Boozing around the Block Party: Where to get happy hour on Capitol Hill
If you’re going to the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, after (or before, or during) a few long hours of musical festivities, chances are you’re going to want a drink. Or at least some food. Here are some suggestions.
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Capitol Hill Block Party, Friday to Sunday, will fill your ears, but not your stomach. Block Party tickets aren’t cheap, so happy-hour prices hold extra appeal. Whether you’re a mainstream hipster, hippie hipster, college kid or music-festival-stereotype defier, there are plenty of places on the hill to get happy.
Is a classic, boisterous dive bar your thing? Cha Cha Lounge is exactly what you’d expect, except with more flowers on the ceiling. It’s a hipsterized Día de los Muertos (minus the mariachi music) with whimsical décor and, of course, a photo booth. Upstairs is a standard dive bar; downstairs is a dance floor and flower-covered ceiling. The lounge also will be hosting some of the musical acts as part of the Block Party. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and all day Sunday-Monday. Drinks: House specials from $4.50-$6. $3.50 well drinks. Food: $2.95 mini cheese quesadillas and snack-size organic bean burritos. 1013 E. Pike St., 206-322-0703.
Looking for a classic pub with a mild hipster twist? Capitol Cider, which opened in February, specializes in hard cider but also offers beer, wine, spirits and classic cocktails in addition to pub food — and a good selection of it is gluten-free. If none of the 30 ciders on tap meets your fancy, there are 100 or so in bottles. When available, I recommend the Teiton cherry, Teiton apricot and Anthem pear ciders. Upstairs features more of a dining area, while downstairs sports two shuffleboard tables and a variety of classic board games. Open daily, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; food until midnight. Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. Drinks: Selection of $4 cider and beer. Additional Block Party weekend happy-hour specials range from $4 shots to $5 Manhattans. Food: $3 fries and $6 fish and chips in addition to regular happy-hour menu. 818 E. Pike St., 206-397-3564.
Is it a casual hole-in-the-wall sandwich bar you’re after? HoneyHole Sandwiches is a friendly, airy, gourmet-sandwich-and-drinks shop. Many of the products are locally sourced and the beers Washington-brewed. When I went, the deeply-tanned bartender had classic surfer-boy hair, which no doubt contributed to the laid-back feel. Open daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m., food until midnight Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Happy hour: daily 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $4 pints, $4.50 wells and daily special. 703 E. Pike St., 206-709-1399.
Wishing for the unlikely circus-meets-dive vibe? Unicorn is just about as hipster-kitsch as it gets. The neon, stripes and animal print would be overwhelming if it weren’t so dimly lit. Glittery, papier-mâché animal heads are mounted on every which wall. It’s like a bar/carnival hybrid, a “barnival.” Pinball and video games are available every day from 4 p.m.-close at Narwhal, the downstairs arcade. Open weekdays noon-2 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; food until 1 a.m. Happy hour: Opening-6 p.m. Drinks range from $2 Rolling Rocks to $5 Jägermeisters. $3.50 wells. Food ranges from $2 corn dogs to $5 blue-cheese fries with bacon oil and sea salt. And they have Jell-O shots. 1118 E. Pike St., 206-325-6492.
Hannah Leone: 206-464-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org