Happy Hour Roundup

By Shelby Walker

Time with friends, supporting local businesses, and a table full of tasty food and drinks; sounds like a great time! To save you the hassle of figuring out which local restaurants serve great happy hours, we compiled some of our favorites to guide you through Ellensburg’s lively bar and restaurant scene. These local spots have great options that will make choosing a good time with your friends easy! From tacos to calamari and White Claws to hand-crafted house cocktails, there is something for everyone.

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Ellensburg Brewing and Tilted Tree Cidery

The Ellensburg Brewery is open Thursday & Friday 3pm – 8pm and Saturday 12pm – 6pm.

Happy Hour is from 3pm – 5pm: you can get a liter of Eburg Light for $5, and a warm salted pretzel for $5!

Bruce's Place

An extension of Ellensburg Pasta Company, Bruce’s Place is a favorite local pub with access to a full menu of delicious food! When you visit, you can order from the bar menu or from the Ellensburg Pasta Co. menu. Happy hour is 2-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. During happy hour, beers are a dollar off, and if you are looking for more of a meal, they have a Burger and Brew Special available. For only $12.99 this special gets you your choice of burger and beer!

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The Porch Steakhouse

Want to enjoy fine dining on a budget? The Porch’s happy hour is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to do so. With $1 off beers and $5 (or less!) glasses of wine or cocktails, you have plenty of options. A few of their top-selling cocktails include house-infused pineapple vodka, a house-infused apple bacon old fashioned, seasonal sangria, and more. If you want to share appetizers, they offer street tacos, calamari, shrimp-stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos, and more.

The Tav

Happy hour is for cheaper drinks with friends! The Tav offers a selection of deals 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you’re looking for $2.50 wells, $1 off micro and domestic beer pitchers, and 50′ off domestic schooners and pounders, then this is your place.

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The Pearl

With the goals of bringing a fresh look to dining and blow the minds of their customers, happy hour is a great time to try out The Pearl. 3-5 p.m. daily they have $3 off appetizers, $5 house wines, and $1 off beers and liquors. If this is too early for you or your friends, you can also check out their Power Hour from 9-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. This menu has loaded tater tots or fries with many different combinations of toppings. To go with your taters, you can find the classics like Long Island iced teas or house specialties like the Subtle Reminder, a sparkling hibiscus, citrus, and ginger mule-inspired drink.

Buzz Inn Steakhouse

Maybe you’re interested in appetizers but not so much in drinks? Buzz Inn’s happy hour brings tasty appetizers to the forefront. From 3-6 p.m. daily, in the bar only, all appetizers are half off. Sweet potato fries, coconut prawns, and shredded pork tacos are all included on their appetizer menu.

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The Mule Cocktail Bar

If house cocktails and yummy appetizers are your go-to, then check out The Mule Cocktail Bar. Their happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 3-5 p.m. and you can always count on some great deals. The Maui is a rum, pineapple, and ginger drink that will make you feel like it’s still summertime. Or, if the Maui or other cocktails aren’t your thing, they also offer a Budweiser or Bud Light bottle and wells drinks for $3. For snacks, they offer some of our favorite classics like loaded fries, poutine, and sliders.

First and Last Chance Tavern

With many rotating weekly and daily specials, it can be hard to choose a day to visit the First and Last Chance Tavern. Their Facebook is always updated with new specials, so be sure to keep an eye out during your visit. If you just want to stop by, Thursdays from 5 p.m. to close are ladies’ nights! During this happy hour, they offer $3 White Claws, $2.50 bottles and cans, and $12 bottles of Merlot.

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W.C. Roadhouse Grill

Wing Central’s Roadhouse Grill is open for lunch and dinner, serving a wide variety of your favorite meals with a smile! 

Plus, they have an all day Happy Hour on Wednesdays!