Tacoma happy hours make the time when you get off work just a little bit better, or allow you to kick back a little later in the evening. The best Tacoma happy hours may just be whatever is closest to your place of residence, but the following are all worth checking out. The longest hours to get your drink on, the tastiest appetizers and food, and the top atmospheres are what make the best Tacoma happy hours stand out in the crowd.
Ultimately, the best happy hours are quite subjective. Each of the selections below has some unique facet, but you will just have to try them out to find your ultimate favorite.
Top of Tacoma has not one, but two happy hours each and every day. Happy hour brings beer, wine and cocktail specials, but also discounts on some of Top of Tacoma's yummy menu items. Each day of the week also has other food and drink specials. For maximum after-work happiness, visit on Taco Thursdays to enjoy some of Tacoma's best tacos along with drink specials. Be warned, Top of Tacoma is popular and can get crowded, but the food is worth it.
Hours: Daily 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close
Address: 3529 McKinley Avenue E.
Asado is one of the best Tacoma happy hours for unique and tasty Argentinian food and a classy atmosphere, and it’s close to many other bars and restaurants if you want to go bar hopping on 6th Avenue. While you won’t find greasy $2 potato skins here, you will find ceviche, savory empanadas, and other unique dishes with a full complement of ritzy cocktails, wine and beers.
Hours: Monday-Friday 2-6 p.m./Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-midnight/Friday and Saturday 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Address: 2810 6th Avenue
El Gaucho is one of the most expensive restaurants in town, known for its upscale atmosphere and dimly lit interior. If you can’t quite swing the prices of dinner here, you may be surprised at the reasonable happy hour fare. Appetizers and casual bites are mostly $12 or less, selected beer and wine is $5 and under, and cocktails start at $8.
Hours: Sunday-Monday: 4-10 p.m./Tuesday-Friday: 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close/Saturday: 4-5 p.m. and 9 p.m.–close.
Address: 2119 Pacific Avenue
Appetizers for $7 and under, little pizzas for reasonable prices, and beers for under $5 make The Rock worth considering for all your happy hour needs. But perhaps one of the best reasons to hit up this happy hour has nothing to do with beer at all — enter The Bucket. A wicked combination of rum, juice and God knows what else, this large drink will knock your socks off. Don’t order it if you need to go somewhere shortly afterward! Bonus, The Rock is Tacoma is right next to The Swiss so you can make this a twofer bar hop.
Hours: Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close
Address: 1920 Jefferson Avenue
Enjoy Irish pub atmosphere and stupendous drink deals here. For just a few dollars, you can order off the happy hour menu and enjoy unique treats like Irish potstickers and tater tot nachos. The full menu has more UK specialties as well as American favorites. The beer selection is impressive and features a nice array of draught, imported, domestic and UK beers.
Hours: Monday to Friday 3-6 p.m.
Address: 208 Saint Helens Avenue
For length of happy hour, The Mix can’t be beat! The bar has a good mix of beers on tap, bottled beer and cocktails and ensures you’ll have a good time. On top of happy hour, each day features a special on cocktails, beer or wine. This is a gay bar, but all are welcome!
Hours: Daily 2-7 p.m.
Address: 635 Saint Helens Avenue
One of the most popular happy hours in Tacoma, the Matador has it all. For $5, you have a nice menu filled with fare such as calamari, Tex-Mex spring rolls, soups, quesadillas, tacos and nachos. Where it's at for many Matador afficianados are those nachos - some of the best and biggest nachos in town at a great price (seriously, it's a ridiculous amount of nachos for $5)!
Hours: Daily 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Address: 721 Pacific Avenue
If you prefer your happy hour with a bit less of a trendy feel and more of a neighborhood pub atmosphere, Hank's is the place for you. The food is solid and revolves around pizza, salad and sandwiches, the drinks are well-made and there's a great lineup of beers on tap.
Hours: Taco Tuesdays, call for happy hour times
Address: 524 N K Street
If you like something a little different, then check into the Zodiac Supper Club where most of your food is served to your table raw and you cook it on a hibachi grill in the back of the restaurant. The menu centers on steaks, but also burgers, meat and/or veggie skewers, and there are some tacos as well on Tuesdays. Taco Tuesday are also worth checking out, as are the daily specials. The atmosphere is fun, a little bit vintage and a little bit tiki.
Hours: Until 6 p.m. daily and all day Sunday
Address: 745 St. Helens Avenue
Pacific Grill offers a happy hour with a pleasant mix of upscale foodie fun and low-key favorites done in elevated style. For instance, you'll spot grilled cheese on the happy hour menu, but don't expect any Kraft singles here. Other happy hour menu highlights include meat candy, seafood sliders and smoked salmon along with salads, sandwiches and snacks.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m./Friday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m./Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m./Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Address: 1502 Pacific Avenue
Other Don't-Miss Happy Hours
The fact is that the best Tacoma happy hours are quite plentiful. While the options above are popular, there are many other options beyond these that are worth checking out. These include: Dirty Oscar's Annex, El Barracho, The Swiss, The Melting Pot and The Harmon Hub in downtown Tacoma; Tides Tavern in Gig Harbor; Powerhouse in Puyallup; Engine House No 9 and Jazzbones on 6th Avenue; and Katie Downs and The Ram on the Waterfront.