If you take the I-90 bridge due east about 20 miles from Seattle to the City of Issaquah, you’ll run into rolling hills and scenic mountains with the Issaquah creek running alongside you. Heading east on I-90 toward the Snoqualmie Pass is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives you’ll ever take and I highly recommend it. Along the way, be sure to stop by Issaquah at one of their numerous restaurants boasting some of the best happy hours in the Greater Seattle area. Here are my top picks along with my two “must-have “ items at each happy hour.
The 8 Best Happy Hours in Issaquah:
- The Well and Table
- Sip Restaurant and Wine Bar
- Sunset Alehouse
- Krawbar Restaurant
- Coho Cafe
- RAM Restaurant & Brewery
- WildFin American Grill
- Bai Tong Thai Restaurant
1. The Well and Table
Address: 317 NW Gilman Blvd #43, Issaquah, WA 98027
What I love about The Well and Table is their commitment to the community. They source everything they serve from the local community here in Washington. From farms, gardens, and bakeries, to vineyards, breweries, and distilleries everything is about supporting local businesses. The happy hour has a great selection of well drinks, cocktails, draft beers, and house wines with finger foods to accompany your drink of choice. With happy hour cocktails generally about $5 or $6 cheaper than non-happy hour prices, the Well and Table is an excellent spot for an afternoon drink with some accompanying snacks.
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Excludes holidays and is only available in the bar section.
Two Must-Have Items: Martini and Roasted Olives
2. Sip Restaurant and Wine Bar
Address: 1084 NE Park Dr. Issaquah, WA 98029
Sip Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in the Issaquah Highlands, which has grown leaps and bounds over the past several decades. Sip is sophisticated yet not stuffy, making it the perfect place to enjoy a high-end atmosphere without all the fuss. There are bottles of wine all throughout the restaurant, as well as a circle bar setup that catches the eye. Although there’s plenty of table and booth seating available, the real local secret is to grab a spot outside on their covered patio. It comes heated with a full-on gas-powered fireplace.
Happy Hour: Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Excludes holidays and is only available at the bar counters.
Two Must-Have Items: Truffle Popcorn and Beef Sliders
3. Sunset Alehouse
Address: 20 Front St S, Issaquah, WA 98027
Sunset Alehouse is a great bar to go catch a game, hang out with friends, or even have an after work get together. They have TVs all throughout the space with walls decorated in various sports and “old time” memorabilia. The service is super friendly and so is the atmosphere. Everyone’s there for a good time and it’s not your typical hole-in-the-wall bar. The place is super clean!
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Two Must-Have Items: Tavern Deluxe and Snack Sampler
4. Krawbar Restaurant
Address: 80 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Krawbar Restaurant is located in the heart of Downtown Issaquah. This chic contemporary restaurant offers guests Asian-inspired seafood boils and dishes, along with a raw oyster bar featuring some of the freshest products the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The happy hour menu offers a small highlight of what’s on their main menu, so if you like what you’re eating, consider staying for dinner! Our top recommendations are the Japanese Street Corn (only $6!) and the oyster shooters which have an Asian-flair that’s not to be missed.
Happy Hour: Daily from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Two Must-Have Items: Japanese Street Corn and Oyster Shooters (includes soju shots)
5. Coho Cafe
Address: 6130 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, A, Issaquah, WA 98029
Coho Cafe has been around since the late 1990s. With an emphasis on creating a comfortable atmosphere for diners and an eclectic menu that features many of the Northwest’s favorites along with an Asian and Southwest twist, it’s no wonder Coho is a local favorite. There are tons of booth seats if that’s your thing. I always enjoy grabbing a spot by the fireplace if it’s available or a seat outside on nice summer days.
Happy Hour: Daily from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the bar or on the patio only.
Two Must-Have Items: Korean Chicken Wings and Ginger Chicken Lettuce Wraps
6. RAM Restaurant & Brewery
Address: 965 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029
The RAM Restaurant & Brewery is a major name in Washington, as well as having a few other locations in Oregon and Idaho. They’ve been around since 1971 so they are clearly doing things right. Located up in the Issaquah Highlands, RAM is an awesome spot to grab some food, take in a game, or enjoy their comfortable outdoor seating on a rare warm Seattle day with friends. The best part? They brew some amazing beers that you have to try and they all have an all-day happy hour on Mondays.
Happy Hour: All Day on Monday. Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM to close.
Two Must-Have Items: Ram Chips and Hog Heaven Pork Sandwich
7. WildFin American Grill
Address: 835 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027
WildFin American Grill is one of the best spots to enjoy a high quality dining experience with a neighborhood feel. WildFin wins my award for biggest menu option when it comes to happy hours. They serve tons of beers from local breweries and the wine list is dominated by vineyards from the Greater Pacific Northwest Region. You won’t go wrong with whichever items you choose when it comes to WildFin’s happy hour men.
Happy Hour: Daily from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Two Must-Have Items: WildFin Appetizer Tower and Icicle Crosscut Pilsner (Leavenworth)
8. Bai Tong Thai Restaurant
Address: 1520 Highlands Dr NE, #120, Issaquah, WA 98029 (Located in the Grand Ridge Plaza)
Bai Tong Thai Restaurant started out in 1989 near Sea-Tac airport in a small space. Started by a former Thai Airways flight attendant, Chanpen Lapangkura, her main goal was to cater to Thai Airways crew members and provide them with home cooked meals. Since then, Bai Tong has become a major name in the Greater Seattle Thai food scene. If you’re looking for truly authentic and fantastic tasting Thai food, Bai Tong is the place to go.
Happy Hour: Daily from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Two Must-Have Items: Pad Thai and Crispy Garlic Chicken