Seahawks, Sounders, and Storm—yes, Seattle has sports. The 12s are loud, proud, and need a place to gather for the game. If you can’t make it to the stadium, your team is on the road, or–in some instances–you want to watch a non-Seattle team, these are the sports bars to frequent.
The Atlantic Crossing
Pub, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, American, $$$
This official U.S. soccer bar is “your English Premier League, Seattle Sounders & World Cup Headquarters!” With partners such as the Seattle chapter of the American Outlaws, Manchester United USA, Arsenal America, and the Seattle Reign, they offer lunch, dinner, and late-night (10 pm to midnight) menus all week long. On Saturday and Sunday, they offer breakfast. This neighborhood pub, which opened in 2004, has two loyalties: soccer and Seattle. So you may find them watching the Seahawks too.
Ballard Loft Patio | Courtesy of Ballard Loft Restaurant & Sports Bar
This sports bar sits in a former machine shop and retains that industrial vibe. With a garage door that opens up onto their outside patio, the Ballard Loft has 12 rotating beers on tap, specialty cocktails, shuffleboard, pool, video games, and trivia night. From collegiate basketball and NASCAR to the NFL, WNBA, and beyond, they can display pretty much any sports team that their patrons request on any of their 23 flat-screen televisions. Plus, in true Seattle style, they participate in green business and building practices.
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Wine, Beer, $$$
Buckley’s in Belltown provides its patrons with options. First of all, they have their own fan clubs for various teams, including the Washington Huskies, Indiana Hoosiers, and Philadelphia Eagles. There are 22-plus TVs and a five-foot projection screen, as well as private dining options. With Late Night Happy Hour on most nights from 10 pm until closing, local brews, and event nights with trivia and live music, Buckley’s in Belltown is sure to keep you entertained.
Laying claim as “Seattle’s Original Alehouse,” Cooper’s Alehouse is a quality neighborhood bar featuring craft beers. The 22 rotating tap options are also available as growler fills. With seven HDTVs, pool, darts, and a jukebox to keep the customers entertained, they also offer trivia, a dart league, and free poker—all weekly. In case you’re not big on beer, they have a full bar and some lovely wines as well!
Kessler’s is a sports bar, as pure as they come. If you’re in the mood for a fancy cocktail, you won’t find it here. This Capitol Hill establishment offers beer, shots, and typical bar food, and they also have 10 sports-casting TVs. Though the owner is originally from Wisconsin (hence the cover picture of Lambeau on their Facebook page), she associates no particular team with her sports bar. Fans of all cities with football, basketball, or baseball teams are welcome to enjoy her place. She even offers to hang team flags if people bring them in the bar.
A full-service bar and restaurant, Quality Athletics is “not your daddy’s bar.” It offers 16 TVs, an Astroturf back bar, indoor and outdoor seating (with fire pits outside), and their private event space: the Locker Room. The room can seat up to 100 people, or you can just book the whole restaurant! With a gourmet twist on typical pub grub throughout the menu, don’t miss their Seahawks Brunch, available until 1 pm only on Seahawks home game days.
Rookies Sports Bar and Grill is all about the local scene—locally owned, using local ingredients in their food, and offering six beers on tap from local craft breweries. They’re kid-friendly too! With 14 flat-screen TVs, they play games on a first come, first serve basis. With packages covering NFL, NBA, NHL, college football, college basketball, U.S. and European soccer, and boxing, you’re bound to have access to whichever sport(s) you follow.
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Gluten-free, Wine, Beer, $$$
Sport Restaurant & Bar is where accomplishments in sports are put on display. One of their exhibits features 100 years of memorabilia commemorating Seattle’s amateur, professional, collegiate, and Olympic sports champions. Their 500 Club case presents a picture and signed ball from each of the only 21 MLB players in the history of the game to hit over 500 home runs during their careers. And to top it all off, the sports bar offers 33 TVs so that you can watch the next big moment in sports.
A bit fancier of a venue, The Westy is “not just another sports bar.” With a focus on hospitality, they offer a wide range of options. With 18 TVs, they can play up to eight games at once, and often for various sports, not just different teams. Their elevated pub-grub menu provides vegetarian and gluten-free possibilities. They even have a private room available. Though they are currently a 21-and-up establishment, they are expanding with a second venue that will welcome all ages during the day.