Ths new seafood-oriented bar on Stone Way already has a covered patio with a central fire pit for cozying up with a bowl of plantain chips and ordering cocktails on the fly, but give or take three weeks and the patio will have four more tables (an additional 12 seats), plus 15 more at the high bar for cocktails only. Call dibs on seats fast as happy hour is only from 4 to 6pm.
End your day with an imperial rye IPA and gaze at the evening sun on the twin west-facing decks at the recently debuted taproom in Ballard. Open seven days a week from 3 to 9 Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 9 Friday to Sunday; order from 24 taps and sit among picnic tables, communal bierhaus tables, or a drinks rail sidling the main road.
Last year, Scott Staples's chic Capitol Hill bistro converted its kitchen garden into a patio, where 24 diners can sit surrounded by plants, flowers, ivy, and an overall private garden vibe. Strings of white cafe lights overhead add to the charm.
Since its opening last September, Pioneer Square’s buzziest sports bar attracts Seattleites gathering for local and high-profile sporting events. The two outdoor patios seat 100 and come complete with large fire pits, flat-screen TVs, and a full food and drink menu so you can imbibe, eat, and watch the game in the sun. Cheers to that.
This Frelard outpost of dim sum–style service (but not dim sum–style food) will add outdoor seating this month, bringing the total to 36 seats, not to mention the happy hour from 5 to 6:30pm Tuesday through Sunday, and 4 to 6:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
It’s hard to miss the neon yellow and turquoise metal shipping containers that forms the periphery of the new beer garden along Ballard’s Northwest 52nd Street. Snag a bite from the rotating food trucks (check Stoup's website or Facebook for upcoming vendors), order a pint, and sit back along the brightly hued Adirondack chairs (single and doubles), picnic tables, or highboy tables.
Giddy Up Burgers
One of the year's largest new patios comes by way of the Western-themed gourmet burger joint along Leary Way in Ballard. The newly renovated 1,500-square-foot covered patio seats 55 (standing room for 100), with three clear garage doors (and two more on the way) so you can feel the breeze of the outdoors but not the raindrops. During the winter the patio turns into a sunroom with heated flooring. Sturdy wooden picnic tables line the place giving the feel of a greenhouse with planted flowers alongside the window sill.
Brimmer and Heeltap
A patio expansion toward the back of the garden will add a dozen covered outdoor seats, a fire pit, and an additional dedicated bar; it should be ready by June. Until then visit the existing lower garden space, where four tables remain open as construction wraps up.
The quaint cafe and bar tucked away in the midst of construction just south of Pike on Capitol Hill has added a small but sweet sidewalk patio, seating four to six people (with hopes of expanding to eight seats). Dogs are welcome.
This already-stunning waterfront deck on Alaskan Way is getting a bit of a makeover. As if last year’s addition of fire pits and lounge-style seating wasn’t enough, the 75-seat patio will have new wind screens on the north end of the pier (handling the waterfront’s gusting winds up to 70 miles per hour) by June, a newly painted deck, and 16 additional tables (eight inside, eight outside) with a bar menu available.
PLUS, PATIOS TO WATCH FOR LATER THIS SUMMER...
Herb and Bitter Public House
This new bar from the owner of Rocco's in Belltown is slated to open early June, bringing with it a 1,000-square-foot patio covered by retractable glass so it's usable year-round. Illuminated by string lights, the solarium will serve cocktails centered around Italian amari and tapas-style small plates.
Feed Co. Burgers and Shakes
Scott and Heather Staples, owners of the aforementioned Restaurant Zoë (and Quinn’s Pub and Uneeda Burger), will open another burger spot in Old Town Redmond, maybe as soon as late July. Like Zoë, it’ll have a great patio; this one will seat 32, with hop vines growing overhead on wires, and a fire pit by fall.
Central District’s once tiny brewery is expanding into the rest of the building by fall. In the meantime a much larger patio is under way, taking over the entire parking lot and expected to open by midsummer.