The leaves are turning, the temperatures are dropping, and the 2019 edition of The Stranger's Happy Hour Guide is on stands now!

Inside, you'll find our recommendations on the best happy hours in Seattle to enjoy fine craft beer, wine, and cocktails, plus our favorite weed happy hours, and the best happy hours for you and your dog. And if you’re not a big drinker, we’ve got you covered with the five best happy hours to get your nosh on.

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We also revived our Bartender Contest, in which a deluge of Stranger readers voted on their favorite Seattle bartenders, and we profiled the five winners—Morgan Elizabeth (The Pine Box), Joe Wargo (Cure Cocktail), Neil Yamamoto (Revolve Food & Wine), Cristina Buenaventura (Currant Bistro), and Timothy Deenihan (1900 Fifth)—with portraits and Q&As.

Of course, there were plenty of bartenders who didn’t earn enough votes to claim a victory, but came close enough that we felt they were worthy of a shout-out for being awesome. They are: Kessler Dixon (Feierabend), Andrew Larson (Heartwood Provisions), Ken Gray (Lucinda Grain Bar), Bryn Quarles (Artusi), Phillip Trickey (Smith), Rob Nokes (Metropolitan Grill), Dante Martin Jr. (Queer Bar), Brian Honda (Triangle Pub), Pete Stalvey (King’s Hardware), Jefferson Ellis (R Place), Jermaine Whitehead (Il Nido), and Cera Grindstaff (Stampede Cocktail Club). Keep up the stellar work, y’all. Xo —The Stranger

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