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LOWELL’S, SEATTLE’S LOCAL HIDEAWAY Lowell’s now offers the freshest of happy hours every day of the week, on three floors. Along with unique menu selections, we have lists of fresh infusion cocktails and changing beer & wine specials to accompany our home-made happy hour “bites”. With three wide-open floors of incredible views over Elliott Bay and ferries crossing the water with the Olympic Mountain range as the backdrop, Lowell’s is “The Living Room of the Market” and safe refuge.
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Enjoy great specials on sake, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, select specialty rolls, Benihana Bites and select hand rolls Available Monday through Thursday, 5pm-7:30pm in the sushi bar and lounge for dine in only. Not available with any other promotion. 1200 5th Avenue, Downtown. 206-682-4686.
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Our 44 Favorite Happy Hours Page 15 A Happy Crawl Page 7 Crazy Things Bartenders Overhear Page 9 Unexpected Places to Drink Page 11 Beer From Heirloom Barley Page 13
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From burgeoning Pioneer Square to dependable Belltown, a walk to remember...or forget. LTSTADT Brendan McGill’s German Bierhalle—large but cozy, with a roaring fire—is the perfect happyhour spot on a Thursday or Friday night in Pioneer Square. While they have standards like hot pretzels, the wursts (like turkey and duck-fat white sausage) and other fare—like red potatoes, red cabbage, and herbs with a warm mustard vinaigrette—are delicious. Then there’s the beer: more than 30 to choose from, as well as mulled wines. 209 First Ave. S., 602-6442. Happy hour: 3–6 p.m., Monday–Friday. Food: Brat sliders, pommes frites, and pickles, $5–$8. Drinks: $1 off any ½ liter, $2 off any liter, $4 for house wine. E. SMITH MERCANTILE Drinkers can retire to this quaint boutique’s bar for craft cocktails and small bites in an intimate 14-seat space that feels like you’re at a cozy campfire. Drinks at E. Smith may evoke the same experience, as they often echo the flavors of a gold miner’s era—honey, vanilla, whiskey, and mesquite—the good ol’ days. 208 First Ave. S., 641-7250, esmithmercantile.com. Happy hour: 3–6 p.m. Monday–Friday. About half of the food and drinks menu is discounted. DAMN THE WEATHER This fairly newto-the-neighborhood cocktail bar is just as lauded for its food, created under the helm
of former The Walrus and the Carpenter chef Eli Dahlin, who has fun with ingredients like snails, uni, and blood sausage. Besides inventive cocktails, they have categories devoted to vermouths, aperitifs, cider, and wine. 116 First Ave. S., damntheweather.com. Happy hour: 4–6:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Food: $1 off snacks like salt-&-pepper chicken skins and chicken-fat fries with fennel pollen and lemon. Drinks: $1 off beer, $2 off vermouth & aperitifs, $2 off cider and wine. ROB ROY is one of the city’s finest cocktail bars. Ever since its inception, it’s fused unusual ingredients (like gunpowder) with classic techniques in a space that feels both welcoming (the couches are super-comfy) and disorienting (hoof lamps, anyone?). 2332 Second Ave., 956-8423, robroyseattle. com. Happy hour: 4–7 p.m., Monday–Friday. Drinks: $6 for select cocktails, $5 for well drinks, $5 for select wines, $1 off beer. ZIG ZAG CAFÉ Bar-watchers were curious to see what would happen to Zig Zag when Murray Stenson left his longtime perch behind the bar in 2011. Would the pioneer of Seattle cocktail culture flop without him? Fortunately for us all, Zig Zag remains a rare cocktail-lover’s dream. 1501 Western Ave. #202, 625-1146, zigzagseattle.com. Happy hour: 5–7 p.m. Monday–Friday. Drinks: $4 off house drinks, $7 martinis, Manhattans, and Old Fashioneds. E 7
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BARTENDERS OVERHEAR BY ZACH GEBALLE ars are wonderful, magical places. You can try an exciting new cocktail, make a love connection, or just unwind after a long workday. You can also overhear some amazing shit. Below are some of the more ridiculous things I’ve heard in my time working and drinking in bars. They fall into four distinct categories: debauchery, drunken nonsense, drink questions, and pure insanity. “So do you know where I can score some meth?” Let’s get things straight. Yes, I traffic in an intoxicant, but I’m not a drug dealer. Nor do I associate with them. And even if I did, I think I’d steer clear of meth dealers. I haven’t even seen Breaking Bad and I know that’s a bad idea. “That guy is my brother, he’s gonna pay for me.” This doesn’t sound too crazy on the surface—but when it’s slurred by someone who can barely keep his head off the bar top and the “brother” hasn’t said a word to him and is approximately 20 years younger, it’s a bit hard to believe. “I don’t like sweet cocktails. I’ll just have a lemon drop.” You mean the cocktail that comes with a sugared rim?
