fave. Yes, I am absolutely 
listening in on your conversation. 

Anything you can’t drink anymore 
after bartending as long as you have? 
Current drink of choice? Current 
drink of choice is a shot of tequila. 
Anyone who knows me will vouch for 
that. Suerte Reposado if you got it, and 


Espolon if I’m feelin’ cheap. Things I 
won’t drink? Cocktails that consist of 
a bunch of flavored spirits, bright-red 
grenadine, and blue curaqao mashed 
together to make a neon sugar bomb. 
Ugh, I’m hungover just thinking about it. 

Favorite drink to make and/or your 
proudest conception of a drink? I love 
making our newest smoked cocktail— 
Bonfire at Golden Gardens. I wanted it 
to taste just like what the name means 
to me: You’re enjoying your bonfire, 
you’re sipping some local whiskey out of 
your Hydro Flask, and you can still taste 
your picnic of charcuterie and herbed 
crackers from a couple hours ago on 


your gums. The drink is smoked with 
applewood chips—and hot damn, the 
bar smells incredible after we make one. 

Least favorite drink to make? Anything 
with Jose Cuervo Gold, because I think 
it’s gross. Luckily we don’t carry it, so it’s 
not an issue. 

Where’s your own favorite watering 
hole? I ’ve got two! There’s my neighbor¬ 
hood dive, Pub at Piper’s Creek, where 
a bottle of tequila is pulled off the shelf 
as soon as I walk in. And then there’s the 
lovely Mr. Darcy’s, where they always 
have some new odd/intriguing/unique 
ingredient they are playing with. Those 


MEGAN XEAL 

bartenders have my vote any day. 

What do you do when you’re not 
slinging drinks? Gosh, you could really 
find me doing quite a plethora of things, 
depending on my mood. You could 
find me imbibing at said favorite bars, 
chasing my nephew around the house, 
cooking (lumpia, anyone?), crafting some 
new macrame project, or, honestly, being 
a lazy piece of shit and having a Netflix 
marathon. 


You can find Cristina behind the bar at 
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pet-friendly restaurants and bars have been growing in popularity Gone are the 
days of having to choose between going out for drinks or hanging out with your pup; 
you can do both, and its not just breweries welcoming your furry companions. Read on 
to find out where you can indulge in a kimchi quesadilla or grab a cheap slice of pizza 
and a cold beer with your feet in the sand and your furry friend at your side. 


Beer Star 

This White Center beer hall has quickly 
become a neighborhood staple for parents 
of human and dog babies alike. With an 
ever-growing 50-plus tap list that touches 
on both wine and cider, and a friendly staff 
who have treats, toys, and water bowls set 
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spotto grab a cold one with your pup. 
During happy hour, you can snag $1 off 
all pints, and it’s also connected to Li’l 
Woody’s and Southside Pizza, so you can 
grab a burger or a slice if you get hungry. 
Be sure to tag #dogsofbeerstar on your 
Instagram pics, and check their feed for 
some adorable regulars. Happy Hour: 

2-4 pm Mon-Fri; 980116th Ave SW, 
206-453-3088. 

Norm’s Eatery ft Alehouse 

No Seattle dog guide would be complete 
without a nod to Norm’s, hands down one 
of the most popular dog-friendly spots in 
the city. On any given day, you can barely 
pull up a seatatthe bar without stepping 
on a tail or two. If you’re in Fremont with 
your pup, it’s a must-visit, and they take 
dog-friendly up a notch with a special 
menu featuring treats for your pup, like 
beer stix, cod skins, or a bacon pupcake. 
Most importantly, they also have a solid 
happy hour, featuring deals on appetizers 
like hummus plates ($6), nachos ($6), and 
jumbo wings (6 for $8/10 for $13) as well 
as various drink specials. Happy Hour: 

4-7 pm daily and 9-11 am Sat-Sun; 460 N 
36th St, 206-547-1417. 

Super Six 

You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get 
a taste of the islands. The folks behind 
Marination are serving up island-inspired 


eats in Columbia City, and your pup can 
join you outside on their giant patio. Super 
Six has an awesome daily happy hour fea¬ 
turing $1 off drafts, $6 wine pours, and $7 
cocktails, like the floral hibiscus margarita, 
along with bites like Spam or pork-belly 
musubi ($4 and $5), hand-dipped Portu¬ 
guese sausage corn dogs ($5), or Aloha 
fries topped with savory Kahlua pork, 
kimchi mayo, and a fried egg ($7). They 
also have a late-night happy hour, in case 
you and your pup just can’t make it there 
earlier. Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily, 9-10 
pm Sun-Thurs, 10-11 pm Fri-Sat; 3714 S 
Hudson St, 206-420-1201. 

