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.
The fun at Wildrose just never ends. A popular lesbian joint, Wildrose generally has a young crowd that fills this place up every day of the week for their special events like karaoke sessions, live performances and nights when the brews and Bloody Mary's just keep flowing. The menu is filled with tasty food like burgers, pizzas and even tacos. The pool tables add to the laid-back vibe of this place. If you are looking for a new place to chill and spend some time with your friends, head to Wildrose and get ready for a memorable time.
This laidback bar at the foot of Capitol Hill is just the cure you need for afterwork weariness. It has a dive bar-like ambiance, yet it isn't overly noisy or raucous, allowing you to unwind and chill with a friend or colleague. They do host sport event viewings on the weekends, and even have happy hour specials. Do try their beer and shot combos on your visit here.
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.
Nine Pound Hammer is a no-frills bar. What you get here are mean drinks and free peanuts. Hang out with your friends, unwind and play some pool or pinball. Nine Pound Hammer is the best place to go to after the working day is done. Dress as you please because the crowd here is always set to have a blast. There is outdoor seating if you prefer, but you can hear locals having a good time inside as well.
Madison Pub is a peppy hangout spot in Seattle. A gay-friendly bar, it hosts quiz nights, pool games, and screenings of sporting events. Friendly bartenders concoct tasteful drinks, and patrons can pick from a range of beers, cocktails, and wines. They also have a dartboard and other gaming equipment. A dance floor, a jukebox, and some catchy music are what define a good night at this pub.
Not many nightclubs double as elegant lunch spots, but this tiny, art-filled place does. Space-age tubular lighting, glitzy statues and large-scale paintings are not your typical nightclub decor. Large windows along the front allow for open-air seating on hot summer nights, and for a refreshingly cool dance floor. Weekday lunch specials are a great bargain, and the Happy Hour from 4p-7p features spicy snacks and cheap well drinks. Nightly live music ranges from reggae to funk to industrial.
The Diller Room is located in one of the oldest buildings the Emerald City has, an edifice built one year after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Though the hotel is no longer used, the street-level Diller Room provides a old-fashioned bar that has been reconverted into something more modern, yet the space still retains many of its late 19th-century details. The bar is known for its excellent cocktails; try the Cucumber Mojito or the Elderflower Gimlet, both drinks are smooth variations based off the original classics.
Found on Yesler Way, P Square Saloon is a lively bar in the bustling neighborhood of Pioneer Square. The saloon lures guzzlers with its extensive selection of on-tap brews and a relaxed setting. The tapered layout is adorned with several band and rebel posters. Barring the placards, the decor remains sparse. It is a popular haunt for locals on first Thursdays of every month, as P Square has some great open mic nights and comic acts. Munch on the complimentary pop-corn, even as you gulp down your chosen libations till wee hours.
Located in Pioneer Square, this is one of the oldest pubs in Seattle. The narrow bar stretches to the back, where tables and chairs face a small stage. Jazz, reggae, rock or blues plays here almost nightly, making this a great place to catch live music. The saloon offers a menu of decent fish, pork and chicken dishes, and the full bar has a wide selection of microbrews on tap. The Central participates in the Pioneer Square joint cover.