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Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour makes its debut Thursday at the Armory

February 19th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

After postponing its kickoff for the month of January, Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour is set to launch this Thursday, February 21st at the Seattle Center Armory.

The evening’s events run from 5pm-8pm every 3rd Thursday, and in addition to cheap food and libations, you can play giant Jenga and mini golf, register to win tickets to concerts and shows at the Seattle Center, and enjoy music spun by guest DJs – first up is DJ Alex from KEXP.

The Happy Hour menu is specially designed to give you a taste of the Armory vendors’ wares at a price-point that’s easy on the wallet. Here’s a sample of what you can get for $5 or less:

  • Bigfood: $5 BBQ Trio of Sliders
  • MOD Pizza: $3.88 pizzas
  • Quincy’s: $3 Salmon Slider or Mini-Burger with Fries
  • Skillet Counter: $5 Pulled Pork Fritters with BBQ Coleslaw
  • Pie: $4 for 3 Mini-Mini Sweet Pies
  • Bean Sprouts Café: $5 Cheese Wazzles

For a full menu, click on the snapshot below:

Entry is free, but you must be 21 or older, and they’ll be checking IDs. Mark your calendars for Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, the third Thursday of every month, and enjoy!

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Seattle Center Armory Happy Hour Kickoff Rescheduled to February

December 16th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

About a month ago, the Seattle Center announced that it’d be kicking off the new Armory Happy Hour on January 17. However, there’s been a slight change – the Seattle Center is delaying the Happy Hour launch until Thursday, February 21st. According to the Seattle Center, the delay is to ensure that the Happy Hour lives up to its name – “Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour”. With Winterfest running through January 6th, one can hardly blame them for needing some recovery time.

So, starting in February, the monthly Armory Happy Hour will be the third Thursday of every month, 5-8pm. In addition to Armory food and drinks (including beer, wine, and cocktails), the Armory will also have music and games such as bingo, mini-golf, trivia, and giant Jenga. You can also win Seattle Center prizes including both events and dining prizes.

Plus, don’t forget the Armory parking deal: when you spend $10 or more in food/beverages at the Armory, you get $1 parking for up to 90 minutes in the 5th Avenue Garage. If you park for more than 90 minutes, you get $2 off the regular rate.

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Seattle Center Armory Happy Hour – Share Your Feedback and Enter to Win Tickets to Deck the Hall Ball

November 18th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Beginning in January, the Seattle Center Armory will host a Happy Hour the 3rd Thursday of every month. The Happy Hour will run from 5pm-8pm and will include food from Armory vendors including Bigfood, KABAB, MOD Pizza, Pie, Plum Market, Quincy’s and Skillet:Counter. And, what Happy Hour would be complete without libations? Well, the Armory Happy Hour will have alcoholic beverage specials too, as well as bar games, prizes, music, and more – and that’s where you come in…

The Seattle Center is asking for feedback on what games and activities to host, and also what key elements of a Happy Hour people like most. Take their survey by Tuesday, November 27th, voice your opinion, and get a chance to win tickets to the The End’s Deck the Hall Ball at Key Arena on December 4th, featuring bands like The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and M-83. (note: one survey completion/entry per person, 21 or older only). Then, see if your suggestions make the list at the inaugural Armory Happy Hour on January 17th.

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Uptown martini bar Oskar’s Kitchen opens today

December 17th, 2010 by Thea

A new martini bar is opening up in the old Ascada Bistro space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N (across from the MarQueen Hotel and the Uptown Caffe Ladro).

We first got wind that Oskar’s Kitchen would be taking over the space after former Seattle Supersonic Shawn Kemp and his wife Marvena applied for a liquor license at the location.

According to Skyline Properties managing broker Nathan Belo, Oskar’s is opening its doors at 2 p.m. today.

“They’re still fiddling around with the menu but they’ll have the usual stuff, sandwiches, etc.,” he wrote. “They’re still hiring kitchen help so I’d give them a couple of weeks to sort out the food situation, but libations should be excellent.”

The new restaurant/lounge/martini bar will also have a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with $4 beer, wine, and well drinks, Belo says.

