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5 Point Cafe

The Five Point is inarguably one of Seattle’s best dive bars. The floppy, salty fries have never seen the inside of a freezer, and if you like an old-school ope...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 6-9 am, 4-6 pm.

9 Lb. Hammer

The 9 Lb Hammer is great at what it does: serve drinks, have bands sometimes, and provide a Georgetown hangout with free pool and peanuts. The place feels old-s...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 11 am-7 pm.


Add-a-Ball is a retro-style arcade and pinball joint that serves booze and snacks to its quarter-laden patrons. Mike Nipper says: “It's the basement you wish yo...

Happy Hour: Mon-Thu 4 pm-1 am.

Athenian Inn

The food is nothing to write home about, but it's worth shoving your way through the Pike Place Market tourists gawping at fish to get to the old-school, unfanc...

Happy Hour: Mon-Thu 4-8 pm; Fri-Sat 4-9 pm.

Back Door Pub

A place for pool sharks (who play free on Sundays) and sketchy-types. Sometimes hosts live music.

Ballard Grill & Alehouse

One of the city's last remaining neighborhood dive bars offering a legendary $6 burger/fries combo, $4 happy hour apps, and a no-frills atmosphere. Let's just s...

Happy Hour: Daily 11 am-6 pm.

Ballard Smoke Shop

The Smoke Shop is the place to go for a well whiskey, a cheap can of cold beer, and a few pull tabs. The waitresses, who are old and beautiful in that dive-bar...


The Baranof is a crusty old diner that feels like it’s been open forever, complete with an awesome nautical-themed dive bar that’s open from 6 a.m. until 2 o’cl...

Happy Hour: Daily 6 am-7 pm.

Bill's Off Broadway

Beloved temple of beer, sports, and made-from-scratch food (including gloriously cheesy pizza), Bill’s Off Broadway reopened in 2017 after a two-year hiatus dur...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-7 pm.

Blue Moon Tavern

With us since 1934, the Blue Moon's dingy but well-loved, and pretty much everyone is welcome on its barstools. Plus it hosts a wide variety of local talent, fr...

Happy Hour: Daily open-6:30 pm.

Bob's Java Jive

Tacoma's bizarre, beloved Bob's (since 1927) has been a drive-in, speakeasy, go-go bar, and finally the Polynesian-themed live-music/karaoke bar in a coffee po...

Boxcar Ale House

The Boxcar Ale House has cheap beer, good karaoke, edible food, pool, and no pretensions. What else do you want?

Happy Hour: Daily 4-6 pm.

Central Saloon

This is Seattle's oldest bar, and it knows how to party.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-9 pm; Sun 6 pm-close.

Comet Tavern

The Comet’s done a fine job of getting people drunk since 1948. More recently—for a long time—it was a place to see hearing-impairing punk bands, get beer spill...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4-9 pm.

Crescent Lounge

Seattle's venerable Crescent Lounge is a seedy, wonderful dive with a colorful host of regulars and the best karaoke on Capitol Hill.

Happy Hour: Daily 1-6:30 pm, 10 pm-close.

Darrell's Tavern

Darrell's was established in 1967, and very little has changed. The furnishings remain of the low-rent Eames-style variety, like the spindly, quilted-back loung...

Happy Hour: Daily 4-7 pm.

Doyle's Public House

Happy Hour: Daily 3-6 pm, 9 pm-1 am.

Duchess Tavern

This dive is swarming with college kids. They come for cheap beer and good times.

Earl's on the Ave

Pitchers, pool, and rowdy Huskies (at least during the school year). A lengthy menu includes burgers, sandwiches, bacon-topped fries (!), and 15 flavors of chic...

Happy Hour: Daily 4-8 pm.

Eastlake Zoo Tavern

This magnificent Eastlake dive welcomes everyone: massive bikers, leftover hippies, and fresh-faced college kids. The impossibly vast space houses a assortment...

Happy Hour: Mon-Thu 3-7 pm.

Elmer's Pub

A large, shabby biker/rocker joint with a live-and-let-live attitude and a short-order cook serving burgers and breakfasts until 11 pm.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-7 pm.

Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar

The place’s motto is “Beer, Wine, and Food for Thought, Est. 1978,” and while the whole place is great, the small bar in the back is the greatest. Oysters on th...

Fremont Dock

The Dock is known primarily as a dive bar, so don't expect hoity-toity cuisine here—there's just standard diner food to lay down a base for the (powerful) drink...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3-6 pm; Mon-Wed, Sun 9 pm-midnight.

Golden City

Happy Hour: Daily 11 am-6 pm.

Hattie's Hat

With stiff drinks and good food, Hattie’s is one of Ballard’s most beloved dives. The all-American menu has everything from classic burgers with sweet-potato fr...

Happy Hour: Mon-Thu, Sun 3-6 pm, 10 pm-midnight.


Serving big, sloppy hot sandwiches, HoneyHole will quiet any stomach grumbling for comfort food. For your grumbling liver, they also have a semi-tiki-themed ful...

Happy Hour: Daily 5-7 pm, 11 pm-2 am.


If your idea of life's bounty involves beer and Johnny Cash, it's time to give Hooverville a try. The floor's covered with peanut shells; this is a bar for shoo...

J&M Cafe

The antique mahogany bar (along with the original light fixtures, ghostly old mirrors, ancient framed photographs, and more) was sold at auction in the summer o...

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 3-6 pm.


Happy Hour: Daily 4-7 pm.

Joe's Bar & Grill

The Red Front Tavern is awesome if you are in this kind of mood: Adventurous, curious and a little bit stinky. The bar smells like people have been spilling d...

Happy Hour: Daily 7 am-noon, 4-7 pm.

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