Twenty-plus high-value venues where you can snack and sip the best for less—and longer.

WINE

Fireside Cellars at Willows Lodge
The cozy-up-to-the-hearth haven behind the lobby at Willows Lodge slashes prices on a selection of its by-the-glass list during a weekday happy hour that lasts from 4:30 to 6:30. 14580 NE 145 St, Woodinville, 877-424-3930; www.willowslodge.com

Poco Wine Room
A tiny Cap Hill condo bar that specializes in Northwests and boasts the best wine deal in town: From 5 to 6:30 daily, take $2 off glasses and $8 off bottles. Cork what you don’t finish and take the bottle home with you. 1408 E Pine St, Capitol Hill, 206-322-9463; www.pocowineroom.com

Spazzo
Twenty-seven wines by the glass (and plenty of small plates) are on special at the wine bar during the daily happy hour (3–6pm) at this Italian eatery in Redmond. 16499 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-4400; www.schwartzbros.com/spazzo.cfm

Txori
Wash down pintxos (petite bites spiked atop small bread slices) such as braised pork sandwiches with dollar-off glasses (4–6pm daily; Thu–Sat 11pm–1am) of select Spanish wines at this Basque-inspired Belltown gem. 2207 Second Ave, Belltown, 206-204-9771; www.txoribar.com

Vermillion
Enjoy a quiet moment during happy hour (Tue–Sun 4–7) at the new Capitol Hill art gallery and wine bar, when beer and wine are $1 off, making the house wine (Tefft Cellars) an irresistible $3. Even better: Bottles are half-off on Sundays. 1508 11th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-709-9797; www.vermillionseattle.com

FOOD

Barolo
Everyday from 3 to 6:30 and 10pm to midnight, drown out way-dated lounge music (Um, am I folding clothes at the Gap?) with the sounds of satisfied chomping on scallops, lamb burgers, tuna carpaccio—at half off, these delish dishes are more than fairly priced, they’re an outright steal. 1940 Westlake Ave, Downtown, 206-770-9000; www.baroloseattle.com

Brasa
Word’s out, so come early—seats fill up fast during Brasa’s daily 5 to 7 happy hour, and the generous portions of discounted Spanish tapas and entrées (the paella = wowza) make it tough to leave. 2107 Third Ave, Belltown, 206-728-4220; www.brasa.com

Cactus
One of the most satisfying happy hours in the city comes from this Madison Park cantina, where, every day from 3 to 5pm in the bar, quesadillas can be had for $4, nachos for $6, and margaritas for $5. 4220 E Madison St, Madison Park, 206-324-4140; www.cactus
restaurants.com/madison

Café Campagne
From 4 to 6 weekdays at this market café, find reduced rates on French fare—Comté with confiture, bacon-onion tarte flambée. It’s the classiest $5 you’ll spend all year. 1600 Post Alley, Pike Place Market, 206-728-2233; www.campagnerestaurant.com

Monsoon and Monsoon East
From 5 to 6:30 daily, the Banh siblings invite you to sample their phenomenal fare—salt-and-pepper calamari, crispy pork ribs—at $5 a plate. Don’t miss the cocktail specials at the Bellevue outpost. Monsoon, 615 19th Ave E, Capitol Hill, 206-325-2111 and Monsoon East, 10245 Main St, Bellevue, 425-635-1112; www.monsoonrestaurants.com

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COCKTAILS

Chapel
Yes, the Chapel scene is past its peak. All the more reason to admire the glam-goth beauty of the converted funeral home during the generally hush-hush hours of 5 to 8pm, when all of its many martinis are just $5. 1600 Melrose Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-447-4180; www.chapelseattle.com

La Isla
From 10pm to midnight at this Market Ave storefront, mojitos are a mere $3, while other well-wrought island faves—daiquiris, margaritas—are $5.50. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Puerto Rican restaurant’s housemade empanadas, $2 each. 2320 NW Market St, Ballard, 206-789-0516; www.laislaseattle.com

Licorous
Come for the “dots”—$1 pretzel-bread sandwiches the size of potato chips—stay for the ever-changing $4 bartender’s choice of cocktail. There’s not a bad drink on the list (Tue–Thu 5–7; 10–midnight). 928 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, 206-325-6947; www.licorous.com

611 Supreme
A cute little Pike/Pine lounge that, from 4 to 6pm Sunday through Thursday, will serve you any of its stellar seasonal specialty mixers for $5. 611 E Pine St, Capitol Hill, 206-328-0292; www.611supreme.com

West Five
This West Seattle ’60s dive is known for cheap happy hour eats like sloppy joes and barbecue shrimp, but, well, yuck. We’re much more impressed with its two revolving specialty cocktails, just $4 from 4 till 6. 4539 California Ave SW, 206-935-1966; www.westfive.com

EXTENDED HOURS

BOKA Kitchen and Bar
On Sundays and Mondays, happy hour (half-price bar menu and drink specials) starts at 3:30pm and goes all night at this swanky downtown hotel lounge. 1010 First Ave, Downtown, 206-357-9000; www.bokaseattle.com

Capitol Club
Serving up tapas like sautéed mushrooms, patatas bravas, and fried calamari, the Moroccan-inspired den already has some of Seattle’s best food specials (5-7 daily), but Wednesday nights the deal is sweetened with half-price bottles of wine all night. On Sunday, happy hour lasts from 5pm till closing time. 414 E Pine St, Capitol Hill, 206-325-2149; www.thecapitolclub.net

El Gaucho
From 5pm to closing each Sunday, the bar menu at this fancy steak house is half price, including a half-pound Angus beef burger and a piled-high plate of ahi tuna tartare. 2505 First Ave, Belltown, 206-728-1337 and 450 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-455-2715; www.elgaucho.com

Fin N Bone
Tear your way through catfish and chips and panko-crusted Dungeness crab cakes at Renton’s favorite seafood spot, where bar menu prices are slashed in half every Sunday from 4:30 till last call. 330 Wells Ave S, Renton, 425-271-6644; www.finnbone.com

Kushibar
This new Belltown purveyor of Japanese fare will sell you just about any tempura or skewered edible you can imagine for under $10, and a carafe of hot Hakutsuru sake for a cool $5—all during a happy hour that kicks off at 4pm and concludes at a scandalous 8pm. 2319 Second Ave, Belltown, 206-448-2488; www.kushibar.com

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This article appeared in the May 2009 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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