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Game on! Sports lovers unite at these true Seattle winners



Cheers, groans, beer and plenty of big-screen plasma TVs; are the major components of any popular sports bar, and we proudly bring you the top entries in Seattle. At these gold medal-worthy options, you can meet your buddies for wings, nachos (or fancier pub fare) and a full slate of football, basketball, boxing, baseball, hockey and NASCAR. Even if you happen to come alone, you can count on finding a crowd to hang with, as long as you're wearing the right colors and logos!

10Best readers give a big, overall thumbs-up to institutions like Fremont's George & Dragon Pub–a must when you're following a big game and want to be surrounded by the energy of fellow sports fanatics. While some of these venues feature low-key, casual atmospheres, others put a spin on the traditional sports pub that first springs to mind. Think chic decor elements, fancy brunch menus, even cozy lounge areas in which to escape for those who need a break from all the action. Many sports pubs are located downtown and close to the stadiums, while others are scattered in sometimes unexpected pockets of town. The best sports bars in Seattle? Game on!


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A good place to bide your time before catching a flight out of Sea-Tac (or after you've just landed back home), this sports bar right near the airport offers a chance to sample some of the Pacific Northwest's signature microbrews. The bar features 550-plus spirits and 25 drafts (Georgetown Manny's Pale Ale, Hale's Supergoose IPA, Reuben's Porter, Scuttlebutt Triple 7 Belgian Ale), plus daily happy hours from 4 to 6 p.m and 10 p.m. to midnight. A full menu features everything from barbecue and burgers to roasted meats. Other dishes include Seattle sea stew, pulled brisket tacos, roasted vegetable bowls and house-smoked salmon.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Sharps RoastHouse is the perfect place to "cheers" near Sea-Tac Airport. Come for the extensive food and drink menus.

Corinne's expert tip: Make your flight a little happier, thanks to specials that run from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. If you're a frequent flyer on Alaska Airlines, once in the airport, also consider becoming a member at their new, uber-hip lounge featuring 12 local brews.

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Ballard Station Public House
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Loyal Ballard Station Public House patrons come for the games (think shuffleboard and darts), the local brews (like the Pike Kilt Lifter and Hales Supergoose IPA) and pub snacks like popcorn and other light options. Since the restaurant doesn't serve too large a variety of food, the laid-back vibe means that diners can also order in from nearby restaurants (like Ballard Pizza Company, with delivery after 5 p.m., or India Bistro), OR they bring their own food with them. Find enticing draws like 16 beers and ciders on tap (4 of them nitro), wine by the glass, seasonal cocktails and free popcorn, too.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Ballard Station Public House is a popular spot thanks to its weekly trivia games, local brews, free popcorn and a friendly BYO food policy.

Corinne's expert tip: The coolest thing about this laid-back spot? Feel free to order from nearby eateries, or bring your own food with you!

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Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery


Especially during the university's regular sessions, this brewpub watering hole is a favorite weekend haunt for hordes of purple-and-gold-wearing Husky faithful, who crowd in to watch their team on the tube while enjoying house-brewed beers and some of Seattle's best burgers. Shiny brewing machines and exposed brick walls give the place a quintessential brewpub look. A member of the Big Horn Brewing family, the Ram features a handful of colorfully named brews, including the popular Buttface Amber, Big Red Ale, and Total Disorder Porter. Menu items range from sandwiches and salads to comfort foods like meatloaf as well as lighter and even gluten-free options.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Ram Restaurant and Brewery lure Husky (and other) fans wanting to root on their teams in a brewpub located in the U Village shopping zone.

Corinne's expert tip: Sign up online for the MVP Club to get perks like free burgers. Check out other Ram locations in Northgate, Kent, Issaquah, Tacoma and so on.

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Step into this friendly neighborhood establishment to catch the game, and enjoy a cold beer and a heaping plate of steak and eggs. Two big-screen TVs mean that you'll have a great view of sports action, usually devoted to the Seahawks, Mariners, Sonics or Huskies. Monday nights are dedicated to football and to great food and drink specials. Popular breakfast fare â€" including favorites like corned beef hash and eggs, omelets, and buttermilk pancakes â€" is served until 2 pm. When the weather's nice, enjoy the back deck at this Fremont spot, where a large screen keeps you tuned into the sports action, even while sitting alfresco.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Fremont Dock Sports Bar is a friendly neighborhood spot for rooting on your favorite team over a couple of cold brews. Enjoy the back patio, too.

Corinne's expert tip: Also a fan of theme nights? Come for the Trivia Night, Poker Night or Karaoke Night. Needing a change of scene? Stroll right next door to the bustling patio (or cozy indoor space) of Fremont Brewing.

