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Smith Tower Is Opening a Pop-Up Rooftop Bar This Summer

The Lookout, which was previously open only for private events, will sling adult beverages for the public starting August 8

Smith Tower is opening a pop-up rooftop bar this summer.
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Seattle’s iconic Smith Tower, the city’s first skyscraper, is opening a new rooftop bar for the summer. The Lookout, which was previously only open for private events, will sling adult beverages for the public on a temporary basis, from August 8 through the end of September. If the nice weather holds, Smith Tower may extend the pop-up into October.

The Lookout sits on the 22nd floor of Smith Tower and has an indoor and outdoor space with a fire pit, games like Jenga and Connect Four, and shade umbrellas. As with the 35th floor observation deck and Observatory Bar, The Lookout’s views extend over the waterfront, downtown, the stadiums, and beyond. Starting August 8, The Lookout will be open daily from 4 p.m. to dusk for patrons 21 years and older.

The Lookout’s menu will be more limited than the Prohibition-era cocktails served upstairs. Options will include beer, cider, and wine, plus “light bar snacks.” Entry will cost $10 per person, which covers a visit to the ground floor exhibits, an elevator ride, and a $5 food and drink credit. Anyone wishing to continue their journey to the 35th floor will need to buy an additional ticket.

The historic Smith Tower underwent a bit of refresh three years ago, after being purchased by Unico Properties, a Seattle-based real estate investment and operating company. Included in the changes was the conversion of the observation deck’s Chinese Room into the current Observatory Bar. The renovation retained the fetching details of the room, including its ornate ceiling tiles, carved wood Wishing Chair, and that stunning wrap-around, open-air viewing platform. The major change involved adding food and drinks, and a ground floor general store, Smith Tower Provisions.