Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
Yes, it's a Hard Rock, and yes it's mostly for tourists and out-of-towners who don't know better, BUT this classic American chain does boast a pretty glorious astroturf-topped rooftop bar, complete with cabanas, a fire pit, and commanding views of the Pike Place and Elliott Bay behind the farmers market's famous neon sign.
Before you dismiss this restaurant as a memory from the early aughts you don’t want to relive, hear us out. Overlooking Pike Place Market and brimming with cushy sofa-like seating, Hard Rock Cafe is downtown Seattle’s diamond in the rough. Add to that a live music happy hour, a Sunday drag brunch, and a menu that simply screams nostalgia, and you’d be remiss not to give this rooftop (and restaurant) a second chance.