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Unicorn and Narwhal Bar on Capitol Hill is a Seattle nightlife mainstay.
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13 Fun Bachelorette Party Destinations in Seattle

Dive bars, desserts, drag brunches, karaoke, hangover biscuits, and more

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Unicorn and Narwhal Bar on Capitol Hill is a Seattle nightlife mainstay.
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With so much to see in a single city, it’s understandable why Seattle is a budding party destination. Though the gum wall, oversized trolls, and grunge history are hard to ignore, it’s the food and drinks scene that makes Seattle such a great pick for bachelorette-related shenanigans. For those planning some pre-wedding festivities in the near future (or simply a fun girls trip), here are some places to consider.

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La Carta De Oaxaca

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Every girls trip means a call for quality tacos, which is exactly what you’ll find at this Mexican joint in Ballard. Not only are the dishes satisfying (the mole is maybe the best in the city), but the dishes are easy on the wallet. Ballard Avenue is also home to a number of fun bars and dessert spots groups can hit up as soon as dinner is done.

Top-down view of a chicken mole dish at La Carta De Oaxaca, with rice.
Chicken mole at La Carta De Oaxaca.
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Portage Bay Cafe

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A local favorite with a noteworthy brunch menu, Portage Bay Café has four locations, although the original location may be the most chill of them all (and its proximity to the U District makes it a prime spot to begin a bar crawl). In addition to its famous breakfast bar, Portage Bay’s migas, benedicts, and scrambles are all popular picks. And the pitchers of mimosas should get the party started off on the right foot.

Ballroom

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For a night of pizza, billiards, and a bit of drinking, Fremont’s Ballroom is a great place to start (or stay, as it’s open until 2 a.m. every night, with plenty of space to dance). Revelers can grab one of the massive, 28-inch pizzas and camp out on the patio if the weather is nice. Beer, wine and cocktails are all on the menu, so the whole party is covered.

A view of the crimson-topped pool tables at Ballroom in Fremont.
Ballroom has pool tables, pizza, and an area for dancing.
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Theo Chocolate

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Planners trying to cover daytime activities should think about a trip out to Fremont’s Theo Chocolate headquarters for classes or a tour. Visitors can sample the well-known chocolate bars, learn more about the roots of cacao, and get a feel for Seattle’s famous fair trade sweets shop. It can even be booked for private parties.

Theo Chocolate’s raspberry chocolate ganache truffles
Raspberry chocolate ganache truffles.
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Julia’s Queen of the Brunch

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Arguably the longest running (and most famous) drag brunch in the city, Julia’s Queen of the Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with a focus on disco-era styles, expect giant wigs, extravagant costumes, and the inevitable possibility of being pulled onstage. The doors open at 11 a.m. and reservations are essential for groups, as the show tends to sell out fairly quickly. There are also VIP packages available for special events.

Crescent Lounge

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If it’s inevitable that the night is going to involve karaoke, this longtime staple of Capitol Hill nightlife is usually the place to go. The inclusive atmosphere, colorful crowd, a small stage suited for aspiring amateur rock stars, and loads of cheap drinks (plus jello shots) all provide a blueprint for a great time. But if reserving private rooms is the preferred vibe, then Seattle’s Best Karaoke down the hill and a short walk away, is the way to go.

Shorty's

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As one of the city’s iconic dive bars, no bachelorette is complete without a trip to Shorty’s in Belltown. Rocking a Coney Island themed interior, the bar is loaded with pinball machines and other arcade games, alongside cocktails and gourmet hot dogs. Those who want a little space for themselves can reserve the Trophy Room for something more private (and slightly more sophisticated).

The low-lit interior of Shorty’s, with high-backed vintage blue chairs.
Short’s in Belltown has been a divey neighborhood favorite for years.
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Unicorn and Narwhal Bar

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A trip to Capitol Hill wouldn’t be the same without a stop at the iconic Unicorn and its downstairs Narwhal Bar. Carnival food, a photo booth, and drinks with names like “The Cereal Killer” and “Cheap Date” are all just snippets of the full experience. Unicorn also hosts a top-notch drag brunch, Mimosas Cabaret, every Sunday.

The ornate bar at Unicorn’s downstairs Narwhal Bar area, with taxidermy and bottles of liquors displayed.
Capitol Hill’s Unicorn recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Unicorn/Official

Needle and Thread

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For an upscale and somewhat indulgent experience, Tavern Law’s speakeasy is the place to go. Accessible through the bank vault door, not only is the secret bar experience a fun one for groups, but the bar takes pride in concocting customized drinks for each guest, so there’s no menu. Reservations are recommended for groups of four or more.