I know it’s become a bit déclassé to like sweet drinks, but just order what makes you happy. If that’s a lollipop in a glass, so be it. “Have you ever been to Estonia?” Um, no, I haven’t been to a small Baltic nation. “I can’t drink American wines because they all have sugar added to them, so they’re not on the Paleo diet.” Holy crap, is this a massive pile of nonsense. First, it’s not true; if anything, you’re more likely to find an Old World wine with added sugar. Second, it’s not as if prehistoric man was making grand cru Burgundy. Third, maybe you shouldn’t be getting your diet advice from BuzzFeed. “How much is too much to tip an escort?” See above. I know alcohol and sex go hand in hand, but seriously, how would I know? Based on the guy who asked me, I’d say no amount is too high for having to spend time with him. “Can I get a virgin martini?” That drink is entirely booze. I guess I can give you an empty martini glass. Hell, I’ll even throw some water in it! E email@example.com 9
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UNEXPECTED PLACES TO DRINK BY ZACH GEBALLE
ost of the great bars in Seattle are where you’d expect to find them: Capitol Hill, Ballard, and the city’s other trendy neighborhoods. But this list is devoted to the great, or at least interesting, bars that pop up where you’d least expect them. TARGY’S TAVERN, Queen Anne (600 W. Crockett St.): Of course, other neighborhood bars feel a bit out-of-place with their surroundings, but few do it with as much verve as Targy’s. Just a short stagger from some of Seattle’s most expensive homes sits this Prohibition-era throwback, which until relatively recently didn’t even have a full liquor license. The clientele is eclectic, to say the least: locals who enjoy the no-nonsense vibe, as well as die-hard regulars who may not be able to afford multimillion-dollar mortgages, but can at least belly up for a beer or two. COMMUTER COMFORTS (Terminal at Pier 52, 801 Alaskan Way, Ste. E): Drinking on the Washington State Ferries remains a woefully limited proposition (unless of course you BYOB), but if you happen to find yourself with a bit of a wait to head to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton, Commuter Comforts offers a strong selection of local brews, a great view, and a chance to enjoy the curious people that make a commuter bar their regular hangout.
