The 9 Best Spots for Getting Friendly in Seattle

Published On 02/11/2015 Published On 02/11/2015

One of the biggest problems with Seattle is that even a trip to a romantic restaurant might not be enough to earn you a... uh, trip around the bases,  which is why we’ve collected the nine best bars and restaurants (and laser shows?) where you can get some PDA on the DL. You're welcome...

Sundance Seattle Cinema

Sundance Cinema

University District
This Robert Redford owned chain of cinemas comes complete with a bar and a small menu, as well as popcorn galore and Full Tilt Ice Cream, plus big leather couches upstairs and reclining theater seats that make it the perfect place to do what you always did as a teenager. No not shop for anti-blemish products... make out at movie theaters.

Sun Liquor

Sun Liquor

Capitol Hill
Sun Liquor on Summit has a single/unisex bathroom and really dark corners where you can hide out, unseen by the world -- it’s almost like you’re not even on Capitol Hill! Fuel your high octane kissing with Sun’s impeccable craft cocktail menu, which rotates quite frequently.


The secret back room at Brass Tacks

Just push aside the revolving bookcase in the very back of the bar and voila! You have been transported to an intimate and super-romantic kissing lair that's completely separate from the rest of the bar and is adorned with classy naked lady paintings, in case you need a reminder of why you're there.

Crocodile Back Bar

The photo booth in the back bar of the Crocodile

This one’s pretty self explanatory. Go in for the gold at the corner photo booth (it even accepts debit cards!), then go straight to the back of the bar and turn left, where you’ll find high, leather furnished booths almost as private as the photo one.

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The Hideout

First Hill
You can get away with almost anything at The Hideout (within reason) because it’s literally almost pitch black in there. Lit by a handful of candles on the bar, The Hideout is a great and discreet place to spend a couple hours doing the aforesaid "almost anything."

Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center

The Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center

Lower Queen Anne
Throw it back like it’s junior year of high school with a laser show and when you get bored about T-minus five minutes in, you can commence full on make out mode. Tickets usually run around $6 and you can find upcoming shows on the website.

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Bathtub Gin & Co.

Not everyone realizes there’s an entire downstairs area in this super-dark, romantic Belltown alley speakeasy. Chat up the bartender who will be more than happy to make you a custom cocktail and head right down the stairs to one of the city's premiere places for... um, privacy.

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This cozy and sophisticated Ballard craft cocktail bar has a comfortable, lofty-feeling upstairs area resplendent a super-comfortable leather couch for canoodling. Keep your eyes peeled for the secret peephole, and you can always spice things up with the Tapatio Moustache, which is a Pacifico with a shot of tequila in it and habanero spice and lime.

Can Can

If the burlesque that happens here on the weekends doesn't get you in the mood, what will? This super-sexy hidden gem nestled right in the heart of all the Pike Place Market craziness is the perfect spot to grab a drink before wandering into Post Alley for a little post show... um, you know.

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1. Brass Tacks 6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)

Located in what used to be a big and tall clothing store, Brass Tacks dishes out a bevy of gourmet menu items and a selection of signature handmade cocktails. There's outdoor seating and free wifi, if you're the kind of person who likes the outdoors or needs the internet wherever you go, and Brass Tacks also hosts live music performances every Friday night.

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2. Sun Liquor 607 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Sun Liquor's a Capitol Hill distillery & bar that also serves New American dinner and brunch dishes (options include a Tilamook cheddar "Tiki" burger with grilled pineapple and buttermilk biscuits and gravy). This spot makes top notch cocktails (duh), the likes of which include riffs on the classics like French 75's (Sun's Oslo 75 features Aquavit and sloe gin) plus original creations, all of which are picture perfect to sip in SL's plush, speakeasy style establishment.

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3. The Crocodile 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

This Seattle music club first opened its doors in 1991, and quickly established firm roots in the community. After closing in 2007, and then re-opening again in 2009, The Crocodile's just as influential in the local music scene as it once was.

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4. The Hideout 1005 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Judge the bar by its nomenclature: you can literally hide out -- and of course, imbibe -- at The Hideout in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. With an elevated cocktail culture, and elevated culture in general (it’s also an art gallery, because why not?), The Hideout encourages its patrons to drink well, by candlelight. Primarily focused on high-quality cocktails and ingredients, the salon-style bar also offers a limited menu of small snacks and chocolate confections. It’s great for early-on dates, impressing out-of-town guests, and (shamelessly) drinking alone. Just make sure you know where you’re going; it should come as no surprise that the bar's unmarked doors are easy to miss.

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5. Bathtub Gin & Co. 2205 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

A swanky and Prohibition-inspired drinking lounge, Bathtub Gin & Co.'s a must-visit, that is if you can find it. Nestled into a Belltown alley way, this pint-sized cocktail haven serves creative twists on the classics, custom cocktails, and an internationally inflected selection of gin by the glass.

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6. Smith 332 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

Dig into rustic pub fare, craft cocktails, and an "uncommon" beer selection at Smith in Seattle. This Capitol Hill area fave run by the proprietors of other Emerald City hotspots Linda's, King's Hardware, and Oddfellows Cafe, is known for their dependable menu of elevated and seasonal New American dinner and brunch selections. The warm and welcoming woodsy, lodge like interior provides the perfect setting for hearty and unique farmhouse style dishes and drinks.

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7. Hazlewood 2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This cozy and sophisticated Ballard craft cocktail bar has a comfortable, loft-y feeling upstairs area with a super-comfortable leather couch for canoodling.

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8. Can Can 94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Can Can is big on absinthe, so you’d be remiss to order anything else. You can also catch burlesque show or live music on Saturdays. Located just below the main thoroughfare in the Pike Place Market.



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