Sure, there are plenty of spots downtown to get a view of the water, but head to West Seattle’s Salty’s on Alki Beach and dine while looking at the expanse of downtown’s skyline, from the Smith Tower to the Space Needle.
Their space, in an amazing brick building from the early 1880s, has a truffle case to pick out a few favorites and an espresso bar—but skip the coffee and try the drinking chocolate.
And no, none of them end with "and chill." Decked out with things that you might come across in a Delorean trip gone awry, Bizzarro Italian Cafe is a whimsical Wallingford spot that'll help you get over your first date jitters (perhaps by sharing a carafe of wine) and let you end the evening with some next-level tiramisu and an espresso before heading outside to enjoy a twinkly night time view of the city from Gas Works, or a trip to the just-around-the-corner Archie Mc Phee for some guaranteed fun.
The Hideout is a nondescript and barely lit bar tucked away in First Hill.
Cougars don’t, but you’d get props from fellow Washington State grads if you showed up in head-to-toe crimson and gray. The nearly hour-long tour takes you by the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat, Dale Chihuly’s glass blowing studio and Gas Works Park. (The people in this pic weren’t on a Seafair holiday cruise.) less Every Sunday the Seattle Ferry Service has an Ice Cream Cruise that departs on the hour between 11 a.m. more Try the Empty Sea Studios in Phinney Ridge, a home converted to a top-notch acoustic music venue.
(Joshua Trujillo/file) less Head down to the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center where they rent canoes and rowboats to the public for an hour on weekdays or an hour on weekends. more Every Sunday the Seattle Ferry Service has an Ice Cream Cruise that departs on the hour between 11 a.m. A pair of tickets don’t always total less than , but if you plan ahead you can work it out.