This Week in Happy Hour: Football-Watching Edition
Game watches are best fueled with unhealthy food and discounted drafts.
Seahawks pre-season has wrapped, and college football fires up this week—we’re just way too excited about the full schedule of football ahead of us. Whether you're watching your favorite team, or just catching up on how the rest of the league is doing, there's one element that makes every nail-biter more manageable: the food and drink. Time to undo all that healthy summer eating and come back to the dark side of burgers and the wings. Preferably cheap, definitely plentiful, and most importantly, with a view of the game.
This Capitol Hill sports bar doesn’t technically have a happy hour, but the prices are just as good (most things are under $10), and the menu has more options than are healthy. Reserve a six-person booth and enjoy your own private TV, and control over the remote. Oh, and the bar has basically every classic TV-watching dish; chicken strips, nachos, fish tacos, wings, and sliders to name a few. The patio is equipped with TV and heaters, to prolong the ability to watch the game outside.
Should a watch-worthy game ever overlap with Ballard Loft’s happy hour you might want to swing by for a couple quarters; (and 18 screens; worth) of football. Happy hour happens from 3 to 6 and 10 to close Tuesday through Friday; Sunday and Monday 4 to midnight. Appetizers are $6 and the bar dispenses $1 off draft beers and $4 wells. And for those Saturday college games, $5 mimosas and brunch isn’t a bad idea, either.
This SoDo mainstay and neighbor to Century Link Field, is a “duh” suggestion for its excess of screens and infections energy. Its happy hour goes on weekdays from 3 to 5:45, and the place has classic watch-party plates like the buffalo chicken poppers ($4.95), and pulled pork sliders (also $4.95). F.X. also has a slew of drinks for less than $5; a glass of cab or chardonnay is only $4.50, as are well drinks, or a pint of one of its imported/local/domestic drafts.
Take your football-lovingself to Capitol Hill's newly renamed Rhein Haus (previously VonTrapp's). Since its happy hour is seven days a week from 3-6, it’s a good bet for either college or NFL play. The cheapest eats from the happy hour menu are the pretzel bites with a variety of dipping sauces for $3.5. The flammkuchen--or German flatbread--is particularly substantial. There are seven topping combinations, and the crispy flatbreads range from $11 to $13. Drink specials include a rotating $4 draft, house wines for just $4, and an array of $8 house cocktails like the voodoo child, made with three rums and apricot liqueur.