Since Washington State is one of the top five states in the country with the most wineries, cideries, and breweries, you can be sure to find excellent happy hours in Seattle. There’s nothing worse though than the happy hour check bringing you down. So for those happy hours that keep your budget happy too, these are the best places to check out.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge
One of the best parts of happy hour at Toulouse is the wide range of options. Claiming one of the best happy hours in the nation, Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge offers an Early Happy Hour from 4 pm to 6 pm as well as a Late Night Happy Hour from 10 pm to close. There are more than 50 dishes available, ranging in price from $5 to $11, $10 cocktails, “common industry shots” for $9.50, beer ranging from $5 to $10, and house wine by the glass for $8.
One of Tom Douglas’ restaurants, Serious Pie offers an excellent happy hour—seriously: half-size salads for $5 and all the pizza from their regular menu in half-size for $6. Their happy hour-specific beer, wine, and cocktails range from $2 to $8. All of this is available Monday through Friday between 3 pm and 6 pm at their Westlake location. At their Virginia Street location, the half-size pizza, as well as select beer and wine, cost no more than $6 and are all available from 3 pm to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Umi Sake House
The Umi Sake House happy hour is a little complicated, but worth figuring out. The daily happy hour is from 4 pm to 6 pm, though it extends until 8 pm solely at the front porch and cocktail bar. There is also a late-night happy hour, Sunday through Thursday only, from 10:30 pm to close. Their happy hour specials include sushi dishes and rolls. Other than the sashimi set and the late-night-only mini chirashi bowl and rotating specialty roll, everything is under $10. Sake and plum wine are available for no more than $6, with well drinks (with one mixer only) for $5, and Sapporo draft for $4.50.
Umi Sake House, 2230 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 374 8717
This cowboy-themed tavern up on Capitol Hill has, in addition to the resident pool table and jukebox, $3 wells and sliders during their daily happy hour from 7 pm to 9 pm. Pabst is on offer for $2 per pint or $5 per pitcher, while microbrews come out to $3 a pint and $7.50 a pitcher. Grab the goods and settle in at a booth, or snatch a patio table before they’re all taken!
Linda’s Tavern, 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 325 1220
With three Seattle locations (South Lake Union, U. Village, and Capitol Hill), Ba Bar is a top-notch Vietnamese food spot you don’t want to miss. Happy hour is from 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 3 pm to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. During these special hours, small plates, specialties, pho, and cocktails are all available for between $4 and $10 (approximately). The Late Night Happy Hour varies at each location, so make sure to double-check the times; it generally ranges from 8 pm to close. The price range is the same as the earlier happy hour, but with a more limited menu. Note that cocktails are only $6 on Sundays and Mondays, while beer and wine specials are offered daily.
Kate’s Pub is known for being plain and simple—in the best way. Between 4 pm and 8 pm any day of the week, get $3 beer, $5 well drinks, and half off food with a drink purchase in a space decorated with every Kate—or Cate, as the case may be—in the book.
Kate’s Pub, 309 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 547 6832
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar
Barrio is the place to go for tequila and taco happy hour. Tacos are $4 to $5.50 or $40 for any combination of 10. Small plates range from $10 to $16. Cocktails, beer, and wine are $8, $4, and $6, respectively, all between 3 pm and 6 pm daily. Don’t forget the Triple T: Tecate, tequila, and a taco for 10 dollars!
Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar, 1420 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 588 8105
Try the happy hours at Barolo Ristorante for a chance to experience an upscale Italian restaurant in an affordable way. Monday through Saturday, happy hour goes from 3 pm to 6:30 pm, and then starts back up again from 10 pm to midnight. On Sundays, you better buckle up: happy hour is all day beginning at 3 pm. During these hours, drink options include $4 pints, $5 wine by the glass, and $18 bottles of wine. For food, the entire bar menu is half off!
Barolo Ristorante, 1940 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 770 9000
This French bar and café is an excellent option for an affordable happy hour. From 4 pm to 6 pm daily, Café Presse offers food, such as a mini croque monsieur and cheese plates, for no more than $8. They have an in-house “wine shop,” Vin Presse, with bottle prices slightly lower than the same wines enjoyed on the spot—except for during their happy hour when they are offered at the same lowered price (between $8 and $14). There is also a daily After Hours happy hour from 11 pm to 1:30 am. Its menu is similar to the original happy hour’s but with slight variations, including house-made vanilla ice cream! Special prices are also available during After Hours for wine, beer, and cocktails.
Café Presse, 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 709 7674
List Restaurant offers half off their Food List menu items (not the featured dishes), a bottle of wine for $18, wine by the glass for $4.50, and draft beer for $4. These happy hour specials are available Tuesday through Saturday from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday from 9 pm to midnight, and all day Sunday and Monday.
List Restaurant, 2226 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 441 1000
The aptly named Japonessa, or “Japanese woman” in Spanish, is a Japanese restaurant with a Latin flair. Their happy hour menu offers food from $1 (rice) to $17 (Chef’s Choice Sashimi), with $5–6 drinks and $20 bottles of wine. This special menu is available daily from open to 6:30 pm, at the bar from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, and then again from 10 pm to close. Unlike most happy hour specials, Japonessa’s is available for takeout, at least until 2:30 pm, every day.
Japonessa Seattle, 1400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 971 7979