Happy Hour | Varied noshes and artisanal beers at Hunt Club
Happy Hour Report: Hunt Club in the Sorrento Hotel on First Hill brings standard and gourmet happy-hour noshes to a part of Seattle that hasn't been much of a part of the happy-hour scene.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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They just don't stick around First Hill for happy hour, at least not most of the hospital workforce here. For that post-work martini, they walk over to Capitol Hill or downtown instead.
But the Hunt Club may have the recipe for a remedy to that after-work exodus: An expanded bar menu, an improved list of cocktails and microbrews, and a new chef.
Happy-hour noshes run $1 to $5 — cheap and varied enough to lure you into nibbling even if your stomach isn't growling. A couple of grilled mini cheeseburgers ($4) to start, some garlic fries with aioli ($2) as a side, and suddenly — happy hour on First Hill.
The burgers and fries tasted fine, but new executive chef Matthew Mina, who did stints in Napa Valley and San Francisco, has composed a few decadent noshes to go along with the standard bar food, such as the juicy, medium-rare lamb tomahawks ($4) with a mint dip, and a crab mac-and-cheese ($5). The latter didn't work, as the cheese just overwhelmed the crab meat.
Hunt Club's liquor shelves are stacked with high-end spirits and local cult favorites such as Voyager Gin — a sign the bar wants to play in the big league of the cocktail scene.
I was more impressed with the two dozen different microbrews behind the bar. It's one of the city's most-impressive collections of Oregon and Washington artisanal beer.
Hunt Club, inside the Sorrento Hotel at 900 Madison St., in First Hill, offers happy hour 4-6 p.m. daily, 9-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 9-closing Fridays and Saturdays, when food costs $1-$5, beer $2.50 to $4, and well drinks and wine $4 (206-622-6400 or www.hotelsorrento.com).
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