Bottoms Up! Seattle Pubs Pour Tasty Beers, Served with a Smile

Who doesn't love a pub? Steeped in tradition and devoted to camaraderie, these neighborhood hangouts charm everyone who passes through their doors. Plus, what kind of complaint could you have about a place that serves hefty pints, savory pub grub and a constant dose of hospitality?

We offer you a variety of favorite pubs in Seattle to choose from, giving you a feel for how welcoming such venues can be. Enjoy a glass of your favorite ale, a plate of fish 'n' chips (or other locally-sourced fare) and, if you're lucky, all the tall tales you can handle. Although some selected spots carry with them a bit of tradition and history, others show the newer, edgier side of Seattle's pub scene. Bottom line: All of our Seattle venues effortlessly deliver the feel-good experience you're craving.

While some pubs welcome dogs, others welcome kids; many bars in this town even dole out perks like live music performances, open mic nights, trivia evenings and access to board games and other bar-friendly activities. There are pubs with cozy, charming interiors (for days when it's gray) and pubs with patios and beer gardens (for afternoons when only an outdoor seat will do). We'll cheers to that!



If you're around Pike Place Market, you'll definitely want to ferret out Kells, whose location can seem nearly hidden. The authentic Irish pub offers traditional decor and distinct areas for dining and drinking. Draft beers include Harp and...  Read More

Hilltop Ale House


Enjoying a stately location in Queen Anne, this red-brick pub has earned a loyal following with its friendly service, good food and terrific selection of local and imported ales, cider and stouts. This spot is so homey that it's not uncommon to...  Read More



Decorated with wrought iron fixtures and painted tangerine and aubergine hues, this sleek, intimate neighborhood pub perfectly mirrors the upstart attitude of its West Seattle environs. In the evenings, area professionals stop in to enjoy a...  Read More



A quintessential German pub, this local institution has been operating in Ballard since 2000. The venue places a premium on the things that matter: excellent food, drink and cheer like you'd expect to find at an Old Country alehouse. Indeed, you...  Read More

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When Northsiders are looking for a homey place to drink and chat with friends, this Phinney Ridge alehaus often springs to mind. (Though it's not directly by the stadium, the venue proves the perfect complement to a day in the stadium.)...  Read More

418 Public House
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In Phinneywood, a new hot zone north of Fremont and east of Ballard, 418 Public House proves a friendly, neighborhood spot. Draws include happy hour from 4 to 6:30, and delicious brunch options Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Loyal patrons also...  Read More



Cousin to The George & Dragon pub (in Fremont), The Market Arms brings the same cozy feel of a British pub to Ballard. The polished wood bar and cushioned stools serve as the perfect place from which to watch some soccer games, which are the...  Read More

The Burgundian
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Run by the beer-encyclopedic owners of Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont and Bottleworks in Wallingford, the Burgundian provides the same brew savvy selection and quality in the Tangletown neighborhood. The beer-and-breakfast- all-day pub is a casual...  Read More

Hopvine Pub


cozy spot on Capitol Hill's 15th Street, Hopvine offers alluring trivia nights, surprisingly delicious food items and, of course, tasty brews. Dishes feature fresh and local ingredients; try the pizza (from the Greek to the Veggie 5-0), the...  Read More



You're in the beery Pacific Northwest, where microbreweries sprout like mushrooms after a rainstorm. If you're interested in place at which to sample suds from a wide variety of those breweries, Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont is pure beervana....  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne