The Happiest Hour
418 Public House
Description: 418 Public House is a neighborhood joint in the spot once occupied by the Reading Gaol in Ballard, brought to you by the owner of Capitol Hill hangout the Summit. Inside, the space is broad and open and brightly lit; everyone's voices rise up into the air and clatter around. The decor stays largely functional, with pool and shuffleboard tables filling the back lounge, and giant TV screens hovering everywhere.
Sunday happenings: It's comedy open-mic night, and Solomon Georgio's act is hilarious, despite its smorgasbord of unpleasant topics: His junkie sister stole his driver license, he says, and accrued a series of violations using his identity.
What else: A disproportionate number of men hang out here, though none of them appear dirty enough to be very interesting.
Happy hour: Daily 4–6:30 pm, plus Power Hour (see below).
Happy-hour drink specials: $5 margaritas, $3.75 wells, $3.50 drafts/$12.50 pitchers (rotating selection may include Portage Bay Pilsner, Manny's).
Happy-hour food specials: $1.50 taco (veggie, braised beef or pork, and mole or chipotle chicken) and the $4.18 special (bottle of Victoria beer and a taco).
Happy-hour misc. special: Free pool!
Bonus: The Power Hour runs daily 11 pm–midnight, bringing more deals: $1 PBR, $3 wells, $5 Jameson.