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Despite the pretzels, tater tots, pizzas, dartboards, and pool, college students are few and far between at neighborhood hangout The Park Pub, which boasts rotating taps and the right mix of well-into-adulthood locals. On quiet nights, when only a few drinkers dot the room, you’ll find calm conditions under which to commence your crawl.

Here’s hoping your crew won’t mind sharing and sipping each other’s drinks, because the cocktails are worth passing around at dark and romantic date spot Oliver’s Twist. And yes, the garlic truffle popcorn is worth the number it does on your breath.

Hilltop Ale House’s sister spot on Phinney, 74th Street Ale House is known for its generous happy hour prices, and Reuben and blackened salmon sandwiches.

The dark wood-slatted walls at nearby Prost Tavern match the hue of the Kostritzer Schwarzbier, one of the many German beers on tap at this newly renovated alehouse. Pour it in a boot and sit back with a sausage when you finally snag a seat.

Nothing says Alpine ski lodge more than a pitched roof, stuffed animal heads, mounted Nordic skis, and a roaring fireplace. The wall of handles at Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon signifies great drinking, but the steamed windows and hordes of friendly regulars are what really make you feel like you found something special.

Sink into comfy couches and enjoy recession-relieving prices like $5 glasses of vino and $6 spreads of tapenade and hummus. In the Red Wine Bar and Café is like an all-night happy hour for you and your wallet.

NEXT: Bellevue

This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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