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Seattle Neighborhoods: Queen Anne vs. Capitol Hill

Queen Anne and Capitol Hill are arguably the best Seattle neighborhoods: vibrant and full of life night and day. Both have a lot to offer: artisan restaurants, chic nightclubs, parks filled with greenery, and tons of things to do. Let’s explore both neighborhoods side by side and declare a winner.

Queen Anne vs. Capitol Hill – Point-by-Point Comparison

Restaurants


Pizza, sides, and cocktails at Rocco’s

There is a place for foodies in every Seattle neighborhood. One of Queen Anne’s most famous locales is How to Cook a Wolf, an artisan restaurant featuring culinary delights made from simple ingredients. For a more casual setting, visit Rocco’s for handmade pizza and a stellar drink selection. Capitol Hill has a great variety of unique fare, including Adana, a gorgeous restaurant serving a combination of traditional and unique Japanese fare, and Poppy, a hotspot for modern thali.

Nightlife

Each bar and club in Seattle has its own flavor. T.S. McHugh’s in Queen Anne is an Irish pub with all of the classics and its own local favorites. Bar games are free all night long, including pool and darts. Keys on Main is famous for their dueling grand piano shows, but an honorable mention goes to their experimental cocktails. Bait Shop in Capitol Hill is a nautical-themed gastropub with fun cocktails and a full bar. Herb & Bitter Public House is the place to go for its quality menu of spirits, wine, and beer with matching cheese plates.

Parks and Nature

In terms of greenery, the winner is Queen Anne, hands down. Spacious parks encircle the neighborhood, from Kinnear Park to the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt. Perhaps the most famous outdoor space in the neighborhood is Kerry Park with its jaw-dropping view of the Seattle skyline. The largest park in Capitol Hill is Volunteer Park with ample space for lounging but minimal wooded areas.

Sightseeing

At the southern tip of Queen Anne is the most famous locale in all of Washington: the Space Needle. Below the quirky tower is a series of museums and theatres, and year-round carnival activities. The sights around Capitol Hill are not nearly as well known, but many fans come to visit the gravesites of Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee.

Recreation


Inside Puzzle Break HQ

The two Seattle neighborhoods provide much the same recreational offerings: baseball and soccer fields, spray parks, and tennis courts. There are two main advantages to Queen Anne: a public outdoor pool and the interactive Seattle Children’s Museum. Capitol Hill is worth visiting for its Puzzle Break room escape center, though each puzzle is best enjoyed only once.

Cost of Living

Capitol Hill may the most coveted neighborhood in Seattle, but it’s also the most staggering in price. A one-bedroom apartment in the center of town requires either a 6-figure salary or a throng of roommates. It may be invigorating to live in the center of downtown, but at what cost? The right apartment in Queen Anne can save up to $500 per month for each bedroom without losing quality.

Introducing The Eden, state-of-the-art city living without breaking the bank. Each home is furnished with lush carpets and luxury vinyl floors with noise reduction padding. Residents enjoy a private, off-leash dog park and a rooftop lounge.

Both Capitol Hill and Queen Anne have a lot going for them. Both have an ample selection to fill your belly, and local nightlife to fall in love with. In terms of sightseeing and recreation, however, Queen Anne is certainly the winner. It will also save you a buck on rent. Despite the popularity of Capitol Hill, it’s easy to name Queen Anne as the top neighborhood in Seattle.

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Seattle’s Favorite Drinking Spots

It seems as if there is a club on every street corner and a microbrew around every bend in Seattle. It’s tough to narrow down where to go. We asked regulars at Seattle clubs, bars, and speakeasies about their favorite drinking spots and built this quick list.

The Best Bars and Clubs in Seattle

Just Hanging Out – The Pine Box

Serving the ultimate combination of beer and pizza, this late-night eatery has a focus on local craft brews with a few choice international selections. Patrons can enjoy table service or enjoy the ample space at the bar. Also on the menu are fresh, flavorful salads and giant burgers.

Date Night – Foreign National

With a dark ambiance and a sultry atmosphere, this downtown Seattle bar is the perfect place to bring a date. Each cocktail is quirky, fun, and terribly tempting. The Asian fusion menu is baffling and mouth-watering at the same time, from gooey cheeseburger bao to curry-filled puff pastries.

Brunch – Peso’s Kitchen

Friday through Sunday, lounge with your friends enjoying bottomless Mimosas or a bucket of Coronas. Share a few taco plates around the table or explore the nearly endless menu for your favorite Latin American cuisine. The margarita menu is full of fruity flavors, and there are more than a few exciting cocktails to try.

Grabbing a Drink – The Toledo

This unassuming bar may serve the best old-fashioned in the state. Comfort food is served on oven trays alongside draft beer, wine, and craft cocktails. With a casual atmosphere, this is the perfect place to meet an old friend or get a group together. The Toledo is down the street from The Eden, a modern cluster of apartments in downtown Seattle.

There are more than a few hidden gems in Seattle with luscious craft brews and experimental cocktails. Checking out these four serves as an appetizer before digesting all the possibilities Seattle provides.

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