Bar Vacilando is the vibey cocktail bar that must be a total secret, because it’s typically pretty empty. But this works to your advantage for any situation where you’d prefer to be able to hear your conversation and not wait 20 minutes for a gimlet. The cocktails are also good (get the Honey Badger) and priced suspiciously reasonably, and there’s a hidden back patio that looks like an Anthropologie photoshoot waiting to happen.
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Stateside is a classy Vietnamese fusion spot in Capitol Hill where you’ll feel like you’re on a mini-vacation.
Bait shop is part nautical bar, part tropical tiki joint, and it’s one of the best places to spend a night in Capitol Hill.
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Redhook Brewlab is a taproom in Capitol Hill with American bar food and wood-fired pizzas.
100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Some Random Bar
Some Random Bar is the perfect Belltown bar-with-food to keep in your back pocket for a first date or night out with the gang.
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The Pine Box
The Pine Box is a bar in an old mortuary, and it’s great. Come for a casual weeknight dinner or drink.
If you think cider is lame, you’ve never been to Capitol Cider. It’s one of our favorite places for a casual hangout in Capitol Hill.
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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