The Mariners' season is starting up, and spring is officially here. These sports bars offer better-than-average food, plenty of drink specials, and a plethora of televisions.
The Wurst Place
This pun-loving brat house in South Lake Union is a highly underrated place to watch games, with three ample TVs and a collection of sausages ranging from whiskey-soaked pork brats to a venison-rabbit-bacon combo. The beer list is one of the most impressive in the neighborhood. And oh, those fries: double fried, crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside. During happy hour (3 to 6pm Monday through Friday) most drafts are $1 off, and there's a rotating sausage special for $5.
Kangaroo and Kiwi
European football, rugby, and soccar fans are a big presence at this bar dedicated to all things Australian and New Zealand, now ensconced in the old Carnegie library building in Ballard. The owners are Australian, hence the chook sangas, chips, and cutlets (aka chicken sandwiches, fries, and thin slices of meat) on the menu. Happy hour is 4:30 to 6:30 daily and includes $5 plate selections like loaded pie, naked wings, and lamb cutlets in addition to weekday specials. Wells and micros go for $3, and $4 imperials are also on tap. Sunday late-night happy hour runs 10pm to midnight.
With 22 42-inch TVs, a pair of 15-inch screens, and a giant HD projection screen, chances are your game will be on in this cavernous Belltown bar, which does happy hour on weekdays from 4-6:30, and again from 9-10. Happy hour food is the sort you'd expect from a sports bar—garlic fries, brasied pork tacos, or falafel sliders—but the quality is above average and there are ample options under $5. The drink selection is similarly straightforward, but certain beers, wine, and well drinks are $2 off.
Pioneer Square's prototypical sports bar has a happy hour menu of appetizers that run just $3 or $4; the roster includes tacos (beef, chicken, or even fish), mac and cheese, and a quarter-pound burger. They're available Monday through Friday from 3 to 7pm and 9pm to close daily. Regular menu appetizers like the Kobe beef sliders and barbecue nachos run about $10 or $11. Take this as you will: Fuel also has a lengthy collection of margaritas, martinis, and shooters. Draft beer and wine is $1 off during happy hour, and wells are $3.