Best Bars To Watch Thursday Night Football in Seattle

October 9, 2014 5:00 AM

The new NFL season is finally here and Seattle fans are more than ready to start it off. What better way to celebrate the return of NFL Thursday night than by visiting one of the top bars and restaurants in the Seattle area to enjoy the game and eat some of the best pub fare around? Stop by any of these bars on a Thursday night and get a bird’s eye view of all of the best NFL action, plus great drink specials and menu options.

Hawks Nest Bar
1028 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 381-8630 

The Hawks Nest Bar is named after a section of seating at the Seattle Seahawks stadium, Centurylink Field. This bar is situated just a couple of blocks from the stadium and always draws a crowd for Seahawks’ home and away games. It also caters to Seattle Sounders soccer fans and Seattle Mariners baseball fans. The Hawks Nest features a total of 12 TVs, so no matter where you sit, you’ll always have a great view of the game. Not only does this bar provide a great atmosphere, filled to the brim with the 12th Man, but it also serves delicious, fresh-made, high-end food including the Hawks Nest burger, made with all-natural beef patties, the Hawks Nest flat bread and breakfast foods like the Hawks Nest Scramble and the Hawks Nest breakfast plate.

The Iron Bull
2121 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 453-3901
The Iron Bull in Seattle is primarily known as the Emerald City’s “unofficial Chicago Bears bar.” But it also caters to die-hard Seattle fans and shows all Seahawks games, including both home and away. Regardless if you’re a Bears fan or a Seahawks fan, this is a great bar to hang out in and spend the day with a like-minded crowd of sports fans. The Iron Bull serves a great mix of pub food that includes personal-size pizzas, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, wings, nachos and totchos (nachos made with tater tots). You’ll find a number of mouth-watering drinks to choose from too, such as a Cadillac margarita, an Iron Bull mojito, a Maker’s Manhattan, Russian punch or twisted lemonade. Specially formulated liquor shots are also available including the Mind Eraser, the Cherry Bomb, the Absolut Touchdown and the Horn Ball. The Iron Bull gets packed pretty quickly on game days, so it’s best to arrive as early as possible to secure a great seat near one of its many TVs. 

Rookies Sports Bar And Grill
3820 S. Ferdinand St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0301
At Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, patrons can take advantage of the daily happy hour on Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then again from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Come down before the game and get your drink on, order some amazing grub and kick back in front of the bar’s 14 TVs and enjoy the game in style. Rookies prides itself on being locally owned and operated and considers itself the “rock and roll sports bar” of Seattle. What’s so great about this place, is that it is kid-friendly too and encourages its patrons to bring the family in for some NFL fun. Rookies serves a variety of appetizers to start off the night, including wings, quesadillas and fish tacos. It even has some menu options for vegetarians too, like its Hoppin’ John veggie burger and a variety of salads. 

Buckley’s On Queen Anne
232 First Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
((206) 691-0232
Buckley’s on Queen Anne is a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant that is housed within an historic Seattle building, featuring 20th century architecture. It has numerous TVs and is such a popular spot to watch Seahawks games that it’s recommended that you make a reservation if you plan on bringing a party of six or more. This completely smoke-free pub offers free wi-fi Internet access to its patrons and also has a weekday happy hour, Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except for on event nights – please see the pub’s website for excluded event nights). You’ll find a variety of delicious pub fare as well, including wings, baby back riblets, house made hummus, sweet potato fries and deep-fried calamari. There is a number of seasonal beers on tap too and they are always inexpensive.  

Sport Restaurant And Bar
140 Fourth Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 404-7767
The Sport Restaurant and Bar may not have a fancy name, but it showcases its love for all things sports with its 100-plus years of memorabilia displayed for all patrons to view and admire. It caters to the sports fan with its almost 40 TVs, with some of them sitting booth-side, and its huge, 130-inch projection screen. No matter where you sit in the bar, you don’t miss a second of NFL action. Special sports restaurant fare includes combos with soup and salad, chowder and sandwiches or a pizza and salad combo. It also offers a gluten-free menu with appetizers, pizzas, soups, sandwiches, burgers and desserts. Drink specials include pints under $5 and well drinks like cosmos, margaritas, martinis and lemon drops for the same price. 

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