Several Seattle bars pride themselves on staying stocked up on beverages and foods that are from some of its very best local sources, including wineries, distilleries, farms and, of course, seafood from the waters of Puget Sound. In doing so, many of these bars offer a higher end menu and happy hour that is to die for and totally worth splurging on. Check out these Seattle bars and restaurants that feature perks such as fun activities, reasonably-priced bottles of champagne, cocktails and an ever-changing menu that’s sure to satisfy any palate.
RockCreek Seafood And Spirits
4300 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 557-7532

RockCreek Seafood and Spirits is a bar and full-service restaurant that resembles a luxury cabin in the woods. RockCreek has a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. One of its best perks, is its happy hour bottles of champagne for $25 (this averages out to about $5-$6 a glass). The featured wines and draft beers are $6 or less per glass and the happy hour food menu changes frequently to accommodate what’s in season. Must-try menu items include the buttery tuna crudo and bonita pickles and the oysters brock-a-fella baked to perfection and topped with fresh, crisp bacon.

Aqua By El Gaucho
2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 956-9171

Aqua By El Gaucho sits along the Seattle waterfront on Pier 70 and has one of the most beautiful views from its incomparable floor-to-ceiling windows that face Elliott Bay. While this place is on the expensive side, it is well worth it and you can find some fabulous happy hour deals here, too. The daily happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all specialty cocktails, including the white cosmo, the key lime pie martini, and the tamarind tree margarita are just $12. Recommended bar snacks at Aqua By El Gaucho include the steak and frites, the wicked shrimp, the ling cod and chips, and the Alaskan halibut ceviche.

Oliver’s Lounge
405 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-8700

Oliver’s is housed within the magnificent Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle. It is not only one of the best martini bars, it is also one of the most elegant watering holes in the city. Over the years, Oliver’s has won numerous awards for its upscale martinis that are perfectly prepared. Its happy hour, which runs Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., offers complimentary appetizers along with your purchased drinks.

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1130 Broadway Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-2296

Garage Billiards, also known as Garage, is a former auto repair shop that has been turned into a large-scale bar, eatery, bowling alley and pool hall. You cannot go wrong with Garage as it offers delicious menu items and reasonably priced drinks during its daily happy hour, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. You can also get discounts on bowling and pool during various happy hour times. Garage has a unique vibe that caters to the masses. You will find university students, musicians, sports fanatics, and everything in between frequenting this popular bar/bowling alley/pool hall. If you visit Garage as a group, try one of their five menu package assortments that includes pizzas, antipasto, fried chicken or pork sliders, and hummus or salad.

Dante’s Seattle
5300 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-1300

Dante’s is a bar/nightclub that has been open in Seattle’s University District since 1966. It features a wide variety of activities including pool, arcade games, air hockey, foosball, and, best of all, three levels of floor space that includes a large-scale dance floor. Dante’s is another popular bar with a varying crowd. You’ll find sports fans that come here to catch the game on its 75-inch, high-definition TV, as well as gamers who take part in the weekly beer pong tournaments and trivia game competitions. Dante’s weekday happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The bar also has special deals on certain nights of the week to coincide with weekly events, like beer pong, trivia, ladies night and karaoke.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on