Anju Bar and Eatery 

The folks behind this White Center place 
are taking bar snacks to the next level 
with Korean fried rice, kimchi mac and 
cheese balls, kimchi quesadillas, and rice 
bowls piled high with Korean barbecue 
chicken and fried veggies. Their covered 
patio is dog-friendly and full of games 
like giant Jenga and a ring toss that’s 
just a ring tied to a string that you throw 
around a hook on the wall. The drinks are 
stiff, and the drinking games are getting 
creative over here. Their happy hour 
menu includes several $6 cocktails, $2 
off all wines, $1 off select draft beers, and 
$3 off all food items. Happy Hour: 4-6 
pm and 9 pm-close daily; 9641 15th Ave 
SW, 206-397-4669. 



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West Seattle Brewing Co. 



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Bar Ciudad 

The first time I brought my dogto Bar Ciu¬ 
dad in Georgetown, it just so happened to 
be paella night, and it was full of people 
getting turnt on a Wednesday. The DJ 
was out, the oysters were on the outdoor 
grill, and the courtyard was full of people 
and their pups having a great fucking 
night. This Mediterranean wonderland is 
just as fun every other day of the week, 
and their courtyard is dog-friendly! During 
happy hour, enjoy $5 drafts, $8 glasses of 
wine, and delicious dips for $3, like baba 
ghanoush or smoked yogurt-or indulge 
in a full rotisserie chicken (and quietly 
share it with your pup?) for $14. Happy 
Hour: 3-6 pm Tues-Sat; 611812th Ave S, 
206-717-2984. 

West Seattle Brewing Co. 
Tap Shack 

It’s a travesty that dogs aren’t allowed on 
most of Seattle’s beaches, and I may or 
may not be 100 percent guilty of letting 
my pit bull run rampant at many of them. 
Thankfully, the gracious owners of West 


Seattle Brewing Co. saw this as a disser¬ 
vice as well, and opened a second outpost 
on Alki complete with a sandbox your 
dogs can legally lounge in. You can grab 
$4 pints and $6 glasses of wine during 
happy hour. They’re also keeping the 
ambience of its predecessor Slices alive 
and have continued to sell slices of pizza. 
Don’t forget to drop a piece of crust or two 
for your pup! Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily; 
2536 Alki Ave SW, 206-420-4523. 

Summit Public House 

Been seeking someplace fun to watch the 
Seahawks or Sounders games with your 
pup? Look no furtherthan Summit Public 
House on Capitol Hill, a no-fuss neighbor¬ 
hood sports bar where four-legged canine 
friends are always welcome, and they’re 
always playing whatever game of the 
season is on. Bring your crew and doggies 
to happy hour for $2 off pitchers, $1 off 
drafts, and $2 off cocktails. If the stars 
align, you just might be able to catch 
them on taco night, which is obviously 
on Tuesdays. Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily; 
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MEGAN XEAL 


Timothy Deenihan 


How did you get into bartending 
and how long have you been at it? I 

wear many hats. I’ve done quite a lot of 
different things and continue to. We’ve 
moved a lot, so I often say I’m as much 
a professional tumbleweed as I am a 
geographic one. But for me, it always 
comes back to storytelling. 

It’s all about elevating a person’s 
experience and getting them to see 
something in a different way and 
consider something that they hadn’t 
before. Bartending is a natural fit in all 
of that—it’s about storytelling, it’s about 
connecting with people and making an 
experience ideally bigger and better 
than it was. 

What do you dig most about being 
a bartender? Absolutely the stories. I 


did a cocktail competition for Bacardi 
last year, and I was honored to be a 
national finalist. When I made my 
presentation in San Juan, I called the 
drink the Cuentista, which is Spanish for 
storyteller. For me, bars and bartending 
are the last place on earth where people 
still look each other in the eye and share 
stories with one another, even strangers, 
and in some cases especially strangers. 
In a hotel bar, like where I am, these are 
all people who are from somewhere else. 
We don’t usually have locals in a hotel 
bar, so everybody comes to it on a level 
playing field. And there’s an openness in 
a bar that just doesn’t exist in any other 
place. It’s awesome. 

