It’s a common quandary for Seattleites: You want to try out a place on the Eastside for dinner and drinks, but you don’t know where to start, so you end up at your same old neighborhood pub down the street.
There are more great happy hour options across the lake than you might think, and it's ridiculously hard to narrow it down to one list…but here’s a good place to start.
Beach Café at The Woodmark Hotel
Ever wish you could bring your pup along with you to happy hour? Well, your wish is granted with Yappier Hour at the Beach Cafe in Kirkland—a dog friendly outdoor happy hour. The last Wednesday of every month until September—the next being July 31—bring your pooch along for beach-inspired cocktails and food specials available from 5 to 7pm. The cafe's normal happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6pm.
Bis On Main
On the Eastside, fine-dining establishments are totally down with the happy hour. And this elegant French-Italian eatery is no exception. Get special prices on the bar menu Monday through Thursday starting at 8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday at 9pm, on Sundays, though, it’s all evening from 4:30 to close. Kobe beef or King salmon sliders, truffled fries, and Dungeness crab cakes are about $3 to $6 less than normal pricing. Also, a Bis Rye Manhattan is $9, and a Stella Artois comes in at $3.
There is an amazing view from the 21st floor of the Bank of America building in Bellevue, and a new happy hour menu that launched June 12 makes it that much sweeter. Classic martinis, Manhattans, and summer cocktails are $8 from 4 to 6:30 and again at 9pm to close daily in the lounge and on the patio. The late night stint comes with live music too. Marsala chicken skewers and bourbon BBQ pork sliders are a couple of the food options starting at $7.
Volterra Ballard’s younger sister restaurant in Kirkland knows what’s up with the happy hour, happening from noon to 6pm on the daily. The latest Facebook invite says to head on down to “kick off your weekend with a wild boar slider and local cherry Mojito.” Um, yes please.
Wild Ginger At The Bravern
Attached to the uber-fancy apartment building, The Bravern, Wild Ginger offers a nice selection of happy hour specials. Food is split into price categories: $4, $5, and $8.50 with items like classic satay, potstickers, and seven flavor beef with rice. A host of cocktails come in at $4, including a peach bellini or ginger lemonade. Early happy hour from 3 to 6 is seven days a week, while late night happy hour runs Monday through Thursday 9 to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 10 to midnight.