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The Seahawks season starts up September 12.
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12 Great Bars to Watch Football in Seattle

Where to eat and drink while cheering on the Seahawks, Huskies, or your fantasy football team

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The Seahawks season starts up September 12.
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The NFL and college football seasons have already kicked off, but things are only really starting to get rolling when it comes to the local favorites. It’s totally cool to watch on the couch, but throughout the season, there will be plenty of lively bars with enticing food and drink specials on gamedays. That includes recently revived old school dives, slick modern spots with expansive patios, and an intriguing new entry to the sports watching scene. Fans should keep an eye on social media for updated rules and regulations, but the blurbs below note which spots now require proof of vaccination for entry. Game on.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kangaroo and Kiwi

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2026 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-0507
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Ballard’s Australian and New Zealand-themed bar (housed in a former library) is mainly 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. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

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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2. The Octopus Bar

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2121 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 397-4557
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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. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

3. College Inn Pub

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4006 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-0997
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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.

4. LTD Bar and Grill

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309 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-7876
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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 gamedays.

5. Queen Anne Beerhall

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203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 420-4326
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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.

6. Trade Winds Tavern

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2505 2nd Ave Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2610
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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, and note that proof of vaccination is required for entry.

7. Buckley's in Belltown

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2331 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 588-8879
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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 location in Queen Anne is a decent 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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8. Madison Pub

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1315 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6537
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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.

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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9. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

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3820 S Ferdinand St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0301
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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.
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10. Jules Maes Saloon

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5919 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 420-7715
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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.

11. The Bridge

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6301 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 402-4606
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This West Seattle hot spot raises the bar with extensive menus for food, beer, wine, and cocktails plus weekend brunch, a strong happy hour, and a nice patio. The service is top-notch, and even extends beyond the doors of the restaurant with a highly functional and informative website.

12. The Westy

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7808 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 937-8977
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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. A similarly equipped second location is in Roosevelt.

1. Kangaroo and Kiwi

2026 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
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

Ballard’s Australian and New Zealand-themed bar (housed in a former library) is mainly 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. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

2026 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

2. The Octopus Bar

2121 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

2121 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. College Inn Pub

4006 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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.

4006 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. LTD Bar and Grill

309 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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 gamedays.

309 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Queen Anne Beerhall

203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119

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.

203 W Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98119

6. Trade Winds Tavern

2505 2nd Ave Suite 105, Seattle, WA 98121

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, and note that proof of vaccination is required for entry.

2505 2nd Ave Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98121

7. Buckley's in Belltown

2331 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
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

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 location in Queen Anne is a decent backup.

2331 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Madison Pub

1315 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
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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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.

1315 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

3820 S Ferdinand St Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98118
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

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.

3820 S Ferdinand St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98118

10. Jules Maes Saloon

5919 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

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.

5919 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

11. The Bridge

6301 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

This West Seattle hot spot raises the bar with extensive menus for food, beer, wine, and cocktails plus weekend brunch, a strong happy hour, and a nice patio. The service is top-notch, and even extends beyond the doors of the restaurant with a highly functional and informative website.

6301 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

12. The Westy

7808 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

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. A similarly equipped second location is in Roosevelt.

7808 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

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