Friday, July 01, 2016


2724 NE Pacific
Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday 4 - 7 PM, Saturday 12 - 7 PM
ALL DAY Happy Hour: Sunday & Monday

Happy. Hour.

I haven't forgotten how. It's just been awhile since I've written about it. But it's summer break again and this time I have a goal. (We'll see if I make it.) It's nowhere near as lofty as my Spring Break goals used to be (current Spring Break record: 17 new happy hours in one week), but now I have a small child slowing me down.

Speaking of that small child, Nana was in town last week...which meant we made it to happy hour without that little girl in tow. Paydirt opened last September, just as the three of us bloggers were headed back for another year of teaching. It shares space with a number of micro restaurants in a building known as the Zipper. Sharing that space means that Paydirt--unlike its sister bar, The Old Gold--can focus on drinks alone.

During happy hour--which lasts all day on BOTH Sundays and Mondays--well drinks, house wine, and micro beer are all a dollar off. Fancy cocktails are pretty low to start, with most priced between eight and ten dollars. Buy in bulk (or plan to share) a bucket of Miller High Life for just $10. Or try one of the two bottled cocktails for just seven bucks a piece. Just don't walk away from the bar without taking a quick look at the Big Book of Whiskey. It's more than impressive.

Pictured below is the Future Days (Bulleit Rye, Amaro Averna, Fresh Mint, Lemon, Demerara, and Soda) and the Georgia Lee (Pisco, Creme de Peche de Vigne, Lemon, and Sugar).

There are a number of food options available at the Zipper, making this place a perfect spot when you and your significant other, foodie friend, or even the entire family can't agree (but also a nightmare if you can't make up your mind when given an abundance of options). Since we weren't in it for a full meal, we ordered the Dan Dan Fries from Basilisk, a place known for its enormous fried chicken sandwich. Dan Dan Fries are just seven bucks and come smothered with peanut sauce, pickles, chopped peanuts, green onions, lime, chili oil, and cilantro.

Although there is plenty of seating inside Paydirt, the patio is HUGE and makes the entire establishment very kid-friendly. (Minors are only allowed during the early parts of the day, be prepared to pack up by eight.)

Food: n/a
Drink: exceeds
Service: meets
Ambiance: meets
Value: meets


Paydirt Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato