7 of the most unique Seattle bars to find in the city

Nov 21 2019, 3:06 pm

We get it, picking a bar in Seattle can be overwhelming, with so many places to chose from it can be hard to know where to start.

From carnival themed bars to extreme dive bars, this city always delivers interesting and fun places to visit. Here is our list of cool Seattle bars.

Unicorn Seattle

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Unicorn Seattle

Corn dogs meet cocktails at this whimsical, cotton-candy colored bar. When you first walk in, you’ll meet taxidermized zebra, bear and elk heads above a blue and pink bar stocked with bottles of luxe alcohols. As you walk further into the bar, you’ll immediately spot the pinball arcade and photo booth. The bar features weekly Mimosas Cabaret, Gayme Night, live shows, karaoke, trivia and more.

Hours: 2 pm to 1:45 am Monday to Friday; 11 am to 1:45 am on weekends
Location: 1118 East Pike Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-325-6492

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The Grizzled Wizard

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Expect 80’s arcade games, red lighting, and movies playing behind the bar at The Grizzled Wizard. The hole in the wall bar features great nachos and even better bar staff. Although the place is cash-only, they make up for it by having an ATM machine and tasty cocktails worth the trouble.

Hours: 4 pm – 2 am
Location: 2317 N 45th Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-395-4749

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Linda’s Tavern

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With the slogan “a nice place for nice people,” you can’t expect anything other than southern hospitality at this Western-themed bar. Linda’s Tavern serves drinks as well as surprisingly good food. Not your average bar food, the tavern serves up seven types of burgers, as well as sandwiches, appetizers, and salads. This place is also believed to be the last place that Kurt Cobain was seen alive.

Hours: 4 pm – 2 am
Location: 707 East Pine Street, Seattle
Phone: 206-325-1220

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Bathtub Gin & Co

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In a former boiler room at the back of a building that was once an old brick hotel lies Bathtub Gin & Co, an intimate cocktail bar between first and second avenue in Belltown. The speakeasy features liquors from around the world, as well as cozy couches complete with a library backdrop. Although an easy to miss spot, the bar is well worth the hunt.

Hours: 5 pm – 2 am
Location: Between 1st and 2nd Avenue, north of Blanchard Street, look for the wooden door
Phone: 206-728-6069

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Shorty’s

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Shorty’s

Seattle’s first ultimate pinball arcade is also a really cool bar. Step in for a drink, and end up addicted to their numerous pinball machines and arcade games. The bar is also a great spot to catch WWE matches every Monday. A live satellite feed is streamed from 6 to 8 pm.

Hours: 11:30 pm – 2 am
Location: 2316 2nd Avenue, Seattle
Phone: 206-441-5449

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East Lake Zoo Tavern

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Eastlake Zoo Tavern

Darts, shuffleboard, pinball, snooker, bachi-ball, free WiFi, and beer — this bar has everything besides a credit card machine. The cash-only bar is the definition of a dive bar. Don’t come by expecting amazing service or sparkly clean floors, it is a zoo, after all.

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 3 pm – 2 am; Thursday to Sunday 1 pm – 2 am
Location: 2301 Eastlake Avenue E, Seattle
Phone: 206-329-3277

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The Waterwheel Lounge

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You could spend half your week at this watering hole without getting bored. Play bingo on Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm, trivia on Thursday from 7 to 9 pm, sing your heart out during karaoke on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 pm to 2 am. To satisfy your hunger, the lounge serves slow-smoked St.Louis BBQ and homemade sides all week long.

Hours: Monday to Friday 2 pm – 2 am; weekends 10 am – 2 am
Location: 7034 15th Avenue NW, Seattle
Phone: 206-784-5701

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