TEACHER’S LOUNGE, Greenwood (8505 Greenwood Ave. N.): As the restaurant and bar scene continues to expand out from the city center, it’s only a matter of time before even the most staid neighborhoods have quality cocktail bars. Such is the case with Teacher’s Lounge, which is very much pushing the envelope in a neighborhood best known for dive bars like the Baranof and Yen Wor. Carefully crafted cocktails and a cohesive theme make it a solid destination for anyone stranded north of Fremont. COMPANY, White Center (9608 16th Ave. S.W.): While Greenwood might never be cool, White Center is getting hipster-ified at a breathtaking rate. Company is the place to spot many of those who have fled the increasing rents of Capitol Hill but still want to find a quality cocktail, at White Center prices. ORIENT EXPRESS, SoDo (2963 Fourth Ave. S.): I’m not sure I can quite recommend the Orient Express’ food or drinks, but the experience is well worth it. From the no-holds-barred karaoke to the regular drag shows to the sheer strangeness of eating and drinking in a bunch of old rail cars, it’s definitely unique. SoDo is actually rife with weird bars; from Monkey Loft to Hooverville, it’s becoming an interesting neighborhood for more than pre-gaming. E firstname.lastname@example.org
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AN INTRIGUING NEW BEER MADE FROM HEIRLOOM BARLEY BY ZACH GEBALLE recently tried a beer unlike any I’d ever experienced, and that’s saying something, considering the massive market. Pike Brewing’s Locale: Skagit Valley Alba challenges some basic assumptions about beer, and is the product of a fascinating chain of events and people. Since it just became available in their taproom and in select retail stores and bars, now is the time to follow the trail of this new and unusual beer to see exactly where it comes from. Craft brewing has expanded our sense of what beer can be through experiments with a vast array of yeast strains, hop varieties,
and other flavoring agents. Yet through all that, the malt has largely remained constant. Sure, some are roasted more heavily than others, but the types of barley used as the base for malt are a commodity, grown in massive quantities to meet global demand and largely tailored to the mega-breweries that want minimal flavor. Recently, enterprising scientists, farmers, maltsters, and brewers have collaborated here in western Washington to see if they can change all that—and they might have opened a whole vast continent of beer flavors that you and I couldn’t have even imagined.
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It started at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon–based Bread Lab, where Dr. Stephen Jones has been cultivating obscure strains of wheat and barley for decades. With the input of bakers, brewers, and chefs, he preserves and develop strains that flourish here in the Pacific Northwest, often long-forgotten heritage and heirloom varieties. From there, seeds are given to area farmers, who have been working wheat and barley into their fields for generations. Yet now, instead of growing commodity wheat or barley, they can turn it into a high-value product, one destined for local bakeries and breweries instead of huge facilities. The next step in the story is serendipity at work: Jones’ next-door neighbor is Wayne Carpenter, a retired software executive who owns and operates Skagit Valley Malting, a custom malting facility based on a patented roasting system of his own design. Its primary strength is that it can accommodate a much wider range of times and temperatures than most commercial malting operations: ideal for the unusual varieties that Jones and his staff unearth. In the end, of course, the proof is in the glass. Made mostly from the Alba strain of barley grown in Skagit Valley by Kraig Knutzen, it’s been transformed into something vaguely akin to a dry-hopped ale, only without bitterness. The broadness of the texture implies a richer, maltier, style, yet without the sweetness and heaviness you find in an amber ale. It’s intriguing and thought-provoking—and only the tip of the iceberg. There are other strands of wheat and barley to discover, and each one may add something new to the vast vocabulary of beer. E
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OUR 44 FAVORITE HAPPY HOURS
BY SEATTLE WEEKLY STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS
