The Hours: Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Late night happy hour Monday through Saturday 9 p.m. to close.
The Digs: This "Social Club" has an El Gaucho-light vibe: There are comfortable padded stools lining the L-shaped bar, a cozy pair of sofas towards the back in front of a gas fireplace, a jazzy soundtrack, and staff wearing white lab coats. Located on the corner of Fourth and Vine, the space is lined with windows on two sides, giving you a view of neighborhood people walking dogs, returning for work, or heading out or in for the evening. The space extends to a back dining room with booths, dining tables and less exposure to the world outside. TVs playing the current sporting event silently flicker above the bar, and wall-to-wall carpeting muffles the chatter of patrons. We couldn't shake the airport bar vibe, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best buzzes have been at airport bars...
The Deal: Martinis with Beefeater gin or Manhattans with Jim Beam are large and just $7. The secret deal (it's not printed on the menu) is that your second martini or Manhattan is just $5. Draft beers, like Ninkasi IPA, Mac & Jack's and Stella Artois, are just $4, Prosecco and the house red or white wine is $5, as are well drinks. You can also get a Bloody Mary, served with a snit of beer on the side, for just $7.
The bar menu has the fried food options well-represented. There are fried bleu cheese stuffed olives (unfried ones are available as a martini garnish), 4 for $3.25; Calamari, $6; French fries with cheese fondue, $4.50; and fried mushrooms, $4.50. For heartier fare, there's a Painted Hills beef burger for $10, trios of sliders (meatloaf, sausage, or chicken Parmesan), or small pizzas for $9. There's also a Chicago-style hot dog--with the requisite neon green relish--for $4.50.
The Verdict: Henry and Oscar's is located in a quiet, tree-lined section of Belltown, giving it more of a neighborhood bar vibe, than hip "Social Club" they are trying to convey. The food has a bit of an institutional feel to it, but the battered choices were hot and crispy, and the prices are right. And two cocktails for $12 will get you a solid buzz any night of the week thanks to this daily happy hour.