The Best Bars In Burien, Seattle

Sameer Ghurye

Seattle is known for its nightlife and comes with a tremendous variety of bars and evening hangouts. While those in downtown Seattle tend to be more focused on the city dwellers, in Burien, the bars have a great balance of food, brews and activities that build up a local, more country feel. Check out our top picks.

Elliot Bay House Brew

1. Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub

Pub, Pub Grub

The Elliott Bay Brewhouse, as the name suggests, stocks a wide range of beers, including plenty created in-house. The décor is classical and the atmosphere is warm, while the popularity of the place is evident in the fact that there are now three outlets located around Seattle itself. In short, the choice of beer and food at this local joint is wide and of truly fine quality.

2. Tin Room Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub

If you’re looking for a bar to have a quiet drink alone, you should give this place a miss. Warm, bubbling with good cheer and conversation, the Tin Room is a reconstructed workshop that’s a meeting place for friends and locals eager for a chat. The spot hosts weekly events that take place in the attached theater, and is buzzing on the weekends. The choice of appetizers, the range of beer and the décor all add to the charm.

3. Smarty Pants Garage

Bar, Restaurant, American

The Smarty Pants Garage is a themed bar with a grunge look and feel. The place is decorated like a converted car garage (which, incidentally, it actually is), while the food is filling and creatively produced and the choice of beers is extensive, just like the cocktail menu. While the place is well known for its brunches, it’s also a great spot to relax in the evenings.

4. Elmer's Pub

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub

Elmer’s Pub takes patrons back to the days when dive bars were the rage. If you don’t mind hanging out with the locals and shooting a few rounds of pool, Elmer’s is the place for you. It has live bands on the weekends, mostly spouting cover versions of rock and roll and grunge. There’s even a space for people to dance, and a darts board in the corner also beckons. There’s a good choice of food and drinks that come both bottled and on tap, local and international.

5. Black Zia Cantina

Bar, Restaurant, Mexican, Pub Grub

In spite of its dive bar classification, the Black Zia Cantina is a nice place for families too. The New Mexican-themed restaurant and bar serves amazing margaritas, along with vegan food to boot. The décor is totally immersive and service is friendly and fast. The frito pie is a crowd-puller on any day, while Taco Tuesdays here are always a big hit with the locals.

6. Sidestreet Kitchen & Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

More café than bar, the Sidestreet Kitchen has a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Great for a couple or a small group, the place has top notch food and a fresh list of cocktails besides. The grub is the high point though and is very reasonably priced, ranging from fried chicken, to fish and chips to bread pudding.

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