Easy Monkey Taphouse

Author: Corianne Burton

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Halloween Themed Pregame Party Appetizers

Before you head out to Easy Monkey’s killer Halloween party, invite some friends over for a pre-game party decked out with the most bloody-awesome Halloween-themed appetizers you’ve ever laid your taste buds on. We’ve also included plenty o’puns – just for fun. Let us know if you make any of these at your festive functions.

There’s nothing people love more at a pre-game than delicious snacks. But because it’s Halloween, they can’t just be tasty, they need to be a little spooky too. Here is a list of some of our favorite Pinterest finds for dips and poppable snacks:

Dips

Let’s be real. Everyone loves a good party dip. Chips and dip. Crackers and dip. Bread and dip. Dip on a spoon. Just give the people what they want this Halloween.

Sriracha Queso Dip

This mouth watering dip is absolutely undeniable. Cheesy and spicy? Yes please. Guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Skillet Buffalo Chicken Dip

Oh my gourd! Your friends will feel as plump as a pumpkin after indulging in this irresistible Buffalo Chicken Dip served in a skillet surrounded by bread.

Halloween Mummy Spinach Dip

This is certainly a dip you will write home to your mummy about. Though the outside is too cute to eat, let’s creep it real, you won’t be able to control yourself once you taste the dip.

Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip

This dip is perfect with your favorite chips or scoops! We’re sure it’ll be all the gRAVE paired with your pre-game drinks!

Cream Cheese & Jelly Bones

Bone Appėtit. This is probably one of the easiest snacks you can make and impress your guests! Spend more time getting your costume ready and save time on cooking – a killer plan!

Popper-Size Snacks

Mummy Jalapeño Poppers

 Trick or Treat yourself to these delicious bite-sized drops of goodness. Some cream cheese, a croissant, a little bit of heat from the jalapeño – they’ll be gone quicker than you can run from Michael Myers.

Nutter Butter Boos

This sweet and spooky treat is another quick and easy option. Your friends may just be here for the booze, but they’ll definitely get their fill of another type of boos.

Deviled Eyeballs

 You won’t believe your eyes. These avocado-filled eggs are something you won’t stop sinking your teeth in to, we bet your bottom holler.

Witches will bow down at your pre-game assortment of gourd-ies. We hope that you enjoy some of these delicious snacks and then join us at Easy Monkey for a night of fun and delicious drinks. It’s time to eat, drink, and be scary! Happy Halloween!

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Work Happy Hour Etiquette: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Happy hour is often times a planned event between coworkers – you know, you’ve all had a long week in the office and want to blow off some steam. Even though you may be able to cut up and have fun with your coworkers, you have to remember that happy hour with coworkers is just an informal extension of the workplace… with drinking involved. We’ve compiled a list of some important happy hour etiquette to remember when you are taking advantage of happy hour specials with coworkers.

1. Not everyone who attends has to drink. Some people may make the decision to skip drinking, and that’s totally okay. Many people choose to opt out for one reason or another – they have kids to put to bed when they get home, they want to be able to safely drive home, or maybe they simply just don’t want to. Whatever the reason may be, it’s not your place to force them to partake in the specials.

2. If you do choose to drink, set a drink limit for yourself. No one wants to be the talk of the office the next day or following week because they got too out of control during happy hour. Even though you are offsite at an unofficial work event, your actions can still come back to haunt you.

3. This isn’t an opportunity to gossip. An extension of point #2. Rumors and gossip can spread pretty quick, especially when people are free spirited and drinking. It’s best to save the venting about the person you dislike in the Finance department or talking about Debbie’s marital issues, for a non-work related friend… or better yet, just bury it down deep and keep it to yourself.

4. Don’t wear branded work apparel. You are an ambassador for the company you work for, and the last thing you want to do is associate a bunch of drunken, loud post-work banter with your employer. If you are required to wear a branded polo, t-shirt, or sweater to work, be sure to bring an outfit to change into before you head out for drinks.

5. Don’t flirt with a coworker. This outing is still business, so don’t do anything you’d regret doing within the confines of your office space. Many employer agreements even contain a “no fraternizing” policy which requires employees to keep their relationships strictly platonic.

6. Talk to someone new. Happy hours offer a time for you to get to know someone in a more relaxed environment. Try to branch out and chat with someone in another department or that you don’t get to interact with on a daily basis. Not only is it great networking, but it also allows you to build a stronger rapport among your peers.

We’re not saying that you can’t enjoy yourself and have fun with your coworkers, but just be mindful of your actions and their implications. A two-drink limit and some great conversation may be all you need to relax and have a good time. Our doors are always open at Easy Monkey and ready to greet you and your coworkers with the best happy hour specials around!

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Why Do Most Bars Offer Happy Hours?

Happy hours are becoming very common among bars, restaurants and tap houses. After a dip in the economy over the past decade, reverting back to happy hours was the best way for places to increase foot traffic. So, what is happy hour? A happy hour is a certain time frame, typically in the afternoon and post-work hours (i.e. Wednesday-Friday from 4-6 PM), where an establishment will have drink and food specials for patrons to indulge in. Some are truly 1-hour long, while others may last for a couple of hours – it varies. Customers love it because it gives them something to look forward to at the end of the day and they feel like they’re getting more bang for their buck. Happy hour tends to create a stress-free option for the stressed out individual, and that’s something just about anyone can appreciate (especially here at Easy Monkey Taphouse!).

A 2018 Nielsen report found that on average, U.S. bars and restaurants generate 61.5% of their weekly alcohol sales during happy hour 1. Additionally, this report suggested that Wednesdays are customers’ most favored weekday to participate in happy hour, with an average of 23.9% higher sales than Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday 1. No better way to get over that mid-week slump! This is the best time for establishments to place their premier drinks and foods on special, as opposed to relying on a higher return on investment from lower-priced options.

