This week, we answer queries about happy hour near the theater, late-night hangouts and a 21-year-old drinking booze for the first time (Yeah, right.). Questions were edited for brevity or clarification. (For readers emailing me with a complaint about a bar or service, let’s go easy on the exclamation marks and “Caps Lock” key, eh?)
Q: We’re going to a matinee at ACT theater this Sunday and would like to hit some fun, tasty happy-hour joints afterward. We’re staying downtown without a car, so walking in that area is our preference. Suggestions?
A: Across the street is Sullivan’s Steakhouse, where on Sundays they do a big burger-and-fries deal for $6. But I would walk three blocks farther to Ruth’s Chris Steak House for what I think is the best happy-hour bite in downtown — the buttery, juicy thin strip of prime rib folded between a mini bun. Anyone who requests these sliders with A1 steak sauce should be banished from the premises.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 621 Union St.; $6 Sunday burger deal runs from 5 to 10 p.m. (206-494-4442 or http://sullivanssteakhouse.com/Seattle/).
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Ruth’s Chris, 727 Pine St., offers happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday-Saturday. On Sunday the late happy hour runs 9-10 p.m. (206-624-8524 or www.ruthschris.com/Restaurant-Locations/seattle).
Q: I’m tired of hearing about what a hip city Seattle is when I can’t find a decent bar open until 2 a.m. on Sunday and Monday.
A: As in many cities, most of Seattle’s bars close by midnight or 1 a.m. on slow nights (read Sunday and Monday). But some bars, especially the good cocktail dens, stay open until 2. a.m. daily. I get my nightcap at Zig Zag Cafe, 1501 Western Ave., #202, or Liberty, 517 15th Ave. E. If you want to splurge, check out the acclaimed Canon, 928 12th Ave., and its Truffle Old Fashioned. In Belltown, the couch at Rob Roy is so comfortable you just might fall asleep drinking one of the Christmas-themed drinks at last call. Il Bistro, 93 Pike St. at Pike Place Market, is a dark, romantic bar. For something more dive-y, hit Linda’s Tavern, 707 E. Pine St., on Capitol Hill. (Bar owner Linda Derschang also keeps Bait Shop, 606 Broadway E. on Capitol Hill, and King’s Hardware, 5225 Ballard Ave. N.W., open until 2 a.m.) If you get the late-night munchies, then you better do your drinking at Ba Bar, 550 12th Ave., or Lost Lake Cafe, 1505 10th Ave.
Q: We’re taking our son out for his 21st birthday. He doesn’t like the taste of alcohol, so we are thinking hard cider, more on the sweet side like apple juice. A place that serves good food. Any in Seattle?
A: Hit Capitol Cider, 818 E. Pike St. It’s one of the most ambitious drink programs to debut this year, a two-story bar with a collection of 100 different ciders as well as 16 ciders on tap. Note that a lot of hard ciders are dry, so make sure you specify a cider that’s sweet. But you don’t need to focus on just hard cider. You can also go to any craft cocktail bar and request the bartender make a drink that’s not spirit forward, but more on the sweet and fruity side.
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle