We all have our standbys, but these three new happy hours will make you want to break from routine.
Josh Henderson’s North Lake Union restaurant with watery skyline views, Life Aquatic vibes, and a Mediterranean-influenced menu is starting a weekend special for lovers of briny bivalves. Technically it's more of an oyster hour than happy hour: Oysters are now half-off from 3–5pm every Saturday and Sunday. And as always, Westward’s weekend midday menu is still a thing, in which small bites and drinks can be had: for example, wood baked gigantes beans, smoked Manila clam dip with chips, and a jar of house-pickled fruits and vegetables. Now go forth and slurp to your stomach’s content.
Marination Ma Kai
The West Seattle Aloha fused gem is now offering a weekday happy hour, which is officially enough reason to move in next door. From 3–6pm you get everyone’s favorite island snack, musubi, as well as katsu sliders, mini shave ice, and a pint of MK Special Bitter from Stoup Brewing (all $3 each). In the $6 tier: kimchi fried rice, specialty cocktails, one-piece fish and chips, and a taco special of the day. Plus, there’s $1 off all drafts, wells, and wines.
Only four blocks away from its older sibling, Joe Bar, this scratch cafe and bakery is now doing a happy hour Tues-Sat from 4–6pm. Having just opened last July, then introduced a full dinner service in November, it’s only inevitable that the next step was a happy hour of buck-fifty PBRs and oysters under two dollars. And the large plates are promising, too. Coming out of a kitchen led by Nick Coffey, formerly of Sitka & Spruce, are dishes like wild mushrooms and orecchiette with gruyere ($10) and Barjot baked ham sandwich with radicchio and parsley butter ($9).