There are few things better than a frosty mug of beer or a sangria glass clinking with ice on a hot day. And Seattle has been having plenty of hot days lately. Whether on the street under some trees, a hidden patio or even just in the sweet, sweet air-conditioned sanctuary of a cafe, you should be able to enjoy a delicious bevie at any and all of these spots while taking a respite from the heat.
Coolness Factor – The interior isn’t air-conditioned, but the patio can be nice and breezy in the shade at this University District watering hole.
Must Drink – Well, the Margarita Lima on the rocks with salt, obviously. But their non-alcoholic beverages are also good. An iced Mexican Mocha or horchata can be just the thing when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.
Coolness Factor – It’s nice and shady under the trees outside this classy establishment. Zig Zag is located on the Pike Street Hill Climb not far from Pike Place Market. The old-fashioned street lamps in this area make this a particularly magical place at night.
Must Drink – Zig Zag has a good happy hour deal: $4 off cocktails from 5-7 Monday through Friday. Try classics like the Southpaw, Old Fashioned or Cubano. Or ask one of the bartenders to make you something unique. Bar staff here are famous for their craft.
Coolness Factor – You want to sit in the little patio out back of this modern Spanish tapas bar. You might think you’re in Europe, not Belltown, for a second, what with the strings of lights and narrow alleyway feel of the place.
Must Drink – The Happy Hour game here is strong. Order a half liter pitcher of sangria for $10, any wine pour for 25% off, and Moscow Mules for $5.
Coolness Factor – Their back patio is small but mighty. Perhaps it’s the secretive, tucked-away quality, toy dinosaurs, and Star Wars figurines sprinkled amongst the foliage. Also, whoever does their chalkboard art has some serious skills and good taste. Located on Capitol Hill.
Must Drink – The Pear Collins (rosemary pear simple syrup and pear puree), or sangria.
Coolness Factor – It’s not a bar, per se, but they do serve tap beers and wine. The AC in here is something to enjoy on those 90+ days we’ve been having. You can find a University District and Capitol Hill location in Seattle.
Must Drink – If you’re the designated driver — their iced chai is magnificent. And if you’re not the DD, whatever’s on tap is good. They usually have an IPA, a cider, and some kind of ale.
Coolness Factor – Percy’s has a “greenhouse back patio” that’s nothing short of a cool and verdant urban oasis.
Must Drink – This Ballard bar has ideal summer drinks – colorful, fruity and full of integrity. Shout outs to the Lavendar Pisco Sour, Garfunkle and The Awakened One. They’re known for their infused spirits (cilantro infused gin, lemongrass infused vodka, etc…). It's another good place to ask the bartender for suggestions.
-Maggie Tarnawa, TWIF Blog Manager