You don’t go into a clothing shop and 
buy a shirt for a stranger, and you don’t 
sit at a restaurant and buy a meal for a 


stranger. But two people will be sitting 
at a bar and will buy a round for each 
other, and they’ve never met one another, 



JESSICA WESTBY 

they’re just having a conversation and 
one will open up their hospitality to the 


other. People on the street have their 
eyes on their phones, people in a coffee 
shop have their fingers on their keypads, 
but at a bar, people talk to each other. 
It’s magnificent, it is just about the last 
bastion, it feels like, of that old place 
in humanity where people talk to each 
other, and I love it. I love love love that 
opportunity for us to be reminded that 
we’re all in this together. 

What are the qualities of a good 
bartender? When you craft a cocktail or 
you make something new for somebody, 
and they say, 'Oh, you’re a mixologist,’ I 
know they mean that as a compliment, 
and I take it graciously, but I actually 
hate the word. Because for me, that is 
such a small part of bartending, they 
mean it as a promotion, that you’re not 


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just a bartender, but I think bartending 
is so much more than mixology. 

Anybody can mix a drink. But can 
you host strangers? Can you make 
people feel welcome in a place they’ve 
never been? Can you be the reason 
people are talking to each other? Can 
you make an experience, and tell a joke, 
and share a smile, and draw something 
out of somebody? I think that’s much 
more difficult than essentially putting 
chemicals in a glass, doing a little 
chemistry, and pushing it across a bar. 

For me, being able to make a drink 
is certainly part of the job; ideally, 
you should know your flavors and be 
able to make some good drinks. But 
bartending is just that, it’s tending 
the bar—you’ve got people at that bar 
and you’re taking care of them. And 
you do that in a number of ways. You 
do that through making a drink that 
they are surprised by and particularly 
enjoy, or you do it by making a drink 
they haven’t had in ages or haven’t 
had made well in ages, and then they 
taste it and you can see that pleasure 
in their face like, yes, you know what 
you’re doing, you got this right. Or it 
can be just pouring a beer and hearing 
their tales of where they’ve been and 
talking to them about what’s going on 
in the world. It’s having that sense of 
what a person needs and responding 
to them. Or it’s just giving them their 
space, maybe they just want to sit there 
and think, and that’s cool, too. 

Any particularly odd requests or 
trends you’ve noticed? When you’re 
in a restaurant bar, you kind of have 
that restaurant’s clientele. When 
you’re in a club, you have that club’s 
clientele—you have a smaller pocket 
of humanity that has self-selected to 
come to your establishment. 

At a hotel bar, that’s less the case. 
The people might be in town for any 
number of different reasons. They 
might be work people, they might be 
in town for a wedding, they might 
be staying with us because they’re 
getting on a cruise. You have such 
a huge array of the population at a 
hotel bar, and it’s been fascinating to 
me how many different drinks that I 
have not heard of in years get ordered 
with such frequency. I’ve never made 
so many Long Island Ice Teas in 
my career. I certainly did in the late 


1980s and 1990s, but all of a sudden, 
I’m making a ton of Long Island Ice 
Teas and Harvey Wallbangers, for 
Christsakes. These drinks that have 
almost disappeared. And then there 
are all the cosmos thanks to Sex in 
the City, and the old-fashioneds have 
made a huge resurgence, which I tend 
to credit to Mad Men. It’s fantastic the 
different classics and who’s ordering 


forever working to find the Bloody 
Mary that I can enjoy drinking, so that 
I can enjoy serving it. But, man, it’s 
hard, that’s just something my palate 
doesn’t love. 

Tell me about the Cuentista. Are 
there other drinks you’ve conceived 
of that you’re particularly proud 

of? The Cuentista was a drink for 



MEGAN XEAL 


them and how they’re coming through. 
That’s been really interesting to me. 

