The weather is warmer, the days are longer and rooftop season is finally here! Locals in Seattle know that we need to soak up every minute of sunshine we can get. With our picturesque backdrops of Elliot Bay, Cascade Mountains, and Mt. Rainier, the best way to do that is by hitting a rooftop bar.
This is your new go-to guide for rooftop bars and restaurants around Seattle that boast incredible views — from established hot spots to up-and-coming new digs. The featured five are:
The Nest at Thompson Seattle
An absolute favorite in Seattle, ascend to the 12th floor of the Thompson Hotel in downtown for sweeping views of the city and Elliot Bay. This must-see rooftop offers a range of class and specialty cocktails with an awesome selection of snacks to go with. Smoked salmon with lemon panna cotta anyone?
The Mountaineering Club
Seattle’s newest rooftop bar is delivering UNBEATABLE views. This spot in University District offers uninterrupted views of the city with options for outdoor seating areas to comfortable, Northwest-inspired indoor spaces. If you visit, make sure to indulge in their seafood menu.
Situated on Capitol Hill, this rooftop garden serves food by one of the city’s best chefs. With a focus on “Earth to plate” — the menu coincidentally tastes better when you’re surrounded by the ingredients that made it! If you go, they offer a Paella night on Mondays.
Situated above The Charter Hotel, the Fog Room delivers spectacular views of downtown from 2nd Avenue. Enjoy a rotation of original cocktails and a well-executed daily menu of small bites. 16 stories above the busy streets, this sky lounge offers a hideaway.
Enjoy epic views from South Lake Union stretching from Queen Anne to Capitol Hill. The glass-walled restaurant offers visitors views from the indoor or outdoor seating. If you visit, be sure to check out the menu. Chef Jason Stratton is inspired by a mix of Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Italian influences, worthy of a taste!