Proving you needn’t travel into Seattle for great drinks, Bellevue, Washington’s bar scene boasts everything from fine wines and craft cocktails to locally brewed beers and artisanal liquor. Read on for our round up of the very best bars and pubs Bellevue has to offer.
520 Bar and Grill
Voted 425 Magazine’s Best Bar, 520 Bar and Grill is a popular local place with a laid back, friendly vibe where specialty cocktails, West Coast wines and Northwest-brewed beers are combined with upscale American fare. Pair a Moscow mule or a crisp California chardonnay with tempting sharing platters of pan-seared cod tacos or Dungeness crab cakes, or go for brunch and mix breakfast burritos or French toast with classic bloody Marys and mimosas. When the weather is good, head outside to 520 Bar and Grill’s lovely patio and enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown Bellevue with a drink or two.
A fine dining restaurant serving a unique mix of American, Italian and French cuisine, Bis on Main has been wowing local diners since owners Joe Vilardi and Michel Fredj first opened its doors in 1998. Bis on Main’s cozy bar and lounge hosts late night happy hours daily and sets the perfect scene for a slightly more casual evening with upscale bar eats that include Kobe beef sliders with blue cheese aioli, truffled pomme frites and fresh fish tacos. An award-winning wine list featuring over 300 selections from vineyards in California, the Northwest, South America, Italy and France is offered alongside specialty cocktails, beer and spirits.
Tavern Hall is an airy restaurant and bar bringing the traditional tavern into the contemporary era. Unique design details like reclaimed church windows and coin-topped bars make for a stylish space in which to enjoy Tavern Hall’s predominantly Northwest craft beer selection, craft cocktails or boilermakers. Four shuffleboard tables and 30 flat-screen televisions playing sports offer extra entertainment for guests while a menu of upscale American comfort food — including brick oven pizzas, burgers and sandwiches served alongside classic plates like fish and chips or fried chicken and waffles — provides nourishment.
The Pumphouse Bar & Grill
A Bellevue go to for casual drinks and eats, The Pumphouse Bar & Grill is a local mainstay that first opened its doors nearly 40 years ago and remains just as popular today, winning the title of Best Hole-in-the-Wall in the Best of 425 awards. Beer is the focus at The Pumphouse and guests will find pub staples like Guinness and Blue Moon served alongside a line-up of regularly rotating craft brews from the likes of Black Raven Brewing in neighboring Redmond. If you’re feeling a bit hungry, team your beer with one of The Pumphouse’s legendary burgers, all made with locally sourced, freshly ground beef.
A long running local jazz club, Bake’s Place traces its roots back to 2000 when owner Craig Barker first opened the joint as a small, private club in the basement of his home. Now doubling as a bar and bistro and occupying a prime spot in downtown Bellevue, Bake’s Place is a local go to for drinks served in a lively space with a backdrop of live jazz and blues. Beer, wine, small batch spirits and specialty cocktails are served alongside globally inspired, seasonally driven small and large plates conceived by Chef Chris Peterson. Live music takes place most evenings, featuring performers like Northwest blues legends Little Bill and The Blue Notes.
Bellevue Brewing Company
Boasting the privilege of being one of the city’s few brewpubs, Bellevue Brewing Company delights local beer fans with its award-winning brews and fresh, locally sourced New American eats. Alongside its five flagship ales, Bellevue Brewing Company also serves beers from its Brewers Series — including its Cascadian Dark Ale, winner of Sip Magazine’s Best CDA in the Northwest I 2013 — and a number of seasonal beers such as the Fresh Hop Ale flavored with hints of candied orange, mango, lilikoi and rose petals.
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