Seattle Happy Hours Around the Clock

Where to find great food on the cheap every single hour of the day.

By Allecia Vermillion With Jessie Wesley June 11, 2012 Published in the July 2012 issue of Seattle Met

1 AM / Wann Japanese Izakaya Late-night happy hour at one of Seattle’s best izakaya bars means adventurous snacks like takoyaki and tempura-fried brie cost only a few bucks. In the often-dubious realm of cheap sushi, the whoppingly big $6 rolls are some of the best around.

2 AM / 13 Coins So it’s nobody’s culinary destination. It’s pretty much the only place to go when you’ve got wee-hour cravings for high-end food. A happy hour menu of $5-to-$7 snacks that mixes classy (Gorgonzola cheesecake) with functional (cheese fries) is in effect until last call.

3 AM / Big Mario’s What, you’re looking for a deal at this time of night? Get to Capitol Hill for a giant, and satisfyingly greasy, slice of whatever pies are waiting at the window and call it good.

4 AM / The Hurricane Cafe Desperate times call for desperate measures. This sunlight-averse dive doesn’t technically discount its food, but the burger-and-breakfast menu can be a lifesaver for both liver and wallet. 206-682-5858

5 AM / Memo’s Mexican Restaurant The 24-hour menu of booze-soaking burritos (and all-day breakfast) is serviceable and dirt cheap.

6 AM / The 5 Point Cafe Hey, look—a reason to frequent the 5 Point while the sun is up. A weekday breakfast happy hour offers morning fuel like a $3.50 plate of bacon, eggs, and toast, and a pile of tiny doughnuts for $2.50.

7 AM / The Crumpet Shop This early in the morning, caffeine is the first order of business. Every day from 7 to 8, this sweet Pike Place Market landmark will sell you any type of latte, any size, for $2.50. The odds of resisting the call of a warm crumpet are just about nil. 206-682-1598

8 AM / The Lucky Diner The Lucky 7 weekday breakfast means egg-filled burritos, omelets, biscuits and gravy, and chicken-fried pork and eggs all go for $7 apiece. No booze deals, but did you really want a drink at 8am?

9 AM / Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge French- and Creole-tinged 
breakfast creations in this gorgeous sunlit spot are dazzling at full price, and a cheap-eating miracle during morning happy hour, when every 
dish costs $8.

10 AM / Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge Dios mío. The originator of the Seattle breakfast happy hour has a vast menu of French toast, breakfast sandwiches, and huevos aplenty, priced at $6.50.

11 AM / Matts’ Rotisserie and Oyster Lounge Redmond Town Center’s mealworthy happy hour runs all day Sundays. If you need sustenance beyond the $1 shucked-to-order oysters, 14 plates, ranging from seafood chowder to a mega plate of rotisserie nachos, are nearly half price.

12 PM / Japonessa: Sushi Cocina Happy hour begins at 11:30am, making this a major downtown lunch destination for ample $8 sashimi plates with a side of sleek, urban ambience.

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1 PM / Ocho Daytime visits feel odd, since the seductive, Spanish vibe makes for a perfect nighttime hideaway. But you’ll get over it fast upon spotting the menu of $2 tapas, like jamón Serrano on toast and pan-fried potato cakes, on offer weekends from noon to 6 (weekdays from 4 to 6).

2 PM Taylor Shellfish Farms  Taylor Shellfish Farms Designing your own platter of oyster varieties, grown up and down the Puget Sound region is educational, indulgent, and, with the $4 shucking fee waived, a tremendous value.

3 PM / RN74 This hour marks the start of happy hour prime time, and Michael Mina’s joint has rapidly established its bona fides with sophisticated bites like a ragout of short rib and bone marrow smeared on toast and a tray of dippable, single-bite falafel for five bucks apiece.

4 PM / MistralKitchen Even though prices hover between $2 and $5, a session of charcuterie, cheese, oysters, and a perfectly simple Margherita pizza still feels like an elegant outing. Don’t you dare skip the soft pretzel. Or the cocktails.

5 PM / Serious Pie Westlake Beat the inevitable pizza-seeking dinner crowds by ducking in early for $6 mini pies, with that same sublimely salty crust and familiar topping combos like potato, pecorino, and rosemary.

6 PM / Poppy A snack version of Poppy’s signature Northwest-influenced thali plates? Brilliant. The evening happy hour menu consists of just one food item—a $6 platter of assorted snacks, spreads, and bites. The drinks are marvelous, too.

7 PM / Ivar’s Original Acres of Clams The downtown location’s Clam Digger Lounge cuts prices on its bar menu from 3pm until closing, which means a full meal—perhaps chowder and cod tacos or a salmon BLT and oyster shooters—comes complete with a water view and a bill barely over $10.

8 PM / Sushi Kanpai Have a civilized dinner on the cheap: First Hill’s go-to neighborhood sushi restaurant runs its discounted menu of rolls, sashimi, and appetizers all day long on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

9 PM / El Gaucho Now this is a happy hour worth dressing up for. Bar food prices reflect the steak house’s elegance, but the repast of baby back ribs, ahi tartar, mac and cheese and escargot is half price on Sunday and Monday nights (and other weeknights from 5 to 7).

10 PM / Bastille Masterful $7 cocktails, an elegant list of bistro snacks like pate, beef cheek gougeres and a drippy, aioli-slathered burger make this place king of the Ballard happy hour; a late-night version kicks in right about now on Sundays through Thursdays.

11 PM / Lecosho Owner Matt Janke is all about happy hour, which is why he cuts prices twice a day, every day. Most plates run between $5 and $7 and the food (think spaetzle with brown butter and deeply porky rillettes) are as elegant as the surroundings.

12 AM / The Matador Quesadillas, tacos, wings, spicy prawns, and a massive plate of nachos all ring in at $5 at this hopping meat market, making it easy to do your tequila-fueled math when the bill arrives.

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