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Five stories above 4th Ave, in what used to be The Red Lion, Downtown's only rooftop bar is 4,000sqft full of fire features, Gatorade-colored ping-pong tables, and plenty of summery cocktails -- even when it doesn't feel like summer out.
A recent-ish addition to this Vietnamese mainstay on the back side of Cap Hill, Monsoon's roof deck makes the thing they do best -- brunch -- even better. Picture it: steamed BBQ pork buns, and some of the city's best pho (go with the beef round/brisket version) under the morning sun, while a breeze gently blows through the trees lining 19th St below, and the frustrated curses of people looking for parking under said trees recede gently into the background.
Named after a pipe tobacco and boasting a slightly nautical theme, this neighborhood bar provides customers with a glorious array of fried foods, from chicken and waffles to beer battered onion rings and deep-fried Beecher's cheese curds, as well as the perfect place to consume them: a rooftop deck complete with views of Seattle's skyline... and the Goodwill next door.
Opened last year, this rooftop-patio-equipped space down the street from their tiny, rooftop-patio-less original location, features 10 taps pouring a rotating selection of at least 13 brews, including a pair of IPAs (Stargazer and Coffee), a couple of pales, and... yup... at least two porters as well, all of which taste juuust a little better each time you catch a glimpse of Salmon Bay and the Fremont Cut between the buildings across the way.
Pike Place Market
Yes, it's a Hard Rock, and yes it's mostly for tourists and out-of-towners who don't know better, BUT it does boast a pretty glorious astroturf-topped rooftop bar, complete with cabanas, a fire pit, and commanding views of the Pike Place, and Elliott Bay behind the market's famous neon sign.
Everything on this stunning, triangular-shaped eatery's "earth to plate"-inspired menu tastes better when you're surrounded by an edible garden, one story above the considerable fray of the always-busy Melrose Market. Especially the water buffalo burger, or the Monday Night Paella.
MO's second, and much more sprawling location in Pike/Pine, features a sleek mostly black bar inside, and most importantly, a bustling lounge on the roof. In either area you can expect to be plied with an almost endless array of margaritas and some seriously delicious Mexican street food, including enfrijoladas that aren't to be missed.
It's not long for this world thanks to Pike/Pine's endless development, so enjoy the rooftop of this sports bar/nightclub amalgamation named for Ken Griffey Jr.'s famous play at home while you can. Oh, and don't forget to enjoy the chicken and waffles while you're at it. Seriously, write it down or something.
Pike Place Market
Set away behind the dudes throwing fish in the Pike Place Market, it's easy to overlook this charmingly authentic French restaurant, but it's impossible to forget once you're ensconced at a table overlooking the waterfront eating escargot in garlic & parsley butter.
Pike Place Market
Like the rest of the beguiling Post Alley eatery on which it sits, this most unlikely of all Seattle's rooftop decks is reached by going down a long staircase, though a trapeze-equipped dining room (they host burlesque shows at night!), and out onto the patio which is both below street level and breathtakingly above what few streets remain between it and the waterfront, giving you the sense that you're safely hidden away, and sitting on top of the world, at the same time.
1. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails1415 5th Ave, Seattle
2. Monsoon615 19th Avenue East, Seattle
3. Captain Blacks129 Belmont Ave E, Seattle
4. Rooftop Brewing Company1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle
5. Hard Rock Cafe Seattle116 Pike St, Seattle
6. Terra Plata1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle
7. Mezcaleria Oaxaca422 E Pine St, Seattle
8. 95 Slide722 E Pike St, Seattle
9. Maximilien81 Pike St, Seattle
10. The Pink Door1919 Post Alley, Seattle
Frolik's a rooftop bar downtown featuring tasty bites, a swanky setting, and PING PONG!
Monsoon serves up Vietnamese food paired with cocktails built using spirits from the Eastside distillery, including the chartreuse/lime/Thai basil Green Monster.
This bar and restaurant has not one but TWO large patios for you to lounge around on while enjoying a hot summer's day and sipping on a killer Captain's Tea.
Craft beer on a rooftop? Yes, please!
Yes, it's a Hard Rock, and yes it's mostly for tourists and out-of-towners who don't know better, BUT this classic American chain does boast a pretty glorious astroturf-topped rooftop bar, complete with cabanas, a fire pit, and commanding views of the Pike Place and Elliott Bay behind the farmers market's famous neon sign.
Terra Plata is the Captain Planet of organic eateries, highlighting choices from air, land, and sea. They've also got a rooftop garden.
Mescaleria Oaxaca’s behemoth location on the corner of Pine and Summit sports little-to-no signage, but does come complete with rooftop dining and one of the most impressive selections of mescal in this market. Pair that with eats like fried quesadillas and sautéed shrimp tacos with pico, and you've got a winning combo for Mex eats in Cap Hill.
95 Slide's a Cap Hill sports bar boasting memorabilia/flatscreens, a sweet rooftop lounge, and a menu featuring bites like chicken wings, poppers, and steak sandwiches.
At this French restaurant, diners can most frequently be found eating happy hour mussels (bathed in white wine, garlic, and parsley) while dining al fresco on the deck. Get at it.
Once you enter from an alley through an unmarked door, would you rather duck into a subterranean dining room where burlesque dancers swing above your head, or rise to a roof-top deck overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay? That choice is the first that will confront you at The Pink Door.