Oh, happy hour! That magical time of day when drinks and appetizers are half-off and worries seem to melt away. Read on to discover our favorite places to unwind after a long day at work.
Located in: Ballard
Who picked it: Jessica Yadegaran, food and dining writer, Seattle magazine
Why: "Braised beef and pulled pork sandwiches are only $5 from 3 to 6 and again from 11 to 1. All booze--beer, whiskey, cocktails-- is discounted."
Happy Hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. every night. Bourbon cocktails are $5, beer is $3 and plates are $5 and under. See the menu here. Visit bitterrootbbq.com for more infomation.
Located in: Lower Queen Anne
Who picked it: Darien Parish, digital editor, TigerOak Media bride titles
Why: "It has an early and a late happy hour with a bevy of yummy craft cocktails (the Madame Toulouse is a fave!) and bonus: It also has special prices on some seriously delicious food at these times. The French fries are my go-to!"
Happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cocktails are $8.50, beer is $4.50-$9 and plates are $4-&10. See the happy hour menu here. Visit toulousepetit.com for more information.
Located in: Eastlake
Who picked it: Heath Loshbaugh, digital production associate
Why: "Cicchetti has an excellent happy hour at the bar. If you get the chance, try the Pomegranate Muhmarrah, a hearty spread made out of nuts, pomegranates and more spices than I can remember. For drinks, the Garcia Fiore cocktail is an excellent take on a Cosmo. Using Vino Verde Rose (slightly bubbly rose) helps to make this cocktail a little less sweet."
Happy hour is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday. House cocktails are $6, beer is $2 off and plates are $2-$12. See the menu here. Visit cicchettiseattle.com for more information.
Billy Beach Sushi
Located in: Ballard
Who picked it: Rachel Hart, editorial director, TigerOak Media
Why: "So, so many good ones, but one of my faves actually revolves around food (no surprise): Billy Beach Sushi in Ballard. It has happy hour prices on sushi every day til 7 p.m.!"
"Beach Time" is everyday until 7 p.m. (restaurant) and 8 p.m. (bar) and 10 p.m. Sundays. Drinks are $5 and sushi is $5-$14. Late night is 10 p.m. to close Tuesday through Sunday. Drinks are $4-$5 and sushi is $8-$14. See the menu here. Visit billybeachsushi.com for more information.
Located in: West Seattle
Who picked it: Lauren Mang, digital editor, seattlemag.com
Why: "It's a quintessential West Seattle bar and lounge in the Junction with a retro vibe and great comfort food. Sometimes my husband and I will walk to the Junction, fully intent on running errands, but we inevitably end up at West 5, clinking tiki glasses and sharing nachos."
Happy hour is everyday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Mai Tais are $4.50, drafts of Manny's Pale Ale are $2.75 and plates are $4-$6. Visit westfive.com for menu and more information.