Whether you and your dad prefer whiskey or beer, we’ve got several suggestions. These popular and reliable locations are perfect places to enjoy some conversation while you sip something cold and refreshing. From one of Seattle’s favorite steakhouses to a dive bar in Belltown or savoring a whiskey in Woodinville, you’re sure to find a way to treat your dad. It’s a great way to show some appreciation for all he’s done for you.
Daniel’s Broiler
809 Fairview Place N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 621-8262

A perennial favorite, locally owned and operated Daniel’s Broiler features classic cocktails and great bar food. Enjoy the lounge during early or late happy hour, seven nights a week. So it’s a great spot after an outing during the day. Or head into the dining room for dinner to enjoy a USDA Prime steak dinner. The evening will set you back a few bucks, but if you are well into your own career and can afford it, Daniel’s is a memorable way to thank your dad for all he’s done for you. The South Lake Union location features waterfront dining and stunning views. The same great dining experience is also found at Daniel’s Bellevue location, atop the Bank of America building with gorgeous views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic mountains. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Safeco Field
1250 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 346-4000

Give dad the gift of Mariners Baseball. Celebrate Father’s Day at Safeco Field when they play the Houston Astros at 1:10 p.m. The first 10,000 dads get a new Mike Zunino BBQ Apron, which your dad will enjoy wearing while barbequing this summer. There’s a wide range of food, plus wine, beer, and cocktails at venues throughout the stadium. Bleacher seats start at $17, View level at $22, Main level at $33, and Terrace Club at $60.

Bathtub Gin & Co
2205 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-6069

Located in a former boiler room in the back of a building between First and Second Avenue in Belltown, the door to Bathtub Gin can be hard to find (it’s in the alley). This intimate cocktail bar in the basement of the Humphrey Apartments is a Prohibition style speakeasy. Built in 2009, the low lit lounge features a small pine bar upstairs and comfortable tables and couches on the lower level. Don’t miss the library nook in the back. You and your dad can sip on local gin and tonics, a classic old-fashioned cocktail, or ask the bartender to recommend a favorite drink. They offer over two dozen gins from around the world, an enormous selection of whiskeys, plus a full bar, cocktail menu, beer, and wine.

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2222 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5449

Shorty’s is one of Seattle’s favorite dive bars. They are best known for cold (and cheap) beer and their vast array of pinball machines. But you’ll also find a full bar, with strong drinks, as well as arcade games. They offer local brews on tap, plus standards in bottles and cans. If you need a snack, the tasty and inventive menu of hot dogs will please both your wallet and your hunger. Most hot dogs are under $5.00, including the house special Shorty dog, Chicago style dog, a Spicy Pepper Cheese dog, and several more.

Woodinville Whiskey Co.
14509 Woodinville Redmond Road N.E.
Woodinville, WA, 98072
(425) 486-1199

Located about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle, the gracious folks at Woodinville Whiskey Co. love to meet new friends and show off their beautiful, state-of-the-art distillery. They are open everyday for whiskey tasting for a small fee of $5.00. You can put the tasting fee toward any spirit purchase. On weekends, free distillery tours are offered both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours are complimentary and reservations are not needed. At the Woodinville distillery, you’ll find a great respect for Kentucky whiskeys, but they’re also incredibly proud to show you what they’re brewing—something a little different and daring in true Northwest style.

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Carole Cancler is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.