The happy hours just keep comin’. These six are new for fall 2017, from high-end cocktails to veggie burgers.
Gather Kitchen + Bar, the new Eurocentric restaurant, on the ground floor of The Commons at Ballard mixed-use complex, started a happy hour — not just bar snacks but also big sandwiches that could pass for a cheap dinner. Pork belly, beef cheeks and fried chicken are served on baguette ($13-$14) with sides of house-made chips.
5605 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle; happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. and again 9 to closing, with bar bites and sandwiches from $3-$14 and $5 beer, $7 wine and $10 Old Fashioneds (206-420-4670, gatherkitchenandbar.com).
Queer/Bar offers a generous happy hour for vegetarians on Capitol Hill with everything on the menu half-off: $7.50 or less, including the veggie burger and veggie bacon BLT.
Queer/Bar, 1518 11th Ave., Seattle; happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with half off for all food, and $5 wine, $4 wells and $3 draft beer (thequeerbar.com).
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Spazzo in Redmond and Chandler’s Crabhouse in Seattle, under the same ownership, have expanded happy hour through the dinner hour. As a side note, both restaurants are also running a great wine deal through Nov. 22 — some wine bottles that scored above 90 points with critics are available for $30 a bottle.
Spazzo, Redmond Town Center, 7330 164th Ave. N.E., Ste. E255, Redmond; happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to closing (Sunday-Thursday, closing time is around 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). $3 off small plates, $4 off pizzas and $3 off wine by the glass, beer and cocktails (425-881-4400, schwartzbros.com/locations/spazzo).
Chandler’s Crabhouse, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle; happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to closing. Half off on small plates and wine by the glass, $1 off beer, $2 off sangria per glass and $9 off pitchers (206-223-2722, schwartzbros.com/locations/chandlers-crabhouse).
RN74 revamps its bar menu with its four B’s happy-hour theme (burgers, baguettes, Burgundy and beer). Some decked-out burgers, including one with Gruyere, caramelized onions and porcini butter, make the menu, as well as baguette sandwiches such as the pastrami-cured salmon. Also of note, the RN74 in San Francisco has closed, so the remaining wines from that stellar cellar are being sent to Seattle.
RN74, 1433 Fourth Ave., Seattle; happy hour 4-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday with $5 beers, $7-$9 glasses of wine, burgers and sandwiches from $9-$15 and other bar bites from $1.50 to $12 (206-456-7474, michaelmina.net/restaurants).
It’s a head scratcher to many veteran bartenders that craft cocktails on the Eastside have never caught on like they did in Seattle. Well, Civility & Unrest, the ambitious speakeasy-inspired spot, is the latest to give it a go. The Bellevue bar recently launched a happy hour, featuring three daily cocktail specials (each for $8), including what has been one of the best drinks on the menu, “Civil Unrest,” a take on the Manhattan, tweaked with crème de mure and grapefruit bitters, along with bourbon and vermouth, a steal at that price. The bar food is stellar, from the same kitchen as its sister restaurant The Lakehouse, located above the bar. It’s a rotating happy-hour snack menu with bites as cheap as $4, including a curry crab lettuce wrap.
Civility & Unrest, 10455 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; happy hour daily 5-7 p.m., with $8 cocktails, $2 off beer and a rotating snack menu ranging from $4-$10 (425-454-7076, civilityandunrest.com).