by Lorna Yee - 28 Reviews - 8 List
With the sheer number of young families living on the hill and the hoards of 20-somethings shacked up at the bottom, this close-knit neighborhood boasts a happening bar scene. Our favorite bars in Queen Anne are as diverse as its population: from punk rock and dive-y to sophisticated and upscale, you'll be sure to find a new drinking hole in this round-up.
Updated: July 28, 2010
Sister restaurant to Crow (located just down the hill), Betty has bar seating for those foodies who like to watch and interact with the chef as he prepares your meal. With the stove located just a few feet away from your perch, you're free to cocktail, chat and ask the chef a few questions?provided they aren't too busy preparing you Northwest delights like grilled octopus with chickpeas.
This romance-driven, candle-lit restaurant/bar is a great place to share a bottle of wine and a $5 pizza after 10pm every night. The pies emerge from the wood-burning ovens thin-crusted, bubbly and charred?excellent eats that pair beautifully with another bottle of Chianti and a quick nuzzle with your date.
For the sports fanatic, Sully's Lounge right on Queen Anne's main drag is a popular spot to gather for beer, wings and sweet potato fries. The crowd is mixed: half cheering fans with eyes fixed on the screen, and half college kids looking for a quick buzz before the night's serious barhopping.
Paragon is one of the few spots on Queen Anne with live music and no cover. Reasonably priced beer and wine make up the bulk of the beverage selection, though you'll find the local residents swilling cocktails, too. Small plates, like fish tacos, fried green tomatoes and BBQ pork sliders, provide a bit of sustenance, or move onto the main event with larger plates like ribs or burgers.
With cherry red ottomans and a well-edited cocktail list, this Asian-inspired small plates resto is an obvious choice for those waiting an hour or two for a table at the popular eatery next door. Flow Lounge's sidewalk patio is often packed with Queen Anne residents looking to escape the heat with a cooling drink and a snacky plate of shu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings). Need a night cap before heading off to bed? Try one of Flow's Warm-Ups, like the B&B (coffee, Benedictine and brandy).
In the mood for Indian-inspired food and a few classic cocktails, updated with a twist? You'll find that here at this happening Lower Queen Anne bar, which serves up beef tikka and naan, and veggie-friendly curried spinach and chickpeas over rice. Occasionally, you'll find Trivia Nights at The Great Nabob'so flex those mental muscles; the ladies dig a smart fellow, just trust us.
For a quieter, Euro-inspired scene, The Sitting Room in Lower Queen Anne offers an intimate atmosphere ideal for first dates, or a long overdue girls-night chat. Don't see a cocktail you like on their well-chosen list? Rest assured their bar is stocked and the barkeep adept at crafting one especially for you. Cushion the buzz with one of their excellent tartines.
Want a bit of New Orleans flavor here in Seattle? Look no further than at Toulouse Petit, a busy bar/restaurant catering to the mostly single, post-frathouse crowd. The unique drinks (try the Vieux Carre) keep the crowd well lubricated and the conversation stretching well into the night. Seal the deal with the fiery redhead with an order of beignets, and perchance you'll be back at Toulouse the next morning for the Happy Hour Breakfast deal.
Buckley's is a kid-friendly spot ideal for young families and sports fans alike--and there's even a kids menu for Junior. Classic bar food--think fried calamari, meatloaf sliders, and coconut prawns--provide sustenance while the gang indulges in rounds of beer. Buckley's isn't your usual after-midnight stop on the neighborhood barhop: the fact that it also serves up waffles, french toast and pancakes during breakfast hours is one of the reasons it gets our vote as one of the best bars in Queen Anne.