If there were ever two things that were meant to go together, it would be kids and happy hour. Wait. What? Yup. You heard us. Kids and happy hour. It’s brilliant. Your kids are climbing up the walls during those post-naptime pre-dinner time hours, you’re wishing that you’d booked a babysitter and made a dinner date with your parenting partner in crime, and let’s face it, everyone needs to get out of the house that you’ve been cooped up in all afternoon. These restaurants have kid-friendly, parent-approved happy hours that will not only prepare you for the evening meltdowns that are just one broken Lego creation away from happening, but they’re also a great excuse to get together with other families during the week to catch up and commiserate over a glass of cheap wine or a tasty pint! What’s the legal limit for pushing a stroller anyway?

Happy Hours: Monday – Saturday from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, all day Sunday
What they’re serving: All wines by the glass are $5 each, with beers from $2-3, depending on how fancy you’re feeling! Small plates are also $5 each — order the calamari and one of Allison’s Pizzas for the kiddos (hold the wild mushrooms, of course!).

2311 California Ave. SW
Seattle, Wa
Online: angelinaswestseattle.com

Ballard Loft
Happy Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sunday & Monday from 4:00 pm – close
What they’re serving: Special deals on anything you choose to wet your whistle, plus appetizers for $5.50 each, including their rotating menu of tasty hot dogs, sausages and sliders.

5105 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, Wa
Online: ballardloft.com

Luna Park Café
Happy Hours: Weekdays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: A bucket of beers for $6? Just kick your feet up and pretend you’re in Mexico! (Don’t really do that – it’s rude.) All appetizers are $5, including kid-favorites like chicken strips and chili cheese fries.

2918 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, Wa
Online: lunaparkcafe.com

Greenlake Bar and Grill
Happy Hours: Daily from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: Everything you want to drink is cheaper — $2 PRB Tall Boys (come on, when was the last time you had one of these?), $4 margaritas, wine specials, as well as $1 off all of the other glasses – need we say more? Fill up your kiddos with their cheeseburger and fries for under $5 – they’ll even switch out for a garden burger or turkey burger for no charge.

7200 E. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, Wa
Online: neighborhoodgrills.com/greenlake

Tutta Bella
Happy Hours: Daily from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: Pizzas and antipasti for $5-6 each, plus local beers for $4 a pint, wine by the glass for $5 each and their featured happy hour cocktails for $6.

Locations in Columbia City, Wallingford, Issaquah and South Lake Union. Visit tuttabellapizza.com for details.

Magnolia Village Pub
Happy Hours: Weekdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: Half-priced appetizers and tasty ala carte snacks, like house-made kettle chips and sweet potato fries.

3221 W. McGraw St.
Seattle, Wa
Online: magnolia-villagepub.com

The Royal Room
Happy hours:
 Daily from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, drink specials last until 7:00 pm
What they’re serving: If you love a little live music with your happy hour, this is your place! Beer and wine for $3 and fancy drinks for $4, and some classic happy hour treats to keep your kiddos happy for at least an hour, including mac n’ cheese.

5000 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa
Online: theroyalroomseattle.com

Toulouse Petit
Happy hours: Daily from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: This is happy hour gone fancy with specials on champagne and cocktails that will make you say ooh-la-la!  Give some of the out-of-the-box happy hour menu items a try with your kids, including the red beans and rice, the creamy corn grits and, of course, the pomme frites, all for $4-8 a plate.

601 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa
Online: toulousepetit.com

Pecado Bueno
Happy Hours: Daily from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: A $3 margarita that’s been dubbed the “Mommy Margarita” by regulars. Fill up the kids on $2 tacos – they take the quality of their ingredients serious here – no skimping on quality for happy hour!

4307 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle. Wa
Online: pecadobueno.com

Twirl Café
Happy Hours: Thursday – Saturday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
What they’re serving: A different type of happy hour, Twirl offers free playtime for the kids in their cool indoor play space, plus specials on dinner, wine and beer. Selections offer daily!

2111 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa
Online: twirlcafe.com

West 5
Happy Hours: Daily from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What they’re serving: Order some of their famous mac n’ cheese off of the main menu for the kids, then dive into their award-winning happy hour menu for yourselves – we suggest anything that comes in a Tiki glass. BYO highchair or booster – they don’t have any to spare.

4539 California Ave. SW
Seattle, Wa
Online: westfive.com

Where do you venture out with your littles when you need an adult beverage? Share your favorite kid-friendly watering hole in a comment below.

— Katie Kavulla

Photos via Olaf on Flickr, Magnolia Village Pub facebook page, Luna Park Cafe facebook pagevisualthinking on Flickr