Bear and Billiards
Visit Seattle’s best dive bars to experience the grunge culture the city’s known for—before heading back to your pristine hotel room, of course.
At Screwdriver, you’re more likely to find classic rock than any top 40 nonsense. All good music was made before 1980, right? Sometimes, the bar hosts open mic’s and raffles for tattoos. Always, the bar features friendly bartenders and cheap beer cans. Plus, there are pinball machines. [prayer hands emoji]
You’ll be able to spot Neon Boots from far away: the pink stucco exterior, teal awning, and neon sign (complete with a cactus) call plenty of attention to the bar. Inside, you’ll find lighting in bright red orbs hanging from the ceiling and a wall mural that depicts a desert scene. For the duration of your stay, let the bar transport you far from the Pacific Northwest.
Want another location-themed option? Hit up Montana, on East Olive Way, where the walls are covered with graffiti and you can enjoy a prickleback with house-made pickle juice . Moscow mules are on tap, and generous pours of vodka are on happy hour special. Plus, there’s a photo booth for all your old school selfie needs.
At Lava Lounge, a sign above the exit warns patrons to beware falling coconuts. That pretty much sets the tone for the tiki bar, where you can sip creamy cocktails from glasses carved to look like totems. Painted palm trees decorate the walls, and colorful lanterns overhead contribute to the theme.
Rabbit Hole is skee ball central. Come for the games, stay for the whiskey and late night bites. You’ll want the nachos. During the 4-7PM happy hour, take $3.75 fireball shots and sip $2.50 Pabst. Does it get any better than that?