Belltown Pub: Happy hour literally goes to the dogs the last Wednesday of the month
Dogs and their owners can head to "Puppy Hour" together at the Belltown Pub the last Wednesday of each month. While Fido's owner can choose from a list of dog-themed cocktails, Fido can sample appetizing-sounding gourmet-dog treats.
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In this happy-hour obsessed city, I thought bars had covered all the angles. I thought they had offered every conceivable discount to get patrons to plop down on their bar stools after work. I thought wrong.
Let me introduce you to Belltown Pub, where all the barking you hear comes courtesy of the bar's "Puppy Hour." It's when Fido gets $1 off on gourmet-dog treats with names such as free-range venison or deboned chicken with sweet potato and pumpkin. Order it with gravy, one dog owner advised.
That menu sounds tonier than the items on the bar-food menu. But the bar food I had there wasn't bad.
Belltown Pub is a dog-friendly bar, but it's especially friendly on the last Wednesday of every month, from 6:30-9 p.m., when the bar rolls out the AstroTurf near the bar and dining area to start happy hour for dogs. The canines are kept on a leash and served cups of bone-shaped treats while their owners sip on $6 dog-theme cocktails such as the Greyhound.
In this dog-loving town, co-owner Erwin Arceo figured a social hour for dog owners was in order. His boxer Bella hangs out at the bar sometimes. Arceo outsourced the organic-dog food instead of having his kitchen make it because "I didn't want to have the perception we were cross-contaminating dog food with human food."
Management also serves the dog food instead of the waitstaff.
Without the barking, Belltown Pub looks like any sports bar — the exposed-brick wall decorated with European sports paraphernalia and flat screens to catch soccer and baseball games. It's spacious enough that you can throw down a pint in the back if you don't want all the Labs and retrievers jumping on your leg.
Happy-hour noshes are greasy and heavy — a steak-and-cheese sandwich topped with fried egg and some crunchy deep-fried mac and cheese done like risotto balls. The latter was its best happy-hour nosh. There's some rosemary and prosciutto spaetzle that had potential but was overcooked and salty.
Belltown Pub, 2322 First Ave., offers "Puppy Hour," happy hour for your dogs, from 6:30-9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month with discounts on gourmet-dog food, about $1 a cup. The next dog happy hour takes place next Wednesday.
The bar also offers a happy hour daily 3:30-6:30 p.m. and again at 10 p.m.-1 a.m. for humans with food specials from $3-$6 and $1 off on wells and beer and $4 wine (206-448-6210 or www.thebelltownpub.com).
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or email@example.com. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle.