Bar With a View
Seattle’s newest rooftop bar has a killer view, plus other fun spots to grab a cocktail outside.
The newest addition to Seattle’s rooftop bars, The Nest is at the top of the Thompson Hotel. Sitting at First Ave. and Stewart St., you’ll have views of Elliott Bay, Pike Place Market and all of downtown while enjoying drinks and bites in an indoor- outdoor living room. www. thompsonhotels.com. 110 Stewart St., 206.623.4600
Enjoy a margarita on the patio at this Mexican spot on Capitol Hill. Monday through Friday, stop in from 11 am- 6 pm or Saturday and Sunday from 3- 6 pm for the happy hour menu. The covered patio opens up to let in Seattle’s summer nights, and there are even a couple spots around a fire— grab one if you can. www.vivapoquitos.com. 1000 E. Pike St., 206.453.4216
The South Lake Union location of this popular spot (the other location is on Capitol Hill) is a fun place to grab a seat outside and enjoy a cocktail or two. The restaurant’s bloody marys have made best of lists more than once. There are also boozy milkshakes and a full bar. Oh—the burgers were voted some of the best in America, if you’re hungry. www.samstavernseattle.com. 400 Ninth Ave. N, 206.453.5493
RACHEL’S GINGER BEER
This spot has two locations: At Pike Place Market, enjoy cocktails on tap, all made with homemade Rachel’s Ginger Beer. There are even boozy floats. The windows open wide, bringing the bustling market inside. The other location is on Capitol Hill, where in addition to handcrafted cocktails, they also serve fries with a variety of dipping sauces to enjoy out- of- doors. www. rachelsgingerbeer.com. 1530 Post Alley. 1610 12th Ave.
Relax in an Adirondack along the shores of Lake Union at this spot where you can get fresh oysters and other seafood alongside a cocktail. There’s also a fire pit and a large deck—plenty of options for outdoor relaxation. Stop by during the oyster happy hour from 4- 6 pm Mon.- Fri. and 3- 6 pm Sat.-Sun. www.westwardseattle.com. 2501 N. Northlake Way, 206.552.8215
Located on a quiet street on Capitol Hill, this spot has a lovely patio where you can enjoy cocktails or a glass of wine with friends. Stop in on Sundays for half price bottles of wine or from 4- 6 pm daily for their happy hour. There are both small plates for sharing and larger plates if you’re hungry. www.aneighborhoodcafe.com. 550 19th Ave. E, 206.860.0077
This popular spot in Fremont has a huge urban beer garden for enjoying brews in the sunshine. Find things like the Universale Pale Ale made with Northwest pale-roasted malt and Northwest hops or the Fremont Summer Ale, “tangerine flowers in a glass.” Open 11 am9 pm daily. www.fremontbrewing.com. 1050 N. 34th St.
The Nest, the highest rooftop bar in Seattle, overlooks Seattle’s waterfront and beyond.
Head to Poquitos for margaritas by the fire.