Anything you can’t drink anymore 
after bartending as long as you have? 
Current drink of choice? Here’s 
a confession: I have never felt a love 
for Bloody Marys. And I keep trying, 
because I keep trying to make a better 
Bloody Mary. Because I do actually feel 
you have to love the drink that you’re 
serving. If you don’t enjoy it, I think 
that does come through, so I’ve been 


Bacardi, which I made for the legacy 
cocktail competition. The inspiration 
for that was I wanted to deconstruct 
a Cuba libre—meant to be gold rum, 
lime juice, and Coca-Cola, the classic 
original rum and Coke. So kind of 
breaking down the flavor profile of the 
Coke and how to accentuate the rum 
and the lime juice, and do it without 
using Coca-Cola, was what I was 
working for on that drink. It had some 
success for them. 

There are plenty of drinks that I’ve 


crafted and created and am very happy 
with. We’re actually in the process of 
putting together our fall menu [at 1900 
Fifth], so ideally we’ll have a new menu 
by mid-October, if not sooner. 

Do you have a least favorite drink to 
make? There really isn’t one. The only 
thing that makes a drink unpopular 
with me is if it’s a complicated drink 
and we’re slammed at the bar. And then 
that’s my problem, that isn’t anybody 
else’s problem. I don’t blame you for 
wanting a particular drink, I just wish 
you didn’t want it right now. [Laughs] 
But that’s part of my job. 

Where’s your own favorite water¬ 
ing hole? I live in North Seattle, so 
I’ve always like the spots up there. 
The first cocktail I had when I came to 
Seattle was at Percy’s & Co. in Ballard, I 
thought it was great, I really enj oy those 
people, I enjoy their menu. But most of 
the places along Ballard Avenue turn 
out some really nice drinks. The Sexton 
does some really great work. Little Tin 
Goods & Apothecary Cabinet also does 
some nice work. Bastille does some 
nice work... 

One of the challenges of being a 
bartender, especially one at my age 
with kids, is on the nights that I am 
bartending, I’m not out at bars. When 
I’m not bartending, I want to be at home 
with my family. 

What do you do when you’re not 
slinging drinks? I have many irons 
in the fire. I am the editor of Sacred 
Heart University Magazine, which is 
at a university back in Connecticut. 
It’s actually the second largest 
Catholic university in the Northeast, 
after Boston College. They publish a 
magazine, I am the editor of that, so 
I spend my days working on it, and 
then in the evening, I head in to the 
bar. Writing is the thing that takes up 
most of the rest of my time. I am also 
an actor. I was a professor, I taught an 
ethics course, but I’m not teaching out 
here. At the current moment, writing is 
certainly the biggest piece of the rest of 
my time. And I also ride a motor bike. 
Any day you ride is a good day. 


You can find Timothy at 1900 Fifth 
at the Westin Hotel (1900 Fifth Ave) 
downtown Monday through Thursday. 


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Weed! 

Specials around Seattle make shooting for happy hour 

shopping a must. 

BY LEILANI POLK 



P lenty of pot shops 
offer rotating daily 
specials, day-of-the- 
week deals, or loyalty 
reward programs where 
after spending so much 
money, you get a discount. 
This is not about that. Just 
like your local bars, some 
pot retailers offer special 
discounts to lure in cus¬ 
tomers during those dead- 
er-than-usual stretches. 
Nothing is offered for less 
than what the retailer paid 
(because thats against 
the law), you must be 21 
to purchase, and you can’t 
smoke what you buy in the 
shop (these things haven’t 
changed since weed was 
legalized, people). But you 
can get cheaper weed for 
simply showing up during 
certain times of the day. 
See our pot shop happy 
hour favorites below. 

365 Recreational Cannabis 

At this Shoreline store, it’s buy one, get 
one 20 percent off 9 am-noon and 4-6 
pm every day. Regular hours are 9 am-10 
pm Sun-Thurs, 9 am-11 pm Fri-Sat, 17517 
15th Ave NE, Shoreline, 206-557-7778. 


Clutch Cannabis 

Early bird specials atthis Renton joint 
are 8-10 am weekdays; 20 percent off 
top-shelf eights and up. Regular hours 
are 8 am-11:45 daily, 11537 Rainier Ave S, 
206-457-8301. 

