If you can’t grab a ticket to Hawks Island, we still want you to enjoy the game. Here are 15 bars and restaurants where you can watch the Seahawks. We’ve organized them by who you should go with - because life isn’t ideal, and sometimes not everyone wants to watch the game as much as you do. Whatever the Sunday scenario, we’ve got your back.
This guide is presented in partnership with Delta Air Lines, the official airline of the Seattle Seahawks.
GO WITH: FELLOW FANS
This is where you take your loud, football-obsessed uncle who wears an oversized jersey and drinks likes he’s 21 (but he’s 50). The space is narrow and covered in sports memorabilia, and you either sit at the bar or venture upstairs to stand at a table near a makeshift bar. Sluggers gets rowdy, but that’s also part of the appeal. This is one of the better ways to watch football in Seattle, and if you can’t take all the noise, just bring a set of earplugs.
If caves were dirtier, King Street Bar would feel like a cave. It’s one of the oldest sports bars in Seattle, and it’s below street level, so natural light isn’t really a thing here. Expect it to be busy on game days, so get here early and grab some wings and sliders. Come with someone who wants to watch the game in a divey environment around a bunch of people who will shout at the TV if the Seahawks’ D gets called for unnecessary roughness.
A real problem for sports people: when you’re watching a game and you have to go to the bathroom, but you don’t want to go because you’re afraid you’ll miss a big play. At Rookies, that just doesn’t happen - because Rookies has TVs in the bathroom. (Thank you Rookies.) For the classic sports bar experience, come here and have a server in a Seahawks jersey bring you a plate of waffle fries or some fried mac and cheese.
GO WITH: YOUR IN-LAWS
We’re not saying you don’t like your in-laws, but you probably like football more. That’s why, if they insist on getting a meal on gameday, you should take them to Lola. Specifically, Lola’s bar, where you’re in easy view of the TV. If you go for brunch, get the donuts. They’re made to order, and, if you set them in front of your in-laws, they might not notice you staring at the television. And just to be safe, get some other Mediterranean-type stuff like the lamb burger or the octopus with eggs and toast.
Tell your in-laws that you found a great place for lunch and that it has a view of Lake Union. And, sure, it also has TVs that will be playing the Seahawks game - but that’s just a coincidence. Go to Eastlake Bar and Grill when your in-laws are in town, if they’re the sort of people who like straightforward menus with salads and burgers. They can stare out the window at majestic Lake Union while you go to town on some wings and use your psychic powers to make Tyler Lockett run faster.
This isn’t a smelly sports bar. Quality Athletics has class. Sure, the servers wear cheesy baseball tees - but those are forgiven because they’re part of the general sports theme of the place. Come here when you want to sit down for a nice meal, and also watch the game. And while your mother-in-law breaks the yolk over her spicy rigatoni, you can drink your Rainier and watch the game over her shoulder.
GO WITH: A DATE
Take a date for some oysters. These guys have been farming them since 1890, and their outpost in Pioneer Square is one of the best oyster bars in Seattle. If you want to mix things up, you could also get some dungeness crab or manilla clams. The tables along the wall are a nice a place to sit with a date, and, if you want a view of the TVs, grab the inside seat. If your date’s interest in Russell Wilson extends beyond his relationship with Ciara, you could also claim a few seats at the bar. The oysters taste just as good up there, and you can both watch the game up there.
This is one of the newer sports bars in Capitol Hill, and it’s a good place to take someone who might not be down with dive bars. The ceilings are high, the windows are big, and the table that you and your date sit at will probably not be sticky. You can also eat some almond crusted calamari, andouille corn dogs, or truffled tater tots (which are, technically, the classy move). Also, the beer selection is enormous, and there are televisions everywhere.
Your date will think this place is cute, or, at the very least, interesting. The first floor of Raconteur is a bookstore and a coffee shop. There are also some tables where you can order from the restaurant menu, but tell your date that you should eat on the lower level. That’s where the bar is, and that’s where the TVs are. Find a table down there, and order from a menu that has everything from tacos and noodles to curry and a lobster roll. On your way out, pick up a used book. This will reassure your date that you are more than just a person who spills his beer when Richard Sherman gets an interception.
GO WITH: SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T LIKE FOOTBALL
Beveridge Place Pub is a neighborhood bar with a couple of couches, plenty of tables, and some old-school pub decor hanging on the walls. There’s also foosball, darts, and some pool tables off to the side. So if whoever you’re hanging out with isn’t into watching Kam Chancellor run full-speed into people, they can distract themselves with one of these games. One catch is that this place doesn’t have a kitchen - but if you want to order delivery, they’ll gladly hand you a folder of menus.
So your friend doesn’t like football. Well surely they must like darts, shuffleboard, or hot pretzels with peanut butter and bacon. Or maybe they like big open rooms, long tables, and local beers on draft. Brave Horse in South Lake Union has all of that - and it’s a nice place to sit and eat above-average pub food while you either do or do not watch the game on one of their many TVs.
One way to distract a non-football-lover on gameday is with beer. This place has tons of it. Elysian is a local brewery, and they make things like a saison with pink peppercorns, a coffee pumpkin ale, and a stout with raspberries. (They also have some normal stuff, if that’s what you’re into.) This is a huge bar, so it’s a good place to go with a group. And if being close to Century Link makes you feel better about the fact that you’re not actually at the game, you’re in luck - Elysian is right across the street.
GO WITH: SOMEONE WHO JUST WANTS TO EAT
Brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, and fried chicken. It goes without saying, but don’t bring a vegetarian here. Come to Kickin’ Boot with someone who likes barbecue, and get them a spread of three different meats (that comes with pickles and white bread). Let them smear barbecue sauce all over their face while you watch the game on one of the restaurant’s TVs. Whiskey is also plentiful here, and they have a bunch of house cocktails as well.
This is a German/Austrian restaurant that feels like an indoor beer garden. Here, you can get your schnitzel fix or just get some bratwurst and watch the game on a drop-down screen. So get a giant mug of beer and order one for your friend as well. If neither of you have any shame, you can also get your beer in boots.
Talarico’s has slices here are bigger than your face (unless you have a really big face), salads, pastas, and a kids menu. So if you’re rolling with a gameday crew that includes a few people who are still learning their pronouns, this is a good option. And if you stick around after the game, you can get your David (Bowie, Lee Roth, or Mathews) on in some Sunday night karaoke.