LloydMartin Asparagus

It’s hard to be social when there are plates of asparagus, ham, fried egg, and croutons to be eaten. Photo by Rachell Taylor/No Mark at All.

Since LloydMartin opened in October, the restaurant has quietly been doing its own thing on top of Queen Anne, and letting the favorable reviews roll in.

Now chef Sam Crannell has launched a “social hour” every Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6pm. The emphasis, he says, isn’t on knocking back cheap food and booze, but rather encouraging the neighborhood to come in and socialize over a few good drinks and ingredient-driven plates.

But yes, there are discounts. And since we know you’re going to ask, here’s the deal: Socializing happens over $5-or-less small plates, craft drafts are $3, and wine by the glass is $6. LloydMartin doesn’t have a cocktail menu, but you can name your drink, or just your spirit, and have the bartender take it from there. Prices very by drink, but hover around $8, a few bucks off regular prices.

Crannell wants his social hour offerings to be a few steps above traditional happy hour fare; so far a croque madame, lamb meatballs with ramps, foie gras, and fresh mozzarella have appeared on the $5 plate list. The lineup is different than what’s on the dinner menu each night, but reflects the chef’s love of both constant change and exotic meats. Social hour happens at the bar only.