OVERINDULGED LAST MONTH? Shocking. You don’t have to give up all your sin to put a little penance into January; just check out a few of these healthier happy hours.
Carmelita Happy hour at this sophisticated vegetarian mainstay, 5pm to 7pm daily, is an herbivorian feast including bright takes on things like sunchoke chips, squash pizzas, frisky salads, cauliflower-leek croquettes, and seasonally fruity cocktails. 7314 Greenwood Ave N, Greenwood, 206–706–7703; carmelita.net
Elliott’s Oyster House It’s called Progressive Happy Hour because raw oysters—from the city’s best selection—are 50 cents apiece starting at 3pm, 75 cents apiece at 3:30, and on in that vein till happy hour’s end at 6pm. 1201 Alaskan Way, Waterfront, 206–623–4340; elliottsoysterhouse.com
La Carta de Oaxaca Surprise…there is no happy hour! And thank God there isn’t, because then you really wouldn’t get a seat. We just think regular prices on the shrimp cocktail or herb-bright tacos, along with a trip through the stunning salsa bar, are always pretty happy—and those, ahem…healthy margaritas remain priceless. 5431 Ballard Ave NW, Ballard, 206–782–8722; lacartadeoaxaca.com
Liberty Nothing unwholesome about obsessively crafted pre-Prohibition cocktails built on blue–ribbon liquor and fresh juices, then served with fresh sushi rolls. Well, almost nothing. Happy hour at this bartender’s bar is 4pm to 7pm daily. 517 15th Ave E, Capitol Hill, 206–323–9898; libertybars.com
Poppy Everything Jerry Traunfeld touches turns to well-being, and his idea of happy hour—a five-plate platter of bites for $5, with herb-kissed cocktails—will make you happy for more than an hour. Sunday through Thursday, 5pm to 7pm and 9pm to 11pm. 622 Broadway E, Capitol Hill, 206–324–1108; poppyseattle.com