Food & Drink

The 7 best free bar snacks in Seattle

Published On 11/13/2014 Published On 11/13/2014

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...

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Chicken wings, onion rings & more...

Oliver's Lounge (address and info)
Downtown
The swanky Oliver鈥檚 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 crudit茅s, 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

Cheese puffs

Speckled & Drake (address and info)
Capitol Hill
Get those napkins ready because you鈥檙e going to need them lest the snacks here turn your fingers and face a disturbingly unrealistic shade of orange.

Fog贸n Cocina Mexicana

Tostada appetizer

Fog贸n Cocina Mexicana (address and info)
Capitol Hill
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.

Twitter/@CorksandForksTO 

Pretzels... and dog treats

Fremont Brewing (address and info)
Fremont
With all these beers on tap, you鈥檙e 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.

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Lentil soup

Main St. Gyros (address and info)
Pioneer Square
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.

CHONA KASINGER

Popcorn

Radiator Whiskey (address and info)
Downtown
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.

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Goldfish

Rob Roy (address and info)
Belltown
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 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. Fog贸n 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鈥檙e 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.

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