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.
The clever chefs of Spitfire’s kitchens ingeniously upgrade mom’s home cooking with fine ingredients and gourmet cooking techniques. The kitchen sends out handcrafted treats such as classic Reuben sandwiches sporting coats of gruyere cheese, and sliders concealing organic beef or falafel patties. The drinks at Spitfire are similarly creative, as mixologists shake and stir 11 house cocktails such as the steamy Snickers-and-coffee drink that beckons memories of the days when candy was currency and shoelaces were the enemy.
Twenty-two 42-inch plasma televisions glimmer from the dining-room walls, aided by one 100-inch and two 150-inch high-definition projection screens. Capable of playing 23 games at once from full-coverage sports networks across the globe, the mighty river of digital information shows off the latest action from NFL Sunday Ticket, Fox Soccer, and ESPN Mathletes. Elsewhere, paintings and natural materials take over the walls, with exposed brick and raw wood patterning diners’ backgrounds.
Though it's walking distance from both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, The Hawk's Nest makes the decision between facing the crowds at the stadium and staying indoors to watch the game with a beer and a burger a challenging one. The Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners mecca, though lined with team paraphernalia and TVs displaying NFL Sunday Ticket, serves a more upscale spread than you might find at other sports bars. Chefs charbroil Misty Isle natural beef burgers with unique ingredients such as brie, peanut butter, and pineapple, and plate gourmet entrees of steamed clams and portabello goat-cheese sandwiches. Even the beer list is elevated—local microbrews and a rotating IPA populate the taps, though sports fans can always order up a bucket of Bud, Coors, or Miller bottles to accompany hollered insults at the TV's tiny referees. The bar is also a proud advocate for Ronald McDonald House and the Mittens For The Masses charity.