Nightlife

Cocktail Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Zig Zag Café

If you're writing a research project on Seattle's culinary history, you'll need to reserve a chapter for the Zig Zag Café. For serious cocktails, this place is legendary – this is the bar that repopularized gin-base…
Cafe in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Storyville Coffee

There are so many coffee bars in Seattle that it’s sometimes hard to see the wood from the trees, unless it’s the kind of wood that adorns the curved bar of Storyville. Welcome to one of Seattle’s newer luxury coffe…
Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Bookstore Bar

Cementing downtown’s reputation as a fount of good hotel bars is the Bookstore, encased in the front window of the Alexis Hotel, which mixes books stacked on handsome wooden shelves with whiskey – an excellent combi…
Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Athenian Inn

There’s nothing fancy about Pike Place Market's Athenian, but it’s a landmark and a bastion of unpretentious, frontier-era Seattle. Consider, as you sink that hoppy beer, that this joint has been here since 1909, op…
Cafe in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Starbucks

The world’s oldest surviving Starbucks store, but not – as many assume – the first. The original Starbucks opened in 1971 at 2000 Western Ave (roughly a block away). It’s practically impossible to walk through the d…
Irish Pub in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Owl & Thistle

One of the best Irish pubs in the city, the dark, multiroomed Owl & Thistle is located slap-bang downtown but misses most of the tourist traffic (who home in on the more 'themed' Fado) because it's hidden in Pos…
Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Alibi Room

Hidden down Post Alley opposite the beautifully disgusting 'gum wall,' the Alibi feels like an old speakeasy or perhaps the perfect place to hide from the perfect crime. Dark and cavernous, it provides surprisingly …
Brewery in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Pike Pub & Brewery

Leading the way in the US microbrewery revolution, this brewpub was an early starter, opening in 1989 underneath Pike Place Market. Today it continues to serve good pub food (mains $11 to $20) and hop-heavy, made-on…
Irish Pub in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Kells

One of three West Coast Kells, this Pike Place Market Irish pub is the most atmospheric and authentic, with its exposed-brick walls, multiple nooks and crannies, and a rosy-cheeked crowd. The perfectly poured Imperi…
Wine Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Tasting Room

Pike Place Market is a good spot to sample the wares of some of Washington’s best wine producers, and there are few better places than the Tasting Room, which offers four-glass tastings for $10. Friendly experts wil…