The Best Outdoor Bars In Seattle

Sometimes there is a giant orb in the sky that makes people in Seattle want to go outside. That being said, break out the shades for the best bars and outdoors space in Seattle.



 
WESTWARD SEATTLE


On top of having a beautiful interior bar, Westard's patio skirts right up to the edge of Lake Union. The adirondack chairs are moveable and low-key, so don't worry about grabbing chairs to circle around the fire or bring right up to the edge of the deck.


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TERRA PLATA


Nestled on Melrose Ave, take advantage of a First Hill rooftop view with fantastic, award-winning food from chef Tamara Murphy.


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MARINATION MAI KAI

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This West Seattle stop has the most breathtaking view of the skyline.


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LITTLE WATER CANTINA

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Little Water's patio overlooks the Northeast corner of Lake Union.


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FROLIK KITCHEN + COCKTAILS

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This downtown rooftop spot is perfect for a post-work cocktail and great happy hour specials. Their heated tent is up now through early April, but don't worry - you'll still get a killer view of the city.


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Magnuson Cafe & Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Jake Hanson

Magnuson Cafe & Brewery is a family-friendly restaurant, offering hand-crafted food and 16 beers on tap. This new spot is located on the northern shoreline of Magnuson Park and features a large outdoor deck with multiple levels overlooking Lake Washington.


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BALLARD LOFT


The bonus of this indoor/outdoor hybrid porch is ample seating - no fights over the only four tables in the bar. The Loft holds Geeks Who Drink Trivia every Tuesday and has more than enough TVs to watch your sports team win the sports match.


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KING’S HARDWARE


Look at all that sky! Who wouldn’t want to kick back with a beer out here? Not to mention King’s Hardware has a host of arcade games, $10 pitchers during happy hour, and more taxidermy animals than your average Ballard hunting lodge.


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THE INNKEEPER


In spring and summer, the back patio is a widely sought after at this Belltown find that has “bar food with Latin soul. The patio is intimate and cozy, with close to a dozen tables that are first-come, first-served. If you get a table, order up some $2 oysters and an Innkeeper’s gimlet.


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CAPTAIN BLACKS


Captain Blacks, the neighborhood bar in Capitol Hill, has two decks with space heaters to make your early spring or late fall drinking hour even more comfortable. In the summer this place gets packed, but is oh so worth it! 


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FREMONT BREWING COMPANY


The beer garden at this Fremont staple is always sunny, and it’s easy to see why Fremont Brewery is a popular choice for spring and summer drinking festivities. Grab a bowl of pretzels to go with your flight and take advantage of the brewery prices.


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THE YARD


With 18 rotating drafts updated daily, The Yard is Greenwood’s best spot for a good beer and a little sunshine. The “yard” itself is a cozy nook that flows from the main bar, and at the start of spring, it’s the best for those couple hours of sunshine.


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IVAR’S SALMON HOUSE


Here’s a classy reason to go to Ivar’s Salmon House: half price wine by the glass on Mondays and Tuesdays. The terrace has enough tables to seat you and all of your wine-loving friends and panoramic views of the city.


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PYRAMID ALEHOUSE


If you’re on your way to a Mariners’ game, make a pit stop at Pyramid Alehouse’s beer garden before they win every game this season. Fun fact: the garden made USA Today’s list for “10 Best Restaurants Near NFL Stadiums.” Grab a seasonal draft or a brewery favorite to get ready for the game.


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THE PEN AT SAFECO FIELD


Once you’ve gotten inside Safeco Field, chances are you’ll want a beer with those CrackerJacks. Get to the game early enough to score one of the best standing spots in the park.


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JOULE


We recommend setting up a reservation for this date-night favorite in Wallingford. Even after the sun sets, you can warm up by the stone fire pit in the heart of the patio and enjoy some excellent food.


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EL CHUPACABRA

Photo by Austin Santiago

Before you know it, Alki Beach is going to be crowded with hundreds of people with the same idea you had. We picked this El Chupacabra spot for its proximity to the beach and killer views of the water. Get outside and enjoy El Chupacabra’s front porch while spring hasn’t quite sprung and enjoy some delicious food.


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LORETTA'S NORTHWESTERNER


Should you find yourself in need of not only a delicious and cheap burger but of shade as well, this neighborhood jem is the place to go. There's a silver-clad Airstream that you can lounge in to avoid the sun, but there's plenty of seating outside, including a fireplace for the cooler nights.


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Sugar Hill

Photo by Matt McDonald

Sugar Hill is a vinyl-fueled eatery/bar for craft cocktails, Thai street food & late-night DJs plus a great outdoor seating area along Pine St.


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Mbar


Mbar is a great rooftop bar and restaurant with stunning views of Lake Union and Seattle. Worth the visit for sure.


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The Cloud Room


The Cloud Room is tucked away above 11th and Pike, with an expansive west facing sun deck, cozy conversational nooks and in-house library, our bar is the perfect location for an intimate night of conversation or celebration.


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The Nest at Thompson Seattle

The Nest, Thompson Seattle’s iconic rooftop bar, cocktail lounge, and terrace. Hovering above the urban hustle of Pike Place Market and Seattle’s downtown, The Nest embraces the heart-stopping view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range beyond—making it the only place that truly captures the unfolding drama of the city.


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Daniel's Broiler
Photo by Giovanni Severini

Enjoy a USDA prime steak and the views of Lake Union and Gas Works Park from Daniel's Broiler.


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Lost Lake


Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, Lost Lake is a go to spot for drinks and grub on the hill. The parklet/patio outside of Lost Lake serves as a great spot to talk with friends, enjoy libations and partake in some people watching.


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Did we miss a spot? Something new open up? Feel free to contact us and we will add it to the list.