by Allecia A Vermillion - 2 Reviews - 20 List
Though plenty of chain stores and restaurants stay open 24 hours in Seattle, the city's nocturnal neighborhoods and night owls have seen many independent late-night destinations trimming back hours to cope with the recession. Thank goodness a few proud Seattle establishments keep their doors open night and day, seven days a week.
Photo: Courtesy of 13 Coins
Updated: July 13, 2010
The decor, the menu and plenty else about this Seattle institution recalls a bygone era of dining. However 13 Coins remains a fixture with younger, hipper patrons thanks to a 24-hour menu that includes everything from breakfast egg dishes to a full-on veal scaloppine. After a night out, pile into the big booths to keep the festivities going.
One of the best places in the city to stave off a hangover, this 1950s-era greasy spoon near Green Lake makes enormous 12-egg omelets. And if that doesn't fill you up, there's always an order of all-you-can-eat hash browns. On the weekends, lively characters pile in for the cheap food long after the rest of the city has gone to bed.
Local writers and bloggers congregate for stiff drinks at this 80-year-old dive in the shadow of Seattle's monorail. Drinks flow freely and the full menu of diner fare is available 24 hours. Just beware: The diner's famous motto is ?we cheat tourists `n? drunks since 1929.?
Shockingly, 24-hour coffee shops are all but nonexistent in this mecca of coffee. One of the very, very few exceptions is Starbucks near the Northgate Mall, in the northernmost part of the city. Only the drive-thru is open 24 hours, which doesn't help when you're seeking a place to hang out, but it is handy when it's raining.
Because sometimes you need to buy fancy cheese, lovely produce or some organic dish soap at 11pm on a Wednesday. The upscale grocery has locations throughout Seattle, and they're are all open 24 hours a day. Met Market isn't cheap, but it's a handy stop for running errands at odd hours. It's also one of the few places in the city where you can be cured meats from popular Pioneer Square shop Salumi.
Peak hours mean crowds, but this full-service health club stays open 24 hours. After the evening rush, this former hotel becomes a comfortable place to work out at any hour. Late-night amenities include the gym, pool and some racquetball and basketball courts. The club does close Saturday nights at 8pm, reopening Sunday morning at 6am.