Summer is approaching here in Seattle, even if it doesn’t feel like it most days yet. This past Friday and Saturday offered up some perfect sunny drinking weather, and many of us headed out to claim one of the coveted spots at Seattle’s outdoor drinking establishments. While overall Seattle’s outdoor drinking options are lacking compared to other cities (Portland is the perfect example), there are plenty of places offering you a chance to drink great beers in the sun. Some of my favorites are below, split into two categories: Outstanding Beer Selections and Great Patios with Solid Beers. I’m sure I’ve missed some of your favorite spots, and I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave comments.
Outstanding Beer Selections
Brouwer’s Café – 60+ taps of amazing beer, good food, and a sunny patio if you can snag one of the 8 or so tables they have. The patio isn’t huge, but it gets afternoon sun and is about as good as it gets for the combo of an amazing beer list and outside seating.
Beveridge Place Pub – Recently named the best beer bar in the West by Beer West Magazine, BPP also sports a sizable patio (which they lovingly call the
“Beervanda” “Beveranda”). Grab something local from the bar and grab a seat to contemplate the sunnier side of life.
Collins Pub – While the seating is limited with just four small tables, this is a prime outdoor spot close to downtown. Vultures lurk after work on sunny days trying to land a table, so I’d suggest clocking out early to beat everyone there. Collins has a stellar tap list, if you didn’t already know.
The Yard – The newly opened spot in Greenwood from the owners of The Dray features a winterized, covered patio, as well as a couple of picnic tables in the front “yard”. The two tables can hold maybe 20 people, so don’t be surprised if you’re stuck in the shade. But, the covered patio should be pretty sweet to enjoy throughout the year. The taplist this past weekend included offerings like New Belgium La Folie and Firestone Walker Union Jack.
Big Al Brewing – Chances are you’ve tried some of Big Al’s beers, but if you have never visited the brewery in White Center you haven’t seen their huge patio out front. Fitting for the neighborhood it sits in, the patio is nothing fancy but is the perfect spot to drink in the sun.
Roanoke Inn – This Mercer Island institution smack in the middle of a relaxed neighborhood has a sunny patio and plenty of options on draft. This is a great place to stop for beers if you’re out for a sunny day bike ride and crossing the I-90 bridge
The Red House and The Dog & Pony Alehouse – These two beer bars down south in Renton might just have a better combination of outdoor patio space and great beer than anywhere in Seattle proper. Dog & Pony always has an outstanding tap list, while The Red House offers just a few tap beers to go along with an extensive bottle selection (that you can also purchase to take home).
Great Patios with Solid Beers
Linda’s Tavern – This rocking Capitol Hill spot has one of the best patios in town. It’s been a long while since I’ve been in, but I recall a solid enough selection of beers.
The Shelter Lounge – This covered, but still sunny, patio space in Ballard might be my dream bar if it had a beer selection to match one of the places in the above category. I recall something from Maritime and possibly a couple other local brews on my last visit (a while ago).
Pyramid Alehouse Beer Garden – The most popular pre-Mariners game destination has just a few of their core beers on tap outside. But, there is plenty of room to hang out and have a few beers in the sun before going to watch the M’s.
Sully’s Snow Goose Saloon – This neighborhood pub has an above average beer selection and a decent sized patio with several tables.
Ray’s Boathouse Café – You’ll really want to order some food to go along with the beers, but Ray’s has a nice selection of local beer to go along with one of the best views in Seattle out on their patio. On a sunny day, this place is one of the most impressive spots in Seattle (and one of the most popular).