1. Jules Maes Saloon5919 Airport Way S, Seattle
2. The J & M Cafe201 1st Ave S, Seattle
3. The Central Saloon207 1st Ave S, Seattle
4. The 5 Point Cafe415 Cedar St, Seattle
5. The Mecca Cafe & Bar526 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
6. Blue Moon Tavern712 NE 45th St, Seattle
7. Duchess Tavern2827 NE 55th St, Seattle
8. The Tin Hat Bar & Grill512 NW 65th St, Seattle
Pre-prohibition, the Jules Maes in Georgetown was serving up that gool ‘ol firewater. This grungy old bar at the corner of Airport Way and Nebraska serves up stiff drinks and frequently hosts live music.
Vigorously beautified by the former Fenix owner, the oldest bar in Seattle has a mammoth wooden main bar and an open kitchen to go with the old charms (its name in stained glass above the door, the antique plaster ceiling, the charmingly cavernous interior), all in an attempt to set the iconic night spot "as it should be", which given its history as a gold rush flop-house, prohibition speakeasy, and illegal brothel, was a pretty risque proposition.
This casual saloon opened in the 19th century and serves tons of excellent American pub food.
It's hard to argue with this quirky's dive's tagline: "Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929" -- these guys have been serving boozy concoctions way under the radar since just before the end of prohibition, and it shows. The same goes for its heaping breakfasts of chicken & biscuits, plate-sized pancakes, and vegetarian hash and endless selection of classic burgers, sandwiches, and classic American comfort foods that make an ideal pair for a pint or specialty cocktail.
Any bar with a motto like "alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929", all-day breakfast, and a jukebox playing Coltrane, The Pixies, Tom Waits, and... um, Wham, is probably the place for you. So why aren't you at Mecca Cafe & Bar right now?
Home to the beat poets back in the day, the Blue Moon’s roots extend far beyond that decade. In fact, it’s the first and oldest bar in the U-District. By state law, the bar had to be at least one mile away from the UW, locating it precisely where it is, just off the freeway.
Planting its roots in Ravenna far before the era of parking lots, this large, yet cozy UW bar not too far from the U-Village has seen its fair share of rowdy scholars getting down on a Saturday night. Decked out with two fireplaces, an outdoor smoking area/patio (remember when you could do that inside?) and more Husky regalia than one could possibly imagine, the Duchess has been home to a good time since at least 1934.
The Tin Hat is one of Seattle’s older bars… and a magical time machine back to an easier, simpler time. After all, any place whose motto is “Shut the F Up and Drink” is a place we want to be at.