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Seattle’s 10 Most Underrated Outdoor Drinking Spots

Published On 07/28/2015 Published On 07/28/2015
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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...

Percy’s

Ballard
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.

Quoin

Quoin

Fremont
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.

Saint John's

Saint John’s

Capitol Hill
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.

Casco Antiguo

Casco Antiguo

Pioneer Square
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.

Nijo

Nijo

Downtown
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.

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Pintxo

Belltown
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.

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Cantinetta

Wallingford
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!

Intermezzo Carmine

Intermezzo Carmine

Pioneer Square
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).

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Place Pigalle

Downtown
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.

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Loretta’s Northwesterner

South Park
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 Seattle 5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

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.

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2. Revel and Quoin 403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Seattle)

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.

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3. Saint John's Bar & Eatery 719 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

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.

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4. Casco Antiguo 115 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

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).

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5. Nijo 83 Spring St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

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.

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6. Pintxo 2207 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

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.

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7. Cantinetta 3650 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

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.

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8. Intermezzo Carmine 409 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

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.

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9. Place Pigalle 81 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

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.

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10. Loretta's Northwesterner 8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

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.

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