That one friend you know who owns a Sega Genesis is really getting sick of you showing up unannounced to play Mortal Kombat and eat all their Bugles. How to fix that: go to Georgetown Liquor Company, a musty dive bar with few redeeming qualities other than its three old-school consoles and massive library of game cartridges. Grab an on-tap sour beer and some vegetarian pub food, and rediscover how hard Donkey Kong Country actually is.
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Lowercase Brewing is a fun taproom with great homemade beer, light snacks, and board games.
Head to Ciudad, a Middle Eastern spot in Georgetown, for a solid mezze and grilled meat dinner that won’t be too expensive.
Star Brass Lounge
Star Brass Lounge is a divey pub with excellent American bar food. Get the double tavern burger.
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Finn MacCool’s is an iconic University District bar that’s usually full of college students.
No Bones Beach Club
No Bones Beach Club is a tiki bar in Ballard with excellent vegan takes on beachside food.
Norm’s Eatery & Ale House
Norm’s is a divey alehouse with bar food in Fremont that’s perfect for you and your dog.
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New Luck Toy
New Luck Toy is a great bar in West Seattle with skee-ball, karaoke, tiki drinks, an explosion of decorations, and incredible Chinese food.
When you want a theme bar kind of night, go to Unicorn in Capitol Hill. You’ll find corndogs, arcade games, and a long list of crazy cocktails.
Garage is the ultimate party-time bar in Capitol Hill, with bowling, billiards, and an impressive lineup of bar snacks.
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