One of Seattle's hottest gay bars, R Place serves up the good times. There are three levels here: first level has a bar area, second has some games like pool and darts, and the third level is where the real party is at (break out those killer dance moves). Music is mostly top 40's and the atmosphere is friendly and inclusive. If you're looking for strong drinks, groovy beats and parades of folks getting down on the dance floor, R Place won't disappoint.
Moved to its current downtown location in 1985 and renovated in 1990, Seattle's premier jazz club brings artists of international standing, including the likes of Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Cleo Laine. The dinner menu features a varied selection of Northwest and Mediterranean dishes. The well-rounded offerings feature seafood, grilled meats, and options for vegetarians. There's a full bar and a private room that holds 275.
The menu offers breakfast and lunch, but make no mistake about it, as the main attraction is the diner itself, a greasy place that serves as a Mecca for a group of regulars enjoying a night on the town. This cafe dates back to World War II, so it is no surprise that it has acquired a musty character over the years. You may not be able to make out your friends through the smoky air, but half the fun of coming is to try. Typical American pub grub is offered, heavier than usual with grease—burgers, fries, sandwiches and the like. Breakfast is available all day. There is a full bar and the beer selection is broad.
A series of brewers have tried their luck with this West Seattle Junction location. This latest opened here in 1997 and attempts to broaden its appeal by catering to families and hip urbanites. The decor favors brass, and the smoking section's location upstairs with the pool tables keeps the air fresher downstairs. The pub has 10 beers on tap, six brewed onsite. There's also root beer on tap for the kids. Burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu. Hear live folk and jazz music most Saturdays. Call ahead for hours.
With a mix of urban industrial design that display steel beams and brick walls opposite blue damask wallpaper, Café Presse offers a post-modern take on French dining. Grab your morning coffee and pastry at the street-side counter, then linger at a cafe table over a baguette sandwich and glass of wine for lunch. Join friends in the evening for cocktails and if you planning a late dinner, the kitchen serves its wonderful Steak Frites until closing.
Located in Pioneer Square, this elegant, romantic restaurant features a very impressive menu of Italian classics. The antipasti are favorite starters, and customers return again and again for popular pasta, seafood, veal, beef and lamb entrees, such as the Osso Buco and New York steak with truffle oil. Leave room for the Tiramisu, which some call Seattle's best. The wine list focuses on wines from Italy, California and the Northwest. Guests can dine in a simple yet elegant dining room or through the French doors on the courtyard terrace.
Enjoy life's little pleasures in this upbeat niche bar in Seattle's downtown area. The Purple Cafe scores high on variety, as the menu offers American and Mediterranean cuisines. The global wine bar is a connoisseur's dream. The cafe also has free wifi, so spend a evening here with your laptop or call your friends over to help you choose from the wine and tapas selection.
As the name suggests, oysters are the focus of this downtown restaurant called Shuckers, located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Twelve local varieties of oysters are available in single servings, by the half dozen and by the dozen. The restaurant has dark wood and a high ceiling, similar to a traditional pub, and dress is fairly casual. Highlights of the menu include oyster delicacies and Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Dungeness Crab with Baby Yellow Fin Potatoes. Many other non-seafood favorites are offered as well.
From the red walls, ceiling and booths to the white tablecloths, this restaurant offers old-school Italian decor. During the lunch and dinner hours, it is a great place for inexpensive dining and drinking on First Hill. You can choose from rich pasta dishes or splurge on a surf-n-turf combo. Late nights bring out the disco divas, and this place fills up early. Some nights it offers live music, others a DJ. Either way, the place will be jumping until closing time.
This contemporary pan-Asian favorite is is airy, elegant, and always packed with a chic crowd of loyalists. The popular satay bar features chicken, seafood, beef, lamb and pork, grilled and served with a spicy peanut sauce. The Siam lettuce cups, filled with seared Chilean sea bass, are superb. The Dungeness crab will leave you licking your fingers for every last morsel and counting yourself among the converted. A full bar is available.
Chip & Drew's Filling Station serves healthy salads, soups and other locally sourced dishes to hungry Seattleites. Everything is made, cut and prepared fresh every morning and though they are only open five days a week, if you have business downtown, Chip & Drew's is an excellent choice. On the menu, you'll find signature salads, create-your-own salads, sandwiches and a rotating soup schedule that features Broccoli Cheddar, Rustic Potato, Spicy Tomato Lentil and many more traditional stews.
This long-established Pioneer Square nightspot attracts a young, mostly collegiate crowd to its bill of blues, rock, pop and jazz artists. Located in a venerable Seattle building, Doc Maynard's Public House features music that's often great. You'll taste the riffs in your beer. It's loud and hectic, so it's hard to chat, but no one seems to mind. During the day, the Seattle Underground Tour leaves from here. Full bar service is available.