Seattle Dive Bar Guide

Dive Bars With A Side of Fish & Chips

The fastest growing major city for the better part of a decade starting in 2010, Seattle has seen its share of growing pains associated with an influx of new residents. And though the city’s growth has cooled from its red hot pace, with new residents comes redeveloped neighborhoods and upscale dining options. Thankfully, Seattle’s dive bar scene is alive and well despite the natural ups and downs that come with changing city dynamics and a global pandemic.

Pacific Inn Pub is one of the city’s best dive bar examples, a diner-like dive bar equally famous for its unassuming drinking environment and its Anthony Bourdain-approved fish and chips. Under the ominous, watchful eye of a giant, painted fish, Pac Inn embraces the nautical theme and blue & white color palette that is easy to associate with a prototypical Seattle dive bar.

Equally revered in Seattle dive bar circles, Sloop Tavern takes its inspiration from a British pub named The Sloop Inn discovered by original owner Ole Olsen during his service in World War II. Opened in 1952, fish and chips are of course sold here as well, the dive bar sandwiched between two epic murals on either side of the aging building. Be sure to “Sloopersize” your draft beer, upgraded to a 32 ounce poor in a frosty glass.

Hyper growth can create a few dive bar casualties, unfortunately, Thunderbird Tavern one such loss in 2013. The 1959 Ballard original was revived, however, in 2014 by owners thankfully committed to preserving the divey authenticity of a Seattle classic. One welcome addition is the Secret Sausage food menu, the signature item a cream cheese-covered hot dog.

And though the city has benefitted from its recent history of rampant growth, mercifully that growth has yet to claim the city’s dive bar scene, preserving a host of classics that more often than not come with a side of fish and chips.

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Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Adams

Sloop Tavern

2830 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
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Adams

Mike's Chili Parlor

1447 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
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Ballard

Waterwheel Lounge

7034 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
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Ballard

Thunderbird Tavern

7515 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
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Capitol Hill

Montana

1506 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
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Eastlake

Zoo Tavern

2301 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
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Fremont

Pacific Inn Pub

3501 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
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Meridian

Leny's Place

2219 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
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Phinney Ridge

Sully's Snowgoose Saloon

6119 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
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University

Blue Moon Tavern

712 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
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Uptown

Streamline Tavern

174 Roy St
Seattle, WA 98109
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Other Dive Bar Options

Reader Submitted

Screwdriver

2320 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
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9 LB Hammer

6009 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
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Al's Tavern

2303 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
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Back Door Pub

12330 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
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Billiard Hoang

3220 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA 98118
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Cabin Tavern

19322 Richmond Beach Dr NW
Shoreline, WA 98177
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Caroline Tavern

13702 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
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College Inn Pub

4006 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Comet Tavern

922 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
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Crescent Lounge

1413 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
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Duchess Tavern

2827 NE 55th St
Seattle, WA 98105
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Earl's on the Ave

4333 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Fort St. George

601 S King St UNIT 202
Seattle, WA 98104
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Hooverville Bar

1721 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
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Joe's Bar & Grill

500 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
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Lava Lounge

2226 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
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Linda's Tavern

707 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
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Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
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Mac's Triangle Pub

9454 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
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Mecca Café

526 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
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Old Fifth Avenue Tavern

8507 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
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Palmers East

7853 NE Leary Way
Redmond, WA 98052
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Pony

1221 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122
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Pub at Piper's Creek

10527 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
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Slim's Last Chance

5606 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
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Speckled & Drake

1355 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
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Targy's Tavern

600 W Crockett St
Seattle, WA 98119
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The 5 Point Café

415 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98119
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The Roanoke

2409 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
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The Siren Tavern

3403 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
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Twilight Exit

2514 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122
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Woody's Bar

19508 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
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