That’s right people, happy hour can be at any time of day, but only a handful of establishments follow this rule. A few weeks back Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, a 24-hour diner on Capitol Hill, premiered its morning happy hour. I would be curious to find out how many 6am diners are A) hung-over, B) still drunk, or C) a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B.
The 5 Point Cafe owner and Lost Lake Cafe partner David Meinert explains: “Many people on Capitol Hill work late nights, from doctors and nurses working graveyard, to security and bartenders at the clubs. Those people want to go out for a drink and cheap eats at the end of a long day.” Here are those places—on Capitol Hill and beyond—for an early morning plate of eggs or, for some, a late-night breakfast dinner.
Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge
It might not be the Double R diner, but it’s pretty darn close, considering Kyle MacLachlan made an appearance there last month. The new AM happy hour starts at 6 and goes until 9am on weekdays. A $5 bloody Mary, mimosa, or Bailey’s and coffee will start your morning off right. The entire menu stays under $5, from your basic breakfast with bacon to a half-order Benedict. Also fitting for a morning order, the country fried bacon served with gravy for only $3.
The 5 Point Cafe
With a motto like “Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929” of course there’s an early-bird happy hour here. The 24-hour diner has a morning installment from 6 to 9, with domestic drafts for $2, microbrews for $3, and wells for $3.50. The food prices top out at $4, with fried mini donuts, bacon pancakes, and a hearty breakfast burrito.
Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge
Monday through Friday, from 9 to 11am, most all breakfast entrees are $6.50. The menu has south-of-the-border leanings, with huevos rancheros, habanero sausage gravy with biscuits, and carnitas and eggs. But you’ll find the classics too, with varieties of Benedict and French toast. A breakfast margarita, spicy ‘El Diablo’ Mary, and mimosas are just a few of the AM imbibing choices.
For more of a New Orleans-style morning, Peso’s sister establishment next door, offers a happy hour from 8am to 11am. Monday through Friday breakfast plates are $9. There is duck confit hash, spicy shrimp Creole with eggs and grits, and eight Bennie options, to name a few. A daytime drinking menu includes a Sazerac and a Hurricane, along with many other options, all for $8.50.
Located in the Hyatt hotel in Bellevue, three is the lucky number here Monday though Friday, from 8:30 to noon, and Sundays starting after noon. Why? Because it’s $3 off all breakfast entrees like Tiramisu pancakes and braised pork shoulder and eggs. And with $3 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and specialty coffee drinks, the morning will seem like a party, but you might not want to make any promises for the afternoon.