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14 Great Bars to Watch Football in Seattle

Where to eat and drink while watching the Super Bowl or cheering on the Seahawks and Huskies

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D.J. Reed of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his interception during a game against the Detroit Lions at Lumen Field on January 02, 2022.
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Whether you’re looking for somewhere to watch the Super Bowl, or Seahawks and Huskies games throughout the year, Seattle is packed with sports bars where you can root for your favorite team while enjoying great food and drinks. Here’s a selection of favorites, including cozy dive bars, brewpubs with large patios, and nightclubs with elaborate game-day events.

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King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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The Bridge

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This popular West Seattle bar has a long cocktail list with a selection of Bloody Marys, a weekend brunch menu featuring house-baked biscuits, and an expansive food menu with bar snacks like wings, sandwiches, and burgers. It also serves tacos with fillings including braised brisket, pork with salsa verde, and jack fruit. There’s a covered patio, and the service is warm and welcoming.

Kangaroo and Kiwi

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Ballard’s Australian and New Zealand-themed bar (housed in a former library) is known as a hangout for rugby fans, but it also shows plenty of American football, with a menu of hearty items such as meat pies with “brekky spuds” and a spicy avocado toast served on a pub roll.

Lamb chops displayed on a white plate next to a bottle of beer.
The Kangaroo and Kiwi usually has a New Zealand lamb dish on the menu, as well as a robust beer selection.
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The Westy

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The Westy has 18 TVs, a robust beer selection, and strong pub grub such as fried chicken and waffles, poutine, and cheesesteaks. Diners should scour the menu for delightful surprises, including Butterfinger bites (mini doughnuts with caramel sauce and Butterfinger pieces baked in), and a solid cocktail assortment. The bar also serves excellent, juicy, burgers, and massive wings with a selection of hot sauces and dry rubs. A similarly equipped second location is in Roosevelt.

Queen Anne Beerhall

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This expansive, communal German beer hall in Queen Anne recently underwent an ownership change, which has reinvigorated the venue, while keeping the robust list of European and local beers. The well-crafted food menu includes choices like fried baby artichokes, oyster shooters, and bratwurst (plus Seahawks Sunday brunches), and any seat in the house is a good one to watch the giant screen showing big games.

LTD Bar and Grill

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Fremont’s family and pup-friendly sports bar advertises itself as both a Seahawks and Green Bay Packers venue — which sounds like a recipe for trouble. NFC rivalries aside, there are 15 TVs, boozy slushies, an outdoor patio that added some seating, and lots of bar game distractions on hand, make it a winner on game days.

Trade Winds Tavern

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After five years, Belltown’s award-winning gastropub No Anchor is no more — but the proprietors replaced it with a retro sports bar. Here, one can sip on great well-crafted cocktails, such as a Rusty Nail with salted honey, and grab some brunch while watching the game. The decor includes old memorabilia from local teams.

Buckley's in Belltown

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A tried-and-true sports hangout where food is a major feature: the Buffalo wings, meatloaf sliders, and hand-formed burgers are among the top choices. During the biggest games, best to get there as early as possible to scout seats. The other Buckley’s location in Queen Anne is a good backup.

A view inside Buckley’s in Belltown, where sports banners hang from the ceiling.
Buckley’s attracts sports fans from all over the city.
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The Octopus Bar

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This Wallingford favorite moved locations recently (just down the block), but retains its quirky nautical vibes in a convivial atmosphere. During the pandemic, it introduced a food operation called the Salty Shack, which serves satisfying sandwiches, salads, Seattle dogs, Frito pies, and a tater tot (or fries) chili bowl called a Chum Bucket.

Xtadium

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This new nightclub near Lumen Field hosts regular dance parties, like a Latin music night on Thursdays, but also puts on events for most big games. There’s a full bar, and snacks like wings and sliders as well as quesadillas, burritos, and burgers. A DJ normally plays music during halftime, and you can reserve tables for various VIP experiences on game days.

Watershed Pub & Kitchen

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This Northgate brewpub has a full bar, more than 20 beers on tap, and great bar food like grilled cheese sandwiches with Beecher’s cheddar and gouda and “pie folds,” crispy sandwiches made with pizza dough folded in half. There’s also pizza, pasta, and mac and cheese. The screens, including a large TV on the covered and heated patio, are always turned on to relevant games.

Jules Maes Saloon

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After closing in the summer of 2020, the Seattle bar icon recently made a triumphant return under new ownership. The menu’s pub fare now includes tater tots poutine, flatbreads, spicy chicken waffle sandwiches, and some breakfast items, along with cocktails and beer. And there’s a big screen in the back with surround sound that will have Seahawks games tuned in.

Madison Pub

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This sports-focused gay bar in Capitol Hill has a relaxed vibe, cool pinball machines, video games, and well-positioned TVs, which are always tuned to the local games (with sound). On Sundays, there’s free pool and peanuts, plus discounted pitchers.

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Madison Pub has pinball machines, pool, and lots of drink specials.
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College Inn Pub

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This U District classic seemed to close for good in 2020, but recently got a revival from longtime fans Jen, Gonyer, her husband Al Donohue, and friend Seth Howard (owner of the Collins Pub and Last Drop Bottle Shop). The popular grinders are still on the menu, and there is a TV in each of the dive’s rustic rooms, with all the local games on throughout the season.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

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Columbia City’s reliable jock spot serves solid bar bites (such as the Irish nachos, topped with beer cheese and shredded corned beef) and stiff drinks in a family-friendly setting, with reclaimed floors and a shuffleboard bar top. If things get too crowded, don’t forget about next-door neighbor, the Backyard, which has an outdoor patio and more food options.

