Knee-High Stocking Company is the least-touristy of all of the Seattle “speakeasies,” so that automatically makes it one of the best. Perfect for a birthday surprise, because it’s fun to lead the guest of honor to the random unmarked door they’ve definitely seen before and just thought lead to a gross laundromat or sad mother-in-law apartment. Make an online reservation, ring the doorbell, and some incredible cocktails and paintings of things like cherubs and madames await.
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Manao is a casual Thai spot in Capitol Hill that has some classic dishes, but also things like pork belly nuggets. They also have a great patio.
Stout is a Capitol Hill utility bar. It’s never too busy, and works for groups, birthday pre-games, and watching sports. The food is decent too.
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Tavern Hall is a great happy hour spot in Bellevue with hand shuffleboard and really good nachos.
Shingletown Saloon is a dive bar, but with string lights, nice people, solid bar snacks, and no sticky floor. It’s a good place for a hang in Ballard.
Norm’s Eatery & Ale House
Norm’s is a divey alehouse with bar food in Fremont that’s perfect for you and your dog.
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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.
Herb & Bitter Public House
Herb & Bitter is a classier bar in Northern Cap Hill. The patio is great, and the tapas are good too.
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