Agua Verde is a very popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant and paddle club combo that is nestled right up against Portage Bay. As you step inside it feels like you’ve suddenly been transported to SoCal; it has a casual beachy feel that is complimented by a patio that overlooks the water and the paddle club below. Agua Verde’s margs and nachos are the perfect sunny weather Seattle treat.
Known around the city for their unique spin on comfort foods, Skillet is a great option for a laid back and hearty happy hour. Their Capitol Hill location is my favorite, with happy hour menu items like the Best Friend (poutine with an over-easy egg) or the cheesecake in a jar. Cocktails are $2 off, drafts and well drinks are $4.
Hot Cakes in Ballard changed the dessert scene in Seattle with their molten chocolate cakes and ice cream, but few know that they offer a daily happy hour. For those who want something sweet in the happiest of hours, try their dessert drinks like butterbeer or their drinking caramel, all $1 off. They also offer deals on their draft of choice from local Fremont Brewing if you want to keep things more traditional.
Capitol Hill’s Ba Bar has one of the best selections of happy hour food in the city. Try their classic and delicious pho bowls for $8 (normally $12) along with a selection of small plates, like grilled prawns or imperial rolls, ranging from $4-$10. Specialty cocktails range from $7-$9.
If you’re looking for a casual, no frills happy hour, King’s in Ballard is worth your while. With an interior that resembles an old hunting lodge, King’s is a great spot for a burger and a brew. Their substantially sized burgers are $1 off for happy hour, along with $1 off drafts and wells.
Little Water Cantina
Very few restaurants or bars in Seattle have outdoor seating, let alone outdoor seating with a killer view. Little Water Cantina opens up their mid-size patio every summer to allow diners soak up their views of downtown and Lake Union. Try their tequila flight on their happy hour menu; just make sure to order a torta to go along with it.
Via Tribunali is my favorite pizza place in the city, and trust me, I eat a lot of pizza. Their happy hour is incredible; choose between their margherita, marinara, or salame pizzas for just $6. Pair your pizza with a $3 pint, a $10 carafe of wine, or a $6 well drink and your evening is off to a good start, my friend.
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