Happy Hour

This Week in Happy Hour: Prohibition Edition

Get dressed like Gatsby and drink it up at these craft cocktail bars.

By Cassandra Callan May 16, 2013

Now that's a cocktail. Am I counting six cherries on that bad boy? Image via Warner Bros.

 The Great Gatsby premiered last week with all its glitz and super glam. In the words of New York Times reviewer A. O. Scott, the film, “fuses the iconography of dressed-up '20s decadence with the swagger of hip-hop high-end consumerism.” So let’s go decadent and get dressed up like Jay and Daisy, hit the speakeasy, and spend some dollar bills on fancy boozy concoctions. Check out these happy hours for Prohibition-era craft cocktails.

Knee High Stocking Co.
There’s hardly a sign here, so you have to be in the know for this Olive Way speakeasy’s happy hour. Ring the bell and hope this place isn’t full up. Happy hour is called “first hour” here: Every day from 6 to 7pm, you can order beers for $3 or ginger beer cocktails, like a Moscow mule or dark and stormy for $5. Snack on fish tacos for $4 or roasted red pepper hummus with pita for $5.

The Sexton
This bourbon-loving bar in Old Ballard has happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 7pm. Start with a dollar off all main menu items, like apple cider braised ribs, buttermilk fried chicken, and fried green tomatoes. Then chase that hearty Southern fare with $4 wells and tap beers, Olympia cans for $2, and two bucks off house wine and specialty cocktails. Order a Sexton julep for $7 made with bourbon, house-made apricot brandy, and muddled mint, “poured pretty as a Saturday night,” according to its website.

Bathtub Gin and Co.
Good luck finding this bar on “Gin Alley” between first and second off Blanchard after a few. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 everyday. In true speakeasy fashion, the specials will remain secret. Find a couch in one of the secluded back rooms, the exposed brick and dim lighting make you feel just like the wets did back in the 20s.

Chef Jason Stratton may have Spain on the brain, but his Italian joint has a great after work happy hour daily (closed on Tuesdays) from 5 to 7 and 10 to close. Choose from house red, white, draft beer, or a shot of Fernet for $3. Cocktails and snacks run for $5, like a grappa sour with lime and muscavado syrup or an eggplant and stone fruit caponata. And I might also mention that all bottles of wine are $5 off.   

Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Parlor
Hit this retro bar for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6:30 and again from 10-11pm. Drink prices range from $3.50 for a pint to a $6 cocktail of the day. Munch on spicy peanuts for a dollar or shoot some oysters on the half shell for $1.50 a piece. All other small plates are $2 off as well, like goat cheese deviled eggs or Dungeness crab Louie salad cups. 

Jim Romdall's downtown mecca offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6pm. A sparkling or red wine for $5, an Alpine Pilsner for $3, and a house Manhattan for $6 cover the drink specials. For food, bar snacks like vermouth-cured olives, foie gras–buttered popcorn, and a charcuterie plate range from $3- $7. Take a peek into the back room to see where the serious chain saw ice action happens during the day.





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