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May 13, 2008 01:08 PM

Sunny weekend coming! Good outdoor bars? (SEA)

In anticipation of the 80+ degree weather we will be having starting Thursday, what are some great outdoor bars to enjoy a drink with friends? I'm partial to Queen Anne, Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, but am not opposed to other neighborhoods...

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  1. Nectar
    El Camino
    Ray's Boathouse Cafe
    McCormick and Shmick's Harborside
    Greenlake Bar and Grill
    Mcmemnamin's in Tangletown and Fremont

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    1. re: natalie.warner

      Anthony's in Edmonds. Outdoors in all its sunny glory!

    2. Chupacabra in Phinney (across the street from Red Mill) can be fun, if a bit crowded on a sunny evening.

      I believe The Loft on Ballard Avenue will have outside seating, though when I visited in March their porch was vacant of any furniture.

      Sambar (attached to Le Gourmand) in Ballard is a nice place to enjoy wine, cocktails, frites, etc, though it can tend to get crowded early, so I'd call ahead.

      I'm interested to hear what other suggestions people may have for Ballard/Fremont, as I moved to Ballard this winter and do not know good outdoor places within walking distance.

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      1. re: dylinw

        I go to King's Hardware occassionally...on Ballard Ave.

        1. re: icecreamgal

          Any input on what that's like? I've only been on a weekend late in the evening, and suffice it to say, it wasn't my scene. I do enjoy the burgers and fries though.

          As an aside - if you do not enjoy the atmosphere of King's, you'd probably not like The Loft (imo). I did happen to only go during March Madness; it was not a success (very crowded and incredibly intoxicated people, though it was only 7pm!).

          1. re: dylinw

            Loft and King's are see and be seen type places. Other places around Ballard include the Jolly Roger, Matador, Olde Pequilar, The Treehouse, The Dray's window's open up, Hale's, and the Tin Hat has a small area. There could be others in the Ballard/Freelard area.

      2. Ponti Seafood Grill has a classy outdoor space, as does Sambar. Smash wine bar is new in the neighborhood, with seating along 45th at Stone Way. For F&C on the deck, try the Pacific Inn. Lunchbox laboratory is working toward outdoor seating, but I don't know its status right now. Hale's Ales has grub, a patio, and good ales, and Chinook's has a patio Fisherman't terminal. Just across the Fremont Bridge, Nickerson Saloon serves on the patio, too.

        1. The Pink Door has the best deck, but it gets crowded. In the Market. of course, every place will be crowded with our first sun in what feels like forever.

          1. I like the patio at King's Hardware - and just ignore the frat boys. They have ski ball inside!!

            22 Doors (Capitol Hill) has a lovely little back patio - and 1/2 off wine on Tuesday nights, I think.

            In Belltown, Tia Lou's has that big deck - and margaritas. Again, I ignore the frat boys.