RTUSI Running daily, Artusi’s 5–7 p.m. and 10 p.m.–close happy hour is a delight, with $3 wines and draft beer, $5 off all bottles, and an array of small plates and a few cocktails that all reflect the best of the menu’s utter Italian brilliance. 1535 14th Ave., 678-2516, artusibar.com THE BALLARD ANNEX OYSTER HOUSE This pretty Ballard seafood restaurant is a great place to fill up on oysters on the half shell and other bites. From 3:30–6:30 p.m. daily, there’s an oyster of the day for $1 each, plus $6 eats like fried calamari, steamer clams, chowder, fish & chips, and more. I like to wash it down with a bottle of cava for $15 (but there’s also red and white). Glass pours
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are $6, as are a few specialty cocktails like a Dark & Stormy. A select beer goes for $5. 5410 Ballard Ave. N.W., 783-5410, ballard annex.com BA BAR It’s a tall order to make drinks that stand up to the phenomenal food here, but bar manager Jon Christiansen has done just that. Happy hour runs from 3–6 p.m. in the bar only, but there’s a generous menu of small plates and a greatest-hits list of cocktails, like the Leah Mariia with vodka, lychee cordial, fresh lime juice, and prosecco. 550 12th Ave., 328-2030, babarseattle.com BAR COTTO If you’re seeking to pretend to be in Chianti for an afternoon while sipping on a light red and consuming some meaty goodness, look no further. And while they
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may not sport the most extensive charcuterie list in town, happy hours are seven days a week plus 10–11 p.m. Get three salumi of chef’s choice for $8 and $6 glasses of wine. 1546 15th Ave., 838-8081, ethanstowell restaurants.com/locations/bar-cotto/ BAROLO The debate that’s divided friendships, families, and lovers is this: Is Barolo’s veal carpaccio or tuna carpaccio better? The argument for veal centers on truffle oil and Parmesan cheese, while tuna devotees extol the virtues of horseradish. Me? I just get both . . . and a lamb burger. Happy hours are 3–6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m– close daily, with half off the entire menu, including both carpaccios. 1940 Westlake Ave., 770-9000, baroloseattle.com BARRIO Mezcal is delicious, complicated, and expensive—unless you drink it at Barrio on Mondays, in which case it’s delicious, complicated, and completely affordable. They offer their entire range of mezcals, sotols, and tequilas for half off the list price when ordered neat or in a flight, which presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about these intriguing spirits. 1420 12th Ave., 588-8105, barriorestaurant.com BETTY It’s really all about the pulled-pork tacos, which are so good that I’ve been known to order a couple of portions for myself. There are other standouts, like the duck and pistachio paté and the clams, but if you know what you’re doing, the tacos are the first thing you order. From 4:30–6 p.m. every day at the bar, chef’s counter, or lounge, you can wash it all down with $6 martinis and Manhattans and $4 draft beers. 1507 Queen Anne Ave. N., 352-3773, eatatbetty.com BITTERROOT You walk in. You order your pulled-pork sandwich, which is tender and moist and only needs the slightest bit of barbecue sauce to make it whole. You order your hush puppies, which need nothing. You order your Montana Manhattan. You finish them in less time than it took me to write
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Mixing it up at Ba Bar. this sentence. And then you do it all over again, from 3–6 p.m. Monday–Friday and 11 p.m.–1 a.m. 5239 Ballard Ave. N.W., 5881577, bitterrootbbq.com BLACK BOTTLE One of Seattle’s sexiest restaurants, Black Bottle makes happy hour, 4–6 p.m. every day, seem like the classiest thing you could be doing on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s not even about the food and drink, though both are solid, but just the feel of the place; everything looks just a bit more glamorous in dim lighting with a sensual soundtrack backing you up. 2600 First Ave., 441-1500, blackbottleseattle.com BROUWER’S CAFÉ is a wonderland of beer, with a well-curated tap selection that spans 64 handles from some of the world’s best breweries. At the daily happy hour from 3–6 p.m., they’re $1 off, as are well drinks. A handful of food specials are on, too; you really can’t go wrong with the pommes frites deluxe, loaded with Belgian beer-cheese sauce and curried ketchup. 400 N. 35th St., 267-2437, brouwerscafe.blogspot.com. CHAN Bulgogi beef sliders are, on their own, a pretty amazing way to live. Couple them with the fantastic cucumber kimchi that Chan puts on theirs, and you’re doing all right for yourself. Oh, wait, are those
