Happenin’ Happy Hour: Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar

This Capitol Hill cantina serves up tasty Mexican cuisine and cold cervezas.

Fremont may still be the center of the universe, but Capitol Hill is making its presence felt — especially where culinary matters are concerned. Of the new ventures making their case heard, Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar is at the forefront. Not ready to give the cemented cantina a full evening yet? No problem, because the happy hour offerings deliver a delicious preview of the extended menu.

Must-Have Grub: If you’re in the mood for sharing — which the menu invites — a table must start with the made-to-order guacamole ($6) and an Oaxacan inspired quesadilla ($5), complete with poblano-onion rajas (onions and chiles) and escabeche slaw. Once everyone is happy, indulge with the individually minded tacos. Three varieties are featured for $3.50 each; two of the more traditional offerings (pork and chicken), plus a wild card of beets, arugula, cojiata cheese, and pumpkin seeds to round out the trifecta. 

Must-Have Libations: The cocktail menu is extensive and creative. The Corn and Oil ($7) somehow lives up to its name, combining dark rum, a house falernum (an almond and ginger flavored-syrup), lime, and bitters. For the same price, you can enjoy a cocktail similar to one I reviewed at The Saint a few weeks ago – the main ingredient being Jarritos. This time however, Jarritos grapefruit is the vessel while tequila, agave nectar and salt are the fuel. Six dollars will get your sweaty mitts wrapped around a glass of house red/white or sangria. Rounding out the menu, $3.50 affords either a bottle of Pacifico (for the sun) or Negro Modelo (for the clouds). 

Insider Tip: Want to bring it all together? For $10, there’s the T.T.T. — a threesome of Tecate, El Charro tequila and your choice of taco. 

Happy Times: Daily 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Sunday — Thursday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday –Saturday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar |  1420 12th Avenue, Seattle  |  (206) 588-8105