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 and the reason why is the many well-designed and affordable happy hours in town. Consider a few of our favorites.

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    Radiator Whiskey
    Radiator Whiskey

    Radiator Whiskey is a trendy kind of place with some unusual food and drink. The prices aren't rock bottom, but the food is a top-notch mix of comfort and flavor. Happy hour deals include deals on all draft beers (including local brews), bourbon margaritas, some wine selections and a Rainier tall boy with a shot of Evan Williams.

    Where: 94 Pike Street, Suite 30 (Pike Place Market)

    When: Daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Seattle Happy Hours
    Angelo Amboldi

    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 some lovely wine for $5 per glass as well as cocktail specials. The food features screaming deals like pommes frites with aioli for $5. In one of the best locations in town in Post Alley by the market. 

    Where: 1600 Post Alley, Pike Place Market

    When: Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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    Zig Zag Cafe is tucked away in Pike Place Market, but its happy hour is one of the best in Seattle without fail. If you love cocktails, this is a fine choice. 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: 1501 Western Avenue #202, Pike Place Market

    When: Monday - Friday from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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    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: 1900 W Nickerson St #103 (Fisherman’s Terminal - near Ballard)

    When: Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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    One of Seattle’s oldest continuously 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 unpretentious. Try the mac and cheese balls and chicken fried bacon. Strike up a conversation with a regular, and before long you may just be a regular yourself.

    Where: 415 Cedar Street, Belltown

    When: Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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    If you're seeking a higher-end happy hour, Some Random Bar serves up a great atmosphere with high ceilings, exposed-brick walls and dark-wood tables, and cool touches like mason jar pendant lights. The happy hour deals on beer, wine and specialty drinks as well as some food items make hanging out here affordable. But whether the crab nachos are on the happy hour food list or not, they're worth ordering as they're fantastic!

    Where: 2604 1st Avenue (Belltown)

    When: Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. 6 p.m.

    Edited by Kristin Kendle.