One of the only irritating things about summer is the theoretical pressure to eat light, work out often, and make a greater effort at maintaining some sort of non-horrifying beach body. But we’ll be damned if we let that stop us from enjoying happy hour altogether. Besides, after a 2.8-mile jog around Green Lake, you’re probably starving. These happy hour spots offer several healthy-ish options, so you can leave the place feeling both satisfied and relatively guilt-free.
I won’t lie; almost every one of these places has some form of fried potatoes. Avoid as best you can, and godspeed.
Percy’s and Co
There are lots of beautiful things to look at while chillin' on the back porch at this apothecary-styled bar on Ballard Ave. Food and drink specials go on from 4-6 daily, and all day on Monday. The nine-item food menu offers at least six options for healthy snacking, all ranging from $4 to $11. You definitely won't regret sharing a bowl of the chili-lime popcorn ($4), which is subtly spicy and absurdly addictive. Drink specials include $2 off all cocktails, all beer, and all glasses of wine.
Asian cuisine from this stalwart satay bar Wild Ginger is served in Triple Door's musicquarium (live music venue) from 4-6 daily, and 9pm-12am Sunday through Thursday. Dishes like the Sichuan green beans and peasant's chicken satay are priced from $3-$5, while the bowls for $8.50 can be made with your choice of protein (seven-flavor beef, tofu, chicken), and brown or white rice. Plus, $5 well drinks, wines, and $4 draft beers.
Happy hour at the Hunt Club at Hotel Sorrento happens from 4-6 daily, with a late-night option from 10pm-close. This place has more healthy options than not (plus a fantastic piazza). An array of veggies, seafood, and other precious proteins are available for $8 per plate, or spring for the Happy Hour Tower of three for $21. The only draft beer is the Stella Artois, and it costs $5 during happy hour. Other beers are available by the bottle between $5 and $6.50. Well drinks, and glasses of house red or white wine go for $6, and well martinis are priced at $8.
The beautiful thing about tapas: sharing is caring…about each other’s beach body. From 5-7 daily, hearty albondigas con salsa tomate (beef and pork meatballs) are just $6, while a serving of marcona almonds, lightly fried in olive oil run you $3. Most people don't leave here without ordering sangria; a half-liter pitcher will cost you $8. Other drink specials include $3 beers and 25 percent off all wine pours. Since you're sharing, that kind of, sort of justifies getting the bacon-wrapped dates. Just saying.