Purple is a classy cafe and wine bar with locations in Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, and Woodinville. We must admit, we did not know much about Purple prior to our visit. We had driven by their Downtown Bellevue location so many times that we decided it was finally time to check it out for ourselves.
Purple is located at the Bellevue Towers on the corner of NE 4th Street and 106th Ave.
They offer a daily Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m during weekdays and their menu includes a variety of American food as well as wine, beer, and cocktails.
We went to Purple on Sunday night, but didn’t realize that Happy Hour is not offered on the weekends. Even though we had food and drinks at their regular price, it still turned out to be a great evening with delicious food and drinks with a trendy, modern atmosphere. Purple offers an eclectic Northwest food menu and a wonderful wine list. The seating is comfortable and inviting and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. They have a selection of food which includes calamari, salads, burgers, fish and chips, and ahi. It’s a great place to try different wines to find out which wines pair with different kinds of food.
El Gaucho, an upscale restaurant in Downtown Bellevue, is known for their exquisite
steaks and delectable seafood. El Gaucho is an elegant restaurant with attentive service and exceptional food, making it an all-around incredible dining experience. Sometimes happy hours only have limited selections that do not fully capture the true essence of a restaurant. However, in the case of El Gaucho, I’ll go as far as saying any expectations of what a true happy hour should be were exceeded!
Upon first walking into El Gaucho, one might not expect the expansiveness and luxuriousness of this restaurant. The bar is furnished with comfortable booths and chair seating. Although the lighting is dim, the restaurant is still bright due to the huge wall of windows.
If you’re looking to treat yourself, we strongly encourage checking out happy hours at El Gaucho for a luxurious dining experience!
Hello Happy Hour enthusiasts, it’s been a while! We haven’t posted since, well, since last year but the Happy Hour Seekers are back and we thought the best way to kick off the new year was a happy hour at John Howie Steak.
John Howie Steak is known for their delicious steak (of course!) but we have also been hearing people bragging about their daily happy hours. So, we decided to check them out for ourselves. John Howie is located at the Bravern in Downtown Bellevue, next to all kinds of swanky stores like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Salvador Ferragamo, and Neiman Marcus. John Howie is regarded as one of the premier and classiest restaurants in Bellevue.
Lucky for us, we had a pretty great time! We were a bit disappointed with some of the pricing and that John Howie didn’t clearly designate gluten free options on the menu. Maybe that’s something they could consider in the future. However, the atmosphere was sleek and inviting, our servers were friendly, and the food we ended up with had a good taste. Check out our ratings below. Also, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what places you think we should check out in 2017!
Owned by chef John Howie, Seastar is one of Bellevue’s most luxurious and much loved restaurants. Held in high esteem for their variety of steaks, seafood, pastas and more, Seastar is a great stop for happy hour seekers who love delicious seafood and a high-end atmosphere.
One of the reasons why we enjoy Seastar is that they are very involved with charitable organizations, working closely with communities to improve the lives of others. Seastar gets involved with many different organizations, offering donations and free thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Besides, Seastar philanthropy, they have a great happy hour menu every Monday through Friday filled with delicious menu selections.
Although the food leans on the more expensive side, the HH menu offers a good selection of food and drinks for more reasonable prices. Although the food servings are small, they are both filling and delicious. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection.
Tonight, we visited Seastar the night before Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays. We were pleased to see that the bar was decorated with some likes to make the atmosphere a bit more festive. Our server was nice and attentive throughout most of our meal, though there was a bit of a wait for the bill.
Overall, we enjoyed the atmosphere and the service and will definitely be returning to Seastar sometime!
Conveniently located on a corner lot, across the street from the downtown Bellevue park, 99 Park is a new, exciting, and innovative addition to the restaurant scene, It offers a cozy, yet fashionable, dining experience. We chose 99 Park for happy hour because of their location as well as the local, seasonal and innovative menu items. Besides, the food looked great!
99 Park offers happy hour every Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m., and Sunday/Monday, 4 p.m. to close, served in the bar. We were apprehensive about coming here at first because the prices are a bit on the expensive side and they don’t have a designated Happy Hour menu.
Happy hours are intended to draw in customers and offer menu items at discounted prices. The menu at 99 Park limits you to the small plates, which range in price from $13 to $16, which is a bit pricey compared to other places.
Even though it was on the expensive side, we ended up having a wonderful time at 99 Park. Their speciality cocktail menu is fun and offers a lot to choose from, with an average price from $12 to $22. There was also a variety of NW wines and beers.
