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Ba Bar knocks a few dollars off its well-crafted cocktails at happy hour.
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Happy Hours to Try in Seattle Right Now, August 2021

Where to get discounted drinks and bites

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Ba Bar knocks a few dollars off its well-crafted cocktails at happy hour.
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Over the past year and a half, the once robust happy hour menus in Seattle all but disappeared. That’s no surprise given the tectonic changes that have shaken the dining scene during the pandemic, and there are certainly legitimate questions about how discounted items will fit in down the line in a struggling industry. But now that restaurants are bars are reopening and warmer weather has arrived, there’s still a good crop of happy hours to enjoy, if one hunts hard enough. This guide collects some current standouts, from new restaurants to reliable standbys revamping HH menus, listed from north to south.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for diners and workers. Local officials recommend that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should wear masks inside restaurants when not eating or drinking. Many bars and restaurants in Seattle (but not all) are also now requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining; for the latest restrictions, check restaurant websites or official social media pages. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Pasta pro Brian Clevenger recently opened his sixth restaurant in Seattle on Greenwood Avenue in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. On the happy hour menu are a selection of enticing pastas and salads, as well as oysters, plus cocktails for a few bucks off the regular price, including a summery “Phinney” 75, with gin, lemon and prosecco.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

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Star chef Renee Erickson’s celebrated oyster bar holds happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The menu doesn’t cover an extensive list of deals, but the dollar discounts on beer, glasses of wine, and oysters can complement the full-priced menu of cheeses, salads, vegetables, and heartier dishes.

An oyster platter at The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Happy hour at the Walrus and the Carpenter includes a dollar off oysters.
Bill Addison

Vietnamese restaurant Ba Bar serves happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. at its original Capitol Hill restaurant (daily) at the South Lake Union outpost (Tuesday through Friday), and the U Village location (weekdays). The restaurant knocks a few bucks off cocktails, and serves up discounted snacks like fried oysters, crispy imperial rolls, and the excellent Sài Gòn wings.

Kin Len Thai Night Bites

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This colorful and lively Thai spot in Fremont has a lengthy happy hour, from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. On the menu are discounts on delectable snacks like crispy pork wontons, larb chicken, beef boat noodles, and Draper Valley wings with tamarind dipping sauce. Well drinks and certain cocktails (such as ginger cosmos and lychee martinis) are $6.

Dreamland Bar & Diner

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This Fremont diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid drinks. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes $2 off wine and discounts on tiger’s blood margaritas, vegan grasshopper slushies, raspberry mezcal palomas, and other refreshing cocktails, plus baskets of loaded fries and short rib wraps with birria jus.

Rapport Seattle

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Capitol Hill’s self-pour wine and beer bar has an all-day menu that includes a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There’s a 20 percent discount on a variety of excellent self pour selections, plus some reduced prices on small bites, such as cheese plates. There’s also a sizable patio good for summer drinking.

Japanese Izakaya specialist Rondo serves a daily “Hiru-nomi,” or “day drinking” menu from 2 to 5:30 p.m. daily. There are a ton of discounts here, like a $16 whiskey flight and a $10 special with a Sapporo, sake, and three chef’s choice appetizers. From there, the menu ranges from lower-priced highballs, cocktails, beer, and sake, and a range of appetizers and noodle and rice dishes.

Some Random Bar

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Belltown’s popular neighborhood gastropub has made a lot of adjustments during the pandemic — and crunched the numbers to stay afloat. The latest calculation is to offer customers $2 off some stellar local beer on draft (such as Seapine lager) and $3 off wine glass pours and a wide selection of cocktails, including piña coladas and white peach sangria.

Remedium Island Grill

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Hawaiian and Filipino flavors are the focus at this Capitol Hill restaurant, where happy hour spans a generous 2 to 6 p.m. every day, and all day Sunday. Menu standouts like the fried spam musubi roll, chicken adobo tacos, and chicharron burger are half-price, and there are still a couple of to-go cocktail options paired with snacks.

A plate of chicken adobo tacos and a pineapple ring at Remedium Island Grill
Chicken adobo tacos are half-off at Remedium Island Grill’s happy hour.
Remedium Island Grill

Il Nido

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Chef Mike Easton’s Italian destination at the Alki Homestead often books out months in advance. But in early 2021, the restaurant introduced a new “aperitivo hour” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, which includes spritzes and other drinks, plus snacks such as antipasto (some may even get lucky and snag a table for dinner due to last-minute cancellations).

Super Six

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Serving Hawaiian food in a former auto body shop, the Columbia City hot spot has a massive patio and covered tent for open-air dining, plus a contactless ordering system. The restaurant serves happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, with discounts on snacks like chicken wings and spam musubi, and cocktails such as hibiscus margaritas.

A top down image of a plate of chicken wings, spam musubis, and red cocktails at Super Six
Wings and musubi are among the discounted snacks at Super Six’s happy hour.
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Jules Maes Saloon

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Claiming the title as Seattle’s oldest bar, Georgetown’s rustic Jules Maes Saloon has reopened under new ownership. Now there’s happy hour every day from 3 to 5 p.m. with $1 off draft beer and well drinks, plus house vodka or gin martinis for $6.50.

