May 13

Reasons to Smile, Round Two

An abundance of happy hours in SLU will keep you grinning from ear to ear.

South Lake Union might be the best neighborhood in Seattle for happy hour. There’s plenty of parking and lots of centrally located restaurants and bars offering up tasty deals for an end-of-day nosh or (and) round of adult beverages.

There’s a something for everyone in SLU, from sushi to classic burgers, bespoke cocktails, and more. These spots deliver on the good-vibes-only promise of a proper happy hour. Keep coming back to this page — we’ll continue to update it with more happiness.

Duke’s Seafood

Happy hour served daily, 3 to 6pm and 9pm to close

The happy hour menu at Duke’s Seafood is almost as expansive as the Lake Union views from this Seattle favorite spot. Get some award-winning chowder, a Dungeness crab “Un” cake, or some Dangerously Killer Prawns, all for $3 off. Thirsty? Duketails abound, and there’s even a “Skinny Hour” menu featuring lower alcohol, lower calorie creations like the Peaches for Me (Grey Goose Essence White Peach and Rosemary Vodka with Giffard grapefruit liquor, a splash of homemade sour, topped with soda water and finished with a rosemary sprig). dukesseafood.com

Fancy happy hour dish of spicy shrimp.

Seeking Kombucha

Happy hour served Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 5pm

The popular fermentation station offers 15% off your order Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm, but customers can expect some special happy hour deals from November 16–21 ranging from half off growler fills, buy one get one deals, a fun board game night, and more. seekingkombucha.com

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Happy hour served daily, 4 to 6pm

You can find some tasty cocktails at Rachel’s Ginger Beer, but if you’re looking for deals, get yourself a mule (Moscow or Montana) for $8.50 during happy hour. As a bonus, you can order bites from Ma’ono Chicken from this RGB location, too. rachelsgingerbeer.com

FlatStick Pub

Happy hour served Monday through Friday, 3 to 6pm

Book a tee time and enjoy $1.50 off beer, wine, and cider from FlatStick’s 30+ taps. Feeling hungry? FlatStick offers a pizza happy hour alongside its drink specials. $12 gets you a whole pie. flatstickpub.com

Photo of Flatstick Pub's Back 9 Bar.

Skillet

Happy hour served daily, 3 to 7pm

This modern diner at the Regrade is known by many for its indulgent breakfast Sammy, The Chub (bacon, brie, American cheese, one egg, arugula, tomato, bacon jam, jalapeño aioli, all piled on a Macrina Bakery Sodo bun; and yes, you can add fried chicken to that). Skillet also brings the delightful decadence to happy hour, too. Garlic fries, fried chicken skewers, mini corn dogs are all available for $3–$4. Wash it down with a local IPA or a $6 well. Skillet is a perfect stop on the way to your next Seattle Kraken game. skilletfood.com

mbar

Happy hour served Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 6pm

Drink specials ($12 mbar sangrias or Aperol spritz, $7 draft beer, $8 wells, and more) are served alongside “shawarminis,” basically mini shawarma. Get one for $5 or 3 for $13 and choose from cauliflower or lamb al pastor. nadimama.com/mbar

Victor Tavern

Happy hour served daily, 4 to 6pm

At the Via 6 across the street, newly opened Victor Tavern has made its mark on the neighborhood with its uber popular happy hour featuring discounted small plates, cocktails, beer, and wine. Nibble on fried Castelvetrano olives, polenta fries with anchovy aioli, an everything pretzel with creole mustard and draft cider white cheddar spread. Feel like going big? Consider the Victory or Veg Head burger or a pair of prime rib sliders. Wash it all down with a $9 cocktail like the Tavern Fix (vodka, lemon, pineapple, bitters) or French 75 (gin, lemon, sparkling wine). ethanstowellrestaurants.com

Table spread of happy hour snacks like fried tofu, soft pretzels, and olives.

Momiji

Happy hour served daily, 4 to 6pm

Who doesn’t love a sushi happy hour? The beautifully adorned Momiji has some incredible happy hour deals. Sushi and sashimi sets can be had for $9–$12 and rolls run from $6-$8. Don’t sleep on the kitchen menu, too — fill up on grilled garlic short ribs, agedashi tofu, a tempura platter, and more. A $5 Kirin draft, an order of hot sake, or a miso mule will keep your thirst in check. momijiseattle.com

What is your favorite South Lake Union Happy hour? Be sure to follow us on Instagram all week as we highlight more happy hour deals around the neighborhood.

Story by Ethan Chung & Photos courtesy Victor Tavern, Jeff Hobson & Flatstick Pub.


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