Eat, Drink, and Happy Hour

Whether you’re in the mood for a drink after a long day at work, catching up with friends, or bargain bites and bevvies, these South Sound happy hour hot spots will satisfy both your stomach and pocketbook.


Photo courtesy Pacific Grill

Photo courtesy Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill
Offering one of the most expansive happy hours around, Pacific Grill doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy half-price food in the bar, along with affordable beer, wine, and well drinks. Happy hour runs nearly ’round the clock — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 4:30-11 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30-10 p.m. Sunday.

The Harmon
The Harmon Restaurant in downtown Tacoma is a true classic. Close to the museums and the university, the restaurant is a prime location for an after-class beer, a post-museum chow-down, or a weeknight spot to feed your nacho or mozzarella stick craving. With the brewing company’s brews on tap and a full menu of brewpub food, it’s a great Pac Ave. spot for happy hour. The restaurant has both food and drink specials for happy hour, which runs from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, and on Mondays, it’s 3 p.m. to close.

Stanley and Seafort’s
Boasting one of the best views in the city, Stanley and Seafort’s is a great destination for any happy hour outing. Enjoy a taste of what this full-service restaurant has to offer at a fraction of the cost during the restaurant’s daily happy hours. Try steamed clams, oven-roasted crab and artichoke dip, or the French dip sliders. Happy hour is offered from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and nightly from 9 p.m. to close.

Crown Bar
Crown Bar on Sixth Avenue understands just how happy happy hour makes us. That’s why it’s offered twice daily, from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight with — get this — all-day happy hour available every Monday. Stop in the bar to see what food items are on special, then enjoy imbibing with one (or more) of the bar’s many discounted drinks, including our favorite Moscow mule or the always-changing bartender’s choice cocktail.

Harbor Lights
Rumor has it that Harbor Lights has the stiffest drink in town. This Ruston Way spot has occupied a place in the hearts of Tacomans for more than 50 years. It’s a place with a rich history. The restaurant was opened by Anton Barcott, a Yugoslavian immigrant, in 1959. This piece of Tacoma history has recently been updated and is a great happy hour destination — every day from 3-7 p.m. and all day Sunday inside the bar. Want more bang for your buck? Try the ever-popular four-course early bird dinner from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extra hungry for seafood? Get yourself a 4 pound bucket of steamed clams. All with a view of Tacoma’s gorgeous waterfront.

Photo courtesy the Matador

Photo courtesy the Matador

The Matador
For late-night food, Tacoma residents flock to The Matador. You won’t find drinks on special at this downtown restaurant and bar, but mightily sized food portions at a bargain will more than make up for the cost of a margarita. Share the nachos, or dig into queso fundido. Either way, you’ll likely have leftovers. Happy hour takes place daily from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.

Top of Tacoma
No happy hour roundup would be complete without mention of the Grit City’s popular Top of Tacoma. This beloved dive bar is a favorite among East Tacoma residents and visitors alike, thanks to the bar’s selection of inexpensive brews and food. Enjoy discounted beers, pitchers, wine, and well drinks along with $2 off all snack food during happy hour. Depending on which day you visit, you may even step through the door during one of the Top’s daily specials, like Micro Monday ($3 micro drafts) or Taco Thursday (half off tacos all day). The Top of Tacoma’s happy hour runs twice daily, from 2-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.

C.I. Shenanigans
C.I. Shenanigans is known for upscale dining along Ruston’s scenic waterfront, but you don’t have to be celebrating a special occasion to enjoy food and drinks at this establishment. Patrons of this waterfront restaurant can enjoy high-end dining at a discount. Sink your teeth into a lobster quesadilla, deviled egg sampler, or bulgogi street taco, then enjoy the view while sipping on a $4 well drink, house wine or draft beer. Happy hour is offered twice (in the bar only) daily from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday-Friday.

WildFin American Grill
With the development of Point Ruston, Tacoma-area options for dining have recently expanded. Step into the acclaimed WildFin American Grill and enjoy discounted apps and flatbreads served alongside a rotating selection of craft brews. Happy hour is offered “every day, not just some days,” from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

The Social Bar and Grill
Tasty grub in a serene setting is The Social Bar and Grill’s specialty. Located on Tacoma’s scenic Dock Street, the restaurant offers two daily happy hours. Enjoy items like grilled steak tacos, fried Hood Canal oysters, and much more. Happy hour is offered all day Sunday and twice daily, from 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight Monday-Saturday.  

Tacoma Cabana
You don’t have to board a plane or cross an ocean to experience island time in Tacoma. This cool and kitschy bar, owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Jason Alexander and Robyn Murphy, features an impressive menu of more than 70 tiki-inspired cocktails (and more than 200 types of rum!). Not to mention a full menu of island-style fare that will make you wonder why you haven’t tried loco moco sooner. The bar’s creative cocktails can be enjoyed at a discount 5-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and all night long (5 p.m. to close) for wahines (ladies) on Wednesdays.

Paesan Kitchen and Bar
Another Dock Street favorite, Paesan Kitchen and Bar is known for its wood-fired pizzas and top-notch atmosphere. Head into Paesan’s happy hour, and enjoy filling up on tasty pies, fresh salads, scrumptious apps, and a variety of beverages from 4-7 p.m. every day of the week.


Photo by Jeff Hobson

Boathouse 19
Readers voted Boathouse 19 in Tacoma their favorite in our Best of the South Sound readers’ poll earlier this year, and many on our staff wholeheartedly agree it rocks. On Narrows Marina, Boathouse 19 offers two happy hours daily: 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. With both a bar and family dining sections, there’s something for everyone. Our readers love the special “Boathouse Sauce” on the burgers, and, well, everything else.

