It’s Always “Happy Hour” in the Canlis Lounge

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Hey, did you know that you don’t need reservations at Canlis to drop in for a bite and a sip? Spiff yourself up and stop by the snazzy, swanky Canlis lounge.

There isn’t technically a happy hour here (but wouldn’t it be dreamy if there were a secret handshake that got you happy-hour prices?). There is, however, a bar menu with relative bargains, such as hamachi sashimi with serrano chiles and apples ($8); tender pork belly with huckleberry, coriander and black pepper, and pickled rutabaga ($10); and a cocktail list that offers some of the most inspired drinks in town.

It’s impossible to beat the vibe. We love to dress up, pop in for a shivering martini and tap our toes to the twinkling ivory versions of “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Billie Jean,” played by longtime pianist Walt Wagner. Perhaps the best part: no rushing to get there before happy hour ends; the lounge is open until 10 p.m., Monday–Thursday; until 11 p.m., Friday–Saturday.

Canlis, 2576 Aurora Ave. N; 206.283.3313;

Article originally published in the April 2012 issue of Seattle magazine. You can read more about Canlis in our inaugural Food Establishment list and get loads of great Happy Hour recommendations, all in the April 2012 issue.