chili-caramel chicken wings? . . . I’ll be right back. Sliders and wings are $6 during happy hour Tuesday–Saturday from 5–6:30 p.m. 86 Pine St., 443-5443, chanseattle.com THE CHIEFTAIN There are different deals every day: all-day happy hour on Mondays; $2 tacos and $5 margaritas on Tuesdays; $3 wells on Wednesdays; $4 Dirty Shirleys on Thursdays; and $4 Fireball shots on Fridays. My favorite would be sharing the $12 pitchers with friends on Sundays to wash down all the 50¢ chicken wings I can eat. 908 12th Ave., 324-4100, chieftainirish pub.com ELLIOTT’S Seattle is obsessed with oysters, and yet we’ve been without one of our most venerable oyster houses for almost a year. Thankfully, Elliott’s seems set to reopen on July 1, bringing back one of the city’s great oyster happy hours. The best part is that it rewards those who start early, with prices increasing over time: Monday through Friday, happy hour begins at 3 p.m. in the lounge, with fresh shucked oysters on the half-shell starting at $1 and doubling to $2 by 5 p.m. 1201 Alaskan Way Pier 56, 6234340, elliottsoysterhouse.com 500 EAST In one of the best-kept happyhour secrets, 500 East lops half off all Wash19
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ington tap beers from 3–7 p.m. The smallish food menu isn’t much to write home about, but there are a few solid discounted picks if you need to eat. 500 E. Pine St., 323-9110, 500eastsh.com THE GARAGE The more friends you bring, the merrier time you’ll have at this fun and casual place. Play pool or bowl to wind down and catch up. Draft beers and wells are only $3 every day from 3-7 p.m. If you’re there for their late-night specials from 10 p.m.-2 a.m, nothing pairs better with cheap beer than half-price pizza. 1130 Broadway, 322-2296, garagebilliards.com GOKAN BY MUSASHI A new kid on Capitol Hill, this is one of the few places in this neighborhood that serves sushi, and it is delicious. You can taste basic and specialty rolls at reduced prices during happy hour Sunday–Thursday from 5–7 p.m. and Friday– Saturday from 5–6 p.m. Pair them with $5 hot or cold sake, wine, or beer. Alternatively, happy hour is also available from 6–7 p.m. and 10 p.m.–close at the bar only. 954 E. Union St., 325-3534, thegokan.com JAK’S GRILL Sometimes happy hour menus burst with choices, and just picking a dish feels like a chore. Or you’re at Jak’s, and you get a burger and fries and get down to business, because it’s a half-pound of delicious ground beef for only $6, and it’s going to require some serious concentration. With maybe a side of onion rings just to be safe. Get them Monday–Friday from 4:30–5:30 p.m., with $1 off all draft beers and house wine for $5 a glass. Locations vary, jaksgrill.com KATE’S PUB Want to go out to watch the game and pretend like you’re in college again without dealing with frat boys and other assorted jag-offs? Well, Kate’s in Wallingford is your place. The food is decent, there’s a good jukebox and darts, and happy hour is actually four hours: 4–8 p.m. with half-price food and $2 PBR’s. 309 N.E. 45th St., 547-6832
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Oddfellows LE PETIT COCHON No, I’m not talking about where foot worshippers hang out for drinks after work. Only in the Fremont tree house can you find crispy duck feet served with Asian barbecue and black-bean vinaigrette—smoked first, then braised, then fried to a delicious crisp. Get them Tuesday– Friday 5–6 p.m. for $3. 701 N. 36th St. #200, 829-8943, gettinpiggy.com LIBERTY The generous happy hour at this Capitol Hill spot runs 4–7 p.m. every day. You get $1 off beer and wine, but the cocktails are where it’s at—a veritable encyclopedia of brilliant, original concoctions, plus a decent sushi selection at $4 to keep you from getting too sloshed. 517 15th Ave. E., 323-9898, libertybars.com LIST At some places, trying to make a meal at happy hour can be a challenge as regards both portion size and menu variety. Not so at List, where you get the entire bar menu, plus $15 bottles of wine. Even better, they offer it all day Sunday and Monday, meaning you can enjoy delicious bargains at a normal dinnertime. 2226 First Ave., 4411000, listbelltown.com LITTLE WATER CANTINA This Eastlake Mexican restaurant has superb views of Lake Union, making it a highly sought-after spot 23
