Seahawks pride runs deep in the land of the 12th man and whether you're at the game contributing to the NFL's loudest stadium or in the bars or restaurants watching on the big screen, game day in Seattle is never to be missed!
Didn’t secure a ticket to the game, but you really want to feel like you are in the middle of the Seahawks excitement? Altstadt is a quick walk from all the Seattle stadiums. By being so close in proximity to the stadiums, you will hear the 12th Man when you are inside. You’ll almost feel like you are at the game with the huge screen TVs and open picnic table style seating where you can cozy up with fellow Seahawks fans. This German Bierhalle and Brathaus has an abundance of German beer to choose from so all fans will have something to satisfy their beer cravings. The homemade pretzels with cheese sauce, specialty brats and schnitzel are a few favorites that go well with an afternoon of cheering the Seahawks over a boot, or several boots, of German beer.
For those of you that prefer an under-the-radar setting for the game, visit Bitterroot in Ballard. Native Montanans will love this place because you can enter in through the back door and escape the same way after the game, just like home. Although not a sports bar, Bitterroot has a delightful area for viewing the game. Nothing goes better with a football game than home cooked BBQ and freshly brewed beer. Bitterroot caters to all meat desires--chicken, brisket, baby back ribs, pork belly and more. The BBQ is tender, juicy, and flavorful...the best in the city. For starters, you can order jalapeño hush puppies, BBQ nachos, pink pickled deviled eggs and chicken livers. As for sides, choose from collard greens, potato salad, baked beans or mac and cheese.
It goes without saying that Pike Brewing Company offers some of the best local brews in town. And being a family owned business nestled in the depths of the Pike Place Market makes it an even more special place to watch the game. You will find your fellow Seahawks fans and tourists here all celebrating and enjoying football over some amazing brews. Need a bit of beer education? Schedule a tour through the Micro Brewery Museum, which houses over 9,000 years of beer history, and after the tour you might be able to consider yourself a brew expert. What makes Pike Pub even more enticing is the food thoughtfulness--use of sustainable, local ingredients and no GMOs or high fructose corn syrup. Start the game with Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip. During the second half, spoil yourself with Solly’s Special Smoked Salmon and Famous Dungeness Crab Chowder. By the time the Hawks win, you’ll be in a food coma and ready for a nap.
A piece of history lies within Lowell’s, and you’ll be sure to see your fellow 12th man fans upstairs in the bar. People migrate to Lowell’s for the Hawks game because it is another quintessential Seattle landmark, featuring craft cocktails and good food. For breakfast try Lowell’s Incredible Breakfast Tacos with house made chorizo or Lowell’s Restorative Breakfast Bowl with cheddar and green onion fancy biscuits. Lunch options include Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Hand cut crispy Calamari Strips and Slow Braised Corn Beef Reuben. Indulge in one of several entrées; all menu items will certainly fill you up and slow down the onset of tomorrow’s hangover.
Has it already been a long weekend and you need a little pick-me-up to prepare for the Sunday Hawks game? Visit Poquitos and get your day started with a La Fiona cocktail. This extra spicy habañero infused tequila cocktail will definitely wake you up! After a few of these, your weekend will seem like it is just beginning. As for filling your tequila-laden belly, the Grand Tostada with lager-braised carnitas is enormous--enough to comfortably feed several people. A few other favorites are the free range chicken enchiladas in a verde Suiza sauce, Huevos Rancheros with chorizo and Tortilla Soup. Necesitas visitar Poquitos y celebrar los Seahawks!
Mammoth is an Eastlake neighborhood favorite brought to you by the owners of Bitterroot. Mammoth offers gourmet sandwiches, dozens of brews on tap, a few wines and a speciality cocktail. This is a low key place to watch the game, but sometimes you just need a quieter group where you can really concentrate on what is happening in the game...right? Order one or more interesting sandwiches such as the pork belly Neanderthal, the fried eggplant and goat cheese Herbivore, peanut butter, strawberry jam and cream cheese Woolly or the fried chicken and pork belly Predator. If you feel like staying home for the game, Mammoth will prepare a selection of sandwiches for take out.
Don’t be selfish and leave your pup at home during the Seahawks game. Socialize your mutt with other canines at the Belltown Pub in the historic Belltown neighborhood. This place welcomes dogs with open arms and even has a special doggie menu so you can spoil your little canine buddy. Several flat screen televisions allow you the opportunity to watch your favorite players while feasting on pub favorites: Jaeger Schnitzel, Cajun Chicken, Biscuit Sandwiches and Spicy BBQ Meatloaf Sliders. The bar has weekly rotating brews, specialty cocktails and wine. Bring the kids and spoil them with Chocolate Chip Flapjacks or Macrina Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast, and they’ll love you even more. As for your canine friend, you’ll have to stop in to view the menu, but remember Fido would never turn down your pub leftovers.
If you want an adventure on game day, visit Pesos in Queen Anne. It is always packed even sans game. On a game day, you’ll have to swim your way through the sea of Seahawks fans, but it is worth it. You can make new friends, share the Asadero and Cotija con Queso ‘Fondutta’ or the Beef Picadillo Nachos con Queso ’Casserole’ and wait for another touchdown to slam a shot of your favorite tequila while high fiving your neighborly fans. For those of you that don’t work on Monday or plan on calling in sick, you can stay at Pesos until 2 am.