50 Things To Love About Seattle (40-31)

May 4, 2017

Seattle is great, and if you already live here, you already know that. 

Sure, the business and tech boom might be making you second-guess the city's greatness from time-to-time, the music, culture, people, and location just make you fall right back in love. What exactly is it that makes us love Seattle so much, though? 

We're counting down the 50 things that make our city special, starting with 50, all the way down to the number one thing we love. 

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40. Patio bars
It’s nice out. You want to drink. You don’t want to sit inside some dingy Seattle bar when the sun is shining, but you also don’t want to sit at your house. Enter the patio bar. Seattle has some awesome joints where you can sit in the sun and sip your Rainier while creeping on people on the sidewalk.

39. Pho
Seattle is home to so much Pho in Seattle, you might start to think there’s more of the Vietnamese noodle soup than there is Starbucks in the city (and there might be). Washington is home to the third largest Vietnamese population in the U.S., meaning Seattleites never have to go far to find the culinary excellence that is Pho, Banh Mi, and Congee.

38. #HowSeattleRiots
Yeah, Seattle has had its fair share of protests-turned-riots and peaceful demonstrations that get hijacked by anarchists, but there’s something charming about how most of the protests, demonstrations, and celebrations go down in Seattle. From opposing protestors sharing a joint before they march to activists cleaning up after themselves in Capitol Hill, even Seahawks fans crowdfunding the repair of damaged Pergolas, #HowSeattleRiots is pretty great when we aren’t setting things on fire.

37. Post Alley
Pike Place Market made the top 5, but what would the market be without Post Alley? Home to the gum wall, Pike Place Chowder, Kell’s, and plenty more, Post Alley is the off-the-beaten-path spot to take your out-of-town friends when they want to see the market.

36. The Smith Tower
Once the tallest building west of the Mississippi, The Smith Tower stands as a landmark to Seattle’s past. The pyramid at the top is an apartment that hosts sick local shows, you can tour the building and walk around the top or launch into an underground tour. While dwarfed next to its younger brothers built around it, The Smith Tower is downtown’s OG skyscraper and deserves our respect, kiddo.

35. The fact that ANY snow = snow day
Seattle kids have it good. When a few flakes stick to the ground, school is almost always canceled and even though we don’t get a ton of snow here, when we do, the whole city goes nuts. We give it cute names like “Snowpocalypse” and “Snowmageddon,” then sit inside while those brave enough get the roadways to themselves (which is awesome when they can handle it).

34. Rainier Beer
Don’t worry. Your favorite local micro-breweries are further up this list, but Rainier Beer has to be in the top 50. From Seattle’s iconic “R” that sits above the historic brewery to the classic ads and the running beer bottles, Rainier is our very own iconic, cheap lager that you can shamelessly enjoy whether you're at a college party or a fancy rooftop bar. Rainier is the Seattle beer.

33. Watching a seagull eat a starfish.
In all my time on Dabob Bay or at the touristy piers,  I've never seen a seagull eat a starfish, I can only imagine it's awful for the starfish. Also, if you ask the nice lady who works at the Seattle Aquarium this question, I'm willing to bet she says "they're called Sea stars" because they are indeed not fish at all. Also, if you ask her if you put a sea cucumber into a brine will it becomes a sea pickle, she'll laugh. At least she did when I asked. - Gregr

32. View of the mountains from almost anywhere in the city
On a clear day you get Baker to the north, the Cascades to the south, the Olympics to the west and THE mountain, Rainier, to the South. It’s hard to find a bad view in this town (until they put that new high-rise across the street).

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31. Uncle Ike's
If you embrace the whole legal marijuana thing, Uncle Ike’s is a must.  As someone who has no clue what they’re doing at a weed store, the staff is awesome and super helpful. Want to take the edge off after a long day of work? Just tell them how you want to feel and what you like (edibles, drops, joints) and they can take you where you want to go. Perfect spot for the casual toker.