Bar Crawl: Downtown Seattle

Staff Writer
A boozehound's tour of the Seattle bar scene
Bar Crawl: Downtown Seattle
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Welcome to Seattle, where weird is never hard to find. Here, people seem to be proportionately fun to how bad the weather is, and the bars are always good for a party. To find out the best stretch in the Emerald City, simply keep reading and watch your night get crazy faster than that guy on a unicycle that just passed by.


For an Excuse to Bust Out Your Best Leather Jacket

Where: The Funhouse, 206 5th Avenue North (206) 374-8400

This bar across the street from the Space Needle (yeah, it’s nice, but you’re here to drink!) is heralded as Seattle’s premier punk rock bar, but has something for everyone, including pinball, a basketball court in the back, and daily rotating drink specials to get you in that head-banging mood.


For Watching Tourists and Drunks get Cheated

Where: The 5 Point Café, 415 Cedar St (206) 448-9993

The 5 Point Café is the proud epitome of “dive bar.” From the buzzing neon sign in the window that reads “We Cheat Tourists-N-Drunks Since 1929” to their slogan of “Alcoholics Serving Alcoholics,” this dive bar shows others how its done with its duct-taped furniture, periscope view of the Space Needle from the men’s room, and an all-day breakfast menu to help absorb the long beer list (featuring 40s of Olde English).


For, Well, Sake, Of Course

Where: Umi Sake House, 2230 1st Avenue (206) 374-8717

This upscale sake dispensary located in downtown Seattle is a must-visit for any sake lover, and really, who doesn’t love sake? With a long sake list and creative cocktails like the Lychee Lemonade and the classic Saketini, this roomy izakaya is just begging to be part of your party’s bar crawl. And if you get a little too far gone on tiny cups of sake, they also serve sushi to help you get ready for the next round.


For Listening to the Next Nirvana

Where: The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Avenue (206) 441-4618

Make sure to stop by this Washington classic venue to take in a show and enjoy the back bar. The Alligator’s stage has been home to just about every music powerhouse to come out of the Northwest, including Nirvana and Pearl Jam. So stop by, take advantage of their local brews, and settle in while Seattle shows off just what it can do.