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Toulouse Petit ups the happy hour stakes

February 26th, 2010 by Thea

Toulouse Petit has just announced its extended happy hour times and menu. After running $5 meals on weekday mornings through January in celebration of its new breakfast service, the New Orleans French Quarter restaurant decided to make what they call the “breakfast happy hour” a permanent fixture, offering almost anything on the menu for $6 between 9 and 11 a.m.

In addition, their two afternoon and evening happy hours, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., have been expanded to include drink specials, over 50 menu items, and the entire dessert menu for $5 or less.

For more info, check out Toulouse Petit’s Facebook page.

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emmer&rye starts weekend breakfast service

February 4th, 2010 by Thea

New “seasonally inspired, locally derived” restaurant emmer&rye, after having a “successful opening weekend” last week, according to chef Seth Caswell, will start serving weekend breakfast from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning this week.

A glimpse at the menu includes farro fries, poached egg, wild mushrooms with hollandaise, emmer&rye biscuits, house-made sausage gravy, roasted potatoes and for those with a sweet tooth, vanilla rum french toast with strawberry compote.

emmer&rye will also be introducing a happy hour menu soon. They haven’t finalized the selection yet, but the times will from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily.

Read about check Caswell’s vision for the restaurant here.

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Toulouse Petit opening this afternoon!

November 11th, 2009 by Thea

After months of anticipation, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge will be opening at 4 p.m. this afternoon for lounge and dinner service.

Toulouse Petit

The new restaurant, located at 601 Queen Anne Ave N in Uptown, is by the same owner of the popular Pesos’s Kitchen & Lounge next door. But don’t be fooled by its parallels in name or location – this eatery offers up entirely new choices for the palette. It’s theme for not only cuisine, but also decor, is the French Quarter and New Orleans.

Toulouse Petit

I swung by this morning to chat with owner Brian Hutmacher and get a sneak peak of the inside. And I must say, for all the Queen Anne residents who, like myself, have walked by hoping to steal a glimpse through the boarded up windows these past few months, it’s beautiful.

Brian Hutmacher, Toulouse Petit

Originally slated to open Labor Day weekend, Hutmacher says he’s excited to finally open the doors – the project has been in the works a long time. “We’ve been working on this for over a year now,” he said. Although the opening this afternoon will only be for the restaurant’s lounge and dinner service, Hutmacher says they plan on opening for breakfast in a couple of weeks.

Toulouse Petit

For now, Toulouse Petit will be open seven days a week. The lounge opens at 4 p.m. and dinner service will be offered from 5 p.m. to midnight, when the kitchen closes. “We have a very talented, disciplined, focused staff back there,” Hutmacher said. “It’s very humbling.” And taking a look at the menu, it’s clear that Hutmacher, Chef Eric Donnelly, formerly of Oceanaire, and the staff have worked to create a varying and ambitious amount of daily offerings.

Toulouse Petit

Yesterday’s mock-up, which is still being edited, is ten pages of delectable looking salads, raw and fresh seafood dishes, delicacies (foie gras, tartares and tongue dishes are all on the menu), poultry, steaks and charcuterie, which is described as “the art of curing meats, and especially of curing pork.” And I haven’t even gotten to the specials or the drinks! Like it’s brother next door, Toulouse Petit will have an extensive array of exotic cocktails (just take a look at their bar!), and two large and encompassing happy hours – an early happy hour from opening at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a late happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Toulouse Petit

And now for some parting fast facts from the back of the menu, entitled “The Toulouse Petit by the Numbers.” Panes of glass in the restaurant’s windows and doors – 712. Mosaic tiles in the main floor – about 85,000. Glass tiles on their booth platforms – about 40,000. Pounds of plaster hand applied to the walls – about 5,000.

Not sure exactly where Toulouse Petit is? It’s the green stucco building on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer. You honestly can’t miss it! For more information, call (206) 432-9069.

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Upper Queen Anne has hoppin’ happy hour scene

August 26th, 2009 by Thea

According to the Seattle Times, Queen Anne Ave is “one of the city’s best-kept secrets for happy hour.”

According to the Times, the top of the hill drag from Galer Street to Boston Street is no longer known just for the coffee shops – Upper Queen Anne is also one of the hippest places to be for cheap cocktails, good eats, and a great time.

Read the whole story here.

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