The Happiest Hour
The Happiest Hour: Tommy Gun
Description: From the owner of the beloved BottleNeck Lounge comes Tommy Gun, a newish Capitol Hill hangout that's both sleek and welcoming. It's named after a prohibition-era submachine gun, and there's one mounted behind the bar—they recoiled so viciously, they stamped bruises into the shooter's arms. Also pushing the speakeasy theme: loads of dark wood and shadows, suggesting underground vaults; bare, old-timey lightbulbs everywhere; and a mug shot of Al Capone, looking all plump and confident and sharply dressed. He suffered badly in the end, though. At Alcatraz, syphilis and guilt and solitary confinement destroyed his brain, and he spent his days making his bed then messing it up, over and over and over.
What else: Intimations of violence keep things fun. A certain women's choir group is always stopping in for drinks and arm wrestling, the bartender says. And on a beam overhead sits a Sean Johnson art installation: a heavy wood chair, balanced steeply on its back legs. It's tempting to lounge beneath it and just wait for a while to see what happens.
Happy hours: Mon–Fri 5–7 pm, Sat 5–9 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $3.50 wells, $3.50 drafts (rotating selection may include Brookside Lager or Boundary Bay IPA), $2 Rainiers.
Bonus: Sundays bring a nice list of $4 specials from 5–9 pm: drafts, wine, wells, and bar snacks (pork rinds, pickled seasonal vegetables, and more).