A view of beer taps and an array of liquor bottles at a bar, with a row of TVs above showing football games.
The bar at Rookies has good TV angles.
Rookies

The Bridge

This popular West Seattle bar has a long cocktail list with a selection of Bloody Marys, a weekend brunch menu featuring house-baked biscuits, and an expansive food menu with bar snacks like wings, sandwiches, and burgers. It also serves tacos with fillings including braised brisket, pork with salsa verde, and jack fruit. There’s a covered patio, and the service is warm and welcoming.

Kangaroo and Kiwi

Ballard’s Australian and New Zealand-themed bar (housed in a former library) is known as a hangout for rugby fans, but it also shows plenty of American football, with a menu of hearty items such as meat pies with “brekky spuds” and a spicy avocado toast served on a pub roll.

Lamb chops displayed on a white plate next to a bottle of beer.
The Kangaroo and Kiwi usually has a New Zealand lamb dish on the menu, as well as a robust beer selection.
Kangaroo and Kiwi/Facebook

The Westy

The Westy has 18 TVs, a robust beer selection, and strong pub grub such as fried chicken and waffles, poutine, and cheesesteaks. Diners should scour the menu for delightful surprises, including Butterfinger bites (mini doughnuts with caramel sauce and Butterfinger pieces baked in), and a solid cocktail assortment. The bar also serves excellent, juicy, burgers, and massive wings with a selection of hot sauces and dry rubs. A similarly equipped second location is in Roosevelt.

Queen Anne Beerhall

This expansive, communal German beer hall in Queen Anne recently underwent an ownership change, which has reinvigorated the venue, while keeping the robust list of European and local beers. The well-crafted food menu includes choices like fried baby artichokes, oyster shooters, and bratwurst (plus Seahawks Sunday brunches), and any seat in the house is a good one to watch the giant screen showing big games.

LTD Bar and Grill

Fremont’s family and pup-friendly sports bar advertises itself as both a Seahawks and Green Bay Packers venue — which sounds like a recipe for trouble. NFC rivalries aside, there are 15 TVs, boozy slushies, an outdoor patio that added some seating, and lots of bar game distractions on hand, make it a winner on game days.

Trade Winds Tavern

After five years, Belltown’s award-winning gastropub No Anchor is no more — but the proprietors replaced it with a retro sports bar. Here, one can sip on great well-crafted cocktails, such as a Rusty Nail with salted honey, and grab some brunch while watching the game. The decor includes old memorabilia from local teams.

Buckley's in Belltown

A tried-and-true sports hangout where food is a major feature: the Buffalo wings, meatloaf sliders, and hand-formed burgers are among the top choices. During the biggest games, best to get there as early as possible to scout seats. The other Buckley’s location in Queen Anne is a good backup.

A view inside Buckley’s in Belltown, where sports banners hang from the ceiling.
Buckley’s attracts sports fans from all over the city.
Buckley’s/Official

The Octopus Bar

This Wallingford favorite moved locations recently (just down the block), but retains its quirky nautical vibes in a convivial atmosphere. During the pandemic, it introduced a food operation called the Salty Shack, which serves satisfying sandwiches, salads, Seattle dogs, Frito pies, and a tater tot (or fries) chili bowl called a Chum Bucket.

Xtadium

This new nightclub near Lumen Field hosts regular dance parties, like a Latin music night on Thursdays, but also puts on events for most big games. There’s a full bar, and snacks like wings and sliders as well as quesadillas, burritos, and burgers. A DJ normally plays music during halftime, and you can reserve tables for various VIP experiences on game days.

Watershed Pub & Kitchen

This Northgate brewpub has a full bar, more than 20 beers on tap, and great bar food like grilled cheese sandwiches with Beecher’s cheddar and gouda and “pie folds,” crispy sandwiches made with pizza dough folded in half. There’s also pizza, pasta, and mac and cheese. The screens, including a large TV on the covered and heated patio, are always turned on to relevant games.

Jules Maes Saloon

After closing in the summer of 2020, the Seattle bar icon recently made a triumphant return under new ownership. The menu’s pub fare now includes tater tots poutine, flatbreads, spicy chicken waffle sandwiches, and some breakfast items, along with cocktails and beer. And there’s a big screen in the back with surround sound that will have Seahawks games tuned in.

Madison Pub

This sports-focused gay bar in Capitol Hill has a relaxed vibe, cool pinball machines, video games, and well-positioned TVs, which are always tuned to the local games (with sound). On Sundays, there’s free pool and peanuts, plus discounted pitchers.

An interior look at Madison Pub, with a pool table in the middle, TVs, and glowing neon signs.
Madison Pub has pinball machines, pool, and lots of drink specials.
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College Inn Pub

This U District classic seemed to close for good in 2020, but recently got a revival from longtime fans Jen, Gonyer, her husband Al Donohue, and friend Seth Howard (owner of the Collins Pub and Last Drop Bottle Shop). The popular grinders are still on the menu, and there is a TV in each of the dive’s rustic rooms, with all the local games on throughout the season.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

Columbia City’s reliable jock spot serves solid bar bites (such as the Irish nachos, topped with beer cheese and shredded corned beef) and stiff drinks in a family-friendly setting, with reclaimed floors and a shuffleboard bar top. If things get too crowded, don’t forget about next-door neighbor, the Backyard, which has an outdoor patio and more food options.

A view of beer taps and an array of liquor bottles at a bar, with a row of TVs above showing football games.
The bar at Rookies has good TV angles.
Rookies

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