Hang Out at Happy Hour


I don’t know about you, but the holidays for me equate to lots of rushing around and very little relaxing or spending time catching up with friends. So now that 2012 has begun, what better way to reach out and connect than over happy hour? I had the same thought in January 2010, too, and visited three happy hours in one week (the specials at 3 Fires Lounge are still the same, River City Brewing Company raised its prices by only 25 cents, and MIX Downtown has mixed up its menu a bit)!
I’m still not a big drinker, but I do have my eye on these hotspots:
McCormick & Schmick’s, 11th and J streets: The first time I went to McCormick & Schmick’s was on my honeymoon down in Southern California, and I’d love to recreate our happy hour experience up here. In addition to weekly bar specials (like Martini Mondays and Taco Thursdays), they’ve also got food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  
Mikuni Midtown, 16th and J streets: Each Mikuni restaurant in the area has different times for happy hour, but at the midtown location, you can get $6 cocktails; beer, wine and sake from $3 to $7; and appetizers and rolls ranging from $3 to $9 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and even 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. I can’t say no to that!
The Melting Pot, 814 15th Street: I haven’t been to The Melting Pot in a while, but I loved the experience I had there. And trust me—it’s an experience, even if you’re simply going for dinner. But on weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Melting Pot bar area offers happy hour with $3 featured beers, $4 glasses of wine (or $16 for the bottle), and $6 well cocktails. If you’re hungry, they’ve got a two for $22 special, which comes with cheese or chocolate fondue, and two glasses of wine or two cocktails.
Spataro, 14th and L streets: From Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Spataro has food and drink specials ranging from $3 each to $5 each. Think lemon drops, cabernet, meatball sliders and margherita pizzas for $5 each!