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Brimming over with a sophisticated crowd, Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is where you should be headed if you want to spend the evening in style. The cafe has multiple dining areas, bars and even a terrace for lounging. Enjoy the staple live music performances and laid back atmosphere while enjoying some great drinks and quality dishes. Whether you come here alone or bring some friends along, the friendly servers and buzzing atmosphere ensure you have a good time.
No signs lead to this romantic hideaway near Pike Place Market, but when you see the pink door itself, you'll know you've arrived. On a sunny day you can sit outside on the rooftop deck, where shorts, sunglasses and lively chatter run rampant and everyone seems rejuvenated by the awesome backdrop of Elliot Bay. The rustic Italian cuisine includes a variety of delicious pastas and specials. The Cioppino and the spinach stuffed pork loin are especially good. The restaurant features cabaret and other live entertainment. Please call ahead for hours.
Whether you are looking for a mellow place to grab a drink at night, an outdoor dinner setting, or a cool brunch spot, Saint John's Bar & Eatery fits the bill. A low-key watering hole, this is the kind of place that has no pretense, just friendly vibes permeating throughout. This versatile Capitol Hill establishment is probably primarily known as a bar, but the food options should not be dismissed. Diners love the brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays (don't forget the Bloody Mary!), while dinner options mainly consist of salads, burgers and sandwiches (with a slightly upscale arrangement).
Vermillion is a modern art gallery displaying interesting and unique creations of local artists. In the back of the gallery is a bar, serving both beer and wine. Sip on a glass of chardonnay, pinot noir or a nice cold beer as you take in the art adorning the walls. You can even take home one of the art pieces on exhibit for the right price. This is an ideal destination for art and wine connoisseurs alike.
The 5 Point Cafe is a neighborhood dive bar and restaurant that offers sumptuous American comfort food, including roast beef sandwich, Cuban marinated pulled pork sandwich, burgers and homemade chili soup. This popular cafe is open day and night and is acclaimed as one of the best dive bars in the city due to its inexpensive prices and down-to-Earth atmosphere. The unpretentious decor has a few unusual twists, such as a moose head that's covered in bras or some risque Polaroids behind the bar. Make sure you check out the great deals during their Happy Hour.
This may be a bit off of the usual tourist path, but for a taste of the local scene, head to Pacific Inn Pub in Wallingford. Here you can find throngs of friendly regulars cheering on the Seahawks or Mariners, enjoying the fresh Washington air from the adjoined outdoor seating area. Get the fish and chips (some call it the best in the Pacific Northwest!) and wash that down with a cold pint of your favorite IPA. For fans of dive bars with local flavor, Pacific Inn Pub is sure to please.
Filling the gap left by Wallingford's now defunct Beeliner Diner, this West Seattle eatery called Luna Park Cafe plainly enjoys its mission of keeping retro atmosphere alive. Everything here is a reminder of a bygone era. The portions of meatloaf, the full turkey dinners and the burgers are cheap and enormous, so the only things you will need in abundance are nostalgia for yesteryear and a healthy appetite.
Located upstairs from Ray's Boathouse, this light, airy cafe attracts a young and lively crowd, more casually dressed than below. The panoramic view of Shilshole Bay is the only thing the restaurant and Ray's Cafe share. On warm summer days, the best place to sit is on the terrace, overlooking the bay. The gourmet pub grub includes vegetarian and salmon burgers and pasta with seafood. The extensive appetizer list is served until midnight. The full bar has over 20 microbrews on tap.