Seattle’s iconic skyline makes it the ideal place for rooftop dining, where you can take in unforgettable views of the Space Needle and Puget Sound while enjoying superb food and drinks. Here’s the Seattle Public Relations list of the trendiest rooftop bars and restaurants in the Emerald City.
The Mountaineering Club
Located atop the newly renovated Graduate Seattle hotel (formerly Hotel Deca), the Mountaineering Club features a creative cocktail list and a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. If you opt for the latter, there are s’mores-making kits available to round out the meal. Seafood lovers will feel especially welcome here, but the views of the Olympic range are sure to attract diners of all stripes. The recent renovations have turned this spot into a top draw—no start up PR required—so be prepared for a wait.
The Fog Club
If it’s the Great Wheel you’ve come to see, you won’t be disappointed in the views from this 16th-story bar, which can be found perched atop the Charter Hotel. As any Seattle PR firm will attest, the city is often shrouded in fog, but this in no way detracts from its charms. The Fog Club attempts to celebrate that image with a sophisticated color palette that mimics the name, setting the backdrop for some truly unforgettable cocktails. Try the Firefly, a refreshing blend of vodka, Lillet rose, and lemon, finished off with grapefruit and bitters.
Frolik Kitchen & Cocktails
The warm and inviting atmosphere is what draws visitors to Frolik, but there are plenty of reasons to stay, the shuffleboard court and Ping-Pong tables among them. If you don’t feel that energetic, cozy up to one of the fireplaces with a craft cocktail and a small plate featuring locally sourced ingredients. The bar is located on the fifth floor of the Motif hotel, so your views are limited to the neighboring skyscrapers, but the overall vibe is so welcoming that you may not even notice.
If it’s fresh ingredients you’re after, look no further than Terra Plata on Melrose Avenue, where much of the produce is sourced directly from the nearby rooftop garden. The bar offers a selection of locally brewed draft beers, as well as an impressive wine list and a rotation of seasonally inspired craft cocktails. For an immersive experience into the rich culture of Spain (from which the restaurant takes its “earth-to-table” inspiration), visit on a Monday evening, which the kitchen has designated as “Paella Night.”
Mbar is perched on the 14th floor of its Fairview Avenue building, affording diners a stunning, panoramic view of downtown Seattle. Relax with a signature cocktail while you wait for chef Jason Stratton to work his magic on you. The Evergreen State graduate began his career at the age of 16 (the kind of detail that would make a PR firm swoon), and his capable, practiced hand is evident in every dish. If you’ve never tried grilled halloumi—a Greek sheep-milk cheese with a firm, squeaky texture—here is the perfect place to start.
Rooftop Brewing Company
Beer is the main attraction at this laid-back Nickerson Street locale, which features a rotating selection of ten drafts—most of them brewed right on the premises. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to direct you toward a brew that suits your palate. Note that there’s no food available on the premises, but there is often a food truck parked nearby. Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring your own snacks when you drop in—it’s that casual.