by Lorna Yee - 28 Reviews - 8 List
Seattleites might be divided when it comes to football, the weather or who to vote into office, but one thing most of us have in common is that we all love to imbibe on the cheap. We've compiled some of the best bar deals Seattle offers (that's great food AND cheap drinks). Grab a few friends and check out a few of our picks. We guarantee you'll be plenty buzzed by the end of the evening and will come home with more pocket change than you'd expect, too.
Updated: September 27, 2010
Feel like a high-roller when you hit up one of the most popular happy hours (Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm) in the downtown area. The Metropolitan Grill offers three $3 options, including a plate of beef sliders, beer-boiled prawns and oyster shooters. The rest of the menu runs $6 apiece'the most popular is their signature burger with melted cheddar, Swiss and caramelized onions.
Love bivalves? Elliot's Oyster House's ?Progressive Oyster Happy Hour? is the one of the best bar deals in town. Starting at 3pm on weekdays, a selection (usually an option of two varieties) of oysters go on sale for 50 cents each. The price goes up by 25 cents with each half hour that passes. (Don't leave without trying their rich and creamy oyster stew.) Happy Hour runs Mon.-Fri. from 3-6pm.
Dinette offers simple, Euro-inspired food, and our favorite pick on their happy hour menu (daily from 4pm-6:30pm) is the $3 slices of silky chicken liver toast with pickled peppers. Some of the cheapest drinks in town can be had here too'try the $3 sangria or the $3.50 glasses of wine.
If you're into cocktails, you've probably heard of Murray Stenson, who single handedly revived a number of Prohibition-era drinks, and was recently voted Bartender of the Year by his peers at the Tales of the Cocktail conference. But did you know that you can try Zig Zag's house drinks for only $4.75 each during their popular Happy Hour, from 5-7pm during weekdays? Pair a drink with a $6 plate of prawns, or $5 dish of calamari, and you've got yourself some perfectly relaxing post-work entertainment for less than you'd spend on Chinese take-out.
Got a bad case of the Monday blues? At Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Mondays are cause for celebration--receive 1/2 off any bottle of wine on their by-the-glass list, or any bottle on their rotating wine list once you spend $25 on delicious grub, like their famous mac n cheese.
Happy Mondays at Art of the Table are one of the lesser-known deals in town: The wine is inexpensive ($26/bottle, $5/glass), and the plates that come out of the kitchen are dependent on what's in season. Past dishes have included celeriac soup, caramelized Brussels sprouts with pistachios and truffle oil and St. Jude tuna with pickled cabbage and sweet cippolini onions. Get here on Monday before it's gone--no reservations accepted. Food served 'til it runs out!
The bar menu at McCormick and Schmick's is legendary, and so are the prices. But with a number of good eats under $2 and a stacked burger for only $3, how long will these bar deals last? Get down here quick before management decides it's time for them to retire! Happy Hour runs daily from 4pm-6pm.
On Tues. through Fri. from 5pm-7pm, you'll get 1/2 off everything on the bar menu at this swankiest of steakhouses. The dim lighting, jazzy piano music, and people watching make this a place to be scene. Move over to the restaurant area and settle into one of those mink-lined booths to finish the evening.
Wine Specials every night from 5-7pm ensures this Columbia City wine bar is always packed. Best of all, Verve allows small 1/2 glass 'tastes', so you can sip and swirl your way through countless wines before calling it a night. $1 off a half glass of wine $2 off a full glass of wine $3 off a flight of wine