Kick back around the fire pit with a pint of Hammerhead or Ruby Ale at this most laid-back of patios, including live music most weekend nights during the summer. The Cajun tots are kind of a must at any McMenamins property, but if you prefer something on the fresher side, the hummus plate — loaded with pita wedges, pickled vegetables, and olives — is the way to go. Don’t forget to take a trip to The Shed for a Pegu Club #1 (Edgefield Joe Penney’s gin, Clement Creole Shrubb, lime, Angostura, and orange bitters).
Duck into this urban oasis in Bellevue for sun-dappled patio bliss. The light filters through the lacy canopy of ornamental trees, lulling guests into summer sip mode. A whole lineup of tempting cocktails will make it hard to choose. On a hot day, the Gin and Cukes offers light effervescent liquid refreshment, and the New York Sour hits all the right sweet-sour-bitter notes. During the summer, the outdoor bar had a tiki makeover, making an escape to the South Pacific just an Island Mai Tai away. Try a bowl of blistered shishito peppers topped with waving bonito flakes and burnt miso aioli or a thick slice of brioche toast topped with avocado, pickled shallots, white anchovies, and a soft-boiled egg. Almost too pretty to eat, the albacore crudo features silky slices of tuna sprinkled with Fresno chili, shaved daikon, and crispy sweet cubes of Pink Lady apples.
Talk about a hidden gem: The patio at this fine-dining darling is a great way to experience Café Juanita in a casual setting. First things first: A Summer Spritz (Prosecco, elderflower cordial, stone fruit) will have you feeling vacation vibes from the first sip. There is no wrong thing to order (cheese, charcuterie, salads, fish, meat), but don’t miss the octopus with smoked bone marrow, chickpea “flowers,” and salsa verde or pastry chef Junko Mine’s house-made breads with butter.
Kirkland’s best waterfront patio, located at Carillon Point, faces west, treating diners to spectacular sunsets. Keep it simple with a platter of local oysters on the half shell from the raw bar and glass of Champagne, though the La Rouquine (vodka, aquavit, Campari, grapefruit, bitters) checks the refreshing box on a hot afternoon.
Part of the Willows Lodge campus, patio dining at Barking Frog is a Woodinville wine country classic. All-new furniture and cascading flowers from the plant walls pair handsomely with a plate of seared foie gras (brioche, poached apple, roasted grape, walnut gremolata, and applejack caramel). When in wine country, go with the flow. Barking Frog has a fathoms-deep wine list, including dozens of half bottle options — Champagne, for starters!
Located on the ground level, The Suite has a velvet cushion-crystal chandelier vibe that opens onto a large patio encased by lawn, flowers, and trees. Specialty sips include the Lavender Lemon Drop (house-made lavender syrup) and the Blue Martini, featuring olives hand-stuffed with blue cheese. All specialty sips are half-price during the daily happy hour (3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) and come with an aerialist exhibition each Friday and Saturday night. On Aug. 26, The Suite hosts its sixth annual White Party, where ticketed guests come wearing their snowiest threads in celebration of summer’s heat.
With signature drinks like the Bellevue Drop and the 520 Dirty Martini, 520 Bar & Grill’s outdoor patio is the perfect venue to sip on something special in the shade. The 520 founders will debut a second Bellevue-based gathering place, Central Bar + Restaurant. Slated to open later this summer in the new Lincoln Square expansion, this new eatery will mimic 520’s energy and style but with an entirely new and robust menu.
Milkshakes are a must in summer. On Lunchbox Laboratory’s patio in Bellevue you can sip boozy shakes in the sun. Try the Drunken Elvis — a combo of peanut butter, banana, and Baileys. Or, get nostalgic with a cool twist on your favorite childhood cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a test tube spike of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. If none of the Lab’s boozy concoctions strike your fancy, they’ll spike any of their virgin drinks to your specifications for an extra $4.
Trellis’ outdoor patio at the Heathman Hotel is always a treat. Guests soak up the sun while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and seasonal bites. Order the Guava Heat with serrano-infused tequila, guava puree, lime, and club soda. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Smokey Duck Manhattan with duck fat-infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Carpano Antica vermouth, and Ardbeg scotch mist.