As urban explorers it is our calling, nay our duty, to find the ultimate happy hour; that hidden gem right beneath our noses that offers endless fountains of perfectly crisp cocktails paired with faultless bites.
The Triple Door, an undeniable Seattle institution and internationally heralded music club, is probably not one of the first places you would think of for a happy hour destination. But if you’re looking for an expansive array of gourmet food and drink options, all at prices that make you want to never do anything but Happy Hour all day every day, in a classy venue where you’re nearly guaranteed to get a table, it should be.
Must Have Eats: The Happy Hour menu seems to go for miles and features a number of iconic favorites from The Triple Door’s big sister, Wild Ginger, which is located next door and shares an executive chef and a secret or two. The Chicken Potstickers ($5 for 3) are made in-house and are a sure-fire favorite among all. Nipping at their heels are the delicious Duck Sliders ($5 for 3), a house specialty seasoned with cinnamon and star anise and served on steamed buns with Sichuan peppercorn salt and sweet plum sauce. Fun fact: The same person has been making these buns for 15 years in Wild Ginger’s kitchen, and on average makes 800 – 1200 a day. Perhaps the best dish though is the Vietnamese Chicken Wings ($5 for 3), prepared with vinegar, sugar, garlic, and chili, and which makes you want to throw all manners out the window and lick your each and every finger clean.
Must Have Drinks: With a food menu like The Triple Door’s, it’s hard to imagine how the drinks could compete, but compete they do with cocktails such as Ginger Lemonade made with a House-Infused Vodka ($5) or a Ginsing Margarita ($5) that pairs beautifully with the duck. The Raspberry Ginger Buck is perhaps the best steal on the menu, made with Sapphire Gin and still at the $5 price point like all the others. As an added bonus, all the wines are very food friendly ($4-$6 glass), and offer a wider variety than is standard fare with options such as a Riesling, Barbera, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Happy Times: In the Musicquarium, 4p-6p every day, seven days a week.
The Inside Scoop: The lead bartender, Andy, has been there for 7+ years and knows his libations like the back of his hand. An admitted lover of the Chicken Wings paired with the Elysian Backstage Ale on draft ($3), and just a generally damn nice guy, if you can pick one of the coveted spots at the bar that he’s tending, throw away your menu and simply ask him to pick. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Triple Door | 216 Union Street, Seattle| (206) 838-4333