Being lucky enough to have lived here several years now, I have spent a time or two on patios with a glass in my hand. You’ll forgive me this afternoon for staying indoors with a Popsicle in hand, but my fair skin doesn’t allow much room for sunburn. Still, when temps are moderately hot and the day is getting done, there’s nothing I love more than a local patio. So, for those of you new to the area or just getting out for the first time, I present to you my list of favorite outdoor spaces in north Seattle:
- Naked City’s Walrus Beer Garden. This only just opened a little over a week ago, but is filled with picnic tables & umbrellas, a Washers game in the corner, and occasional live music. You can see it from Greenwood Ave over a pony wall but gain access through the restaurant. Kid friendly, but not dog friendly.
- Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden: This half indoor/half outdoor space has a variety of seating options, old wooden barrels as drink stands, and is both kid and dog friendly. If it gets too hot outdoors, you can step inside for some shade and grab a handful of complimentary pretzels.
- Forza Coffee in Green Lake: With a roll-up door, Forza’s patio again spills into the inside of the facility. Why am I including a coffee joint in my list? Because this place also carries local beer, wine on tap, and light food options. Kid and dog friendly. As a special treat, go on a Friday or Saturday evening for live music.
- The Yard Cafe: Also located on Greenwood Avenue, you could technically consider the entire building to be an outdoor spot. With picnic tables in the sunshine right out front and shaded indoor seating that converts to the outdoors by lifting a plastic barrier, you’ll also love the delicious Mexican food options.
- Ray’s Cafe: I don’t think I need to say a lot here. You can sit on the deck of Ray’s in Ballard and watch boats and paddle boarders while eating amazing seafood. If it gets chilly, just ask for a blanket and they’ll provide.