It’s reasonably assumed by business owners that millennials are a great force behind the revival of the happy hour trend. 59% of millennials claim that cost outweighs any other factor in making up their minds about a drinking destination 2. Thus, they are the ones pushing bars, restaurants, and tap houses to offer the best, most competitive happy hour specials and atmosphere for post-work hangs.

We’d love for you to join us at Easy Monkey Taphouse for our happy hour specials, offered Wednesday through Friday from 4-6 PM. Treat yourself to our ciders, local beers and wine, and scrumptious food menu and just “Take it eeeeeasy, monkey!”

1 https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2018/when-it-comes-to-alcohol-sales-happy-hour-is-big-business.html

2 https://www.nightclub.com/operations/research-trends-overcoming-beverage-growth-challenges

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Happy Hour Bucket List

5 Mouth Watering Happy Hour Dishes You Have to Try Around Seattle

Happy hours are typically raved about because of the low-priced drink specials, but the hidden gems of happy hours all around the world are indeed: the appetizer/tapas menus. Many people drop into a happy hour after leaving their 9-5 grind and haven’t had anything to eat since lunchtime – 5 or so hours prior. To cut down on excessive drunkenness (due to drinking on an empty stomach), tap houses will often times push their food specials. We’ve done you a favor and combined a list of some of the most delicious items in the Seattle, Washington area.

“Easy M” Grilled Cheese (Easy Monkey – Shoreline, Washington) – Everyone loves a solid grilled cheese sandwich. It takes you back to your childhood days, right? Add four different cheeses and bread that melts in your mouth, and all is right in the world. Craft beer and a grilled cheese? Yes, please.

Green Eggs & Bacon (Corner Spot – Seattle, Washington) – Green eggs aren’t just for Sam I Am. This play on breakfast-for-dinner is a shockingly delightful pairing with happy hour drinks and is quite satisfying after a long day – or week!

Korean Fried Chicken Wings (Cha:n – Seattle, Washington) – There’s something so comforting about fried chicken, but Korean fried chicken is on another level. With a chili caramel glaze, these wings are a sweet and spicy treat. This is definitely a dish to share with a friend, so bring the whole crew with you.

#28 Dragon Bowl (Scotty Brown’s Restaurant – Bellevue, Washington) – Customers rave that this teriyaki chicken (or tofu) bowl with rice, wok-fried veggies, red cabbage, crispy onions, and spicy yogurt is quite possibly the best-of-the-best on the outskirts of Seattle. “The Goods” menu at Scotty Brown’s doesn’t disappoint.

Pommes Frites Amsterdam (Brower’s Cafe – Fremont in Seattle, Washington) – So, this is basically a fancy name for french fries doused in melted aged gouda with caramelized onions, thyme and your choice of dipping sauce. If you’re feeling a little extra, you can add chopped bacon (yes!) or an organic fried egg. Fries and craft beer are always a good choice.

Don’t just take advantage of the cheap drink specials – keep an eye out for the variety of happy hour small plate options at local hot spots. Report back and let us know what you think of the list above, and what else we should add to our bucket list!

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Top 5 Reasons Why Most Taphouses Don’t Offer Happy Hour Everyday

So, you’ve had a long day at work, and after the 9-5 weekday grind all you want is to find a solid happy hour special around town, right? Unfortunately, most taphouses don’t offer happy hour specials every day of the week, and here’s why:

1. Traffic Varies:

A taphouse or restaurant owner’s main goal in strategically implementing happy hour specials is to bring individuals into their establishment during some of the lowest traffic times. This creates a high value or returns on investment perception for the guest and, if they have a positive experience, will encourage them to become a repeat customer. Some days and times are busier than others, so specials tend to be focused on these traditionally slower times.

2. High-Volume Traffic Doesn’t Last Forever:

Happy hours drive a crazy amount of traffic, but not for long. Guests will flood into a taphouse for a great deal and drink like a fish, however, as soon as the happy hour specials end, it’s a ghost town. This means guests are drinking at a discounted rate, but not sticking around to spend money on other items like food and regular priced specialty beers, ciders or wines. Though it’s beneficial for the customer, the “success” of these deals can often hurt the revenue flow for an establishment.

3. Perfect Recipe for a Disaster:

The timing of happy hour is often bad timing, especially during the work week. Those who come straight into a taphouse after getting off of work likely haven’t eaten since lunchtime (4-5 hours prior) and tend to drink on an empty stomach. This can lead to drunkenness and sloppy behavior which can give a nice establishment a bad rap.

4. Identity Crisis:

Happy hours can sabotage the image of a taphouse by making it seem more like a bar. People most likely go to bars with the sole intention to drink. Tap houses tend to serve specialty drinks, are not open until the wee hours of the morning, and want to appeal to a more distinct crowd. An identity crisis would not be ideal and could be a turn off to a tap house’s target market.

5. It’s the Law:

Some states in the country actually prohibit happy hour specials or the promotion of happy hour deals in general. The reason being, some lawmakers, such as those in Massachusetts, believe happy hours incite drunkenness. These laws do not impact Washington, so we’re safe, Seattle.

Your best bet is to figure out the happy hour specials at your favorite restaurants and tap houses around town so you can cash in on the best deals when they’re available. If you’re ever in Seattle and looking for the best happy hour nearby, stop by Easy Monkey for our $4 pints, a variety of FREE foods, and other food specials every Thursday and Friday! Come on in, give yourself a break and, “Take it eeeeeasy, monkey!”