Best Bars For Business Drinks In Seattle

August 22, 2013 5:00 AM

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Setting up business meetings with a new or established client are routine for most business executives, but going to the same restaurant or bar can become routine and boring. If you’re looking for a different venue to take your clientele and talk politics, consider one of these Seattle bars that are not just elegant and provide a professional atmosphere, but also offer a wide variety of traditional Northwest cuisine, as well as local wines and liquors.

Metropolitan Grill
820 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287

Voted the best business bar in Seattle by Entrepreneur, the Metropolitan Grill is one of the top places to take new or existing clients and impress them over lunch. This steakhouse in downtown Seattle, nicknamed The Met, is housed within the historic Marion Building, which dates back to the early 1900s. The bar itself is 60 feet long and made of black marble, and while the atmosphere is relaxing, it is also professional with plush, oversized booths and railings and tables made of brass and mahogany. Try the Alaska king salmon for lunch or dinner and pair it with a recommended wine or classic bourbon.

Purple Cafe And Wine Bar
1225 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 829-2280

Another downtown Seattle establishment that is sure to impress any business executive is the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. This two-story restaurant and bar features an eye-catching column of more than 5,000 premier wines, right in the center of the bar. Purple isn’t usually the first choice when it comes to a business decor, but for this wine bar, it works and gives almost a gallant, medieval look. The large candelabras hanging from the ceiling are sure to catch your eye and provide the right lighting for a down-to-business type of meeting. Order the grilled salmon or chicken marsala and pair it with a Tuscan red or Willamette Valley white wine.

ART Lounge
Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 749-7000

Situated in the Four Seasons Hotel and across the street from the Seattle Art Museum, the ART Lounge offers an exquisite setting for a business lunch or dinner and views of Seattle’s Elliott Bay. Whether you are catering to a small or large group, the ART Lounge’s 12-foot wine wall and the elegant tables crafted from the Northwest’s Douglas Fir trees provide the perfect atmosphere to gather and hold your business meeting. Don’t forget to treat your client to one of the lounge’s menu favorites including seared Indian spiced salmon, red bean miso Alaskan cod or Dungeness crab-cucumber cannelloni.

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Fonte Cafe And Wine Bar
1321 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 777-6193

Also located near the Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum, Fonte Cafe and Wine Bar began its business more than 20 years ago as a Seattle coffee roaster. The company opened its first cafe and wine bar in 2009 and prides itself on offering Seattleites an authentic European bistro-style lunch and dinner experience. The cafe and bar’s roomy seating arrangement and large, wide windows offer a great deal of space and natural lighting to set the tone for a productive business meeting and meal. Menu items to try include the made-fresh-daily pastas, the Neopolitan pizzas, the roasted salmon and the prosciutto-wrapped chicken. Pair your meal with a hand-crafted cocktail, a wine from a Pacific Northwest winery or try Seattle’s only beer giraffe that holds 96 ounces of your favorite chilled, on-tap beverage.

Smash Wine Bar And Bistro Restaurant
1401 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-3232

The Smash Wine Bar and Bistro Restaurant is in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, just west of the University District and south of Green Lake. This well-lighted bar and bistro features large-sized tables and even roomier booths to give executives and their clients plenty of space to conduct business. Pair your lunch or dinner meeting with one of the bar’s 45 wines or choose a drink from the martini menu. Recommended entrees include the ginger calamari, scallops topped with apricot beurre blanc, pork loin with corn stuffing and curry ravioli.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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