This Sunday, September 15, might just be the "biggest game of the century" for us in Seattle, with the Seahawks against the 49ers. And that’s according to my dad, who’s been a Seattle sportscaster since the '80s. He’s been to over 300 games (including at the Kingdome) and says, “It’s the big one, with the highest hype and expectation since they started in '76.”
But why is it the "big one"? Both teams are slotted for the Super Bowl this year, and it’s a battle of the darling quarterbacks at CenturyLink field. So if you didn’t get that ticket—some priced at what most people pay for a month's rent—then head to these bars, which are pulling out the specials and happy hour for game day.
The Bookstore Bar
Chef Chris Lobkovich must be a big Hawks fan, because he’s created a tailgate menu available for every home game this season. And it’s smothered in chili. We’ve got Cincinnati chili five ways—some with spaghetti, some with cheese and onions. There’s also a chili brat with potato salad, and nachos with, you guessed it, chili. The prices range from $6 to $9. A specialty cocktail named “The Throat Lozenge” with Ballantine’s, lemon juice, Chartreuse, and honey syrup will be offered to sooth those aching throats. The crowds on Sunday will be shooting to break the Guinness World Record for the loudest stadium, after all.
How come no one thought of this sooner? The 12th Can. But I’m glad it ended up being Hilliard’s that did. It’s a session pale ale with Cascade hops and, of course, in those stylish tallboy cans. And to quote the beer makers, it “pairs well with victory.” One can only hope.
Sport Restaurant and Bar
This downtown sports bar is adding a new element to its brunch options this Seahawks season. It’s the ultimate bloody Mary bar with around 70 ingredients so that you can build your own perfect morning beverage. This includes your pick from bacon and herb salts, 32 hot sauces, and 18 different booze choices. Maybe you prefer a bloody Maria with tequila? You make the call. Garnishes too, from a Wagyu slider to mozzarella squares. There’s also a regular happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday with $5 specialty cocktails, $3 drafts and wells, and $4 wines by the glass—as well as appetizer options.
The Loft is serious about game day. There are 18 flat screens, all surt to be tuned to the Hawks and Niners game this Sunday. For the entire football season it’s happy hour all night Sunday and Monday with $3 drafts, $6 Touchdowns and Fireball shots, and lots of sporty spirit. But maybe an even bigger deal is the party bus. Everything but the football tickets are included for $35. That means breakfast with a specialty cocktail, a round-trip ride (including libations) to and from the game, and happy hour drink prices at the bar on your return. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance, here.