From guacamole to oysters, check out these happy hours in Kirkland, Bellevue, Bothell and more.
Happy hour this week focuses on the Eastside, with new restaurants rolling out bar specials and older restaurants launching new happy hours.
Park Lane Public House
This new gastropub in downtown Kirkland comes from the team behind Bottle and Bull restaurant nearby. Its four-hour happy hour features a long list of bar bites from $2-$9, including carnitas tacos, wings and flatbread, but you should get the wild boar Bolognese; it’s dinner in a bowl for $10. And $2 off on cocktails.
115 Park Lane, Kirkland; happy hour from 2-6 p.m. daily; 425-822-0788, plph.org
Orenji Sushi & Noodles
The new ramen-and-sushi spot in Issaquah does $6 rolls and mini portions of rice bowls including chirashi, one of the most popular dishes in local Japanese restaurants these days, especially as a late-night bar special. It’s essentially sushi rice with an assortment of sashimi. Also $4-$5 sake and wine specials are offered.
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5625 221st Place S.E., #120, Issaquah; happy hour weekdays 3-5 p.m.; 425-391-9999, orenjiissaquah.com
Maxwella Cafe & Bar
This New American-themed cuisine near the Microsoft campus tweaks some of the standard bar food from sockeye sliders with a dill yogurt sauce, grilled onions and arugula ($7) to teriyaki tri-tip steak skewers ($8). Six Hama Hama oysters are $7.50 or $15 for a dozen. Cocktails range from $7.50-$8 from Moscow Mules ($7.50) to martinis ($8), and house wines and beers for $5.
2720 152nd Ave. N.E., #130, Redmond; happy hour 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. daily; 425-658-7185, maxwellacafebar.com
One of the best Bellevue happy hours got even better with a bar menu that’s twice as long as its counterpart on Capitol Hill, also with more seafood and vegetarian small plates. But don’t miss its bar staples: grilled pork belly and flank steak rolled in leaves (bo la lot). Old Fashioneds and other craft cocktails for $7 and $3.50-$6 beer and wine specials.
10245 Main St., Bellevue; happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m. until closing (varies each night); 425-635-1112, monsoonrestaurants.com/Bellevue
Crosta e Vino
The wine bar in the new Lincoln South Food Hall offers complimentary snacks with purchase of a wine bottle. Also $1 off wine by the glass.
500 Bellevue Way, Lincoln South, second floor; happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m. to closing, which varies daily; 425-362-6082, lincolnsfh.com/crosta-e-vino
One of the popular happy hours on the Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle will also be in Bothell. Poquitos is expanding with an even bigger bar (5,000 square feet) at the Junction in downtown. It’s scheduled to open by March 21, with a dozen happy-hour items ($3-$10) including fried grasshoppers ($3) and guacamole made-to-order ($5). Margaritas are $2 off.
18505 Bothell Way N.E.; happy hour weekdays from 3-6 p.m.; 206-420-3318, poquitosbothell.com
Anthony’s Homeport Kirkland
This seafood chain offers happy-hour oyster sliders ($7) and baked oysters (3 for $9) at the bar at all hours in March, as part of its oyster-themed month.
135 Lake St. S., Kirkland; (deal also offered at other Anthony’s throughout Puget Sound); 425-822-0225, anthonys.com