For the last few months, the closest experience we’ve had to being at a rooftop bar or restaurant has been watching this continuous Seattle skyline loop on Youtube. But even if you do this and have a fan blowing on low, it’s just not the same as feeling a mid-July breeze at the top of a building.
So if you’ve been missing high altitudes and fresh air, there are few rooftops currently open in Seattle. All of them have plenty of outdoor seating (some even take reservations), serve great food and beverages, and are keeping guest safety in mind.
For more restaurants and bars with outdoor seating, you can check out this constantly-updated guide.
If you’re looking for a chill place to day drink, you’re in good hands at Rooftop Brewing. Which if you didn’t read the context clues is a brewery located on a roof. Take in the view of the Queen Anne warehouse-looking buildings and the tiny sliver of Lake Union. As for the beer, our favorite’s the “Glorious Basker,” which doubles as a blood orange wheat and the name of your alter-ego for the summer.
The Nest has everything. Comfortable sofas that sink when you sit on them. Waterfront views with the perfect angle for watching the Ferris wheel spin. Overpriced-but-refreshing cocktails served in metallic flamingo mugs. Most importantly, this is somewhere to dress up, drink outside, and not feel stupid about it.
A lot of hotel bars are the same - not very fun unless you make the fun yourself. That’s Frolik in a nutshell. It works well if you’re pretending to be a tourist for the day, drinking prosecco with popsicles shoved in the glass, and eating snacks like lumpia and salt and pepper fries. There’s a giant firepit too for when nights get chilly.
At Terra Plata, you can hang out among the herbs and fresh air while drinking cocktails and eating great tapas-style dishes, from waffle-cut truffle chips dipped in pecorino crème fraîche to blistered shishito peppers. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited up there.
The roof at M Bar is like the communal patio of a newly-constructed apartment building that’s designed to lure prospective renters into signing a lease (and grilling kabobs) immediately. You probably can’t actually live in a Middle Eastern restaurant-lounge hybrid, but you’ll certainly want to after taking the dramatically suspenseful elevator ride up top to sit around string lights, swings, and Space Needle views. Get a fizzy Campari cocktail, or something frozen if it’s available, and snack on falafel with beet labneh or grilled halloumi with spiced watermelon. Note that the roof is only taking reservations, and parties cannot exceed five people.
Monsoon is a Vietnamese restaurant with a roof that seems ironic for most of the rainy year. But for the few months when it’s nice out, this is where you want to be eating noodles and stir-fry outside. And if you ever tried to imagine what it might be like to eat imperial rolls while perched in a tree, you don’t really have to wonder about that anymore.