Mountaineering Club Courtesy Elizabeth Podlesnik

Rooftop Revel

A drink with a view? There’s a rooftop for that.

Folks travel to Seattle in part for the beautiful scenery, and thanks to these elevated bars and restaurants, no one has to give up the eye candy when stopping for a sip or a bite.

Every Seattle visit should include a trip to Pike Place Market, where multiple places provide roof access. The Pink Door (1919 Post Alley) is a cult favorite for Italian cuisine, swanky drinks, and a cabaret vibe to go with Elliott Bay views. The water backdrop at Maximilien* (81A Pike St) lends extra romance to a classic French menu. Second-story Bolivian standby Copacabana Cafe (1520 Pike Pl) gives a glimpse of the market’s hustle and bustle below. And don’t miss nearby Hard Rock Cafe* (116 Pike St): The view from its roof, overlooking the market and bay, may be the best at any US Hard Rock.

South Lake Union’s MBar (400 Fairview Ave N) serves fantastic Mediterranean cuisine on the 14th floor with a semi-sheltered rooftop, giving you an eyeful of the Space Needle and Lake Union’s many boats and seaplanes.

Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s (422 E Pine St) Capitol Hill location serves its mezcal-forward cocktails and regional Mexican dishes on a comfy heated rooftop year-round. Terra Plata (1501 Melrose Ave) offers Spanish wine and tapas on a patio nestled in a rooftop garden. And a small deck atop Monsoon (615 19th Ave E) lends an airy ambience to high-end Vietnamese fare.

There might even be a bar with a beautiful view right where you’re staying, as Seattle hotels reach for the stars. Downtown, fifth-floor Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails* (1415 Fifth Ave) has upscale comfort food above Motif; the Thompson’s 12th-floor bar, The Nest* (110 Stewart St), serves small plates and posh drinks. Both augment sweeping panoramas with modern firepits. And in the University District, summit the Graduate hotel to Mountaineering Club (4507 Brooklyn Ave) for playful plaid decor, a seafood boil, DIY s’mores, and breathtaking vistas of downtown Seattle from the 16th floor.

*Visit Seattle Partner

Mountaineering Club Courtesy Elizabeth Podlesnik


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