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Kyle Houk
They possessed good nacho qualities.

The Place: Wedgwood Ale House , 8515 35th Ave. NE, 527-2676, WEDGWOOD

The Hours: Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m.

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Wedgwood Ale House Offers a Lackluster Happy Hour

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Kyle Houk
They possessed good nacho qualities.

The Place: Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave. NE, 527-2676, WEDGWOOD

The Hours: Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m.

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The Digs: I grabbed my drinking buddy in Eastlake, and we took off to the Wedgwood neighborhood, a few miles northeast of the U District. Though I live in Northgate, Wedgwood remains something of a mystery. It's only a few miles from where I reside, but it doesn't make a lot of headlines: restaurant, bar, farmers market or otherwise. The pub is located just off a peaceful, tree-laden street. The surrounding area is filled with mostly older houses.

The pub has a large front dining room. The ceiling is textured and painted so it looks exactly like AstroTurf. The bar takes up the middle third of the of the back wall. At 4 p.m., people sat haphazardly around it. Tables line the wall perimeter, and large, street-facing windows let in the light that bounces off the people passing by. I didn't see it, but they're supposed to have a pool table in the back.

The Deal: I must be harsh on Wedgwood Ale House because their happy hour, when compared to Seattle standards, is not up to par. Four dollar pints are the lone drink special. Food specials cover only three dishes: nachos, onion rings and wings. The first two are $4 and the last $5. Even though I called ahead and was told a $6 burger was also featured, the waiter said no such special existed. To be honest, I came for the burger because I heard they make a good one, otherwise I would not have chosen to review such a lackluster happy hour. They don't even have a happy hour menu to read.

I had the nachos. They possessed good nacho qualities. There was plentiful cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa piled high on the round, ballpark tortilla chips. The two beers I had were good, too. I tried Elysian's Savant IPA and Big Time's Whiny the Complainer. The first was a mild IPA to an IPA lover, but still potent and bitter to those unfamiliar with the style. The second was so strong (around 11% ABV), I had a difficult time finishing it. That's a good thing, though, and I was mocked for being whiny the complainer for the rest of the evening.

The Verdict: I'm not saying the Wedgwood Ale House stinks as a bar, but this being a review of happy hours in Seattle, it falls far short. Having seen Argo, I have to draw the same conclusion about the Ale House's happy hour as I did the movie: it's entertaining but nothing special. They only offer three of the most basic dishes--nachos, wings and onion rings--and $4 beers. It spans an odd range of hours, too. Three to five p.m. seems aimed to allow the fewest number of people to partake. Apparently, man has inhabited the Wedgwood area since 8,000 BCE, so you'd think they could get a happy hour right by now. It's a cool place with a good neighborhood vibe, but it's not worth a happy hour visit.

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