The Forum
Patrons of Pac Ave’s popular The Forum know that nothing hits the spot quite like this eatery and watering hole’s popular “Juicy Lucy.” But this cheese-stuffed burger — served with fries or salad — can be enjoyed on any budget for just $7 during happy hour. Wash it down with house wine, beer, or one of The Forum’s many classic or infused cocktails ($6-$7). And don’t forget to try the mac and cheese balls. The Forum’s happy hour runs from 2-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close Monday-Thursday, 2-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 2 to 6 pm, and all day Sunday.


Photo by Marc Carter

Photo by Marc Carter

Mama Stortini’s
You don’t need a big budget to enjoy big flavor. Just head into Mama Stortini’s in Puyallup and Kent Station. Meatballs, grilled salmon sliders, caramelized onion flatbread and an assortment of mix-and-match pastas are just a sneak peek at this popular restaurant’s happy hour offerings. With happy hour food ranging in price from $3.95-$7.95, dining Italian style won’t break the bank. Happy hour is offered daily from 3-6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. to close, and all day Sunday and Monday.

HG Bistro 
Hungry? Head to HG Bistro in Puyallup and load up on American-style fare in a beautiful setting. This fresh, local, and friendly restaurant makes everything from scratch, so you know it’s good. And all at incredible prices! Nearly the entire menu is available during happy hour, including the brie and pork crostini, wagyu steak and frites, prosciutto-wrapped prawns, and much more. Happy hour is 2:30-6 p.m. daily, 9-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and all day Sunday and Monday.

Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery
Beer and history buffs alike can appreciate the offerings at Puyallup’s Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery. The building the brewery resides in was erected in 1907 by the Puget Sound Electric Railroad. More than 100 years later, it’s still supplying energy to Puyallup-area residents, only now it comes in the form of tasty, carb-loaded fuel. When you stop in for happy hour, take a minute to appreciate the building’s history, then enjoy ordering discounted apps, cocktails, well drinks and, of course, beer. Settle in for happy hour from 3-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. 

Gig Harbor

Photo by Amy Johnson

Photo by Amy Johnson

Gig Harbor residents know where to go for happy hour, which is why the seats at Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar quickly fill with hungry and thirsty patrons during happy hour. Start with a warm bowl of chips and fresh salsa before ordering a house-made margarita, Mexico City tacos, fresh salads, or flautas. Moctezuma’s happy hour is twice daily, from 3-7 p.m. and again from 9 p.m. to close. Sunday is all-day happy hour.

Tides Tavern
Longtime Gig Harborites have been visiting Tides Tavern for more than 40 years. Scenically situated on Gig Harbor’s stunning downtown waterfront, the Tides Tavern is a 21-and-over establishment that has been drawing in crowds over good beer and food for decades — and happy hour is no exception. With a rotating beer and food selection that changes with the seasons, you’ll always find something new and tasty to try on the Tides menu, including some staple favorites. Happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Happy hour isn’t always greasy bar food and cans of PBR. Sometimes it’s elegant crab cakes, veggie tempura, and fresh salads paired alongside a fragrant glass of chardonnay. At least, that’s the case at Gig Harbor’s Green.House Restaurant. Located in Uptown Gig Harbor, Green.House’s happy hour menu offers discount delicacies ranging from $4-$9. Stop in any day of the week from 2-6 p.m. or 8 p.m. to close to try it for yourself.

Small bites and sumptuous sips are always on the menu at Morso, and if you visit this Gig Harbor wine bar from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, you’ll enjoy those flavors on the cheap. All the food on Morso’s happy hour menu is designed to pair well with wine. Enjoy flatbread, crostini, charcuterie plates, and more — and if it’s raining out, Morso will likely extend happy hour later into the evening, so you can continue nibbling and sipping well into the night.

Brix 25°
Gig Harbor’s fine-dining hot spot has one heckuva happy hour for drinks. Try out their craft cocktail menu, which utilizes fresh fruit and seasonal produce. The focus is on local spirits, and if Brix 25° can’t find a local spirit, it makes its own. Happy hour is in the bar from 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday-Friday and all night on Saturday.

The Hub
The Hub in Gig Harbor features all the great food and drinks in a unique setting — right on the Tacoma Narrows Airport tarmac. Watch the planes land and take off all while enjoying a pizza and beer. Happy hour is every day from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.  


Photo by Courtney Kelley Photography

Photo by Courtney Kelley Photography

Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen 
It’s a blast from the past at Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen. Specializing in signature cocktails from the Prohibition era, during “Dillinger’s Hour” guests can even enjoy Prohibition-era prices. Try one or more of Dillinger’s craft cocktails, like a classic negroni or Dillinger’s Blackberry Bramble, then fill up on tasty bites like spicy Portuguese meatballs, baked goat cheese, pesto flatbread, and more. Dillinger’s Hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday (food only).

Hearthfire Grill
A sister company to Anthony’s, Hearthfire Grill is built on pilings over Olympia’s stunning Budd Inlet, providing sweeping views of the Puget Sound. High-quality seafood is this restaurant’s specialty, which you can enjoy at a discount during happy hour. Dig in and drink up from 3:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Fish Tale Brew Pub 
As the oldest brew pub in Olympia, Fish Tale Brew Pub knows a thing or two about satisfying customers, which is why it offers happy hour from 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 p.m. to close every day. Happy hour visitors can enjoy $1.50 off 16-ounce pints, $3.50 house wine pours, and half off select appetizers. Head into this Olympia institution and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

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