Vij's Amazonian sibling has its own lineup of nuanced dishes from chef Meeru Dhalwala, built on deep and nuanced spices. Happy hour goes quickly—4 to 5:30 Monday through Friday—so be speedy with your order from the $5 appetizer menu. Items include lentil and potato pakoras, potato- and pepper-filled samoas, and the miniature crepes known as puras. A few wines, drafts, and cocktails are also $5 each.
Tom Douglas's Greek-spirited restaurant pairs Mediterranean and North African dishes with local ingredients, including a menu of $7 kebabs during happy hour (weekdays 4 to 6). Other snacks on the menu run about $4 to $6, and range from heirloom citrus salad with candied hazelnuts to the garlic smashed potatoes that frequent the breakfast menu. Drink specials include $4 beers, $6 wines, and the $7 Lola martini, barrel aged and complete with a feta-stuffed olive. Or maybe some $6 ouzo?
Bastille Cafe and Bar
Since the doors opened, Ballard's Northwest-tinged French bistro has sported a serious happy hour scene. From 4:30 to 6pm daily (and 10 to midnight Sunday through Thursday) order bistro staples like a croque madame or petite moules frites, and seasonal plates like the socca galette (sprouted greens, green chickpeas, charred spring onion, horseradish yogurt) for $8. As for drinks: carafes of red or white wine are $10 and happy hour cocktails like a French 75 or whiskey buck are $7 or $8.
Seattle has plenty of Thai joints, but Bai Pai in Ravenna, with its traditional Thai art, bar area, and white tablecloths, feels slightly nicer than your ordinary hole-in-the-wall. The happy hour served in the lounge consists of a huge list of appetizers that all cost less than $5. The lineup includes chicken satay, calamari with peppers, crab wontons, papaya salad with shrimp, and an avocado green curry. Happy hour is 4 to 7 Sunday, Wedesday, and Thursday and 4 to close Monday and Tuesday.Wines, cocktails, and drafts are under $4.
Puerto Rican flavors (including plenty of rum cocktails) are served up in a sunny Ballard space deftly painted to look like Old San Juan. Happy hour is 3 to 6pm and 10 to 1am daily and features cheap dishes made with plenty of rice, beans, plantains, shrimp, and other fresh seafood. Wines, drafts, and bottles start at $3.50, and $4 mojitos are available during the late-night happy hour.