10 Best Neighborhood Bars in Washington

At the end of a long week, nothing quite compares to unwinding among good friends at your local watering hole. Whether you prefer an old quirky space in Seattle or pinball lounges in Bellingham, Washington state is rich with cool neighborhood bars with good drinks and an unbeatable atmosphere. Here are the 10 best in the state. 

Top of Tacoma Bar & Café, Tacoma, WA

Top of Tacoma Bar & Café gives visitors a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the casual surroundings with friends. This neighborhood bar has happy hour twice a day plus other late-night specials, vegan food options, great service, and a fun atmosphere. 

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Blue Moon, Seattle, WA

There’s a unique vibe at Blue Moon, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood bars. It could be from years gone by when there was a decidedly different culture apparent in the food offered, the interior décor, and the drinks served. In recent years, the place has become a favorite of locals and students. Lots of great beer on tap and live music add to the fun. 

The Riff, Spokane, WA

You don’t have to explain the difference of this local dive bar in Spokane. One visit and you’ll know what people mean when they say this is a friendly place that welcomes everyone who enjoys drinking, eating, and listening to music. The oddity is part of the charm.

Bethel Saloon, Port Orchard, WA

Biker bars are some of the best places for great drinks and friendly people. Bethel Saloon is no exception. The live music is great and the unique props are awesome and each has a story behind it. The servers and bartenders love to talk about them, too. Try a mystery shot and they have drink specials all week. This crazy five-star bar is definitely a place to visit. 

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Exchange Tavern, Spanaway, WA

When you’re looking for a genuine neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name, Exchange Tavern is that place. From the peanut shells on the floor to the cold drinks in abundance, this place has everything you need to feel at home. Come celebrate life at the Exchange Tavern. 

The Old Inn, Snohomish, WA

When you hear people use the phrase “classy dive bar,” you pay attention. It could be because The Old Inn has some of the best servers and bartenders around, or it could be because they have a laid-back and friendly atmosphere that feels like you’re coming home. It doesn’t hurt that they love dogs and have no problem if you bring yours. They have live music on select nights and free pool.

Boots Tavern, Black Diamond, WA

Boots Tavern is a neighborhood bar that feels like family. For more than 80 years, this local biker bar has been the go-to place for great drinks, great food, and great service. You’ll also find arcades games, a jukebox, and bartenders that are welcoming and friendly. You can’t ask for more than that. 

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9lb Hammer, Seattle, WA

Don’t let this little dive bar pass you by. Located in downtown Seattle, you might now appreciate the dark red interior at first, but the decor grows on you, Friendly bartenders go out of their way to impress you while they make your beverage of choice. Great beer selection and prices aren’t bad. 

The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge, Bellingham, WA

Garlic fries, vodka, and the best falafel around. That’s what you’ll find at The Racket Bar and Pinball Lounge. Bartenders aren’t afraid to make recommendations and they don’t disappoint. There are plenty of pinball machines and you can arcade games. 

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Brooklyn Tavern, Cosmopolis, WA

The motto of Brooklyn Tavern is come early and stay late. Karaoke, perfect burgers and fries, a great selection of cold beer, live music, and specials every day is what you’ll find. This isn’t anything fancy. In fact, there’s wood burning stove that provides the only heat available and a stream under the bar stools that you can spit in. Yep, you have to check this one out for a unique, but unforgettable experience. 

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