With stunning urban views and curated craft cocktails, rooftop bars in Seattle are the best way to see the city. There are plenty of options, but our INNSiders have narrowed down the list to five spots that can’t be beat. Make a reservation to be seated just before sunset for a memorable experience. On your next trip to Seattle, make your trip extra special by grabbing a drink at one of these rooftop bars.
1. Fog Room
Just a 3-minute walk from Pike Place Market, Fog Room provides hand-crafted cocktails, tasty shared plates and a modern, luxurious atmosphere. Their rooftop bar provides striking views of the sun setting over the Puget Sound and the twinkling lights of the city. Fog fanatics rave about their signature drinks, such as the Smoking Gun and the Toki Highball. If you’re in the mood for something mysterious and smoky, try the Good Fellas cocktail with rye and tobacco bitters.
Nestled between Pike Street and Union Street downtown, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails serves up amazing drinks with awesome views of Seattle. Their rooftop bar is stunning, with chic decor, modern gas fireplaces and hip ambience. Frolik is known for their specialty cocktails, so take a chance on a fun, outside the box beverage, like the gin-based My Blueberry Nights or the butterfly pea flower-infused Butterfly Effect. In town during the week? Stop by Tuesday through Thursday from between 4 and 6 pm for discounted Happy Hour specials!
Guest House Bed & Breakfast provides an enchanting two-bedroom suite located just 12 miles south of Seattle. Enjoy the rare luxury of being the only guests as you devour delicious breakfast each morning.
Perched on the 16th floor in the University District, Mountaineering Club provides gorgeous panoramic views of the city. Soak in the sights of Mount Rainier and Puget Sound as you sip on a scrumptious aperitif, such as the tequila and pineapple rum-based Fly, You Fools. If you’re visiting on a cooler day, indulge in a hot drink, like the Golden Hot Cocoa with turmeric liqueur or Tequila Toddy with poached apple syrup. Indoors, the club has an aesthetically pleasing, historic frontiersman vibe.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city by staying at Greenlake Guest House, one of the top-rated bed and breakfasts in Seattle. Add on their Welcome to Seattle Package to experience local treats on arrival, food tour tickets, and more!
Around the corner from Pike Place Market, The Nest serves up high-end, hand-crafted cocktails with astounding views of Elliott Bay. The environment is stylish and swanky with modern decor. Their cocktail menu is easy to navigate with comparisons to classic cocktails next to each of their offerings. The Blood Meridian includes blood orange, tequila and firewater tincture to create a delicious take on a Paloma. Our INNSiders say that their Old Fashioned are arguably the best in the city!
Three Tree Point B&B offers two private, independent units with full kitchens, living rooms with fireplaces and so much more. In between long days exploring the city, return to your peaceful lodging and indulge in a rejuvenating massage.
MBar’s modern rooftop bar boasts great views of South Lake Union and the Seattle skyline, including the Space Needle. Positioned on the 14th floor on Fairview Avenue next to Amazon, the restaurant has a playful meets modern aesthetic with brightly-colored chairs, a sleek gas fireplace and effervescent string lights overhead. Order some of their delicious small plates inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, such as hummus, halloumi or smoked eggplant. INNSider tip: order the fries, too! Taste test The Gilroy, a refreshing rosé, cucumber, lemon and wine cocktail perfect for summer.
Honorable Mention: The Lookout
Our honorable mention award goes to The Lookout in Capitol Hill. While it technically doesn’t have a rooftop bar, it does have a great outdoor deck with stunning views of the city. This dive bar is one of the best kept secrets of Seattle. Get the rooftop bar experience for just a fraction of the price!
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