There’s a time and a place for outdoor day drinking. The time is generally the day, and the places are the ones on this guide. Here are the spots where you can get a daytime drink and not feel like you’re hiding from a loan shark. For the most part, these bars A) open relatively early and B) have outdoor seating. Take a look at this list, and find your new go-to spot for drinking during the day before we’re hit with the weather equivalent of a sad Joni Mitchell song that loops for eight months straight.
If you don’t have your own tricked-out herb garden where you can sit and sip wine with friends, we suggest you check out Bottlehouse. It’s a renovated-home-turned-wine-bar, and the backyard is a very charming place to try flights of wine (or frozen wine cocktails) for prolonged periods of time. Snack-wise, there are actual cheesemongers here to help appropriately pair your drinks with charcuterie and cheese plates.
Stoup is one of our favorite breweries in Ballard. The beer here is pretty simple, but reliably tasty - so it’ll please both the pilsner people and the craft sour nerds. And while you could sit in the front overlooking the rotating resident food truck that hangs out there, we like going around back, where there are picnic tables, a back bar, and firepit.
If you haven’t spent a Sunday outside at Rhein Haus drinking boots of beer or frozen rosé while getting a little too competitive about lawn games, you’re not really living. We especially like the biergarten patio because the bocce court out there is first come, first served (whereas the ones inside have multiple-hour waits). We also like Rhein Haus because they have giant pretzels with liquid cheese.
Chances are, you probably know about the tavern burger at Loretta’s Northwesterner. If not, you should acquaint yourself with this glorious little thing wrapped in deli paper that explodes with American cheese and special sauce. Loretta’s also has a very cool backyard, complete with a furnished airstream, some bistro tables, and a bar.
Not enough people seem to know about the patio at Citizen Six, where you can get flights of homemade cider and tasty Korean-Mexican bar food (we especially like the bulgogi fries). Instead of the usual views of the water, their patio overlooks a trainyard, so you can toast with many mini alcoholic apple juices and habanero-battered chicken sandwiches while watching freight cars whiz by.
There are few better ways to spend a nice day than grabbing a six-pack from the fridge and drinking it on the deck with some friends, a couple bags of chips, and a sack of sour gummy worms. Even though this sounds like what you’d do at your own house, we’re describing what goes down at Chuck’s. It’s a convenience store where they’ll crack open anything that they sell from refrigerators, and they also have a great on-tap selection. The sheer variety of gummy snacks here is astounding, so don’t be shy about pairing your beer with a very rare breed of Trolli.
If any of your friends have ever complained about Seattle in any regard, grab them by the collar and toss them out on the patio at Marination Ma Kai so they can take in the skyline view. Then, sit back and have lychee margaritas under an umbrella while your friends eat chicken tacos, kimchi fried rice, mac salad, and their own words.
You can’t just waltz past Redhook Brewlab’s front picnic table area without getting the itch to take a seat out there (unless you’re on your way to Salt & Straw - then carry on, please). We’re pretty sure the gravitational pull has a lot to do with the high quantity of cute dogs out there, but the great beer might also be at play. If you’re looking for more of a relaxed hang, head to the back courtyard and sit in an Adirondack chair by the firepit.
Fremont Brewing Company is a great place to day drink if you have out-of-town guests visiting, a birthday party planned, a meetup with a date before dinner, a new puppy, or nothing to do at all. Basically, we’re telling you to day drink here at literally any time. We’d suggest a beer for you to order, but they’re really all delicious - from the Lush IPA to any of their infused Randalls on rotation.
If you just did some Lake Union kayaking (or pretended to kayak while your significant other did all of the paddling), lunch and drinks at Agua Verde is a strong next step. Secure a spot out on the deck overlooking the marina and keep the margaritas coming strong. We’re fans of the frozen ones, but nothing beats a prickly pear on the rocks. Don’t forget a few orders of fish tacos to soak it all up.
The 100 Pound Clam is one of those places that makes a typical Saturday a lot better. There’s a great water view, tasty seafood if you’re hungry, and a string-lit patio with picnic tables where you can sit and pop open bottles of wine while definitely not thinking about the exploding email inbox you’ll need to tend to come Monday morning.
Considering that by night, the back patio at Linda’s is packed with loud people drinking alcoholic Mountain Dew slushies and yelling across the bar, it’s hard to believe that by day, the outdoor space is pretty serene. If having some brunch and getting a low-key sunburn while simultaneously drinking Rainier tallboys sounds like a good time, Linda’s will feel like home.
Peddler doesn’t open until 4pm on weekdays, but the sun sets around 9 in the summertime, so it counts for this guide. On weekends, they open at 11am, in which case we like camping out at a picnic table all day with a pint of tangerine Hefeweizen in one hand and a vegan hot dog from the Cycle Dogs food truck in the other. If you’re a carnivore, you could also bring in some sandwiches from Mean Sandwich next door.