May 12

Patio Weather is Here

Don’t miss the stunning views and sun-soaking opportunities.

In typical Seattle wacky weather fashion, it seems like we’re done with spring and skipping right to summer. With fantastic views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and the glittering Seattle skyline, there might not be a better neighborhood in the city than SLU for patio dining and drinking. Get your name in early at these hot spots (pun intended).

Sky high views

ALTITUDE Sky Lounge at the Astra Hotel already impresses with its epic vantage and its updated spring menu that includes five new house crafted cocktails is simply icing on the al fresco cake. Nosh on pimento cheese dip made with Beecher’s cheese or some premium tinned fish and sip on some summer flavors like the Opening Day (Gunpowder Gin, Dill, cucumber, jalapeno, salt, agave, lime). The description from ALTITUDE should get you in the mood for a rooftop deck visit: “As a young child, restless from winter’s slumber, I remember the first day of warmth. The smell of fresh cut grass, a crisp yet warm breeze blowing through open windows. The sun shining brightly with the sound of baseball being called through transistor radio.  The hopes of Summer shortly arriving.”

View of the Space Needle.

Take it to the lake

Get up close and personal with Lake Union on the patio at Duke’s Seafood. This SLU favorite is special year-round, but it definitely sings in the summertime. Stunning waterfront views pair with sustainable seafood like the Dungeness crab “Un”cake (less cake, more crab!). Plus, Duke’s fresh sheet has something new on offer every day. To quench your thirst, try the new bright and refreshing blood orange margarita.

People eating on a patio by yachts.

Expanded hours

For more rooftop views, don’t miss out on mbar. The 14th floor stunner from mama group (Streat Eats, mamnoon street, manna) features bar snacks like sumac popcorn, chicken wings, rakakat (Lebanese cheese rolls, phyllo, black garlic), and a handful of mezze classics. Just in time for summer, mbar announced it’s extending weekend hours. You can grab a seat and celebrate sunshine starting at noon every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Looking for more options? Check out our full list of SLU restaurants offering outdoor and patio spaces.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Jeff Hobson, Reva Keller, & courtesy of The Astra Hotel.

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