While Seattle does not have such a huge rooftop bar and restaurant scene (most probably due to it’s long wet winters), they are starting to rise in popularity (most probably due to climate change and the lengthening of warmer dry weather). Whilst climate change is not good, relaxing on a rooftop with cocktail in hand, basking in the glorious sunshine is a pretty damn fine way to spend your time!
Fortunately, there are a handful of establishments in town that allow you to enjoy your drink with a view. We have rounded up the best six rooftop bars in Seattle for you to check out. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a drink with friends or wanting to eat a meal outside in the fresh marine air we have you covered!
Best Rooftop Bars in Seattle
This modest restaurant which sits on the 14th floor of a building in the Cascade neighborhood comes with not only stunning 360 degree views of Seattle but delicious Middle Eastern food too. Mbar is unique in that it is the only rooftop bar mentioned in this article that is not surrounded by other high rise buildings that block the surrounding views. From the sprawling 2,800 square foot roof top you can see the Space Needle, Capitol Hill and Lake Union. This is a gorgeous spot to spend a summer afternoon and especially beautiful when the sun begins to set.
Average drink prices: $15
The Fog Room Sky Lounge and Terrace sits high above downtown Seattle on the 16th floor of the Charter Hotel and has an interior decorated in a cool, muted color palette to match the Seattle weather. This rooftop bar has impressive views of the waterfront and offers excellent cocktails. Enjoy your drinks and small bites in a modern-chic atmosphere overlooking the Puget Sound.
Average drink prices: $15
Maximilien is a charming French restaurant located only steps away from Pike Place Market with panoramic views of Seattle’s waterfront and the Olympic Mountains. This authentic eatery has all the old-world charm of any romantic hideaway in Paris. They have some reasonably priced appetizers and hors d’Ouevres to complement your cocktail and a mix of covered and open air couches to unwind on. Their answer to rooftop relaxing in the winter months is Le’igloo, an enclosed space that will keep you out of the elements without compromising the views.
Average drink prices: $10 - $15
Frolik is a 4,000 square foot sprawling restaurant and bar that sits five stories above 4th Avenue. This stylish rooftop venue which features indoor and outdoor seating comes with several fire places, ping-pong tables, and delicious cocktails. If you’re seeking a classy atmosphere than look no further! Stop by for happy hour from 4-6 pm daily.
Average drink prices: $12 -$16
Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe is a global chain mostly known for its collection of rock memorabilia rather than it’s food or drinks and usually caters towards tourists. However, this particular restaurant/bar comes with a rooftop terrace that boasts a very good location in downtown Seattle with views of the waterfront and Pike Place Market. I mean, this rooftop is basically on top of the market! The terrace is very spacious and comes complete with cabana’s and a fire pit for those chilly night’s.
Average drink price: $12
The Nest is a sophisticated bar that sits on the twelfth floor of the Thompson Hotel with incredible views over Elliot Bay. This sleek hot spot is popular with Seattle’s elite folk so you can expect premium prices on the hand-crafted classic and specialty cocktails served here. This bar does get extremely busy on weekends thanks to it’s popularity on Instagram but you might get lucky and score a spot beside the balcony to place your drinks on and take in the dazzling views. They serve a small selection of elegant snacks and the bar remains open even in the winter months.
Average drink price: $15