Dockside Cannabis 

Enjoy an extra 10 percent off specials 
during “breakfast club” hours (9-10 am) 
and “night club” hours (10-11 pm) Mon-Fri. 
Regular hours at all four stores are 

9 am-11 pm Mon-Sat, 9 am-10 pm Sun: 
Aurora, 8401 Aurora Ave N; Ballard, 

4601 Learg Wag NW; Sodo, 1728 Fourth 
Ave S; Shoreline, 15029 Aurora Ave N; 
844-362-5420. 

Canna West Seattle 

The West Seattle stop for ganja offers an 
early bird special that’s pretty fatty-20 
percent off everything in the store (save 
sale items) every day 8-10 am. Regular 
hours are 8 am-11:30 pm daily, 5440 
California Ave SW, 206-466-1465. 

Ganja Goddess 

The Sodo-based pot store offers 10 
percent off storewide during happy 
hours—8-10:30 am Mon-Thurs, 10 am- 
noon Sun. Regular hours are 8 am-11 pm 
Mon-Sat, 10 am-9 pm Sun, 3207 
First Ave S, 206-682-7220. 

Grass ft Glass 

Head north for happy hour and early bird 
specials atthis Shoreline shop-10 per¬ 
cent off 9-11 am and 9-11 pm Mon-Sat, 

10 am-noon and 8-10 pm Sun. Regular 
hours are 8 am-11:45 pm Mon-Sat, 

10 am-10 pm Sun, 1434315th Ave NE, 
Suite A, 206-367-1483. 

A Greener Today 

All three Seattle-area locations of A 
Greener Today offer a daily 10 percent 
off discount to shoppers who make 
their purchases early-before 10 am in 


Columbia City and Shoreline, before 
11 am in Bothell. Regular hours are: Co¬ 
lumbia City, 8:05 am-11 pm Mon-Thurs, 
8:05-11:45 pm Fri-Sat, 5209 Martin 
Luther King Jr. Wag S, 877-933-3248; 
Shoreline, 8:05 am-11 pm Mon-Sat, 

9 am-10 pm Sun, 16053 Aurora Ave N, 
206-801-7756; and Bothell, 8:05-11 pm 
daily, 19315 Bothell Everett Hwy, #1, 
425-419-4161. 

Herban Legends 

Belltown’s pot shop offers a 15 percent 
off storewide special seven days a week 
8-10 am. Regular hours are 8 am-11:45 pm 
daily, 55 Bell St, 206-849-5596. 

Herbn Elements 

Happy hour atthis North Seattle weed 
store happens twice a day, every day, 
8-10 am, then again 10:30-11:30 pm, 
with 10 percent off all cannabis prod¬ 
ucts (excludes paraphernalia and sale 
items). Regular hours are 8 am-11:45 
pm daily, 11013 Lake City Way NE, 
206-535-8769. 


Ponder 

The Central District pot shop that isn’t 
Uncle Ike’s-it’s the smaller joint just a few 
more blocks down Union-offers happy 
hour every day noon-4:20 pm and 
10:45 pm-close: 15 percent off all full- 
price items. Regular hours are 8 am-11:45 
pm daily, 2413 E Union St, 206-420-2180. 

Pot Shop 

The Westlake-situated Pot Shop has a 
daily wake-and-bake happy hour special 
open-noon: 10 percent off all non-sale 
items. Regular hours are 10 am-11 pm 
Mon-Thurs, 9 am-11:45 pm Fri-Sun, 1628 
Dexter Ave N, 206-402-6012. 

Seattle Tonics 

Bitter Lake’s weed boutique holds its 
happy hour 8-10 am and 2-4:20 pm 
Mon-Sat, and all day Sun, offering $8 
grams of oil, $8 eighths, and $1 one gram 
joints (limited to five per customer). 
Regular hours are 8 am-10 pm Mon-Sat, 
10 am-10 pm Sun, 12059 Aurora Ave N, 
206-363-6000. 


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Food! 

Forget about the alcohol—here are the five best happy hours 

to get your nosh on. 


