Seattle Times Happy Hour expert Tan Vinh offers a list of his priorities for our warm season.

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1. Grab a pint of Ruud Awakening IPA at Winthrop’s Old Schoolhouse Brewery and plop down on the patio overlooking the Chewuch River.

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(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

2. Make a Ti’ punch in a floating cabin of the North Cascades’ Ross Lake Resort and then walk out my front door to soak my feet in the cold lake, just because I can.

3. Hit Seattle’s rooftop bars (Mbar, The Nest, Monsoon) on sun-kissed days because I managed to hit all those alfresco places on rainy days last summer.

4. Have a Babette’s Feast with some Reustle Winemaker’s Reserve Grüner Veltliner and Reynvaan syrahs at the private cellar at Staple & Fancy restaurant in Ballard.

5. Accomplish something worthy enough so I can justify treating myself to a dram of the Nikka Yoichi Heavily Peated Single Malt ($240) at Seattle’s whiskey mecca, Canon.