Weekend Planner

6 Happy Hours with Great Water Views

By Leslie Kelly  |  February 7, 2014
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Take advantage of the (slightly) later daylight hours at these happy hour spots with great views. From luxe deviled eggs over bustling Pike Place Market to salmon jalapeno poppers beside Lake Union, there's a perch with a bite for every mood.  

  • Six Seven 

    When the sun's shining, bring your shades to this sleek lounge, flanked by floor-to-ceiling views of the Olympic Mountains. Go for the "Gingerita," but be forewarned: the drinks are stiff. Generously portioned apps should soak it all up. You could make a meal of the blackberry hot wings, prawn corndogs with tomato jam, beer-battered fish-and-chips and the salumi charcuterie plate - all just $5 apiece.

    2411 Alaskan Way; 206-269-4575

  • Anthony's HomePort

    Warm weather draws sun-starved Seattlites to Anthony's outdoor deck, but the view of Shilshole Bay is still pretty incredible from inside. There's a long list of bar snacks that go for just $5, including a trio of salmon sliders, the terrific calamari Caesar, Ahi nachos, Puget Sound mussels with fries and a wonderfully messy burger. Happy hour, from 3-6:30 PM daily, is prime time to explore Anthony's award-winning Northwest-centric wine list. Glass pours range from $5-$7.50.

    6135 Seaview Avenue NW; 206-783-0780

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    Aqua by El Gaucho

    One of the longest bars in the city also has one of the coolest views of the Seattle Art Museum's Sculpture Park and the Space Needle, not to mention Elliott Bay. During happy hour, a portion of the bar menu is discounted. Steak and frites are $14, sticky Thai ribs are $12 and spicy tuna tacos are $8, while well drinks, house wine and sangria are just $6. A pint of draft beer is $4.50. Visit from 4-6 PM, Tuesday-Saturday and from 4 to close on Sunday and Monday

    2801 Alaskan Way; 206-956-9171

  • Matt's in the Market

    Come early and grab one of the few coveted stools at the bar: the only place happy hour is served at Matt's, between 5 and 7 PM, Monday-Saturday. From here, drink in the Pike Place Market scene with Elliott Bay in the distance.  We're nuts for these luxe, crab-topped deviled eggs ($5) and the fancied-up tater tots ($7). Pair with the "Lambretta" cocktail, a combination of gin, Cocchi Americano, elderflower, lemon, dandelion and burdock bitters.

    94 Pike St.; 206-467-7909

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    Marination Ma Kai

    This super-casual, Hawaiian-style taco shop is located near the dock of the Water Taxi that runs between Downtown and West Seattle, about the best way ever to travel to a happy hour. They bump a buck off wine, well drinks and draft beers during happy hour from 3-6 PM, Tuesday-Friday. Prices don't budge during happy hour, but $2.50 sliders and tacos and $6 kimchi fried rice are still a screaming deal.

    1660 Harbor Ave SW; 206-328-8226

  • Ivar's Salmon House

    The view of the city across Lake Union is just as spectacular as the happy hour in the Whalemaker Lounge. It goes on and on, from 3 to close every single day. Prices on shareable dishes like jalapeno salmon poppers, crispy calamari, alder-grilled artichoke and a hummus platter range between $6-$11. Well drinks, draft beers and house wine are $1 off the regular price and signature cocktails, like the "Woodinville Whiskey Sidecar," are discounted $2.

    401 NE Northlake Way; 206-632-0767