Elysian Fields

Posted in Pioneer Square, Sodo on July 27, 2010 by happyseattle

If you are on your way to a Mariners (snore), Sounders, or Seahawks (go hawks!) game you have a few choices on the brain.  You can:

A) get an $8 hotdog and a $7 beer at the game. Yes, the novelty is fun sometimes, but you don’t get a whole lof of bang for your buck.

B) find a happy hour spot where you can get more for less and arrive at the game with a little bit more cheer and enthusiasm.

This week I am reviewing Elysian Fields–located at the South end of Pioneer Square on your way to the stadiums (there are actually several locations of this franchise, but for now we will discuss the one I’ve been to most recently).

Neighborhood: Pioneer Square/SODO (other Elysian pubs can be found on Cap Hill and in Greenlake).

Food: Elysian Fields has a pretty decent happy hour food menu.  I have to recommend the Potato Croquettes (I lovingly refer to them as “fried balls”) for $2–they are fabulous.  The oasis plate ($8) is also super yummy and quite substantial.  No tiny snob portions here.

Drinks: Naturally one would probably order beer at a brewing company. Elyian fields offers $1 off pints of their special brand of ale.  I myself, am not a beer drinker. The big girl boozy drinks are not discounted for happy hour, which is a bummer. But the drinks are made well and will help you to enjoy any boring old baseball game.

Atmosphere: Good.

Service: Awesome.

The Happiest Hours: Monday – Friday  4-6pm  and  9-11pm

Website: http://www.elysianbrewing.com/elysianfields_hh.html

I’ll give Elysian Fields 4 olives—one more if they offer discounted well drinks for us lame kids who don’t drink beer.


Ivar’s Salmon House

Posted in Downtown, North Lake Union on June 3, 2010 by happyseattle

One thing (of many) you gotta love about Seattle is that there is no shortage on great seafood.  Ivar’s Seafood has been around since 1938, so they certainly know their way around a fish. They also know the way to a fantastic happy hour!

Neighborhood/s: North Lake Union (being reviewed in this post), Downtown

Food: Ivar’s happy hour menu has a lot to choose from, and most menu items are $3 off for HH. That means for $5-$6 you can get some Popcorn Shrimp (pretty much like eating crack) or Calamari. Or you can go old school and get the HH Fish and Chips  for around $10.**Keep in mind the menus mary vary at different locations–this review was based on the Salmon House on Lake Union.

Drinks: The fancy shmancy specialty coctails are still  a bit on the pricy side–even with the $2 off happy hour special. But they are nice and strong so you can still have a good time without shelling out too many clams (wah waaaah). You can also get well drinks and draft beer for $1 off.

Atmosphere: Great! Both Seattle locations are right on the water so you have the potential for a fabulous view.

Service: Very good.

The Happiest Hours: 3-5pm in the Dining Room or 3pm-close in the Lounge.

Website: http://www.ivars.net/index.php

I give Ivar’s a rating of 5 olives because they’ve got all the right stuff.

Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant

Posted in Greenlake on June 1, 2010 by happyseattle

Get your margarita on at Rosita’s at Greenlake!  If you get there at just the right time you can also get a homemade, hot off the tortilla-maker (I don’t know what they’re called) corn tortilla with hot melty butter and/or salsa. Seriously good stuff.

Neighborhood/s: Greenlake

Food: Well there’s the aforementioned homemade tortillas that will make you swoon. Rosita’s also offers a great selection of happy hour foods. For between $4 and $6 you can get Nachos, a Quesadilla, or the deliciously awesome Tacos Locos.

Drinks: Rosita’s happy hour margaritas are just over $5 a piece, but they are served in big ol pint glasses–so you know you’re getting your money’s worth.

Atmosphere: Fun. The bar is small, so if you have a big group, get there early.

Service: Good. They keep the chips and salsa flowing, which is much needed after you’ve had 2 or 7 of Rosita’s margaritas.

The Happiest Hours: 4-6 pm and 9-Closing 7 DAYS A WEEK

Website: http://www.rositasrestaurant.com/cantina.html

The drinks and snacks at Rosita’s are muy bueno.  I give it a rating of 5 olives.


Posted in Ballard, West Seattle on May 28, 2010 by happyseattle

With one of the coolest atmospheres in Seattle, Matador is one of my favorite places to go to eat and/or drink. The decor and mood are perfect for a rainy Seattle day. In addition most of the locations have outdoor seating for those rare occasions when the mysterious yellow orb is shining brightly in the sky.

Neighborhood/s: Ballard, West Seattle

Food: Matador’s happy hour food is totally fantastic!  For $4-$5 you can get Nachos, Spicy Fried Calamari, or my personal favorite: the Tex Mex Spring Rolls..mmmm..delicious Tex Mex in my mouth.

Drinks: This category is unfortunately, where Matador falls short. They do NOT offer discounted drinks on their happy hour special. This is a double bummer because the drinks are strong and supple (I don’t know how that word can be used to describe a beverage, but we’ll go with it).  The margaritas are margarita-licious. If only they knocked off a buck or two for happy hour, then I would be in HH heaven.

Atmosphere: Super sexy and fun.

Service: Great

The Happiest Hours: 4pm to 6pm and  10pm to 1am SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Website (watch out–it has noises): http://matadorseattle.com/index.html

Like a bull I would charge this locale daily if only the drinks were marked down at happy hour. I give it a rating of 4 olives.


Duke’s Chowder House

Posted in Alki, Greenlake, South Lake Union on May 26, 2010 by happyseattle

While Duke’s has recently made some unfortunate changes (smaller portions, higher prices), they will always have one of my favorite Seattle happy hours.

Neighborhood/s: Alki, Greenlake, Lake Union

Food: Duke’s Happy Hour has a HUGE selections of appetizers for under $7–including my personal favorite, the Tuna Wasabi Quesadilla—yummm. You can also get their award winning chowder for $5.40 a bowl!

Drinks: OMG. The “Duketails” as they are affectionately referred to, are amazing!  For  under $6 you can get a cucumber mojito (good), a strawberry lemon drop (great!), or for $6.60 their famous Bloody Mary (it will blow your mind). Plus well drinks and draft beers are $3.75.

Atmosphere: good, fun, laid back. The Alki location has arguably the best outdoor seating in Seattle.

Service: good

The Happiest Hours: 3pm – 6pm and  9pm – close SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

Website: http://www.dukeschowderhouse.com/

I give it the highest rating of 5 olives.  Duke truly is happy hour royalty!

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