Seattle and beer go together like two peas in a pod, so finding the perfect pint of Guinness in Seattle for St. Patrick's Day should be no problem at all. But make no mistake—Irish pubs are fun anytime of year! The aptly named Emerald City houses the country's highest number of Irish pubs and restaurants per capita—a whopping 2.19 per 100,000 residents, according to a 2016 WalletHub study.
The biggest challenge? Narrowing down where to get your buzz on. Start at these 10 favorites.
Fado (pronounced f'doe) offers pints in a super-friendly atmosphere, which aims to parallel Ireland's famous pub culture. It's popular with the after-work crowd and Guinness lovers. But what makes Fado so special (because it really is pretty cool) is that you'll find not only a great pint here, but also fish and chips, a full menu of yummy appetizers, sandwiches, salads, desserts and even liquid desserts, and soccer (or football...) on the TVs and live music many evenings.
Location: 801 First Avenue
This Seattle landmark originally opened in 1930 and today it is a popular Irish pub and restaurant. The speckled bricked walls and inviting tables are complemented by live music and fun. It's a hot spot anytime of year with its strong happy hour menu featuring Guinness beef stew, fish and chips, hand-cut fries and a good variety of beer, but a perfect local place to spend St. Patrick's Day.
Location: 808 Post Avenue
This Irish bar has two locations: one is situated in Queen Anne and the other in Belltown. They are both neighborhood pubs offering a smoke-free environment as well as delicious fish and chips. The rest of the menu features both Irish favorites as well as non-Irish cuisine. The pubs are family friendly, and host events nights and games on their projection screens.
Locations: 232 First Avenue W (Queen Anne) and 2331 Second Avenue (Belltown)
Nestled in the Post Alley above historic Pike Place Market, Kells is always hopping with pub crawlers. Its warm and cozy atmosphere and outdoor patio make it inviting to tourists as well. The menu features some more unusual Irish foods like farl, a variety of pasties, coddle and shepherd's pie, as well as the largest single malt scotch collection in town. Every year, this pub celebrates St. Patrick's Day with great fervor.
Location: 1916 Post Alley
Blarney's in Belltown has a lineup of beers on tap. While you drink a pint, you can play pool and darts, watch sports on flat-screen televisions, use the free Wi-Fi and more. The menu has a good mix of Irish favorites, from corned beef hash and bangers and mash, as well as non-Irish foods. The house chips are pretty phenomenal and worth a try!
Location: 1416 1st Avenue
In traditional form, this Irish pub in Kirkland boasts Irish-themed spaces, including a fireplace and library and of course billiards. The pub is a great place on St. Paddy's Day, but also a fine brunch restaurant or happy hour spot. Be Irish all year long!
Location: 111 Central Way, Kirkland
This small pub has Irish owners with a loyal customer following. They offer over a dozen beers on tap and weekly live music, as well as darts, a pool table, karaoke nights and a fun atmosphere. However, if you're looking for Irish food, this is not the place for you. It's more of a bar and known for its drink selection and fun than its food.
Location: 610 NW 65th Street
Well-priced food and drinks keeps locals in Ballard as happy as a homegrown Irishman. The menu is varied enough that you'll find something tasty and some of the food items are quite generous (Macho Nachos, I'm looking at you). The atmosphere is no-frills and the menu mostly is too. Come here for the pub experience and you won't be disappointed.
Location: 1722 NW Market Street
Updated by Kristin Kendle.