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10 of the Best Happy Hour Joints in Downtown Bellevue

January 21, 2022 - by Sandy Vo

10 of the Best Happy Hour Joints
in Downtown Bellevue

The best hour is happy hour, the small window of time where delicious food and drinks are served at a great price. Here are 10 of our favorite happy hour spots you can't miss in Downtown Bellevue.

1.Rouge Cocktail Lounge
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday // 4 - 6 p.m.

Rouge Cocktail Lounge opened just last year, making headway as a new fun bar featuring French and New Orleans cuisine. Spend time in their intimate atmosphere during their new weekday happy hour.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Brandy Milk Punch, on the rocks | $10
    Happy hour is the perfect time to try something new. We recommend the Brandy Milk Punch on the rocks, made with clarified milk punch, cognac VS, Appleton Estate rum, lemon, sugar and tea.
  • Crispy Polenta Fries | $7
    Pair your choice of cocktail with a delicious side of crispy polenta fries, served with a house remoulade.


2.Central Bar + Restaurant
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 5 p.m.

Central Bar + Restaurant is a locally owned bar, loved by the community all around. Make this a go-to happy hour spot and enjoy a variety of northwest favorites and small plates.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Smoking Gun | $12
    Central offers a nice deal of $2 off all signature cocktails! Try their Smoking Gun drink created with Los Veceinos Mezcal, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and creme de violette.
  • Savory Melted Nachos | $10
    Nachos are the ultimate happy hour meal and this plate is no exception. Dive into nachos smothered in cheddar-jack cheese, topped with pico de gallo, black bean, black olives, jalapenos and a dollop of sour cream.


3.Wild Ginger
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 6 p.m.

Located in Lincoln Square South, Wild Ginger is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for something different. Their restaurant features a stylistic blend of merged cultures and contemporary design, creating a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Lychee Cooler | $7
    Ever tried a lychee cocktail? This is your chance to sip their special Lychee Cooler, made with house-infused lychee vodka, pomegranate juice and soda.
  • Chicken Potstickers |$6
    Potstickers are exactly what you’ve been craving and pair perfectly with any drink. Take a bite from the crescent-shaped dumpling stuffed with warm chicken, guaranteed to melt in your mouth.


4.STK Steakhouse
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 6:30 p.m.

The newest steakhouse on the block, STK Steakhouse artfully blends the modern steakhouse and chic lounge into one. Grab your co-workers or friends and wind down with half-off specialty drinks and unique dishes.

Favorites off the menu:
  • STK Mule | $10.50
    Their STK Mule is a spinoff of the classic Moscow Mule. It’s a refreshing mixture of Belvedere, ginger zest, Yellow Chartreuse, fresh lime and Fever Tree ginger beer.
  • Lil’ Brg & Truffle Fries | $5
    No mistakes here, this special offer on burgers and fries are only $5! Bite into their delicious Wagyu beef and special sauce served between two soft sesame buns.


5.Thai Kitchen Bird Pepper
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 5 p.m.

When you’re looking for a great meal and a long list of premium drinks, Thai Kitchen Bird Pepper is the spot. Stop in during their happy hour and indulge in unique Thai flavors mixed with the culture of the great Pacific Northwest.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Thai Espresso Martini | $10
    Their signature cocktails are offered at a great price and this may be our favorite. Their Thai Espresso Martini is made carefully with vodka, espresso liqueur and Thai coffee.
  • Drunk Noodles | $17
    Tasty and delicious, these drunken noodles are mixed with pan-fried wide rice noodles, chicken, tomatoes, onion, sweet basil and bell peppers.


6.Bake's Place Bar & Bistro
Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday // 3 - 5 p.m.

Bake’s Place not only hosts one of the largest patios on the Eastside, but they offer a great happy hour filled with chef-driven seasonal items and curated wine and spirits. Head over after work and let them guide you through a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Favorites off the menu:
  • House Wines | $8 / $30
    Bake’s Place exceeds all happy hour expectations by offering its best red and white house wines. Take your pick and order by the glass or share a bottle with the table.
  • Spicy Whiskey BBQ Wings | $11
    These might be the best wings in town, covered in a unique whiskey BBQ sauce served with a roasted garlic dipping sauce. They’re worth every bite!


7.Earls Kitchen + Bar
Happy Hour: Daily // 2 - 5 p.m. & 10 p.m. - close

Earls never misses when it comes to delivering irresistible food, drinks and an engaging experience. Enjoy their special happy hour where the best of the best is served at a lower cost just for you.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Spicy Watermelon Margarita | $11
    If you’ve ever been to Earls, you’ve seen their decadent spicy watermelon margarita, extravagantly mixed with El Jimador Blanco, Aperol, Licor 43, watermelon, fresh lime juice, habanero peppers, mint and strawberry essence.
  • Half Dozen Oysters On The Half Shell | $20
    This one’s for the seafood lovers out there. Grab a seat at Earls for their amazing chef’s selection of half a dozen oysters, yuzu back pepper mignonette served with fresh horseradish on the side.


8.Whiskey By John Howie
Happy Hour: Wednesday - Sunday // 4 - 6 p.m.

Whiskey by John Howie offers a cozy, stylish environment with 1,420 square feet of rich, dark woods complemented by dark brick and gold accents. Sit at the bar and feel sophisticated while enjoying their happy hour at a great price.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Drunk Uncle | $9
    A long night means stopping in at Whiskey and relishing in their sweet cocktail deals. Come try the Drunk Uncle, mixed with Islay scotch, blanc vermouth and grapefruit bitters.
  • Whiskey Glazed Brussels Sprouts | $14
    Whiskey is a great addition to just about anything, even Brussels sprouts. Take a bite into this specialized dish containing deep-fried Brussels sprouts, sweet whiskey glaze, dried apples, bacon and pecans.


9.Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. - close

Elevate your happy hour to the 31st floor and experience a whole new way of dining. Join Ascend for great food, drinks and an unforgettable atmosphere.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Citric Monk | $15
    Sit down and unwind with their Citric Monk drink, a fancy mixture of Ketel One vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Naranja, lemon and lilikoi merengue.
  • Nitamago Deviled Eggs | $22
    Ascend’s deviled eggs are a nice pairing to your evening and late-night dining. Try the soy poached egg filled with bacon-pea jam and slow braised Kurobuta pork belly.


10.the Lakehouse
Happy Hour: Daily // 3 - 4 p.m.

Short and sweet, The Lakehouse offers a new one-hour social hour to enjoy imaginative plates and drinks at a lower price that are all worth stopping in for. While only for an hour, it might just be the best one hour of the day.

Favorites off the menu:
  • Lakehouse Smash | $10
    Their signature drink made it on their happy hour list by offering a delicious cinnamon apple-infused bourbon, ginger and honey. As the cold weather continues, be sure to warm up with a sip of this.
  • Housemade & Artisan Cured Charcuterie | $22
    Nothing sounds better than a charcuterie board during happy hour. The Lakehouse puts on a presentation of cured meats, housemade garnishes and mustards with grilled miche toast, all for a great price.


Images courtesy of: The Lakehouse, Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi, Whiskey by John Howie, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Bake's Place Bar & Bistro, Thai Kitchen Bird Pepper, STK Steakhouse, Wild Ginger, Central Bar + Restaurant, Rouge Cocktail Lounge

This blog is part of the Heart of Bellevue: our campaign to showcase local businesses while connecting you with stories of activity, creativity and recovery. Find out about our campaign and explore more of what’s happening around Downtown.


The Lakehouse
10455 NE 5th Place
Bellevue, WA 98004

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