Some patios get all the glory, get crowded the moment the sun comes out, and get put on things like our sweet Patio Power Rank. Some patios deserve all that, but they don’t get it, either because they’re underappreciated, or they’re hidden away in alleyways/backyards/etc. Until now: here are Seattle’s 10 most underrated outdoor drinking destinations...
It’s big and it’s fabulous and Percy’s produce-forward beverages are perfect for drinking outside. And yet, somehow, this deck manages to not be overcrowded absolutely 100% of the time. That will probably change soon, so get in your porch-sitting ASAP.
Since Quoin mostly serves as a waiting space for sister spot and neighbor Revel, people hardly think to sneak out to the back deck, where the same killer drinks that are served at both places come on a balcony high above Fremont, in front of a fireplace.
The back patio here is not large, so it’s understandable that people forget about it. It’s not, however, forgivable that they do, since it is basically like drinking in a garden oasis in the middle of the city, all green trees and blue tables, with strung-up lights lights twinkling in the fresh air.
Five years ago you might have looked askance at anyone telling you that an alleyway in Pioneer Square was a great place to drink anything but Mad Dog 20/20 from a paper bag. But, hey, times change, and now the back of Casco Antiguo offers the new Pioneer Square alley experience, scented with mezcal and hot pepper margaritas.
Another alley secret, this one hidden away behind some office buildings, making it the perfect happy hour escape from drone-dom. Enjoy sake and fresh fish and maybe even a bit of the scent of the sea, since it’s just blocks from Elliott Bay.
Squeezed in between buildings, and overlooking an alleyway in a crowded part of town, there’s something romantic about the narrow patio’s inherent secrecy. Or maybe it’s just that we’re a bit tipsy since there’s no way to sit out there without wanting to stay for another glass of sangria.
The L-shaped patio wraps around the back of the building so tightly and so quietly, that you could eat many meals here without ever knowing you could have enjoyed your grappa under the stars. Which makes it all the better because it’s just our little secret... oops!
When Il Terrazzo Carmine created its craft cocktail offshoot, the design was totally focused on drinking, but it kept the same principle as the original restaurant (which is named after its terrace): outdoors is best. Pull up a cushioned seat at the long fireplace, and let the bartender tell you about what’s in your Arrivederci cocktail (hint: delicious things).
It seems obvious, but hey, that great market overlooking the water? Yeah, it has restaurants with phenomenal views from adorable little patios. So, follow the directions (“Behind where they throw the fish”) and order some of the fresh seafood that this place is known for and start in on the drinks, ideally as the sun sets over the water.
Don’t ask why there’s an old Airstream trailer back there. Or why the dive bar has such an otherwise adorable and classy patio. This place is not for questions, it’s for cheap Rainier beer and drinking in the sunshine.
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1. Percy's Seattle5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle
2. Revel and Quoin403 N 36th St, Seattle
3. Saint John's Bar & Eatery719 E Pike St, Seattle
4. Casco Antiguo115 Occidental Ave S, Seattle
5. Nijo83 Spring St, Seattle
6. Pintxo2207 2nd Ave, Seattle
7. Cantinetta3650 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle
8. Intermezzo Carmine409 1st Ave S, Seattle
9. Place Pigalle81 Pike St, Seattle
10. Loretta's Northwesterner8617 14th Ave S, Seattle
A stunning apothecary-style spot from dudes who's past credits include places like King's Hardware, Rudy's, and The Ace Hotel, Percy's in Ballard is serving up a sophisticated selection of locally sourced eats from a Southern and Creole inspired menu that pair perfectly with their herbaceous cocktails and house-infused liquors. Be sure to stop by on Monday for all day happy hour.
This combination restaurant and bar is run by the husband-wife cooking team of Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both of whom were contestants on Iron Chef America. If that wasn't enough to reel you in, the married couple combines American and Korean cuisine to create a menu of fusion dishes (like the moo shu pork dumpling and smoked oyster po-boy in a Korean pancake) unique to the restaurant. There's also a selection of signature cocktails that you can sample before/during your meal.
Saint John's' menu is an eclectic mix of items (think: croque monsieur with Jalapeno bechamel) but what makes this a truly amazing spot is the back garden oasis, all green trees and blue tables with strung up lights twinkling in the fresh air.
Yet another reason to visit Pioneer Square! Casco Antiguo is split into two different parts -- a restaurant and a speakeasy-style bar complete with a back alley entrance where the margaritas flow freely (on tap, actually).
This little gem is hidden behind some office buildings Downtown, and is the perfect happy hour spot. Have some sake and fresh fish, and maybe even a scent of the sea since it's just blocks from Elliot Bay.
Opened by Belltown locals in the space vacated by much-loved Txori, Pintxo's keeping most of the narrow, wood-heavy interior the same -- including the high library-style shelving behind the open kitchen/bar -- but is putting its own spin on tapas.
An Italian restaurant with strong Tuscan roots, Cantinetta calls Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood home. And you will feel at home once you're dining on hand-made pasta and sipping on wine with origins the Alps of Northwestern Italy, within the restaurant's tastefully modest, wood-furnished abode.
The expansion to the iconic Intermezzo Carmine in Pioneer Square, this place has super tasty craft Italian cocktails andf small plates like seared ahi tuna and squid ink pasta.
Place Pigalle has got an adorable little patio overlooking the water, and fresh seafood to match. Grab a seat outside, and a drink, and take it all in as the sun sets over the water.
This hole in the wall doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it's home to one of Seattle's favorite joints for the simple pleasures in life -- that is, burgers and beer. Loretta's is known for its Tavern Burger, which, much like the bar itself, is simple and unfussy (it consists of a patty, cheese, raw white onions, pickles, and a bun), but its house-made sauce and overall juiciness packs a huge punch.