Summer definitely looks different this year; COVID-19 has put an end to backyard barbecues, big weddings and sporting events. The hospitality industry has been hit especially hard, with hotels, restaurants, tasting rooms and breweries having to close for months (and many have had to close permanently). Now is a time when supporting local and being intentional with our spending matters more than ever. While I personally haven’t felt ready to dine indoors, I’ve been hitting as many of my favorite local spots with patios that I can to support them. When I’m dining out, I try to double my support by drinking a Washington wine, so that two local businesses get a little boost. And thus was the inspiration for this piece - a list of five fantastic patios in Seattle you can sip Washington wine on this summer:
Aerlume (Pike Place Market): Located in lovely Pike Place Market and perched above the Puget Sound, Aerlume has one of the best patio views in town. They have two Washington wines on their happy hour list (by the glass and bottle), including the Lu & Oly Chardonnay from Mark Ryan and the Drumheller Cabernet. Happy hour is Tuesday - Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00pm - do not miss the House & Market Charcuterie Board for $17! They also have an extensive Washington wine selection on their wine list by the bottle.
Elliott’s Oyster House (Downtown/Waterfront): This is one of my all time favorite patios in Seattle. It’s huge, leaving tons of room for social distancing and you can catch some killer summer sunsets here. They also have a great Washington wine selection on their menu by the glass of and the bottle! I especially love that they have the Treveri Brut on their menu for just $10 by the glass or $45 by the bottle; one of a few Washington-made sparkling wineries! I recommend getting the Seafood Celebration tower with it!
Lecosho (Downtown): Lecosho has long been one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle and they’ve expanded their already spectacular patio all the way across the Harbor Steps! Sit on the steps, between First and Western on one of the most unique patios in town and sip your favorite Washington wines by the bottle. (They have an extensive selection). Pictured here is the W.T. Vitners Syrah and it pairs perfectly with the burger. Or, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, try pairing the Sparkman Cellars Riesling with their heirloom tomato salad.
Ray’s Boathouse (Ballard): These are the stunning views waiting for you when you wine and dine on the happy hour at Ray’s! They’ve got an extensive Washington wine selection by the glass and bottle. We had the Mr. Pink rosé - this super sippable wine is a collaboration between Sleight of Hands Cellars and Mark Ryan. It’s perfect for summer and goes beautifully with their Thai style red curry Penn Cove mussels (just $8 at happy hour)! Or, if you’re in the mood for white, try pairing a glass of the Lone Birch 2018 Riesling with their manila clams (also available at happy hour for just $8)!
Wild Ginger (South Lake Union): Wild Ginger has long been renowned for having one of the best wine lists in Seattle (they’ve received the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 1999). Their South Lake Union location has a lovely patio for sipping Washington wine by the glass or the bottle, like this delicious Cadence Coda Red Blend which pairs beautifully with their Seven Flavor Beef (a guest favorite for over 30 years)! If you're in the mood for something lighter and brighter, try pairing the Canoe Ridge Vineyard rosé with their Siam Lettuce Cups.