Chances are, your out-of-town guests decide to visit during the summer, because they heard the entire city looks like that tsunami scene from The Day After Tomorrow unless it’s June or July. That’s not true, of course. You’d never see Jake Gyllenhaal in Seattle. Regardless, if your guests are here, and it’s hot and sunny, you should make a reservation at The Nest. It’s a rooftop bar at the top of the Thompson Hotel Downtown, and the view of the waterfront might make someone gasp emphatically. It’s also a good excuse to dress up a little in a city that otherwise wears beanies year-round. Order a few cocktails and take in the sun while you can.
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Retro Restaurant And Lounge
Retro Restaurant And Lounge is an American spot Downtown that serves an excellent burger.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
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Percy’s & Co.
Percy’s is a Southern bar/restaurant in Ballard with a great patio and a lot of bourbon.
Varsity Inn is a no-frills diner-y spot in Wallingford. When you need good, cheap brunch without fuss, this is where you go.
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The Pink Door
The Pink Door is part circus burlesque, part Italian restaurant, and is one of the best dining experiences you can have in Seattle.
There aren’t many places you can drink froze while sitting on a swing in a rooftop bar, but M Bar in South Lake Union is one of them.
Captain Black’s is a bar in Capitol Hill that you hit when the weather is nice. Post up on the rooftop patio and get the fried chicken.
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