The excitement in Seattle for next weekend’s Super Bowl XLVIII game is palpable. Blue and green are everywhere and Seattleites have really come together in support for our beloved Seahawks. What better way to experience the energy, camaraderie and thrills of this momentous game than by watching it with others?
There are some great downtown Seattle bars to watch the Superbowl game. For those of us east of the pond, here is a list of my favorite places (including some family friendly options) to watch the Super Bowl game on the Greater Eastside:
520 Bar and Grill
On Main Street in Old Bellevue, the 520 Bar and Grill is a personal favorite – the welcoming atmosphere, consistently great food at reasonable prices (don't miss the killer nachos!) and fun drink menu never fails to keep me coming back. Not only is it kid-friendly, there isn’t a bad seat to watch the game due to the strategically mounted TV screens throughout the restaurant. It’s hard to think of a cozier and more relaxed neighborhood bar & grill to watch the game with friends and family.
10146 Main St. Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 450-0520
In the heart of downtown in the Bellevue Galleria, the Rock Bottom Brewery features tons of TV screens for viewing the big game including a 120 inch projection screen and 22 other TV screens throughout the bar and dining room. Pub fare, house made beers, a family-friendly restaurant and 4 hours of validated parking make this a convenient and fun place to cheer on the Seahawks. Can’t wait until kickoff to start watching and enjoying game day? The Rock Bottom opens at 9:30am on Super Bowl Sunday.
550 106th Ave NE, Suite 103 Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 462-9300
Also located in the Bellevue Galleria is the Taphouse Grill. The Taphouse features the largest selection of Northwest beers on tap and a wide variety of menu choices ranging from steak and sushi to more traditional pub food. Plenty of screens throughout the restaurant and bar areas make this a great spot to witness the Legion of Boom!
550 106th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 467-1730
Lunchbox Laboratory in Bellevue:
If you’re a burger fan and haven’t yet been to Lunchbox Laboratory, you’re missing out! Burgers of uncommon combinations served alongside unique shakes, fries and eclectic cocktails make for a memorable and delicious meal. The portions are HUGE and kids love it here. Lunchbox Lab does football games very well – they even have a game menu with specials during all NFL games and Seahawks-inspired menu items – I dare you to try a Hawkbomb!
989 112th Ave NE Bellevue, WA (425) 505-2676
The Lounge at Joey’s restaurant in downtown Bellevue is a hip bar with walls of windows, plenty of TVs and a huge screen to watch the game right the heart of Bellevue’s shopping district. 21 and older only in the Lounge – the menu boasts a wide range of very good food (ahi tacos are a favorite!) and the comfy booths fill up quick. Don’t come here if you’re looking for a quiet atmosphere – this lounge is happening and will be a lively place to watch the Super Bowl!
800 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 (425)637-1177
Located in the heart of downtown Kirkland, the Lodge is a wonderful place to watch the Hawks in all their glory. The Lodge in Kirkland features 56 beers on tap and a view of Lake Washington along with ample screens to catch the game. Ideally located at 107 Lake Street, this restaurant has a warm and comfortable vibe and is also family friendly – get there early, it’s a local favorite!
107 Lake Street Kirkland, WA 98033 (425) 202-7663
This historic bar and oldest running business on Mercer Island opened in 1914 – it’s a favorite watering hole among locals and off-island patrons who appreciate it’s casual, neighborhood ambiance, pub fare (think chicken wings, nachos and signature burgers) and great beer selection on tap. No kids allowed here – but if you’re in the mood to cheer on the Hawks by a fireplace with friendly fans in a nostalgic bar that feels like you may have stepped back in time – look no further than the “Roie” (as it’s called by us Islanders) for your Super Bowl experience.
1825 72nd Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 98040 (206) 232-0800
The recently re-opened and newly renovated Islander restaurant features a very cool spot to watch the game – the Bar. Multiple screens, oversized booths and its new swanky interior provide a very fun atmosphere to cheer on the Seahawks. Though normally no reservations are taken in the Bar, the Islander is making an exception on February 2nd – those 21 & older, call ahead to reserve your spot. The Islander Bar is also having a Super Bowl Sunday raffle with various prizes and a game board ($1/square).
2441 76th Ave SE Mercer Island, WA 989040 (206) 232-6676
Of course, there are many more great spots around Seattle and Eastside to watch next Sunday’s Super Bowl game – what are your favorites?
Seahawks photocredit to Philip Robertson (see license).