The front of Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown, with the sign lit up at night
Jules Maes Saloon serves discounted drinks at happy hour.
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Pasta pro Brian Clevenger recently opened his sixth restaurant in Seattle on Greenwood Avenue in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. On the happy hour menu are a selection of enticing pastas and salads, as well as oysters, plus cocktails for a few bucks off the regular price, including a summery “Phinney” 75, with gin, lemon and prosecco.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

An oyster platter at The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Happy hour at the Walrus and the Carpenter includes a dollar off oysters.
Bill Addison

Star chef Renee Erickson’s celebrated oyster bar holds happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The menu doesn’t cover an extensive list of deals, but the dollar discounts on beer, glasses of wine, and oysters can complement the full-priced menu of cheeses, salads, vegetables, and heartier dishes.

An oyster platter at The Walrus and the Carpenter.
Happy hour at the Walrus and the Carpenter includes a dollar off oysters.
Bill Addison

Ba Bar

Vietnamese restaurant Ba Bar serves happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. at its original Capitol Hill restaurant (daily) at the South Lake Union outpost (Tuesday through Friday), and the U Village location (weekdays). The restaurant knocks a few bucks off cocktails, and serves up discounted snacks like fried oysters, crispy imperial rolls, and the excellent Sài Gòn wings.

Kin Len Thai Night Bites

This colorful and lively Thai spot in Fremont has a lengthy happy hour, from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. On the menu are discounts on delectable snacks like crispy pork wontons, larb chicken, beef boat noodles, and Draper Valley wings with tamarind dipping sauce. Well drinks and certain cocktails (such as ginger cosmos and lychee martinis) are $6.

Dreamland Bar & Diner

This Fremont diner with a disco ball-packed hallway that serves all-day breakfast and a selection of solid drinks. Happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and includes $2 off wine and discounts on tiger’s blood margaritas, vegan grasshopper slushies, raspberry mezcal palomas, and other refreshing cocktails, plus baskets of loaded fries and short rib wraps with birria jus.

Rapport Seattle

Capitol Hill’s self-pour wine and beer bar has an all-day menu that includes a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There’s a 20 percent discount on a variety of excellent self pour selections, plus some reduced prices on small bites, such as cheese plates. There’s also a sizable patio good for summer drinking.

Rondo

Japanese Izakaya specialist Rondo serves a daily “Hiru-nomi,” or “day drinking” menu from 2 to 5:30 p.m. daily. There are a ton of discounts here, like a $16 whiskey flight and a $10 special with a Sapporo, sake, and three chef’s choice appetizers. From there, the menu ranges from lower-priced highballs, cocktails, beer, and sake, and a range of appetizers and noodle and rice dishes.

Some Random Bar

Belltown’s popular neighborhood gastropub has made a lot of adjustments during the pandemic — and crunched the numbers to stay afloat. The latest calculation is to offer customers $2 off some stellar local beer on draft (such as Seapine lager) and $3 off wine glass pours and a wide selection of cocktails, including piña coladas and white peach sangria.

Remedium Island Grill

A plate of chicken adobo tacos and a pineapple ring at Remedium Island Grill
Chicken adobo tacos are half-off at Remedium Island Grill’s happy hour.
Remedium Island Grill

Hawaiian and Filipino flavors are the focus at this Capitol Hill restaurant, where happy hour spans a generous 2 to 6 p.m. every day, and all day Sunday. Menu standouts like the fried spam musubi roll, chicken adobo tacos, and chicharron burger are half-price, and there are still a couple of to-go cocktail options paired with snacks.

A plate of chicken adobo tacos and a pineapple ring at Remedium Island Grill
Chicken adobo tacos are half-off at Remedium Island Grill’s happy hour.
Remedium Island Grill

Il Nido

Chef Mike Easton’s Italian destination at the Alki Homestead often books out months in advance. But in early 2021, the restaurant introduced a new “aperitivo hour” from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, which includes spritzes and other drinks, plus snacks such as antipasto (some may even get lucky and snag a table for dinner due to last-minute cancellations).

Super Six

A top down image of a plate of chicken wings, spam musubis, and red cocktails at Super Six
Wings and musubi are among the discounted snacks at Super Six’s happy hour.
Super Six/Facebook

Serving Hawaiian food in a former auto body shop, the Columbia City hot spot has a massive patio and covered tent for open-air dining, plus a contactless ordering system. The restaurant serves happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. daily, with discounts on snacks like chicken wings and spam musubi, and cocktails such as hibiscus margaritas.

A top down image of a plate of chicken wings, spam musubis, and red cocktails at Super Six
Wings and musubi are among the discounted snacks at Super Six’s happy hour.
Super Six/Facebook

Jules Maes Saloon

The front of Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown, with the sign lit up at night
Jules Maes Saloon serves discounted drinks at happy hour.
Jules Maes Saloon/Facebook

Claiming the title as Seattle’s oldest bar, Georgetown’s rustic Jules Maes Saloon has reopened under new ownership. Now there’s happy hour every day from 3 to 5 p.m. with $1 off draft beer and well drinks, plus house vodka or gin martinis for $6.50.

The front of Jules Maes Saloon in Georgetown, with the sign lit up at night
Jules Maes Saloon serves discounted drinks at happy hour.
Jules Maes Saloon/Facebook

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