I’m not going to make any lederhosen jokes, but for happy hour this week, we thought we’d eat some pretzels. A warm, soft, salty pretzel. A perfect accompaniment to booze-filled afternoons. You can dip them in all sorts of concoctions from traditional mustard, beer cheese, peanut butter—even sour cream! You can pair them with any tasty beverage like beer or this intriguing Austrian liqueur called rossbacher. And we missed national pretzel day, which happened on April 26! Apparently, pretzels are making me thirsty—and getting me all riled up.
We know about the indoor bocce courts and boots of beer, but let’s add one more reason to visit this constantly packed beer hall. A new happy hour started this month, Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 and noon to 4 on weekends. Select drafts and house white or red wine is $4, while eight cocktails go for $8 apiece. Oh and a hit of rossbacher for $5 rounds out the drink specials. Prices for snacks range from $3.50 to $6, including pretzel bites with beer fondue, three Nuremberg (like pigs) in a blanket, and a meaty Oktoberfest sampler. Also find five kinds of flammkuchen, the German answer to pizza, on the menu for $10 to $12.
Naked City Brewery
Hit this Greenwood taphouse’s happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6, or all day on Sunday for a long list of draft selections for a dollar off, including ciders and wine. Munchies include a hot pretzel with beer cheese sauce for $3, truffle salt fries for $3.50, and three “Slippy Joes” for $4. Dietary restrictions? This bar prides itself for having vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for diners on the regular.
Brave Horse Tavern
This is a great bar for people watching, and if you sit at the bar for the entire happy hour (from 4 to 6 everyday and all day Sunday) you won’t be sorry. You might notice the clientele changes from the early hour of "Amazonians off work" to the second hour, when the “aspiring Real Housewives of 'Want to Date Someone Who Works at Amazon'” crowd arrives. Libations to loosen up those pick-up lines are many, like a PBR and Buffalo Trace boilermaker for $7, Hamm’s in the can for $2, or a shot of rossbacher for $5. No food specials on the menu yet, but plain pretzels with mustard are always $4.50 or two pretzels with three tasty spreads (pimento-cheddar, sour cream and onion, peanut butter bacon) run $11...
...Or, visit this German pub in South Lake Union daily from 3 to 6 for a post-work “quittin’ time” happy hour. It’s a dollar off a weekly draft beer selection and a German lager DAB tallboy for $3. The Bavarian-style pretzel is $4 accompanied by mustard and a melty brie cheese with paprika. You’ll pay $2.50 to $5 for other snacks like maise wurst (corn dogs) and brat sliders with fries. I’ll jubel to that.
The Peoples Pub
Head to good old Ballard for a selection of $6 sausages with sauerkraut, deep fried pickles for $4, and a German pretzel (plain, salted, sesame, or garlic) for $5 during happy hour. There’s also a selection of sandwiches and burgers from $5.50 to $8 that come with your choice of fries, German potato salad, chips, or a house salad. Specials run daily from 3 to 7. Drink as many $2 PBRs as you can, or go for well drinks, house wine, and a few drafts for $3.25.