Waterwheel Lounge feels like one big year-round dive bar party. When the weather’s gray and depressing, you can get in on some bingo or trivia, or sing “All By Myself” out of tune during karaoke night without judgment. When the sun’s out, the astroturf patio has ping pong, cornhole, and ladder golf - all things experts agree go really well with copious amounts of cheap beer.
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Ballard Pizza Co.
Ballard Pizza Company has some of the best New York Pizza in town, and it’s a great spot for a big group hang or casual weeknight meal.
Copine is an elegant American/French spot in Ballard that’s great for a special occasion or date.
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King’s Deli is a convenience store in the Central District that serves fried chicken, jojos, and excellent soft serve ice cream.
Can Bar is a cool spot with a back patio in White Center that serves great bar food and cocktails.
Finn MacCool’s is an iconic University District bar that’s usually full of college students.
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Rhein Haus is your stereotypical biergarten in Capitol Hill, and it’s great. There’s a patio, glass boots for beer, and comically large pretzels.
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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