The only thing better than happy hour is historical happy hour. Historical Pioneer Square photo via the Pioneer Square Facebook page.

Seattle's most historic neighborhood is in the midst of a major renaissance, as evidenced by all the new bars and restaurants opening in its uber quaint environs. Here are five happy hours from watering holes old and new.

E. Smith Mercantile
Eating, drinking, and shopping. Need we say more? Tuesday through Saturday from 4–6, the charming back bar hidden at the rear of an equally charming mercantile offers specials on small bites, a dollar off the house red and white wines and all draft beer, plus $8 cocktails and $6 well drinks. (You might recognize the bar from Seattle Met's January cover.)

Altstadt
Happy hour at the German-themed beer hall includes $9 brat sliders, excellent fries, and an $8 cheese and beer fondue, among other food specials. Drinks hew Germanic, like $4 half liters of Bitburger and Kostrizter, and $4 glasses of hauswein (there's a red and a white option, both are also $12 a half liter, and $24 per liter). The menu runs Monday through Friday, 3–6.

Pioneer Square Saloon
A regular stop on the First Thursday art walk for music and art, the casual saloon has $1 off pints and $2 off pitchers weekdays, 5–7.

The Double Header
Although it’s not really a gay bar anymore, this long-running watering hole was once a haven amidst the rough seagoing bar scene in post-Prohibition Seattle. Revist its history during happy hour, which is all day Sunday and 5–7 weekdays with draft beer specials, pitchers and pints.

Merchants Cafe and Saloon
The recently revamped Merchants Cafe and Saloon was built in 1890 and claims the title of Seattle’s oldest restaurant. Happy hour runs weekdays 4–7 with $1, $2, $3, $4, and $5 food specials (more menu info on the website).

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