Football season is almost here, and the excitement is palpable in many corners of the city. Seattle loves its pigskin, and making a day of it is as much about the experience—the cool, crisp air, the plates of pub fare, the distant cheers and groans, the beer—as it is the game. This year, head into the heart of football fandom, where strangers bond over their love of the game and spill into the streets to celebrate a victory—or nurse a crushing defeat. So get up off the couch and head out to enjoy the game at one of these fine establishments—because one thing is almost certain: Football is better in a crowd.
Best bars in Seattle to watch football
Beneath an ocean of pennants that hang from the ceiling like homing beacons, Buckley’s in Belltown teems with fans enjoying the game to the tune of 24 beers on tap and an endless roster of specialty cocktails. TVs at every turn—plus a 5-foot projection screen—offer an unfettered view of the action, and food and drink specials keep you on happy hour time all day long. Enjoy appetizers and burgers, or go big and order a little something off the dinner menu.
Where: 2331 2nd Ave
2. Rhein Haus
Rhein Haus is a spacious, warm wood-paneled German-style bier haus that invites you to settle in for the game and enjoy the company of fellow fans cheering for the good guys. If you like a little pig with your pigskin, order up a mess of sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, and wash it down with plenty of bier on tap or in the bottle. If the game goes south, console yourself with a game of bocce, or perk up with a giant pretzel, fresh from the oven.
Where: 912 12th Ave
With 50 beers on tap, a thousand more in the bottle, and a couple of TVs showing the game, Chuck’s Hop Shop is a comfy place to hole up and cheer on your team. When you’re feeling peckish, visit the food truck out front for some snackables. If the weather is as beautiful as the sight of all those beers twinkling at you from the coolers that line the walls, by all means, sit out in the beer garden and enjoy the beautiful sunshine while it lasts.
Where: 656 NW 85th St
4. The Pine Box
A gorgeous historical building with interior arches, high ceilings, ancient fixtures, and old, polished wood floors make for an easy-on-the-eyes game-watching environment for those who like their football with a little less sports clutter. Gastropub fare includes classic sliders, tacos with creamy slaw, and delicious dips with warm flatbread. Wash it all down with a craft brew or specialty cocktail.
Where: 1600 Melrose Ave
You can’t get better seats for the game than the Hawks Nest, a collection of seats that reside in the north end zone at CenturyLink Field. Granted, these are backless, bleacher-style seats, but the diehard fans who congregate here whip the section into a lather of great gameday energy. If football for you is all about being there and not so much the access to food and beverages, you’ll be happy as a hawk here.
Where: CenturyLink field, 800 Occidental Ave S
A clean, modern sports bar and grill with reclaimed floors and bar tops, custom artwork, and 14 flat-screen TVs, Rookies Sports Bar is a comfy, friendly place to watch the game. A locally owned neighborhood bar, Rookies dishes up locally-sourced, sustainable food, local and regional craft brews and specialty cocktails–and a whole bunch of football. Rookies loves sports so much that there’s even a TV above the men’s urinal. Rookies also loves kids, so bring ’em along for some family football fun.
Where: 3820 S Ferdinand St
A rotating lineup of Washington microbrews, ciders, and wine on 30 taps makes Ounces a uniquely local place to take your out-of-town visitors for the game. The taproom is small and cozy, but the beer garden is spacious and inviting. A rotating roster of food trucks parked out front provide all the vittles you’ll need for a good time and great game.
Where: 3809 Delridge Way SW
The Waterwheel Lounge in Ballard offers gameday specials, a heated outdoor seating area, and plenty of brews and booze to get you through the game unscathed. A cozy, rustic spot with wooden ceilings and a single pool table, the Waterwheel Lounge encroaches on dive territory without making you feel seedy. This is the kind of neighborhood spot where you’ll become fast friends with strangers, no matter what team they’re rooting for.
Where: 7034 15th Ave NW
This unique spot is an architectural delight, residing near Green Lake in off-kilter wooden boxes with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern pendant lighting, and warm wood paneling throughout. Enjoy huge, melty burgers and specialties like Mini Won Ton Tacos and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. Handmade cocktails like the Seattle Mule or the 72nd Street Margarita ensure you won’t go thirsty during the game, and draft beers include local favorites and imports alike.
Where: 7110 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle is no place to hole up at home during the game with so many delightful taverns, pubs, and bars to be enjoyed. So make your plans early, grab your friends, and get out and about for a day of football, food, and fun. Wherever you decide to watch, get there with Uber—the official ride of gameday.