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Maybe you can buy happiness with these Clark County happy hour deals

If your timing is right, these menus offer more bang for the buck

By Rachel Pinsky, for The Columbian
Published: September 2, 2022, 6:03am
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Corn dogs at the Smokin' Oak.
Corn dogs at the Smokin' Oak. (Rachel Pinsky) Photo Gallery

Hitting your favorite restaurant or bar at happy hour is a great way to stretch your dollars in this time of inflation. Here are some of my favorite places to perch on a bar stool and sip low-cost libations during the bargain hour.

Amaro’s Table

1220 Main St., Vancouver (360-718-2941) and 816 N.E. 98th Circle, Vancouver (360-718-7046); 2-5 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. daily.

The happy hour menu at Amaro’s is legendary for great food ($4-$8), rotating draft cocktails ($9), and select classic cocktails like old fashioneds, margaritas or martinis ($9).

Recommended: Bavarian cheese fondue with a soft pretzel ($6) and ricotta doughnuts ($5) pair well with the rotating draft cocktails ($9).

The Grocery

115 W. Seventh St., Vancouver; 360-258-1324; 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2-8 p.m. Sunday.

The small but mighty happy-hour menu at The Grocery offers cocktail bites like hand-cut fries ($6) as well as more substantial snacks like six wings ($9). You can get $1 off signature cocktails, as well as happy-hour versions of cocktails like margaritas and old fashioneds ($7-$9).

Recommended: Grocery Burger with bacon jam, sweet onions, garlic mayo and American cheese on a potato bun ($9) and rotating punch ($9).

Pacific House

819 Main St., Vancouver (360-448-7694) and 315 N.E. 192nd Ave., Camas (360-828-1559); 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

This Pacific Northwest-themed bar offers more than the typical pub grub and well drinks typically associated with sports-focused spots.

Recommended: Blood orange margarita ($7) and fried Brussels sprouts with Parmesan cheese and spicy lemon honey vinegar ($8).

The Smokin’ Oak

501 Columbia St., Vancouver; 360-433-2755; 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

This smokin’ hot spot features Texas barbecue and whiskey drinks.

Recommended: Corn dog ($7) and Texas sangria ($7) with Burgundy, brandy and Grand Marnier. Corn dogs at The Smokin’ Oak are often overlooked for more popular mains like brisket and ribs, but these tasty bits of cornmeal-encased smoked meat on a stick are an excellent take on the beach-side classic.


1701½ Broadway, Vancouver; 360-258-1146; 4-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.

This underground speakeasy known for drag brunch and adult bingo also offers an entertaining mix of drinks and food for happy hour.

Recommended: Baked pretzel ($5) and jello shots ($2, cash only).


777 Waterfront Way, Vancouver; 360-768-5249; 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

This restaurant brings a bit of Las Vegas to Vancouver’s waterfront and offers a chic happy hour for those with Clase Azul dreams but a Jose Cuervo budget.

Recommended: Splurge on the cocktail and skimp on the bites by ordering a classic margarita ($12) and DosAlas guacamole ($8).

Rally Pizza

8070 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver; 360-524-9000; 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 3-8 p.m. Monday.

This family-friendly pizza and frozen custard spot in The Mill shopping center provides the perfect cure for the Mondays — an all-day happy hour featuring Caesar salad with lemon anchovy dressing and crushed croutons ($8) and fried mozzarella ($6), as well as popular cocktails mixed for two ($13), boozy floats ($8) and boozy shakes for two ($15).

Recommended: Cheesy baked polenta ($7) and Industry Margarita for Two ($13).

Magnolia Tavern

8611 N.E. Ward Road; 503-730-5455; noon-3 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

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It’s worth the schlep to Sifton for this New Orleans-inspired restaurant. If you live nearby, this place is neighborhood happy-hour gold.

Recommended: Jambalaya ($12) and Summertime Blues, which combines vodka, lemonade and blueberries ($12).

Rachel Pinsky: couveeats@gmail.com