A photo of a guy named Mike wearing a King's Hardware t-shirt in the Alps. An Alp sounds nice right about now.
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  • A photo of a guy named Mike wearing a King's Hardware t-shirt in the Alps. An Alp sounds nice right about now.

It is HOT, making right now cocktail o’clock. Some recommended places to drink outside from the Bar Exam archives:

Eastlake Bar & Grill on Eastlake (sometimes with bikers)

Loretta’s in South Park (with an Airstream)

Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union (don't miss the whalemakers inside the lounge on your way through)

The Pink Door in the Market (a classic, get there very early)

Six Seven at the Edgewater (may cause seasickness)

Victory Lounge kind of in South Lake Union (with a nice view of balls)

King’s Hardware in Ballard (with Skee-ball inside!)

The Red Door in Fremont (DUUUUUUDE!)

The Terrace Garden on the fifth floor of the downtown Red Lion (just totally weird)

Some other good ones: Hunter Gatherer Lodge on Capitol Hill (formerly the War Room, great rooftop deck), Ballard Loft in Ballard (sports!), Slim's Last Chance in Georgetown (good chili, which is an excellent hot-day food), Highline on Capitol Hill (watch people trudge by on Broadway below), Volterra in Ballard (super-yummy Italian in a lovely courtyard).

And here's a complete list of places in Seattle with outdoor seating (in some cases, just a few sidewalk tables, so call before you go).

And if you prefer air conditioning, here are bars and restaurants for you. (We are missing some, it's true; feel free to send an email letting us know which.)

AND! Here are ice cream purveyors.

Stay cool, friends.

Thanks to heroic Chow intern Matthew Bathan for help with hot, hot links!