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The 7 Best Bars Near Downtown, Seattle

Updated: August 7, 2022

It's always happy hour with these great bars in Downtown! We go for the drinks and stay for the vibe. We analyzed millions of reviews from the best sites to bring you this ultimate list of bars in Downtown. Drop-in on the pubs for tasty bar snacks, jugs of frozen wine slushy, and an all-round good time.

Find the perfect place

Bad Bishop

Bar, DowntownBarSeattle, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Infatuation, 2020

    The Seattle Bar Hit List: Where To Drink Right Now

    Infatuation, 2020
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Drink the Best New Cocktails in Seattle

    Eater, 2020

The Diller Room

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Seattle, Downtown
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zomato

    Tapas & Wine Bars


Fog Room

Bar, $$, DowntownBar, $$Seattle, Downtown
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • Thrillist, 2019

    The Best Rooftop Drinking in Seattle

    Thrillist, 2019
  • Infatuation, 2020

    Seattle’s New Restaurant Openings

    Infatuation, 2020

Elephant & Castle

Pub, $$, DowntownPub, $$Seattle, Downtown
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • TripAdvisor, 2018

    Certificate of Excellence

    TripAdvisor, 2018

If you travel further

The Capercaillie

Pub, MinorPubSeattle, Minor
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

TeKu Tavern

Bar, $$, South Lake UnionBar, $$Seattle, South Lake Union
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

    Geek Out at Seattle's Top Beer Bars

    Eater, 2019
  • Zagat, 2017

    Seattle's 7 Hottest Beer Bars

    Zagat, 2017

Sam's Tavern

Bar, $$, South Lake UnionBar, $$Seattle, South Lake Union
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

How does it work?

Selecting the right restaurant can be really difficult, especially when you would like to find a new one. We analyzed 1286 lists and articles from top sources like Zagat, Eater and TripAdvisor, 10951 Seattle restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 1095134 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. These spots have been featured in Zagat - Seattle's 7 Hottest Beer Bars, Eater - Geek Out at Seattle's Top Beer Bars and TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Frequently asked questions

Bad Bishop, Oliver's Lounge, and Fog Room are the highest-rated bars that are good for groups in Downtown.

The Terrace Lounge and Owl'n Thistle Irish Pub are bars with a happy hour in Downtown.

The Nest, Bad Bishop, and Oliver's Lounge are the highest-rated bars for a date night in Downtown.

Parking info

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