You don’t know what a dive bar is. Neither do we. That’s fine. You can only really define “dive bar” by what it isn’t. Dives aren’t “gastropubs” and they don’t serve “elevated” food; they may not serve food at all, or they may hold barbeques or potlucks that feel like neighborhood hangs. They do not have “mixologists,” they have bartenders, which is an entirely different job. They are not chains and they are not expensive. Sometimes they feel like someone’s house, which is why you might be uncomfortable walking into one for the first time — it’s not that you are unwelcome, but you aren’t a regular, not yet anyway.
We aren’t going to say these are the “best” dive bars in Seattle, because what would that even mean? But they are absolutely essential.
As always, this list is organized geographically, north to south.
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