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The 11 Best Sports Bars in Seattle (Where to Watch Games in Downtown & Beyond)

The 11 Best Sports Bars in Seattle (Where to Watch Games in Downtown & Beyond)

Post created October 25, 2023

Seattle is a sports-loving city. You don’t have to look hard to find excellent sports bars with enthusiastic fans, delicious food, and plenty of screens so you don’t miss a second of the game. 

There are sports bars all over Seattle, from West Seattle to Ballard and everywhere in between. Catch Seahawks, Mariners, Kraken, and Sounders games easily. Watch the Seattle Storm and the Seawolves dominate. More interested in wrestling? Don’t worry, there’s a sports bar for that.

In this article, I’ll give you a rundown of Seattle’s best sports bars, their atmosphere, menu, and what sports you’ll most likely catch on the big screen. Here are the best sports bars in downtown Seattle and beyond!

Best Seattle Sports Bars

The Westy 

Find The Westy in two Seattle neighborhoods: Roosevelt and West Seattle. This is one of my favorite sports bars because it excels in everything. Expect tasty food, plenty of big screens, and friendly service.

This laidback neighborhood hangout plays everything from local games to international competitions. Hang out at the bar and chat with locals while watching nail-biting Mariners games, or incredible Olympic feats. 

You can’t go wrong with any food you order at The Westy. However,  favorites include the hot honey chicken sandwich, shrimp tacos, and fried green tomatoes. Finish up your meal with delicious mini Butterfinger donuts or beignets. The drink list is massive and filled with dozens of local beers, seasonal cocktails, and over 100 whiskies.

Admiral Pub

Admiral Pub is one of the best sports bars on this list, especially if you like rowdy sports bars that put on a lot of fun events. 

Come to this West Seattle pub to watch the game while playing pool, darts, or pinball. Don’t miss trivia, bingo, or karaoke nights. The drag shows on Saturdays are also a big hit.

Even with all the activity, you won’t miss any part of the game. Admiral Pub has plenty of screens and home games are always on TV. Gnosh on basic pub grub like wings, burgers, and mac and cheese and order a couple of rounds while you watch.

Sluggers 

Sluggers (Image Credit: Seattle Travel)

Sluggers is a lively, old-school sports bar that’s been around for over twenty years. It’s kid-friendly, affordable, and conveniently located near both Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park. Come here to be close to the action even if you’re not attending a home game.

Sports paraphernalia covers the walls at Sluggers, but baseball reigns supreme. You can always count on catching a Mariners game here. As a nod to the sport, the menu has several baseball references too. Peruse the “starting line-up” of appetizers and the “base hit burgers.” 

And speaking of burgers, those are the Sluggers specials. Don’t leave this sports bar without trying the bacon cheeseburger or the western burger, two of its most popular choices. 

The Angry Beaver

The Angry Beaver is tucked away in the Greenwood neighborhood in north Seattle. It’s Seattle’s only hockey bar, making it the perfect place for Kraken fans. 

The owner of The Angry Beaver is from Winnipeg, Canada, and brought his love of hockey to the States. Count on watching the regular hockey season, World Cup Hockey, Olympic Hockey, and any other hockey-related event you can think of here. 

The jersey-covered walls will make you feel like you’re in a Canadian sports bar the moment you step in. And if that isn’t enough to do it, a glance at the menu will. The Angry Beaver serves a delicious variety of different kinds of poutine with several kinds of gravy. I strongly recommend getting a flight to try your favorites!

The Bourbon Maple steak salad, Canadian “P.L.T,” maple old-fashioned, and Canadian mule are other Canadian-inspired choices.

Duchess Tavern

Duchess Tavern (Image Credit: Seattle Travel)

College football fan? Duchess Tavern is the sports bar for you. 

Located just north of the University District, there’s no doubt what team the owners of this bar root for. There’s sports paraphernalia throughout the bar… but Husky Football gets a wall of its own. This is why this is one of the best places for food and drink near Husky Stadium.

The convivial atmosphere at Duchess Tavern will make anyone feel welcome. Play some pool or hang out at the bar and watch the game. The food isn’t fancy, but it is tasty. Munch on burgers, fish and chips, or pizza. 

Beer options are also ample and run the gamut from local brews to international favorites. Order an inexpensive pitcher of beer if you’re with a group and staying for a while.

LTD Bar and Grill

LTD Bar and Grill is in the buzzing Fremont neighborhood, and it’s a north Seattle gem. Kids and dogs are both welcome at LTD Bar and Grill, making it an excellent spot for sports-loving families. 

