Summer brings out the Seattle foot traffic, and restaurants tend to launch new happy hours to compete. Here are five worth a visit.
June is the start of our busiest happy-hour season. Many bars and restaurants open earlier and stay open later, especially those that boast patios. Our sidewalks are dotted with sandwich boards hawking discounted wings. Fine-dining establishments advertise martini specials. Everyone wants a piece of the heavy foot-traffic in the summer. Below are some of the best new happy hours around town.
Much of the signature charcuterie is now discounted at chef Brendan McGill’s new downtown restaurant. There’s also bacon dip ($5) and potato bacon leek chowder ($4), with plenty of cheap beers and cocktails to wash it all down with.
818 First Ave., Seattle; happy hour 3-5 p.m. Monday, 3-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $3-$5 bar bites, $6 select cocktails and $2 off on beer and wine and house cocktails; $1 off on sandwiches and salads (206-467-5078, cafehitchcock.com).
The high-end hotel restaurant that scored three-and-a-half stars last year from our restaurant critic Providence Cicero now offers $8 albacore carpaccio and $8 crab salad along with $8 cocktail and sparkling-wine specials in its bar and lounge.
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The Thompson Hotel, 110 Stewart St., Seattle; happy hour 3-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday with $8 cocktails, wine and beer, $2-$8 bar bites (206-623-4600, thompsonhotels.com/hotels/seattle/thompson-seattle/restaurant-bars/scout).
Matt’s in the Market
This haunt expanded happy hour beyond the eight bar stools to include the seating areas with the window views of Pike Place Market below. It’s one of the best views of the market. There’s a new bar-snack menu, but the better deal is the large-format items, if you come in a group of three or four. Happy-hour seafood platters ($40-$80) and cocktail carafes ($20-$40) are meant to be shared.
94 Pike St., #32, Seattle; happy hour Monday-Saturday 5-7 p.m. with $5-$16 bar menu; $5 beer, $7 well drinks and $10 house cocktails (206-467-7909, mattsinthemarket.com).
Purple Cafe & Wine Bar
Quietly, this popular downtown wine bar launched happy hour with petite steak frites ($11) and many bar bites under $9. The best deal: order any of the bottles that are offered as glass pours and get 40 percent off. You can take the bottle home if you don’t finish.
1225 Fourth Ave., Seattle; happy hour daily 2-5 p.m. with $2-$11 bar food, $5 beer, $6-$8 cocktails and $7.50-$8.50 wine by the glass (206-829-2280, purplecafe.com/purple-seattle).
Dino’s Tomato Pie
A favorite of Capitol Hill dwellers, Dino’s feels more old school than all the industrial-chic places popping up around this neighborhood. It’s a happy hour tailored for the service industry: $2 beers and $4 fernet. Psst, the best-kept secrets are the $3-$3.50 pizza slices and the Negroni on tap at all hours.
1524 E. Olive Way, Seattle; happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with $2 tallboys, $4 Old Fashioned and fernet, and 99-cent garlic knots (206-403-1742, dinostomatopie.com).