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.Read More