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Attic Alehouse and Eatery


This friendly, local place is a favorite with folks in the neighborhood, who often relax in the cozy surroundings and chat with whoever's around. You'll find a good selection of beers as well as pub food for added energy (burgers and sandwiches, along with a variety of hot dinner specials). The space features 14 TVs, that range from 50-65 inches and come complete with high-definition sports, satellite and Roku packages, ensure that you won't miss big games. And since the pub is open late, you know that you'll be in good company, especially on busy weekend nights. On mild days, try to score a sidewalk seat to scope out passersby and enjoy the sun.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This friendly hangout is a favorite among neighborhood folk who come to enjoy pub fare, local brews and sports games showing on 14 TVs.

Corinne's expert tip: Happy hour options here abound Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm, Saturday to Thursday from 10 pm to midnight and Sunday from 5 pm to close.

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Sluggers


Convenient for sports lovers en route to (or on the way home from) stadium games featuring the Mariners, Seahawks or Sounders, this Pioneer Square bar is a favorite with fans, thanks to all of the sports memorabilia adorning the walls. With something like 30 televisions, it's also a great place to catch the game when you can't get tickets, or to celebrate pre- or post-game. Terrific pub grub and mugs of ice-cold beer are standard at the two-level watering hole, and while it may not be filled to capacity on non-game days, just wait till the Seahawks win!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Sluggers draws sports-lovers to Pioneer Square with its convenient location near the stadiums and memorabilia on the walls. Enjoy the pub grub, too!

Corinne's expert tip: If you're looking for a sports pub near the stadiums, this is your spot! Soccer fans can watch all the Sounders action from the comfort of this bustling bar.

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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 only things that the televisions show. All the usual suspects are on tap, Guinness, Stella and Fullers ESB, as well as a full complement of scotch and whiskey. Happy Hours happen twice a day, and pub fare ranges from a full English breakfast to fish & chips. Boaters can tie up to the public boat dock at the bottom (south end) of 24th Ave NW, 500 feet from the pub.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Cousin to The George & Dragon pub (in Fremont), The Market Arms brings the same cozy feel of a British pub to Ballard.

Corinne's expert tip: Check out specials events from Telly to Quiz Night and free pool every Monday!

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Belltown
Buckley's


This Belltown neighborhood pub (with another outpost in Queen Anne) proves the perfect spot to watch sporting events of almost any kind. The venue's tagline: "Where neighbors become friends." This bustling family-friendly establishment has 15-plus TVs plus a 10-foot projection screen that makes game viewing (think NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS) possible from almost any angle. Enjoy 14 draft beers (the majority of them local), tasty pub fare, patio seating, plus a full brunch menu on weekends. Sports fanatics also appreciate the late-night happy hour specials from 10 p.m. to close. Game on!

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This friendly Belltown neighborhood pub proves the perfect spot to watch almost any sport, thanks to 15-plus TVs and a 10-foot projection screen

Corinne's expert tip: Be sure to also check out their Queen Anne location, situated near Queen Anne Beerhall and not far from Boat Street Kitchen if you're seeking a wonderful weekend brunch spot before the big game.

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Located in Fremont and tucked away from 36th Street, many regard the George & Dragon Pub as the UK's Seattle embassy, and it does attract its share of expats. Indeed, when "football's on the telly," you can expect to see this authentic English pub packed to the hilt with folks clamoring to see Arsenal, Man-United and the like. All the usual suspects are present and accounted for at the taps, whether it's John Courage, Bass or Newcastle you crave. In addition, the menu features classic pub fare like bangers & mash and shepherd's pie. Outdoors communal benches make this a great spot to chat up new friends.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: George & Dragon Pub has been called the UK's Seattle embassy; this English pub in Fremont is the perfect spot for European soccer viewing.

Corinne's expert tip: Fans of the English Premier League will want to check out the match schedule for EPL, MLS, Liga MX game times.

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Pioneer Square
Quality Athletics
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With the tagline "We celebrate sport," Quality Athletics proves that it's the perfect addition to Pioneer Square. Located near Seattle's stadiums loved by enthusiasts of football, baseball and soccer, this full-service sports bar and restaurant proves a swankier twist on the traditional pub. The vibe is bright, festive and fun, and flat screens abound. Chef Seth Richardson and his talented team have developed a menu around rich world flavors, introducing surprising takes on expected sports bar fare. Think jerk spice duck wings, tuna salad tartine, New England clam chowder, pork broth ramen, burgers, grilled sausages, steak frites and more. Guests enjoy features like a large wood-fired grill, a slushy and sno-cone machine, a rooftop garden, an AstroTurf back bar, outdoor fire pits, a private event space plus indoor and outdoor seating.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Quality Athletics proves the perfect, lively-yet-sophisticated sports hub in which to enjoy world fare and flat-screen TVs in Pioneer Square.

Corinne's expert tip: The Seahawks Brunch brings game-day favorites like their carne asada fries, steak frites and "fried chicken sando."

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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

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