Food & Drink

Seattle’s 10 Most Underrated Outdoor Drinking Spots

Published On 07/28/2015 Published On 07/28/2015
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1. Percy's Seattle 5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.