The Deal: The Loft offers a selection of generously sized plates for $5-$7 during happy hour. There are bar-food staples like sliders and Caesar salad, as well as pancetta-wrapped prawns, quinoa salad, a mountainous portion of calamari, and grilled octopus on a bed of lightly dressed arugula. Drink specials include $1 off Grey Goose cocktails, $5 pours of house wines, and $4 draft beers, which include the Breakaway IPA from American Brewing Co., located just down the road.
The Digs: Located on Main Street in Edmonds' downtown core, The Loft's Greek owners bring a bit more style and European sensibility to an otherwise Mayberry-esque setting. There are wrought-iron street-side tables in front, and a high-ceilinged bar inside with an exposed staircase leading to the namesake loft. The covered back patio is surrounded by bamboo, and strings of twinkly lights hang overhead. The 21-and-over crowd (save for a couple family-friendly tables inside) is a mix of after-work imbibers, buddies in T-shirts and ball caps, and retired folks who live nearby.
The Verdict: Service is skillful, attentive, and easy on the eyes. Willowy waitresses in sleek black uniforms keep tables happy during this deservedly popular happy hour. Beers are served in tall, Pilsner style glasses and food comes on heavy white plates and platters. The patio seating includes deep, cushioned couches and chairs, perfect for lounging. When temperatures dip, blankets are offered and propane umbrella heaters are turned on. The soundtrack aims to please the mixed crowd at The Loft for happy hour, and included not one but two (!) Dave Matthews' songs. That can almost be forgiven, though, because the food was so good--even the messy blue cheese fries, which were surprisingly addictive.