Sure, we've already told you about the 19 things Seattle is better at than anywhere else... but one thing that's not on that list is free, or even affordable, stuff (unless you're talking about Mariners tickets, obviously). That's why we've tracked down the seven best complimentary bar eats in the city. Feast your eyes...
Chicken wings, onion rings & more...
Oliver's Lounge (address and info)
The swanky Oliver’s Lounge, located in the historic Mayflower Park Hotel, offers free munchies like the ones above, but during happy hour they roll out platters of complimentary crudités, cheeses, salamis, and fruits, plus a rotating selection of traditional bar eats like pot stickers, chicken wings, sausages, onion rings, and deep-fried prawns.
Speckled & Drake (address and info)
Get those napkins ready because you’re going to need them lest the snacks here turn your fingers and face a disturbingly unrealistic shade of orange.
Fogón Cocina Mexicana (address and info)
This Mextaurant has made a success of the former Kiki (and Kurrent) space -- which has been called everything from "kursed" and "krazy" to things that don't start with Ks -- by serving badass South-of-the-border eats and giving away one free tostada appetizer (w/ refried beans, Cotija cheese & crema) to every diner.
Pretzels... and dog treats
Fremont Brewing (address and info)
With all these beers on tap, you’re going to need something to keep you going. Luckily, Fremont Brewing offers complimentary pretzels with their potent draughts, and because their taproom is dog-friendly, they also offer the canine equivalent to pretzels.
Main St. Gyros (address and info)
If you dine in at this Pioneer Square joint, they'll dish up complimentary lentil soup to warm you up before heading on your way.
Radiator Whiskey (address and info)
This cozy whiskey joint in the heart of Pike Place Market serves warm, salty popcorn to its patrons, which they can munch on 'til their heart's content while enjoying a super-picturesque view of the Showgirls across the street, where nothing is free, hence the reason you can't afford anything besides the popcorn.
Rob Roy (address and info)
During happy hour, which falls from 4-7pm, this classy Belltown spot makes $6 cocktails like its Gunpowder Punch and Huntsman AND throws in complimentary Goldfish, which doesn't sound all that great until you realize said Goldfish cost two bucks (!) the rest of the time.
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1. Oliver's Lounge405 Olive Way, Seattle
2. Speckled & Drake1355 E Olive Way, Seattle
3. Fogón Cocina Mexicana600 E Pine St, Seattle
4. Fremont Brewing Company3409 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle
5. Main St Gyros301 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle
6. Radiator Whiskey94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle
7. Rob Roy2332 2nd Ave, Seattle
This unironically old-school swillery in the Mayflower Park's been plying people with booze long enough for the '70s-style flared jeans the GF's shopping for to inexplicably come back into style, and specializes in classic 'tails like the rye whiskey/bitters/absinthe Sazerac, a simple list of bar eats, and, during happy hour, a badass range of complimentary snacks that'll hopefully help you think of something to say when she asks how you like her new jeans.
Sure, duck hunting would be wayyy cooler if the zapper worked on that bastard laughing dog, but apparently it's already cool enough to inspire the names of not one, but two drinking establishments opened by the same Seattle-native: Cap Hill's Speckled & Drake, and one called Duck Duck that you've likely never been to since -- like the dog on the two-dimensional 8-bit NES game -- it's in Flatbush.
The Eastside Mexican maestros behind the Mi Tierras in Monroe and Woodinville bring you south-of-the-border cuisine in this reworked 110-seater featuring bamboo tables & benches, and a tortilla-making station that's pretty damn cool.
With all these beers on tap, you’re going to need something to keep you going. Luckily, Fremont Brewing offers complimentary pretzels with their potent draughts.
If you dine in at this Pioneer Square joint in, they dish up complimentary lentil soup to warm you up before heading on your way.
Radiator Whiskey is a brewpub in Downtown that's dishing out barrel-aged, gravity-poured cocktails as well as American classics that may or may not include Fritos.
This 50s' style cocktail lounge in Belltown serves classic libations in addition to a solid beer selection and smattering of small-plate bar dishes to soak up your booze. Besides offering all the traditional tipplers (Negronis, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and of course, Rob Roys), Rob Roy's rotating artisanal offerings like the Campari and pineapple soaked Jungle Bird will whet your whistle if you're seeking a more creative boozy beverage.