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The Best Places to Score Free Bar Snacks in Seattle

Updated On 08/29/2017 at 04:46PM EST Updated On 08/29/2017 at 04:46PM EST
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Oliver's Lounge

Downtown

The swanky Oliver’s Lounge, located in the historic Mayflower Park Hotel, is somewhere you'll want to go for a happy hour, where 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.

Fogón Cocina Mexicana

Fogón Cocina Mexicana

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 delicious south-of-the-border foods and giving away one free tostada appetizer (with refried beans, Cotija cheese & crema) to every diner.

Radiator Whiskey

Downtown

This cozy whiskey joint in the heart of Pike Place Market serves warm, salty popcorn to its patrons, which they can munch on till 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.

Freemont Brewing

Fremont Brewing

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 drafts, and because their taproom is dog-friendly, they also offer the canine equivalent to pretzels.

The Carlile Room

The Carlile Room

Downtown

The Carlile Room serves complimentary cheesy poofs alongside their stellar cocktail menu during happy hour, which features discounted signature martinis and an assortment of PNW wines. Happy hour happens between 4pm and 6pm for the afternoon delight edition and 10pm to midnight daily for the after-dark flavor. The bar is located across The Paramount, so make the slightest of detours the next time you’re out for a show -- in fact, if it’s music you’re after, The Carlile Room features live DJs on Thursday through Saturday starting during their after dark happy hour.

Hooverville

Industrial District

Grab a free basket of whole shell peanuts with your cheap beers at this über-divey Industrial District spot and go nuts -- it’s totally kosher to discard your shells on the ground the good ol’ fashioned way here. This cozy dive is a perfect stop if you’re pregaming for a show at the Showbox SoDo across the street or need a spot to decompress (win or lose) after a Mariners game -- after all, nothing pairs better with an ice cold PBR than a full basket of nuts. Hooverville also has cheap pool, arcade games, and a lot of beers on tap (22 to be exact), if you needed any more convincing.

Sun Liquor

Sun Liquor

Capitol Hill

Next time you pop into Sun Liquor’s dimly lit and romantic location off Summit, be sure to ask your bartender for a nice bowl of nuts to go along with your drink. Sun’s complimentary mixed nuts include pretty much every variety you can think of, from the overshadowed and underappreciated Brazil nut to almonds and cashews. Fun fact: nothing beats a bowl of these bad boys and an ice cold Greyhound at 5pm on a Thursday night.

The Terrace Lounge

Downtown

Happy hour at this upscale hotel bar falls from 3:30pm to 6pm daily and on top of a killer happy hour menu, you'll be served free potato chips and an addictive Cajun snack mix the moment you sit down. What’s in the snack mix at this luxe affair? Spicy pretzels and assorted crunchiness all served in a stylish square shaped bowl. Pop by at the right time -- word on the street is Thursday through Saturday starting at 7pm -- for free live music.

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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.