The bank vault door leading to Needle and Thread at Tavern Law, with shelves of books next to it.
Tavern Law’s speakeasy is accessible through a bank vault door.
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Optimism Brewing Company

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The open, industrial space and large beer selection at this Capitol Hill brewery make it a great pick for bigger groups who crave a more laid-back atmosphere than some other spots in the neighborhood. In addition to a variety of fruit-heavy beers (the Guava Solarpunk sour and the hazy IPA with grapefruit and mango notes, are two examples), the brewery also hosts a rotation of local food trucks in its beer garden, ranging from burgers and tacos to Filipino fare.

Beers of different colors from Optimism Brewing Company in front of barrels.
Optimism Brewing Company has a variety of beers in a spacious taproom.
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The Nest

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The Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar has some of the best views in the city, overlooking West Seattle and the Puget Sound. It’s seasonal menu includes solid small bites (such as oysters and smoked scallops with wakame and cantaloupe gel), along with several inventive cocktails (including the Pea Diddy, with Ketel One, pea flower, and giffard passionfruit). Those with large groups should arrive early or make reservations, as lines tend to build up quickly.

The view from The Nest, showing the Great Wheel and West Seattle on a sunny day
The Nest offers some incredible views.
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The Pink Door

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A Seattle classic, this Italian-inspired eatery is tucked away in Post Alley by Pike Place Market, making it an easy hop after a day of exploring. The pesto lasagna and linguine alle vongole rarely disappoint. There are also late-night performances every weekend, ranging from cabaret and trapeze to jazz and tarot, but reservations book up far in advance, so it’s best to plan accordingly.

The interior of The Pink Door with flowers and chandeliers in the dining room.
The Pink Door features a lovely dining room.
Suzi Pratt

Biscuit Bitch

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This Southern-influenced breakfast spot is the place to go for some coffee and heavy duty hangover food. Biscuits are clearly the main attraction, though there’s an abundance of variety, from gravy to Nutella to hot links and jalapenos. Of the four locations, Caffe Lieto is great for convenience, while the White Center location recently introduced a vegan menu.

Biscuit Bitch’s Spam, eggs, and cheese dish
Biscuits with eggs, cheese and Spam.
Biscuit Bitch/Facebook

La Carta De Oaxaca

Top-down view of a chicken mole dish at La Carta De Oaxaca, with rice.
Chicken mole at La Carta De Oaxaca.
La Carta de Oaxaca/Instagram

Every girls trip means a call for quality tacos, which is exactly what you’ll find at this Mexican joint in Ballard. Not only are the dishes satisfying (the mole is maybe the best in the city), but the dishes are easy on the wallet. Ballard Avenue is also home to a number of fun bars and dessert spots groups can hit up as soon as dinner is done.

Top-down view of a chicken mole dish at La Carta De Oaxaca, with rice.
Chicken mole at La Carta De Oaxaca.
La Carta de Oaxaca/Instagram

Portage Bay Cafe

A local favorite with a noteworthy brunch menu, Portage Bay Café has four locations, although the original location may be the most chill of them all (and its proximity to the U District makes it a prime spot to begin a bar crawl). In addition to its famous breakfast bar, Portage Bay’s migas, benedicts, and scrambles are all popular picks. And the pitchers of mimosas should get the party started off on the right foot.

Ballroom

A view of the crimson-topped pool tables at Ballroom in Fremont.
Ballroom has pool tables, pizza, and an area for dancing.
Ballroom/Official

For a night of pizza, billiards, and a bit of drinking, Fremont’s Ballroom is a great place to start (or stay, as it’s open until 2 a.m. every night, with plenty of space to dance). Revelers can grab one of the massive, 28-inch pizzas and camp out on the patio if the weather is nice. Beer, wine and cocktails are all on the menu, so the whole party is covered.

A view of the crimson-topped pool tables at Ballroom in Fremont.
Ballroom has pool tables, pizza, and an area for dancing.
Ballroom/Official

Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate’s raspberry chocolate ganache truffles
Raspberry chocolate ganache truffles.
Theo Chocolate/Facebook

Planners trying to cover daytime activities should think about a trip out to Fremont’s Theo Chocolate headquarters for classes or a tour. Visitors can sample the well-known chocolate bars, learn more about the roots of cacao, and get a feel for Seattle’s famous fair trade sweets shop. It can even be booked for private parties.

Theo Chocolate’s raspberry chocolate ganache truffles
Raspberry chocolate ganache truffles.
Theo Chocolate/Facebook

Julia’s Queen of the Brunch

Arguably the longest running (and most famous) drag brunch in the city, Julia’s Queen of the Brunch happens every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with a focus on disco-era styles, expect giant wigs, extravagant costumes, and the inevitable possibility of being pulled onstage. The doors open at 11 a.m. and reservations are essential for groups, as the show tends to sell out fairly quickly. There are also VIP packages available for special events.

Crescent Lounge

If it’s inevitable that the night is going to involve karaoke, this longtime staple of Capitol Hill nightlife is usually the place to go. The inclusive atmosphere, colorful crowd, a small stage suited for aspiring amateur rock stars, and loads of cheap drinks (plus jello shots) all provide a blueprint for a great time. But if reserving private rooms is the preferred vibe, then Seattle’s Best Karaoke down the hill and a short walk away, is the way to go.