Central Smoke 

Eric and Sophie Banh, owners of perennial 
favorites Ba Bar and Monsoon, pivoted 
their Vietnamese steak house Seven 
Beef to become Central Smoke, a colorful 
roadhouse-chic “bar and smokery” with 
barbecue-slanted eats, inventive libations, 
and a convivial atmosphere that’s as 
inviting as the smoky aroma. During happy 
hour, a variety of drinks are $7, including 
glasses of wine and cocktails-the Campari 
Spritz, Cardamom Mojito, and Grapefruit 
Basil Blue Fizz are all carbonated in-house 
in their own soda bottles. Pair them with a 
generous menus of bites between $5 and 
$8, like smoked hot wings ($6), brisket 
sandwich ($8), hush puppies with dill 
tartar sauce ($6), and smoked rib dip with 
cheddar and jalapeno ($8). Happy Hour: 
4-6 pm and 9-11 pm daily; 1305 E Jeffer¬ 
son St, 206-328-7090. JULIANNE BELL 

Talarico’s Pizzeria 

Whoever says size doesn’t matter is full of 
shit. Talarico’s in West Seattle serves up 
some of the best New York-style pizza in 
the city, and it definitely has the biggest 
slices. They also happen to offer the best 
happy hour pizza deals, where you can 
get a variety of 14-inch pizza slices-like 
traditional pepperoni, perfectly crispy on 
the bottom with slightly fluffy crust, or 
the Coppola with goat cheese, garlic, bell 
peppers, and mozzarella—for less than 
5 bucks. If you’re thirsty, they also offer 
drink specials like $4.50 drafts, $5 glasses 
of house wine, and well drinks for a quick 
$5.50. Happy Hour: 3-6 pm and 11 pm- 
1 am daily; 4718 California Ave SW, 206- 
937-3463. KARATIERNAN 

The Athenian Seafood 
Restaurant and Bar 

Visitingthe Athenian isn’t necessarily 
easy-it’s a tourist hot spot due to its epic 
views of Puget Sound, prime placement in 
the heart of Pike Place Market, and ties to 
a film that helped put our city on the map, 



ANTHONY KEO 


Sleepless In Seattle (Tom Hanks and Rob 
Reiner enjoy beer and oysters there in the 
1993 film). Making your way through the 
daytime market masses and getting a spot 
for lunch is no mean feat, either, and dinner 
can get a bit spendy. But if you can squeeze 
into the Athenian’s lounge duringthe busy 
(and often crowded) happy hour, you’ll be 
treated to fine, local on-tap craft brews for 
$4.50, well drinks for $3.75-$4, and, most 
importantly, a stacked happy hour food 
menu that includes fresh oysters on the half 
shell for $2 each, and $5 or $6 selections 
ranging from wild coho salmon skewers 
to blackened cod tacos to barbecue pork 
sliders. Happy Hour: 4-9 pm Mon-Sat; 1517 
Pike Place, 206-624-7166. LEILANI POLK 

Dragonfish Asian Cafe 

The best happy hour in this city has to be 
the one at Dragonfish. To begin with, the 


hours offered are not stingy. Dragonfish 
makes it really hard notto eat cheap food 
and drink cheap booze, its range of happy 
hour offerings starting at $1.95 and going 
no higher than $7.95. And the cheap food 
is actually good. The Lime Ricky Shrimp 
($6.95) is fantastic, the Carmel Ginger 
Chicken ($5.95) rocks, and the house 
white wine is not bad. The last time I was 
at Dragonfish, I ate and drank freely, and 
ended up with a bill of $30. At Dragon- 
fish’s generous happy hour, one is eating 
another Seattle, a Seattle that’s very hard 
to find these days, a Seattle where a ses¬ 
sion of booze and plates of food does not 
place devastating pressure on your bank 
account. Those were the days. Happy 
Hour: 2-6 pm and 9 pm-1 am Tues-Sat, 

2 pm-1 am Mon; 722 Pine St, 206-467- 
7777. CHARLES MUDEDE 


Barolo Ristorante 

It’s really all about the happy hour at this 
upscale Denny Triangle Italian restaurant, 
because it becomes a little too pricey oth¬ 
erwise. During these times, you can share 
a bottle of white, red, or rose wine for $20 
(or pay $5.75 a glass), $5 drafts, and get 
50 percent off the bar food menu, which 
is actually pretty expansive, and touches 
on the plump house made ravioli ($9), 
natural shoulder tenderloin steak ($12), 
lentil and spinach soup ($4.50), rigatoni 
pasta with beef and veal ragu ($11), local 
clams in a rich arneis wine broth ($9), and 
nibbles like the mixed antipasto or cheese 
and accompaniments plate ($9 each). 
Happy Hour: 3-6:30 pm and 10 pm-close 
Mon-Sat, 3 pm-close Sun; 1940 Westlake 
Ave, 206-770-9000. LEILANI POLK 


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