99 Park is trendy with a rustic sort of feel. It is really a one-of-a-kind spot in downtown Bellevue. Unfortunately, when we got our bill, the 25% happy hour discount was not included. Even though we ordered during happy hour time (between 4 and 6 p.m.), we left after it had ended (around 7 p.m.). Therefore, we were not given the discount. We are not sure if this was an oversight or a general rule.
All things considered, 99 Park was better than expected. Our food was great, the atmosphere was lovely, and the servers were very helpful and friendly!
What started out as a family-owned burger and beer restaurant has now grown over the years into a large chain of restaurants located across the United States and Canada. Today, Earls offers a diverse menu filled with fresh and innovative food options, often using local
food. Happy Hours are held daily in the lounge and on the patio—a definite plus for Happy Hour enthusiasts like us.
Earls in Bellevue is in a prime location, right across from the mall in downtown Bellevue.
It is within walking distance from several parking garages (Bellevue Square, the Westin, and Lincoln Square). Earls is super accessible and easy to spot from the street.
When we walked into Earls, we were met with a warm, inviting, and beautifully decorated atmosphere. This is definitely the sort of place that attracts young professionals in the area.
We had a great evening overall. Although the menu selection was somewhat limited, the foods and drinks tasted great. Plus, our servers were very friendly and attentive. We can’t wait to return to Earls!
Bake’s Place is a local bar and bistro located in downtown Bellevue. Its atmosphere is fun, modern, and energetic. Music lovers are in luck because Bake’s Place regularly features live music. In fact, our favorite band, Shaggy Sweet, plays there often–we just wish the dance floor was bigger!
Happy hour tonight was quiet but our service was excellent. One of our favorite parts about happy hour at Bake’s Place is you can sit anywhere in the restaurant. There are only two house wines (one red and one white) which was kind of a bummer. However, there is a good selection of happy hour cocktails for $9.
The happy hour food menu includes some foreign-sounding items mixed with some more common food choices. All that we ordered ended up being pretty delicious!
Bellevue needed a place like Bake’s and we are so excited to have them here. There’s outdoor seating year-round, plus really unique food! If you love live music and flavorful cuisine, consider making Bake’s Place a regular stop.
The 520 Bar & Grill is right smack dab in the middle of Old Bellevue. Although space can be limited and the restaurant can get loud, its welcoming, casual and classy atmosphere makes 520 one of Bellevue locals’ favorite spots. Year-round outdoor seating (covered with a plastic canopy) is complete with heat lamps and blankets, making it a great place to meet up with friends, coworkers, or even a date. An added bonus: there’s always a game on TV.
520 has pretty cocktails and a wine list full of a variety of Washington, Oregon, and California wines to choose from. The food choices are interesting and have definitely improved over the years. 520 can be pricey but you’ll definitely leave fulfilled. We had a great time at and, although we were hoping for healthier options on the menu, our service was fantastic!
Our first thought before visiting Ruth’s Chris Steak House was what’s with the name!? It’s a bit of a tongue twister but after reading up on the history we have to give kudos to the gal who added her name to what was originally known simply as “Chris Steak House.” The restaurant chain can be traced all the way back to the 1920s and today there are over 100 steakhouse locations all across the United States. Tonight, we decided to stop by the
At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we had an easygoing and elegant happy hour experience. Though the crowd was older (50s), there was also a mix of 30 to 40 year olds who appeared to have just wandered in from Bellevue Square. After waiting through a long line to get in, Ruth’s Chris Steak House offered quality food and drinks which we both agreed were well worth the wait!
Tonight, the two of us Happy Hour Seekers headed to Wild Ginger, located in the Bravern shopping mall. We love the Bravern’s unique architecture, boasting a European vibe and northwestern flair. We were both super excited to visit the award-winning Wild Ginger, an Asian restaurant with a tempting happy hour menu!
Walking into Wild Ginger, you are met with a beautiful, modern-meets-industrial atmosphere. The authentic Chinese/Southeast Asian food is delicious and pricing is
reasonable, especially given the serving sizes.
We had a fantastic time at Wild Ginger. Although the drink selection was somewhat limited, there was some fantastic cabernet wine.Our waiter was super friendly and even exchanged one of our fellow Happy Hour Seeker’s food, free of charge. They also split the bill for our table, which is not normally an option for larger parties.
The only thing we might warn you about is the confusing parking garage situation (it’s not very SUV-friendly). Though, that’s not something the restaurant has control over. Overall, we had a lovely time at Wild Ginger. We enjoyed the delicious food and great vibe!