Drink Like A King

Whenever I walk through Chinatown, there always are so many places that catch my eye. Trendy restaurants, hole-in-the-wall stores and unique bars? Count me in! After a recommendation to hit Smith & Kings, located at — you guessed it — the cross of Smith and North King streets (69 N. King St.), I ventured out on a Thursday night in hopes of finding a hip hotspot to enjoy some pau hana drinks.

First things first — I walked right past it! I knew it was near The Pig & The Lady (a great spot for craft cocktails), but I was looking for a big hanging sign. You won’t find one, but when you see the beautiful chalk-board drawings, you’ll know you’re at the right spot.

I grabbed a seat and was delighted to learn it was happy hour! An assortment of drinks are included at unbeatable prices during their happy hour (from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and from 10 p.m. to midnight): $3 well drinks, $3-5 beers and an assortment of discounted cocktails.

I went with their most popular — a $5 Lychee Refresher (pictured). A fruity blend of lychee, mango vodka, cranberry and pineapple juices topped with blueberries, the drink was very refreshing. My one critique is that it did have a bit too much ice in it.

Intrigued by their version of a Long Island Iced Tea, I ordered the Hawaiian Iced Tea for my second round. All I have to say is WHOA! A mix of vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, rum, pineapple juice and sour, this is the drink to order at Smith & Kings. A couple of these and you’ll be having a very good time.

I couldn’t resist ordering the Montreal Poutine Fries — french fries with cheese curd and brown gravy. I wasn’t disappointed: The poutine was hot, gooey and full of flavor.

There is an assortment of other menu items I’m dying to try (lobster mac and cheese, anyone?), so I know I’ll be hitting Smith & Kings again soon. Friendly atmosphere and affordable prices make Smith & Kings a winner in my book.