What could be better than drinking on the cheap in the great outdoors during a Seattle summer? Doing so legally, obviously. These four (mostly) new restaurants have recently debuted outdoor seating. And they've got deals on deals. Thus continues our current obsession with patios.
Earlier this month, Ethan Stowell's house of steak frites in Madrona unveiled a happy hour menu and completed construciton of a patio populated by picnic tables, sun-brellas (though we imagine they work on the rain, too), and no-longer-parched patrons. Red, white, and rosé wines are all $5 a glass from 5–6pm daily. Among the other offerings in that time slot: $3 draft beer, $8 beef tartare, and a $5 charcuterie that's different every day. Oh, and the sunshine is both plentiful and free.
Do you have 32 friends? No? Good, because Meeru Dhalwala's restaurant Shanik recently opened patio in South Lake Union has 32 seats and it would be a shame to go drinking in the sun without any new people to meet. The patio should be packed full of Amazonians from 4:30-6 pm on weekdays, as everything on the happy hour menu is $5. Wine? Yup. Beer? Yes. Cocktails? One each day. Food? Yeah, that too— including samosas, pakoras, and spiced mogo fries, among other things.
Jason Wilson's new downtown steak house has yet to experience a Seattle summer, but it appears to have the basics down already. With unique cocktails—including the Scout's Honor, a bourbon-based drink flavored with stone pine liqueur, lemon bitters, maple syrup, and smoked sea salt—$7 glasses of wine, and $5 pints during happy hour (from 2–5pm and 10pm–midnight), Miller's Guild should keep its patio packed once it opens (hopefully) next week. The bar bites menu is replete with steak sandwiches, housemade pretzels, glazed lamb ribs, and more.
Sunday through Thursday from 4–6pm and 10pm–close, 15th Ave's self-styled neighborhood cafe gets extra special, with $3 draft beers, $4 glasses of wine from the tap, and select cocktails for $6. All available on the surprisingly spacious patio that runs along the building's north side. The entire wall of windows folds open in nice weather, and when things get cold, the heaters kick in.