The first game of the new NFL season for our local heroes is Sunday, September 11. It’s looking like a stellar year, and while watching at home is fine, watching with a group of fellow fans while sipping a good drink out is pretty darn fun, too. So, start the season right by watching the Hawks trounce Miami at one of the below local bars.
Beardslee Public House: If you don’t live in Bothell, it’s worth the trip to watch the game at this fun bar. There’s not an annoying amount of TVs, but there is food that’s made from scratch (even the ketchup): fantastic fresh-cut fries (ask to get them topped with the lush smoked Gouda sauce) and delicious burgers–if you’re a football fan of the veggie persuasion, the veggie burger is tops. Of course, there’s a brewery in-house, so the beers, like the malty Knuckle Boom ESB, are worthy, and Wildwood Spirits distillery is downstairs, so you can expect well-crafted cocktails as well.
Quality Athletics: Part of the Huxley-Wallace group, this Pioneer Square spot takes its devotion to sports seriously, without sacrificing flavor–you’ll find adventurous fare on the menu such as Oxtail Poutine with housemade mozzarella curd, and pork broth ramen with a 54-minute egg. The adult slushy machine is fun, but don’t miss cocktails like the Edgar’s Revenge with tequila and spicy Ancho Reyes liqueur. The bar’s got the requisite flat screens, too, but also a rooftop garden, AstroTurf back bar and outdoor fire pits.
Altstadt: Nestled in Pioneer Square, this spot has thick, large wooden tables if you're watching with a crowd, and TVs that don't overwhelm the space–they’re often are tuned to soccer (it is a German restaurant, after all), but I'm sure they'll Seahawks up. The beer list is well curated, with a fine Euro selection, and the cocktails are a step above most beer-centric spots. The food, highlighted by the housemade sausages, rich and filling spätzle with Beecher’s cheese and caramelized onions, and the bresel soft pretzel (don’t miss the beer cheese sauce) is swell.
Jude’s Old Town: A great, friendly neighborhood place in Rainier Beach, Jude’s isn’t your typical sports bar with too many televisions and too little thought devoted to its food and drink. Instead of having to gnaw on subpar sporting fare, you’ll to watch the game while snacking on delicious fried Beecher’s cheese curds dipped in a peppery beer batter, or one of its hearty sandwiches. Plus the cocktails are well made, with fresh options like the watermelon Margarita and house-infused spirits as well as locally made sippers.