Patio Watch

Patios to Visit Before Summer's End

Here's where we'll be sitting outside this month.

By Allecia Vermillion August 1, 2015 Published in the August 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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Image courtesy Ivar's


Newly arrived on the restaurant’s rooftop: seating for about 25, a dedicated bar dispensing cocktails on tap, and the feeling that you’re a world removed from 19th Avenue traffic below. The slushy machine from sibling restaurant Ba Bar has migrated up here to churn out freezy (boozy) drinks.

Ivar’s Acres of Clams

As the saying goes, when god closes a restaurant temporarily due to seawall construction, he opens a patio. The original Ivar’s is back from a nine-month hiatus with a new deck on the southwest corner of Pier 54, with fireplace tables, nearly 200 seats, and massive Puget Sound views.

Herb and Bitter Public House

The space behind Broadway’s new amaro-focused cocktail bar isn’t so much a patio as a solarium, complete with strings of white lights and a retractable glass roof that’s equally as pleasant beneath a night sky or inevitable summer rainfall.

Brimmer and Heeltap

The vine-twined garden on Ballard’s eastern fringe was plenty charming, but now a formerly unused shed at the rear of the property anchors a dozen new patio seats, a fire pit, and a second bar. A supply of blankets is on hand for cooler evenings.

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