Best Watering Holes and Night Spots In Seattle: Volume 2

June 17, 2014 11:50 AM

Seattle is full of great places to get together with friends and enjoy happy hour, or a night out on the town.  So why is it, with so many places to choose from, you always seem to end up at the same spots?   They may not even be your favorites, they’re just what comes to mind when you’re pressed to come up with a place.  Here are five of the best watering holes to enjoy a crisp, refreshing beer:


Diller Room
1224 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-4042

The Diller Hotel, located in the heart of downtown at the corner of 1st and University , opened to the public in 1890.  Built in the wake of the great Seattle fire of 1889, the hotel became a second home for Klondike pioneers, prospectors, and miners seeking their fortunes during the Alaskan gold rush of 1897.  In 1916, four years before the entire country followed suit, Washington adopted a prohibition policy that banned the sale of alcohol statewide.  Speakeasies popped up all over town, including at the Diller.

Today, the Diller room occupies the former lobby of the long-gone hotel, where vestiges of its colorful past remain intact.   With exposed brick walls, vintage stained glass windows, mirror backed booths, plush couches, and a handcrafted wooden bar, the Diller evokes a feeling of history, yet never gets caught up in a manufactured nostaligia.  Whether you’re a tourist, an executive, first-dater or pre-funker, the Diller Room’s “come as you are” environment is inviting to all.


Wilde Rover Irish Pub and Restaurant
111 Central Way – Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-8940

The Wilde Rover borrows a part of their name from the well-known Irishman Oscar Wilde, a man who brought wit and entertainment to the world around, and we strive to follow in his foosteps.

They are located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kirkland, and the sparkling waters of Lake Washington can be enjoyed from their outdoor deck, their 980 sq. ft. banquet room, fireplace room or our game room.  The Wilde Rover offers a wide menu of food and drink that is reminiscent of “the old country,” serving lunch, dinner and happy hour daily, and brunch on the weekends.  They have a fully stocked bar that includes many Irish favorites, a rotating Beer of the Month and hard to find Specialties.

The Wilde Rover provides a weekly line-up of entertainment, including Irish Music Mondays with Geoffrey Castle, Quiz Nights on Wednesday, free music Thursdays, a rotating line-up of Friday and Saturday evening bands and local favorites The Herding Cats on Sundays. They show all available English Premiership Football, Rugby and Australian Rules games available through DirectTV; select games shown on our six-foot, big screen television with full sound.


George and Dragon Pub
206 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-6864

Seattle’s British Pub.  Since 1995, George and Dragon has brought a little bit of Britain in Seattle.  Located in Fremont, George and Dragon serves cocktails, fine ales and great food.  Enjoy their larger outdoor patios for lunch, dinner and drinks.  A few drinks with your friends, a big night out, football, chips, birds and blokes…. The G&D is the home for the masses.


Madison Pub
1315 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6537

The Madison Pub is a gay bar located on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  It’s a great place for sports fans!  Whether you’re there to watch a game of one of the many screens, or play darts, pool,  pinball, or video games, the Madison Pub has you covered.  They offer a full bar with weekly beer and cocktail specials.  Happy hour: $1 off Drafts/Well Drinks, 5:00p-7:00p.  There’s never a cover, but get there early to beat the line…


801 1st Ave,
Seattle, WA 98104

Fadó (pronounced f’doe) is an Irish term meaning ‘long ago’. It is used in Ireland to start a story (the equivalent of ‘once upon a time’ ). They chose the name because at Fadó, they are telling the story of Ireland’s rich and evolving Pub culture.

You will always get great Guinness, Fish and Chips, traditional music, footie on the T.V.,  and fun in the best pubs in Dublin. Today, you will also see from-scratch cooking and seasonal food menus that rival the best restaurants, craft beers from local breweries and quality, and housemade cocktails!  The Irish Pub in Ireland have evolved and Fado has evolved with them.

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