Sip sidewalk-side while you can at Balmar in Ballard.

Optimistic people are walking around saying stuff about how today—“no, but really, truly this time”—summer has started.

Personally, I’m taking it one day at a time.

Today, for instance, it’s sunny outside. So it’s okay to think about outdoor drinking. You know, like people do during summer. Here’s a map of 25 bars that have been tantalizing us for months now with their patios and their umbrella-topped tables ready to shade us from the sunlight, should some sunlight decide to stop by.

Well, it finally has. The list of bars is by no means exhaustive, but there are some good ones on here that may not be among your usual suspects.

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