This Week in Happy Hour: Wings Edition
Where to go for a fix that's sweet and salty or atomically red-hot.
Chicken wings come in many forms, shapes, and sauces. Some people prefer them fried, others prefer baked. Some like ’em hot or more on the sweet side. Wings pair perfectly with a pitcher of beer or, in my case, with a glass of house cabernet, Because, why not? I’m a traditionalist; I like my wings extra crispy, extra spicy with blue cheese and celery. And a pile of extra napkins. However you like them, one of these happy hours should fit the bill.
Brother and sister chef team Sophie and Eric Banh premiered a new happy hour menu last week. It’s available every day from 3 to 5 and 9 to close. For $7 get salt-and-pepper chicken wings with lime, plus several other $7 options. Five-dollar food offers include fresh prawn rolls with avocado, grilled lemongrass chicken skewers, and kabocha dumplings with caramelized shallots. Beer for $4, wine for $5, and an old fashioned or French pearl for $6. Also, HH is a good excuse to try the new bottled cocktails.
Grab a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 or for a late-night snack from 11 to 1am Sunday through Thursday. These aren’t your normal drumsticks. These wings are honkin’ huge, wood grilled, and served over a coriander cream for $4 at happy hour. Other menu items like roasted Brussels sprouts, blue cheese fries, and crispy pig ears come in at 4 bucks too. Drink prices range from $2-$5, and include Tecate in the can and a housemade sangria with cardamom and orange.
Try Chan’s Korean-style fried chicken wings with a chili caramel glaze, peanuts, and scallions for $5 Tuesday though Saturday from 5 to 6:30 and 9 to 10. There's also a kimchi sampler or fried rice cake for $3 and two sliders options, spicy pork or bulgogi (bbq beef) for $6. Mellow the heat with a smooth Korean lager for $4 or a shochu flight for $6.
Ancho-chili Tex-Mex style wings are just $5 at Matador’s four Seattle-area locations seven days a week from 4 to 6 or 10 to 1pm. Actually, all happy hour food items are $5, and that means Texas-size nachos, spicy fried calamari, and your choice of meat tacos or quesadillas. No drink specials per se, but there's no shortage of tequila. Order a round of anejo shots or class it up with a bartender's maragarita.
The Rabbit Hole
Hit this Second Avenue bar from 4 to 7 daily for $2 off all food options. That puts wings at just under $5 with a choice of Tabasco creme fraiche or chipotle barbecue for dipping, and a side of slaw. The menu hews mostly southern, like the hush puppies with a lavender honey drizzle or bacon-wrapped jalapenos with cream cheese. Plenty of good drink specials with draft beers for under $4, house wine and cocktails for $5. Or perhaps a shot of Jager or Fireball for $3.75—now we’re in Belltown.
WingMasters Sports Bar
I couldn’t possibly ignore a place that has “wing” in its name, could I? Happy hour here consists of half off wings from 4 to 6 on weeknights. Wednesdays are particularly special in that wings are 50 cents a piece between 6 and 11pm. The lineup of 12 sauces ranges from mild to hot. You can do teriyaki or classic buffalo. You can burn your face off with the Atomic Blazin’ recipe. There are even little gems called savory pork wings. Surrender to the moment and order Bud or Bud Light for just over $2 a pop, or grab a pint of Manny’s for $3.