Football is the main sport to watch here. LTD prides itself on being both a Seahawks and Green Bay Packers bar, so fans of either will enjoy a visit. However, it also plays NBA and NHL games, and the staff is happy to put on other sports as requested.

You’ll also love LTD Bar and Grill if you love sports bars with fun events. Come during the weekly theme nights (wings and whiskey Wednesdays and tacos, tequila, and trivia Tuesdays are best). Or try your luck at games like giant Jenga and beer pong. 

Feeling peckish? Happy hour is a great time to come to indulge in things like “totchos,” coconut shrimp, and wings.

Queen Anne Beerhall

Queen Anne Beerhall is one of my favorite spots to visit with a big group of friends because it’s massive. The tables are long and the equally long benches provide plenty of seating. That, combined with the German beers and food, make this a top-tier Seattle sports bar.

The beers are great, particularly if you love lagers and pilsners, and there are a lot of tasty, shareable food options. Order a giant pretzel, herb fries, or Mexican street corn to split with friends. 

Want to go in a slightly more unusual direction? Try the peanut butter bacon smash burger or the Kraken dog, a smoked sausage infused with cheese, jalapeno, and pale ale.

One of the most popular sports to watch at Queen Anne Beerhall is hockey. In fact, it’s just a few blocks away from the Climate Pledge Arena where the Kraken play, making this a great place to hang out pre or post-game.

Lariat Bar

Don’t skip over Lariat Bar when deciding which Seattle sports bar to visit. This White Center gem is the city’s only wrestling-themed bar. 

You’ll spot the mini wrestling ring (which is utilized during karaoke nights), almost as soon as you walk in. Enjoy all the other wrestling decor, from photos and paintings to the life-size cardboard cutout of Andre the Giant. 

Needless to say, you can always plan to catch WWE events on a visit to Lariat Bar. But it’s also in the Mariners Bar League, making it a good spot to watch Mariners games during baseball season.

Lariat Bar is a quirky place and its weekly events reflect this. Come for Drink and Draw Nights on Mondays, or try your luck at the Retro Video Game Nights on Tuesdays. The food menu is small and includes mostly hotdogs and other snacks. For drinks, I recommend ordering one of the signature cocktails that are, naturally, named after famous wrestlers.

Buckley’s in Belltown

Buckley’s in Belltown may be the most well-known sports bar in Seattle. Expect it to be crowded, especially during big games. 

Buckley’s is especially known as a football bar, though they’ll play a variety of sports. Count on seeing a ton of Philadelphia Eagles fans here if they happen to be playing. Buckley’s is a spot where Eagles fans like to congregate.

The menu at Buckley’s in Belltown is extensive. Expect the best of pub grub like burgers and tots or wings and nachos. Really hungry? Try the pub steak or a fried chicken dinner. Come during the weekday happy hour for awesome deals on burgers, wings, fries, mozzarella sticks, and a ton more.

Fuel Sports

Fuel Sports is far from downtown, located in a mostly residential area in north Ballard. Despite this distance, it’s a Seattle sports bar worth traveling to. Fuel Sports is in a huge space and has an upbeat atmosphere with attentive staff. It’s also family-friendly, with a wonderful outdoor area.

The bar is particularly popular with soccer fans, but as long as you’re a fan of Seattle and Washington sports, you’ll feel right at home. Come root for everything from the Washington Cougars to the Seattle Storm.

Fuel Sports has a lot of food including pizza, mac and cheese, and even Surf and Turf. Breakfast and brunch are worth coming for. Try the five-cheese omelet or choose a waffle topped with candied pecans, cinnamon granola, and chocolate sauce.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill is a Columbia City gem. It describes itself as a kid-friendly “rock and roll sports bar” with “Midwestern charm.” Go to Rookies if that appeals to you in any way.

Make a point to have some of the delicious food at Rookies since it prides itself on its meals. Try the chilaquiles or chicken in a biscuit if you come for a brunch visit. Grab fried mac and cheese, buffalo popcorn shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers for lunch and dinner.

This laidback and cozy neighborhood bar plays all your sports favorites. Enjoy NBA, MLB, NHL, and plenty of other games on any visit to Rookies.

These are some of the best sports bars in Seattle! Choose to watch your favorite teams on a night out at any of these, and I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

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Hi, I'm Ashleigh! Welcome to Seattle Travel, my little piece of beautiful PNW. This is home and I'm here to share all my experiences so visitors and locals alike can find the best experiences this part of the country has to offer. I started Seattle Travel in 2012 as a way to journal my experiences and over the years have been encouraged by family and friends to open up my adventures to everyone. I actively seek out the best food, activities, and day trips and give you a local perspective.  The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the world and my goal is to let you explore it to the fullest. 


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