Seattle is home to three professional sports teams — the Seahawks, the Mariners and the Sounders. It also features a widely popular college team, the University of Washington Huskies. So it is no surprise that the Emerald City would draw sports fans not just from the Pacific Northwest, but from all over the country. While there are numerous bars around the city that can be considered sports bars, only a select few have been voted the best by sports fans.
Sport Restaurant And Bar
140 4th Ave., Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98109
The Sport Restaurant and Bar features a unique amenity that most sports bars do not – you’ll find a high-definition TV at each of its 13 booths, as well as a number of other TVs, including a 130-inch LCD screen placed strategically so everyone always has a great view of the sports games of the day. All TVs are equipped with a complete sports package, so you’ll never miss the hottest games. Since it is not just a bar, but also a restaurant, this is a popular place with families and serves some of the best burgers in all of Seattle. Be sure to check out the collection of memorabilia that adorns the walls, as a great deal of it spans the better part of a century.
Buckley’s In Belltown
2331 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Buckley’s in Belltown is one of Seattle’s hot spots to watch college and NFL football because of its four big-screen TVs situated right at the bar. Plus, it has a private room with its own high-definition, big-screen TV and sound system that can be reserved for groups of people that want to throw their own personal sports-themed party and watch the games with friends and family. Buckley’s in Belltown also offers a vast selection of food and drinks including appetizers, sandwiches, gourmet burgers, breakfast entrees, steak and ribs, as well as wines, microbrews, draft beers and well drinks.
2219 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
USA Today has called Spitfire the “best sports bar to watch the Super Bowl in the nation.” Spitfire isn’t just loved by guys that are sports fans, it’s also a popular spot for female sports fans too. It’s a little on the trendy side when it comes to decor, but it makes up for it with its enormous big-screen TV for all major sporting events, as well as its large number of flat-screen TVs everywhere else. You won’t find regular pub-type food here. Instead, you can choose from a menu of mouth-watering Mexican cuisine that won’t leave you feeling like you just consumed a vat of grease. So if you’re looking for a great spot to watch sports with your significant other, or a group of guys and girls, Spitfire is the best place to be.
538 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Sluggers sports bar may scream baseball fan because of its name, but any and all fans of Seattle’s sport teams are welcome here. It is conveniently located near Seattle’s largest sports venues — Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field. Sports fans can stop in before or after a game, or for those that don’t have game-day tickets, it’s a great place to stay and watch the game on its many flat-screen TVs. Kids can accompany their parents during the day, until 9 p.m., then after that time it is for adults 21 and over. In addition to its lively atmosphere on game days, Sluggers also features walls full of sports memorabilia, largely portioned appetizers and mugs of beer for reasonable prices.
Auto Battery Bar
1009 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Don’t let the outside of this popular sports bar fool you. While the Auto Battery Bar used to be an auto shop and still has the look of one on the outside, once you step inside of this converted space, you’ll find it has an awesome, laid-back atmosphere that’s perfect for watching your favorite sports games. Located on Capitol Hill, the Auto Battery Bar is equipped with numerous big-screen TVs and a better-than-average menu of delicious appetizers and signature drinks like The Spark Plug and the 18-Wheeler. Also be sure to try some of the bar’s craft beers, as well as the gourmet Po Dog hot dogs, which can be topped with everything from mac-n-cheese, sushi rice paper, sauteed chili or BLT-style ingredients of bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado.
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 Examiner.com.