This time of year holiday wish lists bring shoppers to the open-air (wear a scarf or two) University Village. Every year brings more restaurants to the outdoor mall, and with them more places to rest, warm up, snack, and imbibe any accumulated winter blues away—shopping related or not.
Elemental Wood-Fired Pizza
A trio of crispy personal pizzas (margherita, quattro formaggi, and Zoe's pepperoni) are just $8 apiece and are acompanied by the aroma of dough in proximity to fire. Happy hour appetizers include a $4 dish of roasted cauliflower or broccolini, and a $7 stromboli with dipping mariniara. Plus well drinks and local, seasonal drafts are $3.75. And it wouldn’t be an Italian eatery without copious wine selections, $5 per glass. Get happy daily from 3-6pm in the bar.
Nestled on a corner spot in U Village’s newer south building, this cozy restaurant that's part of the Beecher's family does an all day happy hour menu on Tuesdays that’s full of cheese-fueled dishes like arancini and the famed mac and cheese. (If your Tuesdays are reserved for the club goin’ up, the happy hour does run every other day from 3-6pm.) Try the on-trend moscow mule for $5. Drafts are $4 for local microbrews such as Odin’s Brewing Amber Ale, Machine House Gold English Ale, and Two Beers Pilsner, among others. And oenophiles can imbibe Northwest wines at $5 per glass.
Ram Restaurant and Brewery
Look no further for hearty pub fare and local beers. This sports-clad brewpub is dishing out a new happy hour menu with winter warmers such as bratwurst with Buttface Amber Ale cheese sauce on a pretzel bun with beer mustard as well as corn dog lollipops, also served with beer mustard (because beer). Meanwhile, sip on the seasonal Imperial Red Ale in addition to the regular lineup of brews ($3.50 for a pint; wines and wells also $3.50 each). Tuesday is apparently the day to be in U Village—Ram does a buy one, get one half-off burger. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3-6pm and again from 10pm til close.
From 2-6 daily, and 9pm til close, this California transplant known for burgers and craft booze knocks $2-$3 off its nachos, lollipop corn dogs (yet again), shredded chicken or fish tacos, and truffle cheese fries. Oh, and happy hour is extended on Monday from 2pm-close.
Or, if you’re done with the mall atmosphere entirely, Mamma Melina is a short (but brisk) walk away. Good luck keeping track of its many happy hour times: Tuesday through Thursday from 3-7, Friday and Saturday from 3-6, and all day on Sunday and Monday. Late night happy hour is seven days a week from 9-11. Different from the rustic style of the long-gone Roosevelt Way location, the newer, updated, and contemporary space does an Italian happy hour with long list of classic plates (all between $3 and $9) and wood-fired pizzas, which go for about $6. Most notably, Mamma Melina also offers bottles of red, white, or rosé wine for $15 (glasses for just $3.95), and a specialty cocktail like the blood orange martini for $5.