The 10 Best Bars In Queen Anne, Seattle

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

Queen Anne, Seattle is a favorite neighborhood for its steep hills and old houses with beautiful views of the city. Lower Queen Anne is home to the Pacific Science Center as well as the Seattle Center, where many musical and cultural events are hosted annually. We’ve picked out our 10 favorite bars from all over this beautiful and unique Seattle neighborhood.

Buckley's Queen Anne

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Live music at Paragon Bar
Live music at Paragon Bar | © Paul Gibson/Flickr
Buckley’s is a tavern-style restaurant and bar that has 14 beers, most of them local and on tap. It’s a family friendly atmosphere, and it’s just a relaxing place to hang out and sip a pint of beer. During football season, it’s a fun place to catch a Seahawks game on TV. They serve American pub food like burgers and all the appetizers to satisfy your munchies, like Pub Wings, Deep-Fried Calamari, and Onion Rings.

Paragon Bar & Kitchen

Bar, American, $$$
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Breakfast at Peso's
Breakfast at Peso's | © Mark Stokoe/Flickr
Opened in 1995, Paragon Bar has live music five days a week and a fireplace, which makes this a happy, hopping place to get a drink. Tuesdays are ‘YOUR PLAY,’ where you can sign up to perform on stage, whether you’re a guitarist, pianist, or vocalist. They’ve got around seventeen beers on tap, and their cocktails include ‘The Deshler’, rye whiskey with citrus undertones, and ‘Vesper’, a martini with gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc.

Peso's Kitchen & Lounge

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Peso’s is a fun and relaxing Queen Anne bar and Mexican-style restaurant to go for a bite and a drink. They serve a variety of sweet and refreshing margaritas as well as wine and seasonal cocktails. Their cocktails list includes drinks like the ‘Sparkling Coconut Highball,’ made with Bacardi Rum, coconut, lime, bitters, and soda. On draft, they have a selection of 10 different beers, as well as a selection of bottles.

The Sitting Room

Bar, European, $$$
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Oysters and wine at Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
Oysters and wine at Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar | © Julie Qiu/Flickr
A European-style bar, The Sitting Room is the place to enjoy the company of your friends without any distractions like televisions. They serve fresh fruit and herb cocktails like the ‘Sage Greyhound’ and the ‘No Name’ with Bombay Gin, Maraschino liqueur, Aperol, lemon, and sparkling rosé. Socialize in a candle-lit setting and feel absorbed in the conversation of your friends, away from the modern world of technology.

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Pair two pleasures in life at one location by mixing seafood and alcohol. With a happy selection of oysters sourced locally around the Sound, shellfish dishes, wines from France, Italy, and Spain, cocktails, and a select few beers, Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Queen Anne is a delightful place to sit for an evening. It’s a perfect place to go for a drink after an evening’s event at Key Arena or any of the happenings in lower Queen Anne.

Targy's Tavern

Bar, Cafe, Pub, Pub Grub
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Outside Mecca Cafe & Bar
Outside Mecca Cafe & Bar | © Eric Londgren Photography/Flickr
A refined sports bar that serves a variety of draft, bottled, and canned beers, Targy’s Tavern is a relaxed place to have a drink, bond over a sports game, or just have a friendly chat with the regulars. They serve tasty pub food like pizza and pretzels and have games like pool to play, and it’s a great place to catch a sports game on television. It’s over 75 years old, and the name comes from the first owner’s nickname.

The Mecca Cafe & Bar

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American
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Hilltop Ale House
Hilltop Ale House | © KeriFlur/Flickr
One of the first bars to open officially in Seattle when prohibition was lifted in the 1930s, The Mecca, owned and run by Preston Smith and his wife Francis from the 1930s to the 1970s when their son Dick took over, is a family owned café and bar that has been through history. It lost its license in 1933 for nine months for ‘having a drunk on the premises’ and finally won the case with the Washington State Liquor Board to triumphantly reopen. The cafe stuck it out through the Second World War, despite sugar and coffee rations, and, though it has seen price increases in its food, little else has changed, you can still find cheap and strong drinks at the bar and beloved greasy and tasty breakfasts and delicious lunch sandwiches at this historic dive bar.

Hilltop Ale House

Pub, Irish, British, $$$
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Hilltop Ale House prides itself with serving quality food and fine beers and ciders on tap. They serve many of their English and Irish drinks in 20 oz. pint glasses, but they also have a healthy selection of local brews such as the ‘Fremont ‘Interurban’ IPA’ and ‘Maritime Old Seattle Lager’ brewed right in Seattle’s Ballad Neighborhood. Inspired by British pub culture, Hilltop Ale House strives for friendliness and a relaxed, social atmosphere.

Triumph Bar

Bar, Italian, $$$
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Cocktails at Great Nabob
Cocktails at Great Nabob | © Elena/Flickr
Triumph Bar in Lower Queen Anne is the bar to get a great glass of wine in this part of Seattle. With a multiple page menu devoted to the taste schemes of various types of wine, from ‘Crisp, Energetic White Wines’ to ‘Rich, Dry White Wines’ to ‘Fragrant, Transparent Red Wines’ to ‘Intensity, Finesse Red Wines’, you’ll be able to locate at least 10 or so different wines within your taste preferences, and then you can look at prices and ask the bartender to help you decide from there. They import wines from around the world as well as serving a hearty selection of domestic bottles. They also serve specialty cocktails and a couple of drafts of beer.

Great Nabob

Named after Nabobs or governors of the Mogul Empire who became wealthy and influential as the British expanded their empire into India, The Great Nabob is all about creating a friendly and happy atmosphere to enjoy drinks with friends and family, They serve tasty food like ‘Yam Fries’ and ‘Poutine’ and a little bit of every sort of drink, draft beers, wine, and hard alcohol.
Address & phone number: 819 5th Ave N Seattle, WA USA +1 206-281-9850