Drinking in Seattle

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(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)

Currently, Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in America.  With companies like Amazon bringing new jobs to the city every day, it’s no surprise why.  With that being said, there is certainly no shortage of drinking spots in Seattle!  And after spending four-months in the Emerald City, I would say that I have scoped out my fair share. Below you will find the best places to sit back relax, and have a drink in Seattle – whether morning, noon, or night.




La Marzocco Café – Queen Anne

La Marzocco, Seattle

A sprawling, open coffee café that shares room with a popular radio host in the Seattle area. Also unique for rotating coffee roasters from across the world in order to curate different experiences for guests.  These different roasters verse the staff in how to make specialty drinks their way.


Storyville Coffee Pike Place – Pike Place Market

This charming coffee house overlooks Pike Place Market.  Watch the hustle and bustle of the market away from the crowd, while cozying up next to the fireplace.


Victrola – Beacon Hill; Capitol Hill

While roasting good coffee, I like Victrola best as a place to hang out.  Offering a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Victrola is always buzzing with people.




Perihelion Brewery – Beacon Hill

Perihelion Brewery, Seattle

Good beer and elevated bar food make this brewery one of my favorites in Seattle.  The outdoor patio has fire pits to sit around, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the summer sit out by the blooming sunflowers.


Stoup Brewing – Ballard

A two-story, intimate brewery complete with garage doors opening out to the beer garden.  Both dogs and kids welcome, Stoup has entertainment for everyone.  Go early and cozy up around the big outdoor fireplace.


Optimism Brewery – Capitol Hill

Set in an industrial setting, Optimism is great for large parties.  You can rent out space and have birthday parties, wedding parties, and more in this lively brewery.  As a plus, there’s always different food trucks set up outside – check out their website to see which food truck will be visiting.


Fremont Brewing – Fremont

Fremont Brewing, Seattle

A busy, family owned brewery, across from Lake Union, Fremont is the ultimate brewery.  Outdoor picnic tables line the sidewalks, fitting multiple people.  Plus multiple tables inside for a rainy day.  Kid and dog friendly, plus Fremont has no shortage of board games available!


Peddler Brewing Company – Ballard

A dingy space loaded with character, Peddler is my favorite brewery in Ballard.  Both dogs and kids welcome, Ballard has a large beer garden where you can play cornhole, or grab a game and sit at the table.  As a plus, there is always Cycle Dogs! A food truck located in the beer garden, serving vegan fair and upscale hot dogs.  Also, make sure to check the website – Peddler offers tons of events such as movie nights in the garden.


Lagunitas Brewing Company TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary – Ballard

A large brewery for groups to relax, enjoy the beer, and food served.  Also offering live music many nights of the week.




Bar Ferdinand – Capitol Hill

Bar Ferdinand, Seattle

Focusing solely on wines, this charming wine bar is tucked away in Capitol Hill.  Come in for a glass, or stay and pair your wine with the assortment of food they serve.


The Edgewater Hotel – Downtown

The four-star hotel where the infamous Beatles picture took place, and Seattle’s only waterfront hotel.  The Edgewater is complete with an upscale bar that you don’t have to have a room in order to visit.  Order your drink at the bar and head to the patio for views overlooking Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.


Canon – Capitol Hill

Canon, Seattle

An upscale cocktail bar serving specialty cocktails accompanied with small bites and entrees. Pricey, but worth it, you’ll be impressed when your drink comes served in a bathtub.  Or better yet, on an IV pole.


Athenian at the Market – Pike Place Market

Where Sleepless in Seattle was filmed, head here for great happy hour prices!  Make sure to go early and snag a spot near the bar, as this is the only place that serves happy hour.  (If you get hungry, order the calamari.  You’ll thank me later).


Tippe and Drague Alehouse – Beacon Hill

Tippe and Drague Alehouse, Seattle

A complete dive bar serving beer on tap and not so good food.  With loads of personality, I wouldn’t miss it.  Come on a Tuesday for trivia.  Price is $2 at the door, winner takes home cash, second place chooses the theme for the following week, and last place takes home beer.  Win, win, win.


What’s your favorite drink spot in Seattle?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Kylee splits her time between being a NICU nurse and solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five years now. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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