The Ultimate 12th Man Guide
Seahawks Game-Day Bars
We know, we know—every bar is a Seahawks bar on game day. Here are some optimal spots, whatever your sports bar personality.
Chef John Howie does lots of charity work with Seahawks players, and his upscale sports bar does lots of work stuffing fans’ faces. Every booth has a TV, but the big draw is the high-end bar food, from tempura-coated fried bacon to buffalo wings on the gluten-free menu and the build-your-own bloody Mary bar. The combined 79 feet of giant screens overhead doesn’t hurt either.
140 Fourth Ave N, Ste 130, Belltown, 206-404-7767; sportrestaurant.com
How handy that the brewery that brought us the Seahawks-themed 12th Can pale ale has an airy taproom with a 10-and-a-half-foot projection screen that comes out for every game. And there’s even a food truck (often Curb Jumper) parked out front from about 30 minutes before kickoff until well after the final score. Viewers bring their dogs, their babies, and even their own camp chairs to guarantee a seat.
1550 NW 49th St, Ballard, 206-257-4486; hilliardsbeer.com
The Attic Alehouse and Eatery
Madison Park’s decades-old sports bar does look a bit like an attic—one stuffed with Sea-hawks banners, beer mirrors, and college sports flags. The crowd is slightly older, the beer is a little better (think Diamond Knot IPA, not Natty Light), and the vibe is noticeably more peaceful than at the more brosephy sports bars around town. Until something dramatic happens on the field—then the yelling is audible all the way to the water.
4226 E Madison St, Madison Park, 206-323-3131; atticalehouse.com
Full-on jersey--sporting, Jell-O-shooting pandemonium unfolds Pike/Pine-style (a DJ spun at halftime of last season’s playoff games, and things got clubby as the night went on) beneath renderings of Seattle sports legends like former Seahawk Kenny Easley. Parties of six or more can reserve a massive booth, which comes with a private TV; the rooftop patio has TVs and heaters, and the big marquee out front often smack-talks the opposing team.
722 E Pike St, Capitol Hill, 206-328-7666; 95slide.com
F. X. McRory’s Steak Chop and Oyster House
When local news outfits need a photo of Seahawks fans reacting emotionally to a win (or a loss), they head to the bellwether of Pioneer Square sports bars. Here ample supplies of booze and a blue-and-green-blooded crowd come together as one beneath a sea of big screens and -banners. The staff knows how to keep service moving even when people are elbow to elbow.
419 Occidental Ave S, Pioneer Square, 206-623-4800; fxmcrorys.com