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June 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Sun must be out: many bars and bistros will show off their new patios this week

For a city with such a rainy reputation, Seattle seems to be filled with all sorts of watering holes and bistros bent on turning every nook  into a patio or sidewalk cafe. Below are some spots that are opening up new outdoor dining or drinking areas.  And if you’re looking for alfresco spots to hangout, check out our Top 10 places to drink outdoors this summer.

We’ll start with the biggest news. The most ambitious rooftop bar to open this summer will debut today (June 12).

Grab your shades. It's time for outdoor drinking. Little Water Catina on East Lake is one of our top picks for drinking this summer. PHOTO by Marcus Yam

Grab your shades. It’s time for outdoor drinking. Little Water Cantina on East Lake is one of our top picks for drinking this summer. Photo by Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

 

 

Mezcaleria Oaxaca on Capitol Hill will open its rooftop bar at 5 p.m. The owners have big plans for this alfresco dining area in the near future, but you can get an early peek now.

Also debuting in time for the World Cup is Von Trapp’s, which  converted a parking lot into a biergarten, complete with televisions and a full bar. It can seat 60, or if it gets busy, the staff can move the bocce court to make room for 20 more patrons. (If you’re looking for places to catch a soccer game, including outdoor seating,  check out our Top 10 places to watch the World Cup.

Nearby,  Restaurant Zoe  expects to get its patio tables in Friday and its outdoor dining area should be ready this weekend if the weather holds up.  And by the end of the month, you can also expect Monsoon, which built a bar from the ground up, to have outdoor seating, including a street-food menu separate from its dining-room offerings.

In the Central District, two places that debuted their new alfresco seating areas this week: beer mecca Chuck’s Hop Shop with its 50-seat patio, and Ethan Stowell’s  Red Cow with picnic tables on the south side of the restaurant. There’s even happy-hour daily from 5-6p.m. with $5 rose and $10 steak-and-fries deal.

Along the downtown waterfront, Aqua by Gaucho, which is redesigning its outdoor seating area to add happy hour, is still waiting for its patio furniture but has opened already to take advantage of the sunny weather.

Comments | Topics: Ethan Stowell, Restaurant Zoe, Tan Vinh

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