Quarter Lounge

One of those places which, even years after everyone's been taking their cigarettes outside, will probably never quite lose its smoky aura, the Quarter offers standard happy-hour food from 4 to 7 p.m., from fries (a heaping pile, skinny, crispy, dashed with chili powder) for $1.50 to popcorn shrimp (a sizable bowlful) at $3.75, to nachos and hot wings for $4. My plus-one pronounced the wings "just right" in terms of heat, and loved the shrimp, to my taste just teensy commas of shrimp-flavored breading ("Rice Krispies of the sea," plus-one agreed), though admittedly they were nicely light and crunchy and an addictive vehicle for cocktail sauce. Beer specials include domestic draft pints for $2 and microbrew draft pints for $3. With pool tables, sports on the TV, and '70s funk and disco (including vintage TV theme songs: Good Times, etc.) on the jukebox, Quarter attracts a younger backward-baseball-cap crowd, and suits on their way home who look like they'd be much more comfortable dressed that way as well. 909 Madison St., 206-332-0772. FIRST HILL

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