The Highliner Pub & Grill
Description: If you're looking for oddities, boiling intensity, grinding doom, squalor, run-down glamour, or broken old men, you'll find none at the Highliner Pub & Grill at Fishermen's Terminal. New management remodeled the fuck out of the Interbay bar, and the current version is starkly conventional, both in decor and clientele. (The former: giant windows, plain walls, neon beer signs, sports-broadcasting televisions. The latter: kempt, polo-heavy.)
What else: According to the original Highliner's website, the name refers to a fishing ship returning to port so weighted by a good harvest that the boat drags deep, raising its waterline. Also on board, the crew members have finished their bouts with hard labor and sea confinement, and they want to celebrate, perhaps with a fine girl like Brandy of the freakishly enchanting 1972 hit song by Looking Glass. (She's the owner of sailor-stealing eyes, the layer-down of whiskey and wine, the stroller of silent towns, and the seer of the ocean's raging glory.)
Happy hours: Mon–Fri 4–6 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $1 off draft wine (Otis Vineyard Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley Amelia Bleu), $2 Rainier and Coors Light drafts, $1 off other draft beer ($4 Left Hand Milk Stout, $4 Anchor Old Foghorn).
Happy-hour food specials: $1 oyster shooters and $1 off appetizers, many of them involving fresh seafood from the same owners' adjacent Wild Salmon Seafood Market: $6.99 coconut jumbo prawns with spicy-sweet Thai chili dipping sauce, $4.99 wild Alaskan cod tacos with coleslaw and pico de gallo, $9.99 Manila clams with lemon, garlic, parsley, and grilled baguette.