Sometimes, outdoor seating and something in a frosty glass is all you need on a hot summer day.

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An Eastside institution, this tavern has three outdoor areas, a row of six tables along the front porch under cover and also eight tables in the patio. But the big draw is when the weather is clear and the backyard opens up. Grab a table. Play croquet or cornhole. Take off your sandals and brush your feet against the lush lawn. With beer in hand, of course.

1825 72nd Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; 206-232-0800 or


Here is where Williamsburg hipster farming project meets the Appalachian front yard. There’s a shipping container outfitted with a wood-fired oven and a door so the staff can walk to the chicken coop for eggs that will go on top of the prosciutto-arugula pizza. This quirky joint serves cheap beer and wine and is all outdoor seating, a secret getaway from the crowd.

525 Rainier Ave. S., closed Mondays; 206-329-5133 or


To Seattle natives, this deck offers the best view at Ray’s, especially at sunset with the amber backdrop over Shil­shole Bay and the seals playing peek-a-boo. Heaters and blankets provided if you need.

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6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-782-0094 or


This West Seattle bar/restaurant allows kids in the patio during happy hour. Make a day of it. The bike-and-kayak rental shop is behind Ma Kai and the water taxi dock is out front.

1660 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; 206-328-8226 or


One of the most popular rooftop bars in the city, this Capitol Hill spot draws crowds every day during the summer. When it’s packed, Captain Blacks feels like a frat party or spring break in Panama City.

129 Belmont Ave. E.; 206-327-9549 or