Seattle’s Best Bonfire Patios For Spring

Stay warm on cool spring days while dining al fresco

Lake Union provides a picturesque backdrop at Westward’s fire pit.

Springtime in Seattle marks the start of patio season. The lilacs, magnolias, and cherry blossoms beckon us outside with their dazzling purples and pinks. The sky, on the other hand, is temperamental, switching from bright blue to dreary gray without warning. In this schizophrenic weather, eating al fresco can be complicated. What’s the best way to stay warm outdoors? Opt for one of these eateries with bonfire patios.

Named for the closest point to the sun in a planet’s orbit, this Beacon Hill brewery was destined to be a hot spot. Grab a chair around one of the three bonfires, which are bordered by wooden ledges for your pints and grub. The beer list from award-winning brewer Les McAuliffe is Belgian-focused while the food — beer steamed clams, roast marrow bones, and stout adobo wings — is brewery fare at its finest. Perihelion’s website promises that patrons will “leave with a glow, warmed by the beers and food.” And toasty fires, I would add.

Quality Athletics
The next best thing to going to a Seahawks game is watching it ‘round a fire pit just steps away from the stadium. Quality Athletics stands out from the plethora of Pioneer Square sports bars thanks to two massive patio bonfires. Fans can stay warm as they watch games on the bevy of big-screen TVs. The flame-broiled enjoyment extends to the food; grilled mushroom salad and charred chicken wings benefit from wood-fired grill.

At this popular Ballard brewery, most of the seating is outdoors. Populuxe has transformed a parking lot into a convivial beer garden with picnic tables, string lights, cornhole, and bonfires — that are thoughtfully covered so you can enjoy them rain or shine. Though the patio is basic, the craft beer is anything but. A tasty tap list from Burke Gilman Bitter to Ballard Blonde has garnered many local fans. As is traditional brewery protocol, rotating food trucks — including Wet Buns and Napkin Friends — provide grub.

Boasting the best blazin’ view in town, Westward’s bonfire is perched on the shores of Lake Union. Sip champagne minus the chill in stylish Adirondack chairs around the fire pit, which is filled with oyster shells. They give a visual clue to the bivalve bounty offered inside. Westward’s seafaring menu always has a tantalizing selection of oysters, plus seasonal delights like grilled octopus and albacore tartare.

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