Whatever kind of day you’re having, it’s always fun to end it (early) with a great happy hour in downtown Edmonds! The town is ripe with options—from salsa, you’ll want to drink with a straw to perfectly-balanced cocktails made with local liquors—and all of the places to get all of those things mentioned in this guide are walkable from Workhorse. The cuisines run the gamut and leave plenty of room for preferences, food sensitivities, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Who cares how your day started? The ending’s gonna be great. And, for what it’s worth, very few of these restaurants advertise their happy hours on their websites, so this list comes from personal experience and a deep knowing of our town. It’s hard work, but someone’s gotta do it. Make sure you double-check with the restaurants about their hours. Many are understaffed and shifting their schedules. It also goes without saying that patience goes a long way with them, as does a nice tip. They’re Workhorses, too, so we know you’ll do right by them.
Herewith, our favorite walkable-from-WHHQ happy hour spots in downtown Edmonds:
Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina
You saw we mentioned that salsa you drink with a straw? Yeah, that’s at Santa Fe. Their Happy Hour is from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and isn’t really advertised on their website, so be sure to stop in and ask about current specials. The restaurant is local and family-owned and they will be happy to help you. If you’re a meat-eater, be sure to order something that includes their Asada. You’ll be dreaming about it for days. You also can’t go wrong with a Skinny Margarita, made with freshly-squeeze lime juice and agave nectar.
It’s currently closed because of staffing issues, but when it’s open, Calypso is the shortest walk from Workhose HQ of the bunch. The food and drinks are Caribbean with a PNW influence and the owners are incredibly warm. Jennifer often makes fun (and very impressive) chalk art right outside the front door! The food menu is nice and tight, allowing for just enough to try a variety without too many options to give you decision paralysis. If in doubt, ask one of the staff members for their recommendations while you sip on your umbrella drink. Keep an eye on their Instagram to see when they’ll be back open, and offer Happy Hour.
Demitri’s Woodstone Taverna
Demitri’s calls their Happy Hour “Fall Afternoon Specials” and, whatever they want to call it, we’re into what they’re offering, especially because they made it easy to find on their website. The prices are great (we’re talking $7 lemon drops here, people) and there are a nice variety of food options to choose from, too: chicken wings and buffalo cauliflower? Twist our arm…Plus, the water and train views can’t be beaten. Enjoy these “Fall Afternoon Specials” Monday through Thursday from 2-5 p.m.
Salt & Iron
At this point, Salt & Iron is one of downtown Edmonds’s OGs. Its Happy Hour feels like a challenge: can you fit your slightly discounted food and drink needs in between 4 and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday? Yes, yes we can. It goes without saying that if you’re into that sort of thing, this is the place where you should be shooting oysters on the half. Ask them about their current specials. They’re consistently great. And be sure to keep up with their Instagram, where they often post the latest.
Fire & The Feast
One of the few restaurants to offer a weekend Happy Hour option, Fire & The Feast is one of the newest players downtown. Weekday Happy Hours are 4-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Get yourself a glass of house wine for $7 and pair it with an $11 pizza. We’re partial to the Margharita, but do you, and let us know what you like best. See the latest on their Instagram.
The second-closest Happy Hour restaurant to Workhorse, SanKai is always a good time. They also offer weekend happy hour, which is a trend we really appreciate. Enjoy a dollar off-key (alcoholic) drinks, $4 edamame, and a small selection of mouth-watering menu items, like panko-fried oysters, 4-piece nigiri, and other seasonal specialties, often sourced right from the Edmonds waterfront! Weekday Happy Hour is 4-6. Keep up with their latest specials on their Instagram as well.
Epulo Bistro, now at Salish Crossing, offers a daily Happy Hour from 3-5 p.m. They provide a truly beautiful dining experience and one of the largest Happy Hour menus we’ve seen in downtown Edmonds. With $8 house wines, a buck off beers, and $6 well drinks, you’ll be extremely pleased while you wait for your bites: truffle popcorn, fries, flatbreads, burrata, and little gem salads are all up for consideration.
Anthony’s may not technically be downtown, but it’s close enough, and its beachfront views can’t be beaten. The beachfront restaurant is offering what they’re calling a “Sunset Menu” until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday nights. It includes three courses for $28, which makes it a great option for a business “Happy Hour.” It’s also probably one of the most filling options of the bunch. Who can say no to an included dessert?
The ambiance at Giardi’s, especially when you’re dining there al fresco, is hard to beat. From 4-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:30-4:30 Friday through Sunday, they offer SUPER HAPPY HOURS, with 15% off your total bill, cocktails included. Try the appetizer mixed basket to get a little taste of everything and don’t shy away from the Lobster Flatbread. If you’re in the mood for pasta, they have at least three kinds of spaghetti. Go often, try them all!
We’d love to see where your food adventures around town are taking you. And, we hope they take you to all of these—many times over. Tag us in your posts on Instagram so we can come along! Cheers!