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Four stellar family-friendly happy hours around town

Photo: Jon Burgett


Happy hour is the perfect time to meet a friend for a quick bite, a drink or just to catch up, but not every spot in town caters so well to our little ones. Fear not: Here are four family-friendly spots where your kids will be entertained, and happy hour will be happy for everyone.


Pono Ranch: This “oasis in Ballard” offers a wonderful outdoor area where your kids can play a round of cornhole as you enjoy a drink or a bite from their discounted menu. Happy hour is 4 to 6 pm daily, kids can munch on nachos and drink freshly squeezed juices, and they offer live music on weekends. 4502 Shilshole Ave. NW. ponoranchballard.com


Blue Star Cafe & Pub: Happy hour at this Wallingford favorite is from 3 to 6 pm daily and offers $1 off drinks, as well as a range of small plates for $3 to $6. Picking your kids up from the neighboring Wallingford Boys & Girls Club? Bring them here for a bite afterward, then visit Archie McPhee’s next door for the ultimate treat. 4512 Stone Way N. bluestarcafeandpub.com


Hi-Life: From 3 to 6:30 pm, you can enjoy spectacularly discounted fare in this converted Ballard firehouse. Mini-pizzas are $4, cheeseburgers are $5 and most drinks for parents are a startling $3.75. Be sure to ask your server about the “design your own cookie” deal for your kids. 5425 Russell Ave NW. chowfoods.com/hi-life


Tutta Bella: Long a champion of hungry families, Tutta Bella also offers happy hour daily from 3 to 6 pm. Perfectly sized for little tummies, the 9-inch pizzette for $7 is one of the best deals in town, and parents can enjoy discounted beer, wine or craft cocktails. Add the complimentary wiki sticks and balls of pizza dough to keep the kids busy, and you have a very happy hour indeed. Multiple locations. tuttabellapizza.com

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