Shorty's

The low-lit interior of Shorty’s, with high-backed vintage blue chairs.
Short’s in Belltown has been a divey neighborhood favorite for years.
Shorty’s/Official

As one of the city’s iconic dive bars, no bachelorette is complete without a trip to Shorty’s in Belltown. Rocking a Coney Island themed interior, the bar is loaded with pinball machines and other arcade games, alongside cocktails and gourmet hot dogs. Those who want a little space for themselves can reserve the Trophy Room for something more private (and slightly more sophisticated).

The low-lit interior of Shorty’s, with high-backed vintage blue chairs.
Short’s in Belltown has been a divey neighborhood favorite for years.
Shorty’s/Official

Unicorn and Narwhal Bar

The ornate bar at Unicorn’s downstairs Narwhal Bar area, with taxidermy and bottles of liquors displayed.
Capitol Hill’s Unicorn recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Unicorn/Official

A trip to Capitol Hill wouldn’t be the same without a stop at the iconic Unicorn and its downstairs Narwhal Bar. Carnival food, a photo booth, and drinks with names like “The Cereal Killer” and “Cheap Date” are all just snippets of the full experience. Unicorn also hosts a top-notch drag brunch, Mimosas Cabaret, every Sunday.

The ornate bar at Unicorn’s downstairs Narwhal Bar area, with taxidermy and bottles of liquors displayed.
Capitol Hill’s Unicorn recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Unicorn/Official

Needle and Thread

The bank vault door leading to Needle and Thread at Tavern Law, with shelves of books next to it.
Tavern Law’s speakeasy is accessible through a bank vault door.
Tavern Law/Official

For an upscale and somewhat indulgent experience, Tavern Law’s speakeasy is the place to go. Accessible through the bank vault door, not only is the secret bar experience a fun one for groups, but the bar takes pride in concocting customized drinks for each guest, so there’s no menu. Reservations are recommended for groups of four or more.

The bank vault door leading to Needle and Thread at Tavern Law, with shelves of books next to it.
Tavern Law’s speakeasy is accessible through a bank vault door.
Tavern Law/Official

Optimism Brewing Company

Beers of different colors from Optimism Brewing Company in front of barrels.
Optimism Brewing Company has a variety of beers in a spacious taproom.
Optimism Brewing Company/Official

The open, industrial space and large beer selection at this Capitol Hill brewery make it a great pick for bigger groups who crave a more laid-back atmosphere than some other spots in the neighborhood. In addition to a variety of fruit-heavy beers (the Guava Solarpunk sour and the hazy IPA with grapefruit and mango notes, are two examples), the brewery also hosts a rotation of local food trucks in its beer garden, ranging from burgers and tacos to Filipino fare.

Beers of different colors from Optimism Brewing Company in front of barrels.
Optimism Brewing Company has a variety of beers in a spacious taproom.
Optimism Brewing Company/Official

The Nest

The view from The Nest, showing the Great Wheel and West Seattle on a sunny day
The Nest offers some incredible views.
Courtesy of The Nest

The Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar has some of the best views in the city, overlooking West Seattle and the Puget Sound. It’s seasonal menu includes solid small bites (such as oysters and smoked scallops with wakame and cantaloupe gel), along with several inventive cocktails (including the Pea Diddy, with Ketel One, pea flower, and giffard passionfruit). Those with large groups should arrive early or make reservations, as lines tend to build up quickly.

The view from The Nest, showing the Great Wheel and West Seattle on a sunny day
The Nest offers some incredible views.
Courtesy of The Nest

The Pink Door

The interior of The Pink Door with flowers and chandeliers in the dining room.
The Pink Door features a lovely dining room.
Suzi Pratt

A Seattle classic, this Italian-inspired eatery is tucked away in Post Alley by Pike Place Market, making it an easy hop after a day of exploring. The pesto lasagna and linguine alle vongole rarely disappoint. There are also late-night performances every weekend, ranging from cabaret and trapeze to jazz and tarot, but reservations book up far in advance, so it’s best to plan accordingly.

The interior of The Pink Door with flowers and chandeliers in the dining room.
The Pink Door features a lovely dining room.
Suzi Pratt

Biscuit Bitch

Biscuit Bitch’s Spam, eggs, and cheese dish
Biscuits with eggs, cheese and Spam.
Biscuit Bitch/Facebook

This Southern-influenced breakfast spot is the place to go for some coffee and heavy duty hangover food. Biscuits are clearly the main attraction, though there’s an abundance of variety, from gravy to Nutella to hot links and jalapenos. Of the four locations, Caffe Lieto is great for convenience, while the White Center location recently introduced a vegan menu.

Biscuit Bitch’s Spam, eggs, and cheese dish
Biscuits with eggs, cheese and Spam.
Biscuit Bitch/Facebook

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