Food & Drink

The 7 best free bar snacks in Seattle

Published On 11/13/2014 Published On 11/13/2014
Speckled & Drake
Fogón Cocina Mexicana
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1. Oliver's Lounge 405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

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.

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2. Speckled & Drake 1355 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

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.

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3. Fogón Cocina Mexicana 600 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

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.

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4. Fremont Brewing Company 3409 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

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.

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5. Main St Gyros 301 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

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.

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6. Radiator Whiskey 94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

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.

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7. Rob Roy 2332 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

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.