by Allecia A Vermillion - 2 Reviews - 20 List
In this tech-heavy town, it's tempting to spend a guys night out clustered around a gaming system. But why do that when the city is full of more manly pursuits? Here are some sure bets for steak, microbrews, and venues that combine dude-oriented activities with free-flowing drinks.(Photo: Derrick Noh)
Updated: August 11, 2010
Because it's not a guys night out in Seattle unless taxidermy is involved, there's this Capitol Hill pub. Yes, Smith serves hearty fare like poutine and pork belly beneath the gaze of assorted stuffed and mounted animals. This clubby, dark wood den of imbibing also features stellar cocktails and an enormous beer list.
Laser shows get a bad rap as destinations for juveniles and stoners. Nonetheless, the Pacific Science Center's Laser Dome puts on shows with an amazing sound system and great music; shows range from The Beatles to Laser Lady Gaga. Grab a few drinks at nearby Tini Bigs and settle in.
Guys who like beer couldn't pick a better destination than this Greenwood ale house, which curates an ever-changing list of the best beers in the region. In addition to its own brews, Naked City offers hard-to-find selections from across Oregon, California and Washington. The pub food is solid, and the recent expansion means plenty of seats and tables for everyone in your crew.
Booze-friendly Japanese dishes like ramen and yakitori rule this Belltown restaurant, along with a steady stream of strong drinks that make for a rowdy scene on the weekends. Big tables, shareable hot pots and the frequent appearance of a DJ make this a popular destination for more lively nights with the guys.
This bar on the border of Capitol Hill and First Hill is a bowling alley and billiards hall. But the cavernous space and wealth of drink specials also makes it a prime spot for large groups to hang out and start the night with a few beers. For more organized guys, the Garage has tons of options for private parties and large groups.
Sometimes guys just want to eat a steak, but city standards such as Metropolitan Grill and El Gaucho quickly become an epic financial event. Enter Jak's Grill, a trio of Seattle-area restaurants offering the full-on steakhouse experience at more modest prices. The burger is also one of the best in the city. Come prepared for crowds and to drink at the bar until your table's ready.