Chances are, your out-of-town guests decide to visit during the summer, because they heard the entire city looks like that tsunami scene from The Day After Tomorrow unless it’s June or July. That’s not true, of course. You’d never see Jake Gyllenhaal in Seattle. Regardless, if your guests are here, and it’s hot and sunny, you should make a reservation at The Nest. It’s a rooftop bar at the top of the Thompson Hotel Downtown, and the view of the waterfront might make someone gasp emphatically. It’s also a good excuse to dress up a little in a city that otherwise wears beanies year-round. Order a few cocktails and take in the sun while you can.
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Seattle’s surrounded by water. Here’s where to hang out (and eat some good food) near it.
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Purple Café & Wine Bar
Purple Cafe is a wine bar downtown with an encyclopedic wine list and an extensive American food menu.
Honest Biscuits is a bakery specializing in different types of biscuits. Get The MacGregor.
Market Grill is a tiny counter downtown at Pike Place Market with delicious seafood sandwiches, chowder, and poke.
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King Philly Cheesesteaks
King Philly is a restaurant on Beacon Hill that serves delicious cheesesteaks of all types, from beef to plant-based.
Star Brass Lounge
Star Brass Lounge is a divey pub with excellent American bar food. Get the double tavern burger.
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The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
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