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.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day and the Happy Hour Seekers celebrated by heading to Bellevue’s Irish pub, Paddy Coyne’s.
Paddy Coyne’s is not just a great place to visit on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also the perfect place to go for happy hour or meeting friends. It’s like a taste of Ireland located in downtown Bellevue, complete with traditional Irish foods like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, Guinness-braised Irish beef stew, corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and macaroni and cheese with spicy chicken sausage.
Their happy hour menu ranges from four dollars to nine dollars. They also offer a full bar with Irish whiskey drinks and more. Happy hours are 3 to 6 PM and 10 PM to 1 AM. If you like Irish food, Paddy Coyne’s is a must stop.
Before we go, here are a few fun facts about Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day:
St. Patrick (according to legend) banished all of the snakes from Ireland after they attacked him during a fast.
St. Patrick was actually an Englishman. He was kidnapped by pirates and was sold into slavery in Ireland
The official state color of Ireland is not green, but St. Patrick’s blue.
We hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!!
If you are a native of Seattle, it’s very likely that you have frequented or heard of 13 Coins. Everyone who has been there can probably recount a special memory or perhaps has even memorized their favorite menu item.
13 Coins is a Seattle institution in the restaurant scene that has been around since 1967. Best known for their traditional cuisine, upscale bar and dimly lit, classy atmosphere, 13 Coins has roomy interior with high-back leather booths, which offers some privacy while you eat.
The full bar, with seats that overlook the kitchen, has a 24 hour menu. They frequently have live music performances on the weekends.
There is a story behind 13 Coins’ unique name originating in Peru, one of love, care, and concern. Once, a young man wished to marry a wealthy man’s daughter. When the father of the daughter asked the young man what he had to offer for his daughter’s hand in marriage, the young man reached into his pocket and handed the father the only change he had: 13 Coins.
Eastsiders were thrilled with the opening of 13 Coins in Downtown Bellevue at the Hyatt Regency. Happy hours are 7 days a week, 4:00 to 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm to last call, and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to last call.
We had a great experience at 13 Coins the other night (as we always do!) and are thrilled to share it with you!
Hello, Happy Hour Seekers! It’s been awhile but we’re back and tonight we went out to Suite–a trendy restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Bellevue. It’s a sleek and hip lounge that becomes somewhat of a nightclub on the weekends.
Walking into Suite, we were wowed by the vibrant lighting and unique decor. Soft, neon lights created an intriguing, fun, and energetic atmosphere. There is even a small dance floor and Suite regularly showcases a variety of music and entertainment.
One of the most unique aspects of Suite is that every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., there are live performances by members of Seattle Aerial Arts. We don’t know of any other place in Bellevue where you can enjoy some food and drinks while also watching a fascinating acrobatic show!
Suite definitely offers great happy hours, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The food was reasonably priced and really demonstrated the variety they have to offer!
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!
Located in the northeastern corner of Bellevue Square, Cactus is a restaurant that draws from Southwestern, Mexican, and Spanish influence. Cactus planted its roots at Madison Park back in 1990 but didn’t find its way to Bellevue Square until 2013.
Now, Cactus is at five different locations across Seattle. Tonight we braved the
Thanksgiving weekend crowds at Bellevue Square so that we could make it to 4 o’clock Happy Hour at Cactus. It was totally worth it. Not only were the food and drinks delicious, but the service was outstanding.
Daily happy hours at Cactus run Monday through Friday (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) as well as over the weekend (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Cactus offers a variety of happy hour items to choose from, and the servers at Cactus are very knowledgeable.
Cactus has become one of our favorite happy hour spots–who can beat their reasonably priced cocktails and festive atmosphere?