Cozy Up to a Local Fire Pit This Winter

Spend a little time--drink in hand--'round the fire at one of these local fire pits
Brangien Davis  |   January 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Westward restaurant’s beachy bonfire on the North shore of Lake Union

The best thing about Seattle winter is that unlike frostier cities such as, say, Chicago, you can actually sit outdoors at night without freezing your face off. The experience is even better if you’re sitting next to a toasty fire pit with a drink in hand—and, of course, if it isn’t raining. Several (but not enough!) local restaurants have clued in to the prehistoric appeal of a fire pit, and to the fact that it tends to lure diners like moths to a you-know-what. Gather around the atmospheric pit at new waterside seafood spot Westward on North Lake Union, where the fire is cleverly housed in spent oyster shells, or belly up to the blazes at Joule in Wallingford/Fremont, Revel in Fremont and Shelter Lounge in Ballard (the last of which sweetens the deal with free s’mores).