HAPPY HOUR!

FU KUN WU @ THAIKU Named for the Chinese apothecary who supposedly roamed old Ballard a century ago, this bar serves drinks just like the doctor orderedas "tinctures" infused with teas, herbs, and roots like peory for "female radiance," or kava kava for "anxiety relief." From 5 to 7 p.m. daily, those specialty cocktails are $5 (they're usually $7) and a fun range of beers from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philipines are just $3.75 a bottle. During happy hour, most appetizers are just $3and they're served right off Thaiku's yummy menu. Patrons can fill up on spring rolls and por pia sod (salad rolls), or make their own wraps with crab and cream-cheese filling. Smokers can go to Hell (that's the name of Fu Kun Wu's smoking room). And be sure to check out the Opium Den. 5410 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-706-7807. BALLARD ZOEY BLUEPLATE BISTRO At happy hour, Zoey feels like home. Specifically, it feels like a basement rec room adorned with Christmas lights. The bar resides under the Labor Temple on the outskirts of Belltown; its walls are plastered with political signage, muscular well drinks are $3, and an assortment of Greek and non-Greek bar snacks (saganaki, but also fantastic mini-burgers adorned with fresh fixin's) go for two bucks apiece. Friday night is music night: Live hip-hop, acid jazz, and other suitably underground styles of music happen on a weekly basis. When the ├╝berhipness of glossy Belltown bores you, give Zoey a shot. All you have to lose is your sobriety. 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 2800 First Ave., 206-448-8555. BELLTOWN info@seattleweekly.com

 
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