As the elusive Seattle sun makes its presence known this summer, we won’t blame you if you spend every waking minute basking in its golden glory. Grab those sunglasses, snag a coveted seat on the patio at one of these 10 top-notch watering holes and soak in the vitamin D (and stunning views of the city skyline and sparkling waterfront while you’re at it). Should the heat get to be too much for you, enjoy a cooldown session with a swig of your drink of choice.

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Rooftop Brewing Company

The aptly named Rooftop Brewing Company was established with two things in mind: cold microbrews and scenic outdoor seating. The rooftop deck is populated by large picnic tables, perfect for sliding pints around (you’ll want to try every brew). If you work up an appetite, you won’t have to wait long – the Curbside food truck rolls by daily between 4:00 -5:00 p.m., serving up juicy burgers and snacks.


First Rooftop Bar in Seattle Maxin & Relaxing while the out of toe era shop lol @wannafanta87

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If Gatsby had his pick from the list, he’d be at Frolik every night. Don’t worry, if a cocktail dress or suit and tie isn’t your typical evening garb, that prosecco in your hand will make you feel like a million bucks. Look over the railing to enjoy spectacular metropolitan views of 5th Ave from the rooftop terrace.


If it’s world-class dining you’re after, look no further than this 14-story al fresco lounge. Bring an empty stomach along with you to Mbar and get a taste of Jason Stratton’s eclectic menu, featuring diverse plates like tagliatelle with huckleberry marinara or grilled Washington asparagus with black garlic molasses. Pair your plate with a selection from an equally diverse wine menu or signature cocktail, like their PB & J negroni.

Elizabeth Blanton of Road Trips + Skymiles, states the restaurant is one of her go-to spots, “Mbar in South Lake Union is my new favorite rooftop patio in the city. The city views from 14 stories high are picture-perfect. Patio seating is first-come, first-serve so plan a little wait time during happy hour on a sunny day.”

The Pink Door

pasta on the patio ! summer in Seattle !

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Perched above Pike Place, yet accessed by descending stairs, The Pink Door can be difficult to find, but rewards with twinkling waterfront views. Twirl your Northwest farm-fresh linguine as burlesque trapeze dancers swing from chandeliers overhead, and satiate your mid-summer thirst with a craft cocktail or half bottle of vini rossi.

The Nest

All about tonight! #seattle

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The newest rooftop bar in the city, The Nest is a postcard-perfect dozen story beauty offering tweaks on classic and contemporary cocktails poured over its very own tailored, hand-chipped ice. Find delicious seafood skewers and mix-to-order poke on the menu, but Elliott Bay eye candy is why this spot takes the cake.

Chuck’s Hop Shop

Ah Sunday #ilovebeer

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With Chuck’s Hop Shop locations in Greenwood and the Central District, you’re never far from one of Seattle’s largest selections of craft beers. Ask your friendly bartender about the extensive rotating tap selection or browse endless chilled racks of brews before heading outside to sip your sudsy select.


Located among nondescript dry docks between Fremont and University District, Westward’s nautically ornamented dining berth fits right in with its waterfront location. Head here for a seafood brunch and mimosas as the sun comes up, or revel in the rays and oysters (salty sailor martini close at hand) as Lake Union takes on a fiery glow in the evening.

Agua Verde

Taco time #🌮!!

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Boasting a Baja-inspired menu, house-made salsas and six-dollar happy hour margaritas, Agua Verde is the perfect summer seaside escape. Just steps from their kayak dock (we recommend picking up the paddles before that bacalao burrito), you can soak up some sol over Portage Bay at an outdoor deck table.


Rest and rosé #seattle #interiors #happyhour

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If you’re a fan of the grape, Madrona’s Bottlehouse should definitely be on your radar. Putting Seattle’s coziest neighborhood on the map, the restaurant’s charming rooms and outdoor deck will cause you to feel like you’ve tucked into your best friend’s living room. Choose from a selection of rotating regional and international wines, as well as PNW microbrews and paired artisan cheeses and cured meats.

Perihelion Brewery


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Escape the beaten path with a visit to Perihelion, Beacon Hill’s first brewery. Seemingly made for enjoying those sunny Seattle summers, its name literally translates to the point of orbit at which a planet is closest to the sun. Visit on Music Tuesday for tunes into the night, and warm up after sundown at their outdoor fire pit, one of 11 house brews at your side.

Once you’ve grown accustomed to eating on top of the roof rather than seeking shelter underneath it, we’ll pass no judgement if you live out the California dream right here in Seattle and visit all 10 of these fine sunshine-friendly pit stops. While you’re at it, make sure to stroll the downtown waterfront or stop by one of Seattle’s many parks to maximize your time in the sunshine!

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  • For the ultimate view in Seattle, ride up to the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle on the Chihuly + Space Needle Sunset Experience and soak in unparalleled views of the entire city. The top of the Needle also boats a surprisingly lengthy wine list.
  • The only view that tops them all is from the water on the Argosy Locks Cruise! Keep cool with a sea breeze in your hair and full-service bar at your fingertips as you cruise through Elliot Bay, the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Lake Union.


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