GameWorks fosters friendly competition between kids and adults by surrounding pizza, draft beer, and half-pound burgers with a mosaic of interactive pursuits. Each location holds hundreds of arcade-style games, which include racing and shooting challenges from Sega as well as lower-tech classics such as pinball.
If folks didn't strike it rich during the Klondike Gold Rush, they could have flocked to the J&M in Pioneer Square to try their luck gambling. But once the droves of prospectors dwindled and the chatter around the card tables quieted, the establishment, established 1889, the oldest bar in Seattle wild salmon hand cut fries and hand formed burgers, had to adapt. It became the J&H Hotel for a stretch and then the J&M Saloon for a period.
But today, two doors north of its original address, one of Seattle's oldest bars lives on as J&M Cafe. If you compare the old black-and-white photos with the modern Instragramed ones, you'll see similarities?notably the pressed tin ceiling, the back bar made from Austrian mahogany, and Jimmy, a ghost still searching for his misplaced sack of gold. New are the flat-screen TVs, the more than 25 types of beer?including eight on tap?and the burgers, which are made from locally sourced ingredients such as ground beef, wild salmon, and Alaskan cod, and served alongside hand-cut fries. The spot has even become known as a reliable music venue, hosting acts on a near nightly basis.
Aromas from 88 Keys' menu of American and Italian fare waft across floors crowded with jovial dancers shimmying beneath exposed-brick walls. 88 Keys' calendar orbits around the Piano Man's Friday- and Saturday-night dueling-piano shows, which exhibit the impressive nature of musical competition without the expense of shot-putting a cello. Blues showcases, open-mic jams, and a rotating cast of visiting bands round out the schedule.
Antlers, wooden beer barrels, and exposed stone walls line The Lodge Sports Grille’s interior, where a bar crafted from rough-hewn wood shines like a showpiece. Behind it, custom wooden shelves stocked with top-shelf liquor and more than 70 beer taps drilled into stripped logs tempt thirsty patrons. The decidedly lodge-like feel of the restaurant spills over into the menu, which features hearty fare such as half-pound burgers, beer-battered halibut, and steaks aged for 28 days or placed in a time machine and sent 28 days into the future. Along its 40-foot solid maple bar top, patrons lounge sipping fresh, housemade sangria while viewing 60-inch flat-screen televisions which can be viewed from all angles of the house. Those eager to unwind in more natural surroundings may admire the roaring flames of The Lodge's double-sided stone fireplace during daily happy hour sessions and beyond.
James Beard Award–winning chef Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce and The Corson Building’s sommelier Marc Papineau co-own Bar Ferd’nand, a multifaceted spot that serves wine, cocktails, Stumptown coffee, and seasonal small plates inside Melrose Market.