Bloody Mary at Lost Lake. come summer. It’s first come, first serve for the Monday–Friday 3–6 p.m. happy hour, which gets you $1 off well drinks, draft beer, and all wines, and $2 off margaritas. Food specials change daily and range from $5–$9 for items like tacos, tortas, and empanadas. 2865 Eastlake Ave. E., 397-4940, littlewater cantina.com LOST LAKE Start your day right with this diner’s breakfast happy hour Monday–Friday from 6–9 a.m. Get the $5 half eggs Benedict or $5 French toast. If you come in the afternoon, it’s easy to get really happy with the $1 PBR draft. Just be sure to pair it with the $3 burgers and fries. 1505 10th Ave., 323-5678, lostlakecafe.com MANHATTAN If you want to get the most bang for your buck, come to the latenight happy hour daily from 10 p.m.–close. The menu offers the usual: Drinks and cocktails (like their signature Manhattan) are $8 or less, with a selection of plates (like their lobster mac and cheese) at reduced prices. But they also offer the sweet deal of half-price on all desserts. 1419 12th Ave., 325-6574, manhattanseattle.com MANOLIN Huddle around its outdoor fireplace with a freshly poured cocktail in one hand and a crisp plantain chip in the
other. Named after Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Manolin has the freshest ceviche, with adornments like avocado, sweet potato, lime, and chili. Happyhour specials change regularly from 4–6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. 3621 Stone Way N., 294-3331, manolinseattle.com METROPOLITAN GRILL I’d been sort of skeptical of the Grill’s claim of “Seattle’s Best Happy Hour” until I actually experienced it—by “it” I mean the $7 cheeseburger, practically a meal unto itself. Yet you should probably save room for the fried artichoke hearts and the bacon-wrapped tenderloin skewers, which always taste better with a gin martini. Happy hour lasts from 3–6 p.m. Monday–Friday. 820 Second Ave., 624-3287, themetropolitangrill.com ODDFELLOWS If you’re looking to get an early start on your drinking, Oddfellows’ happy hour runs 3–6 p.m. daily. Four solid cocktails are priced at $5, so you’ll be forgiven for drinking more than one before moving on to the next spot. 1525 10th Ave., 325-0807, oddfellowscafe.com THE OLD SAGE’S dark, dim interior gives one a respite from busy urban life. What’s best about its weekday happy hour, 5–7 p.m., is the Tuesday special: All Scotch 25
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ing, but it can be a delicate balance to strike. If a place is too loud, talking is nearly impossible (if that even matters in these post-Tinder days). Too quiet, though, and those lulls in conversation can be agonizing. Fortunately, the Sitting Room is right in the middle: bright and sunny on these summer afternoons, yet sexy enough to set the mood right. With different daily happy-hour specials (including $5 martinis and Manhattans on Mondays and $7 off a bottle of wine on Saturdays), stop in from 5–7 p.m.—or 11 p.m.–close for both the ambience and the deals. 108 W. Roy St., 285-2830, the-sittingroom.com TAYLOR SHELLFISH Did I mention that Seattleites love oysters? At Taylor’s various locations, you know you’re getting them fresh, and at happy hour Monday–Friday from 4–6 p.m. they’re paired with ideal discount white and sparkling wines to make them practically jump out of their shells and into your mouth. Unless that’s just me. Locations vary, tayloroysterbars.com TOULOUSE PETIT From the moment it opened, Toulouse was a regular stop of mine. Late-night happy hours were few and far between in Seattle, and even now no one else offers the same range of dishes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The various charcuterie items (all $6) are always a solid choice, but 29
my weakness is the fried chicken gumbo for $6. 601 Queen Anne Ave. N., 432-9069, toulousepetit.com TRIUMPH Plenty of great wine bars offer happy hours, but what sets Triumph’s apart is how the food highlights and compliments the wines. From the usual fare, like olives and almonds, to more complex dishes like salmon pastrami and beef-tongue tacos, all are enjoyable with a wide range of largely Italian glass pours. Happy hours, 3–6 p.m. and 10 p.m.–close daily, include salmon pastrami for $6 and beef-tongue tacos for $8. 114 Republican St., 420-1791, triumphbar.com TWILIGHT EXIT Cleaner than most dives and more charming than any legitimate establishment, the Neighborhood Lady’s older sister offers $2.25 Pabst Blue Ribbon and $3.50 wells/drafts from 4–8 p.m. Monday–Friday. Work up your liquid courage to try one of the ominous spicy pickled eggs that float in a tiny vat atop the bar ($1 each) or feast on the flesh of vanquished bovine enemies (or a veggie patty) for $3 off the menu price before 4 p.m. on weekends. 2514 E. Cherry St., 324-7462, twilightexit.com UMI You can have happy-hour sushi until 8 p.m. at the cocktail bar. Pretty sure that’s something that can’t be beat anywhere 30
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