Best Happy Hour in Edmonds? 190 Sunset of Course!


When Edmonds locals are ready for happy hour, 190 Sunset is where you’ll find them. According to The Seattle Times, 190 Sunset “is one of best happy hours in Snohomish county and it would be among the best in Seattle if the bar was 15 miles south.” 

Actually, 190 Sunset is conveniently located for everyone living in or passing through Seattle’s north suburban area. Commuters from the nearby Edmonds-Kingston ferry terminal and the Sounders train station regularly stop by during Happy Hour to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and fresh seafood bites. Locals relax and socialize in the restaurant and on the massive outdoor deck. Visitors of nearby establishments like the Cascadia Art Museum, Brigid’s Bottleshop, Scratch Distillery and the Edmonds Yacht Club also drop in for happy hour replenishments.

They come to enjoy perfect small plates of ahi poke nachos, fresh halibut tacos, lobster and crab dip and of course more traditional items such as wings and sliders.

Niles Peacock, 190 Sunset’s engaging Director of Bar Operations, is constantly concocting new and innovative happy hour drinks. He matches spirits with food and selects pairings off an impressive wine list, with the panache of a showman sommelier.

The bar itself is impressive too, with a long, artisanal bar top whittled from the trunk of a tree that famously fell in Whidbey Island many years ago. The space is backlit with romantic, color-changing mood lights and big, silent TV screens, which are hooked to the Tunity app, so guests can privately access sound on their own cell phone if desired. Several charging stations fitted under the bar enable guests to juice up dying phones and pads.

What more could a happy hour aficionado want?


“The restaurant has become a big social club during happy hour in Edmonds. The vibe is informal and interactive, very Meet-Eat-Drink,” says Tom Budinick, owner of 190 Sunset. “In spite of the cooling weather, our deck remains filled with guests who gather to enjoy our happy hour bites and happy hour libations in the open-air seating area. Our heaters are fired up and fire pits blazing. We even provide guests with blankets and sunglasses so they stay warm and cozy.”

So there you have it. Plenty of reasons to visit and indulge at 190 Sunset during happy hour in Edmonds. We urge happy hour fans in Seattle to climb out of their comfort zone and travel 15 miles north to see how happy hour is really done.

Parking – no worries – 190 Sunset has ample parking, and those familiar with Seattle and Edmonds knows that’s a rarity.

* Happy Hour: 3 pm – 6 pm (Monday through Friday); 9 pm to close daily.

Nabanita Dutt