Kangaroo & Kiwi
Description: The Kangaroo & Kiwi is an Australian-themed pub that recently moved from a somewhat janky building on Aurora to Ballard's beautiful, historic Carnegie Library. Inside are separate rooms for cards and pool, framed jerseys, flags, neon signs, glazed wood, displays of exotic beer cans, and guys everywhere: wearing recreational apparel, standing in the flat blue light of giant televisions screens, watching sports, playing games, saying loud sentences.
What else: Novelty menu items include the $5 Classic Aussie meat pie and a couple dishes made with Vegemite, a black-brown, salty-bitter yeast-extract food paste. "It's horrible," says President Obama. Try it anyway, used as a spread (the Vegemite Toasty, $5) or baked into puff pastry with cheese (the Cheesymite Scroll, $6). (Fun fact: In Australia, one traditional meal features soft-boiled eggs and Vegemite served on toast sliced lengthwise into fingers, served for brekkie. It's called dippy eggs and soldiers, and it is allegedly delicious.)
Bonus: There's an outdoor seating area, and it's nice.
Happy hours: Daily 4:30–6:30 pm (food and drink specials), 11 pm–1 am (food specials only).
Happy-hour drink specials: $3 wells; beer—$4 Imperial IPA, $3 other brands (Estrella Damm Pilsner, Newcastle Brown Ale, Strongbow Cider, Roslyn Brewing Company Dark Lager, more); wine—$1 off.
Happy-hour food specials: A menu of $5 wonderments, including chicken schnitzel sliders, nachos, sausage rolls, and potato wedges.