Remember those hot summers during childhood where you were willing to walk almost any length in the hot sun just to get a giant slurpee from 7-Eleven? Well now you don't have to. Next time you're feeling the heat, just stop by one of these neighborhood happy hours where you can cool off with the increasingly popular grown-up slushie.
This Japanese farm-to-table restaurant in Ballard specializes in ramen, seasonal produce, grilled meats, oysters, and currently, a multitude of shave ice cocktails. Bloom’s only hour of happiness is from 5-6 Tuesday through Sunday, but this week you can get its shave ice concoctions all day every day at the happy hour price of $5. From Mai Tais to Moscow mules, Bloom has a complex, creamy shave ice version. Other drink deals include sapporo and house sake for $4. And the food specials here are cheap to boot; $1.50 for pinch buns, and it's your choice of chaschu pork, fried chicken tsukune, and cauliflower curry.
This Capitol Hill favorite was also one of our Best Bars 2013. Known for its strong boozy beverages and signature umbrella-topped frozen drinks, Bait Shop is the perfect place to seek refuge on a hot day. During its happy hour, which goes from open until 6pm, the widely-lauded frozen painkiller will run you $7, while a really cold draft beer is $1 off, and wells are just $4. Pair that icy blender with a $3 taco (your choice of meat, fish, or veggie), or a plate of three crab fritters for $5.
Tom Douglas’ new-ish American Asian restaurant in Belltown keeps it simple with its happy hour pricing—everything’s $6. You heard me: from 2:30-6 Monday through Friday you can get bites, strong drinks, and any item from “slushie hour” for just six bucks a pop. Might I recommend the slusharita, or the orange-vanilla creamsicle? Pair the adult slushie with some twice fried chicken wings or the buttermilk fried oysters, and you should be set.
This Capitol Hill bar is known for its craft cocktails, professional service, and artful Italian recipes by Jason Stratton of Spinasse and Aragona. Oh, and its kickass slushy cocktail. The Redrum mojito slushie is made with Smith and Cross rum and campari, and costs $10 during happy hour. The bar’s daily deals happen from 5-7, and 10pm-close. Drink specials include $1 off all house cocktails, $7 for a rotating selection of house red or white wine, and $5 off all bottles of wine. The happy hour food items range from $3 for roasted hazelnuts laced with chile and muscovado sugar, to $7 for chilled sweet and sour zucchini. While the prices here are a bit steeper, the dining experience is sure to impress.