December 21st is going to be the longest night of the year, and it’s also going to be the Best Night of Your Life. Because even an OK night should start with a sweet happy hour, we've picked the seven best places to boozily start the greatest evening ever while scoring deals on everything from oyster rolls to the city's best pho.
Check out the picks below, and make sure to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
Every day from 4-6p, 10 bucks gets you a drink and a pie (marinara, margherita, or salame), or if you've got a date, $20 will get you a charcuterie plate, two drinks, a pizza, and a second date if you're lucky. Though, if you're really lucky it'll get you... um, probably still just a second date. What kind of girl do you think she is?!
North Capitol Hill
This North Broadway boozer's presumably called Bait Shop because you'll end up hooked on its daily happy hour deals (a $2 Oly/Sprite Bait Shop Shandy, $3 Pacific cod tacos, etc.). Or just, you know, because of the nautical motif or whatever.
The sweet Medjool dates stuffed w/ goat cheese & wrapped in bacon, beef & pork meatballs in tomato salsa, and other Barcalona-repping snacks go for as little as three bucks during happy hour at this Tapas joint, and, if the weather's not too... um, Messi, they'll even serve 'em on their unexpectedly sweet deck overlooking the alley out back.
This Cal Anderson-adjacent eatery doesn't do warm eats at any hour, but they are happy to ply you with five dollar charcuterie plates, and mortadella/ cheese/ mustard/ mayo "Mini Sandwiches" everyday from 4-6p.
The best thing about charmingly quirky Westward, is probably the beautiful... uh, Southward(!)-facing views over Lake Union. But its generously sized happy hour eats (oyster rolls, lamb burgers, smoked manila clam plates, etc.) are a close second.
There are approximately (2x + 3y / 3356 X 789) + infinity places to get pho in Seattle, but the pro move is hitting this Cap Hill boozer between 3-6p when seven bucks gets you what might be The Town's best: Painted Hills Farm brisket, London broil & noodles in a can't-miss broth... and when a handful of their signature 'tails are just $6.
Cha Cha Lounge
Mysteriously, this South-of-the-Border boozer's House Special Margarita wasn't to be found on Thrillilst's search for Seattle's best examples of said cocktail, aka the Great Margarita Mystery, but it is on their daily happy hour menu, along with things like mini quesadillas and $2.50 tacos that're surprisingly Hardy, Boys.
Opened by the crew behind Skillet, Westward is a waterfront nautical spot with rustic decor. A wood-burning oven stands in the center of the room, the bar is boat-shaped, and the patio/beach boasts stunning views of Lake Union and Downtown. This spacious restaurant serves low-alcohol cocktails and small seafood plates that extend dinner beyond the usual starter, entrée, and dessert. Start with oysters at the adjoining Little Gull, finish with cocktails around the outdoor fire pit.
This pizzeria, with multiple locations across Seattle, slings up artisan slices like the salame, which has salame piccante, pomodoro, fresh mozzarella, basil, and grana padano.
This Cap Hill dive is the north Broadway outpost of Linda Derschang's ever-growing booze empire, and is as direct as they come. Sidle up for a fish sandwich, fish & chips, or a fried chicken sandwich with a cold brew. A whole mess of other fried foods are also available, along with a number of inventive (and even frozen) cocktails.
Opened by Belltown locals in the space vacated by much-loved Txori, Pintxo's keeping most of the narrow, wood-heavy interior the same -- including the high library-style shelving behind the open kitchen/bar -- but is putting its own spin on tapas.
Opened by a pair of food and each-other-lovers, this Cal Anderson-adjacent 46-seater's slinging the finest of cold eats, including gourmet sandos, like their mortadella/pecorino number.
A Vietnamese restaurant, Ba Bar proudly serves "street food", a principle defined by simplicity and quality. The other half of this eatery's maxim is "cold drink," as in cocktails. Many, many cocktails.
With tiki accents, this Seattle mainstay has its roots in the music scene, when it used to be just a burrito stand in Capitol Hill, with local musicians serving up your faire. Now it's home to great musical performances and killer happy hour specials.