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List of Seattle Bars and Restaurants Requiring Vaccine Proof Grows to More Than 140

The number has increased significantly since early July

Glowing paper lanterns light up the bar at Taku.
Capitol Hill’s karaage-focused bar Taku joined the list of places that require proof of vaccination for indoor dining this summer.
Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle

As COVID cases rise across the region, the list of Seattle dining and drinking destinations requiring vaccination proof for their customers grows by the day. In early July, right after most restaurant capacity limits were lifted, there were only a few places that instituted vaccination verification requirements as an extra layer of precaution. But by July 30, that number reached around 60 — and it has now ballooned to more than 140 around the Seattle area, with more continually added.

In King County, 77 percent of residents 16 years of age or older have completed their vaccine series. However, the prevalence of the highly contagious delta variant has pushed COVID cases upwards statewide in recent weeks, with hospitalizations increasing as well — the vast majority of those are among unvaccinated people. As a response, Gov. Jay Inslee has now put back in place a mask requirement for all Washingtonians when visiting indoor public places, whether fully vaccinated or not.

Even before the latest spike in COVID cases, restaurants such as Addo in Ballard and Archipelago in Hillman City were among the first to require proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Then, as the delta variant spread, several bars had to close temporarily due to COVID cases or exposures among staff. Now there is a significant contingent of venues across Seattle that have put in place stricter requirements, whether it’s vaccination verification or proof of a recent negative COVID test. “Myself and my employees are most at risk while interacting with hundreds of guests each night,” says Michael Malone, owner of Some Random Bar in Belltown. “We understand the vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective. But we collectively agree that this policy helps keep us safe.

Along the way, there seems to be some politically motivated pushback from anti-vaxxers looking to punish bars and restaurants for these measures by leaving one-star reviews on Yelp and Google, not just here but around the country. It appears most of those reviews have already been flagged and removed, and several restaurateurs say most guests have appreciated the stricter new policies. “There’s been so much kind and encouraging feedback that it’s easy to not let [the negative reviews] bother us,” says Kate Opatz, co-owner of La Dive, a popular natural wine bar and bottleshop on Capitol Hill. “People feel more comfortable coming into the space,” adds Steven Severin of Life and Mars and Neumos. “We had so many people say positive things, and those people live here and support us. These are the people we’re focusing on.”

Troll hassles aside, the process will still take some adjustment. Not all the places instituting vaccine requirements put them in place immediately. And it’s likely more restaurants and bars will take a close look at following suit in the coming weeks, if the situation with the delta variant worsens. “No COVID measures are like flipping a switch,” says Eli Dahlin of Chophouse Row’s Light Sleeper. “To do this meaningfully we need to clearly define our policy, prepare the public, train our staff, think through how this will affect our service, and prepare responses to any pitfalls.”

Below is a list of restaurants and bars that either have instituted proof of vaccination for indoor dining, or indicated a pending policy, based on official social media announcements, email confirmations, and a crowdsourced list called Seattle Safe Night Out from several restaurant industry vets. Most of the places below accept a cell phone photo of vaccination cards as verification (rather than the card itself), as long as the pic is accompanied by a valid ID. Those marked with an asterisk (*) accept proof of negative COVID test within 48 or 72 hours as an alternative (check websites and official social media accounts for updates).

If you see any others instituting similar vaccine requirements or notice changes to policies, send us a tip. We’ll update the list as more announcements arise.


BALLARD

Addo

Ballard Station Public House

Cloudburst Brewing

Delancey

Fair Isle Brewing

Hazelwood Bar

Hotel Albatross

Kangaroo & Kiwi

King’s Hardware

Lucky Envelope Brewing

Obec Brewing

Ocho

Pine Tavern

Tractor Tavern *

Watson’s Counter

BEACON HILL

Breezy Town Pizza

Clockout Lounge

Homer

Musang *

BELLTOWN

Black Cat

Cloudburst Brewing

Navy Strength

Rob Roy

Roquette

Screwdriver Bar

Shorty’s

Some Random Bar

Trade Winds Tavern

Vinnie’s Wine Shop

CAPITOL HILL/FIRST HILL

Bait Shop

Barboza *

Big Mario’s Pizza *

Cafe Presse

Canon

Capitol Cider

Captain Blacks *

CC’s

Comet Tavern

Corvus & Co

Crescent Lounge

Dino’s Tomato Pie *

Glo’s Cafe

Hula Hula

Hopvine Pub

Inside Passage

Karachi Cowboys

La Dive *

Liberty

Life on Mars

Light Sleeper

Linda’s Tavern

Lost Lake *

Marmite

Montana *

Nacho Borracho *

Neumos *

Oddfellows

Omega Ouzeri *

Pony

Pine Box

Queer/Bar

Revolver

Rhino Room

Rondo

Rose Temple*

Rumba

Saint John’s

Sol Liquor

Speckled & Drake

Still Liquor

Sugar Hill

Taku

Tamari Bar

Tavern Law *

Terra Plata *

The Cuff

The Doctor’s Office *

The Roanoke *

The Runaway *

The Woods

Unicorn/Narwhal

Union

Vios Cafe & Marketplace *

Vito’s

WildRose

CENTRAL DISTRICT

L’oursin

The Capercaillie

Twilight Exit

COLUMBIA CITY/HILLMAN CITY

Archipelago

Off Alley

Twilight on Rainier

DENNY TRIANGLE/DOWNTOWN

Can Can Cabaret

Kremwerk

Le Caviste

Timber Room

Zig Zag Cafe

EASTLAKE/CASCADE

LoFi *

Victory Lounge

FREMONT

Big Mario’s

Kamonegi (starting September 1)

Nectar Lounge *

Red Star Taco Bar

Schilling Cider House

Stampede Cocktail Club

Talarico’s / Ballroom

The Barrel Thief

GEORGETOWN

Ciudad

Full Throttle Bottles

Mezzanotte

GREEN LAKE

Latona Pub

GREENWOOD/PHINNEY RIDGE

Oliver’s Twist

INTERBAY

Champagne Diner

KIRKLAND

Cafe Juanita

LAKE CITY

Hellbent Brewing

LAURELHURST

Burke-Gilman Brewing

MONTLAKE

Cafe Lago

NORTHGATE

Watershed Pub *

PIKE PLACE MARKET

Cafe Campagne

Le Pichet

The Pink Door

PIONEER SQUARE

Bad Bishop *

Damn the Weather

Dead Line

Pioneer Square D&E

The Meyer

Underbelly *

QUEEN ANNE

Betty Restaurant

RAVENNA

Ravenna Brewing

SHORELINE

North City Bistro & Wine Shop

SODO

Kerloo Cellars

Supernova

SOUTH LAKE UNION

Lassi and Spice

SOUTH PARK

Left Bank

SUNSET HILL

Baker’s

U DISTRICT

Kraken Bar & Lounge

WALLINGFORD

Changes

Lassi and Spice

Octopus Bar

WEST SEATTLE

Lady Jaye

Skylark Cafe

Supreme

The Good Society Brewery & Pub *

WHITE CENTER

Future Primitive Brewing

South Gate Roller Rink

WOODINVILLE

The Lounge at DeLille Cellars


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