With Thanksgiving coming up, the season is rife with opportunities to catch up with friends. What better way to reconnect than over drinks? In the so-called city of neighborhoods, you’re sure to get the quintessential bar experience no matter your taste. To that end, we’ve put together this list of the top bars in Seattle. Don’t just take our word for it—these also happen to be the most popular dropoff locations with Uber riders during the holidays last year.
Seattle bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
1. Rhein Haus
Rhein Haus is a German-style pub in a league of its own. Where else would you have access to such a superb selection of German beers and also play bocce? Their menu contains brands like Veltins Pilsener, Sion Kölsch, and herbstCULT. Perfect for group outings, you can get your game on in the bocce courts with reservations or spur-of-the-moment walk-ins. We recommend planning ahead though because this time of year means peak activity.
When: 3pm – 2am
Where: 912 12th Ave
Corn dogs, cocktails, and a carnival theme—what’s not to love? At Unicorn, you can not only get your fill of whimsical concoctions but also play one of their many arcade games, take group snaps in their photo booth, or try your luck at the claw machine. Narwhal, the lower level of the bar, has a stage for you to enjoy truly incredible live entertainment. Take your pick of creative mixed drinks like Americorn or Snozzberry Frost, or go straight to their expertly crafted shots and drop shots made with delicious ingredients to go down smooth.
When: 2pm – 2am
Where: 1118 E Pike St
3. Sam’s Tavern
Brought to you by the family that founded Red Robin, Sam’s Tavern is the ideal location to chow down delicious pub fare in anticipation of a grand Thanksgiving feast. The award-winning menu serves some of the best burgers in America and their Bloody Mary is unbeatable. Enjoy the daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm with $1 off well drinks and draft beers and order yourself some crunchy appetizers like loaded fries, queso and chips, or Buffalo shrimp.
When: 11am – 2am
Where: 1024 E Pike St
4. Comet Tavern
Sometimes, all you need is a killer deal on a pitcher of beer and local live entertainment. No one does it better than the Comet Tavern. If you’re just in it for some pleasant conversation, you’ll love their daily happy hour starting at 4pm. Grab a pitcher for $4, gather around, and enjoy. If you fancy some friendly competition, the pinball machine is a must. Comet Tavern also does a great job of showcasing Seattle’s emerging rock talent.
When: 12pm – 2am
Where: 922 E Pike St
One of the premier sports bars in Seattle, Buckley’s offers patrons over 22 HD televisions and a 5-foot projection screen so you can catch every last bit of thrilling action by your favorite teams. Their menu serves a rotating selection of food specials that change on a weekly basis. If you’re a fan of local brews, you’re in for a treat with their beer list, which also features 24 different taps.
When: 11:30am – 2am
Where: 2331 2nd Ave
A thriving LGBTQI+ hangout for over a decade, Purr Cocktail Lounge offers you a full-service bar in a truly electric and festive setting. The walls are lined with flat-screen televisions that play the hottest music videos, creating a vibrant atmosphere for you to get up and dance. Happy hour starts at 4pm, offering you many options of domestic drafts, microbrews, and a rotating tap.
When: 12pm – 2am
Where: 2307 24th Ave
When you mix authentic Spanish, Mexican, and Latin cuisine with a carefully curated cocktail list, you get none other than Peso’s Kitchen + Lounge. Peso’s opened its doors 20 years ago and it’s been a late night favorite ever since. Best of all? Their happy hour menu is served all day, every day. If you’re a Margarita lover, you will simply love the wide array of options at your disposal. Come morning, stop by for their delicious weekend brunch, including Huevos Rancheros, Griddled Eggsadilla, and more.
When: 11am – 2am
Where: 605 Queen Anne Ave N
8. Lost Lake
You don’t have to worry about making plans during normal business hours with Lost Lake. This 24-hour hotspot provides you with hearty American fare, morning happy hours as well as afternoon happy hours, and a bar stocked with some of the most exciting craft beer in Seattle. If you’re searching for ciders or IPAs, Lost Lake’s rotating menu gives you plenty of variety.
When: 24 hours a day
Where: 1505 10th Ave
They support local breweries and they’re a dog-friendly establishment. That alone ranks Flatstick Pub as one of the greats in town. But it gets better: Flatstick has its own 9-hole mini golf course for you to take on while you’re enjoying your beer. The daily yappy hour gives you a chance to bond with your friends in the company of your dog and earns you a $1 discount on pints.
When: 12pm – 12am
Where 240 2nd Ave S
10. King’s Hardware
King’s Hardware allows you to enjoy perfectly seasoned burgers and premium booze in a setting that’s one-of-a-kind. The spacious floor plan boasts an impressive patio, while indoors, exposed brick and wood-trimmed walls are lined with majestic animal mounts, creating an undeniable charm. Their drinks menu contains plenty of traditional cocktails as well as numerous rotating ciders and beer tap options.
When: 3pm – 2am
Where: 5225 Ballard Ave NW
It just so happens that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the most popular time of the year to go visit one of the many excellent bars you’ll only find in Seattle. This handy guide gives you the roadmap to having a blast before your turkey day celebrations.