Seattle is a metropolitan hub for many types of businesses. Networking in the Seattle area helps business owners create new connections, bring in new clients, and learn about their competition. Whether you’re an employer looking for new ideas and ventures or a young professional trying to climb the ranks, here are some Seattle bars where the best in business drink and connect.
Twist Restaurant and Lounge
2313 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Located in the Belltown district of Seattle, the Twist Restaurant and Lounge features an “Industry Night” for business networking every Sunday and Monday. The night is for all business professionals in various industries. Provide proof of their employment affiliation with a business card, pay stub, or license to receive half off the already discounted happy hour prices. On Sunday and Monday, happy hour takes place between 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.
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Via Vita Cafe and Wine Bar
1032 106th Ave. NE, Suite 126
Bellevue, WA 98004
About 10 miles north of Seattle, the Via Vita Cafe and Wine Bar features a weekly “Coffee and Referral Fridays” networking event every Friday morning at 10 a.m. Via Vita also holds evening events at least twice a month. This popular networking meet-up bar plays host to dozens of entrepreneurs and business professionals on a weekly basis. If you’re in the mood for something a little more low key, stop by on most Friday early evenings to catch soothing live music. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards to swap with other guests as you sip some coffee and get immersed in Seattle business. Added bonus? The cafe offers free parking in the Belcarra Building off of 106th Ave.
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Twilight Martini Lounge
2125 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
The Twilight Martini Lounge hosts a number of networking events throughout the year. It has welcomed employees from the City of Seattle, King County, State of Washington, Port of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools and more. The Friday after work networking event takes place during happy hour and offers drink specials, a free appetizer buffet and, at times, DJ-spun music. Stop by the Twilight to get your dance, drink and networking on.
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Black Bottle Bar
2600 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
The Black Bottle Bar in Seattle’s Belltown is casual enough for a friendly get together, but efficient enough to hold a networking or business gathering. Guests can reserve the private dining room and bar for large groups, or the outdoor patio for a casual summer networking event. Choose from a variety of bottled wines, mixed cocktails, or draft beers, along with a diverse menu of freshly made appetizers and main dishes. Bring your business cards for the daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. happy hour to get 1/2 off all well drinks and as $1 off all beers.
Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
116 Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
The Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is one of the most popular venues for holding networking events. It is conveniently located in downtown Seattle, near the famous Pike Place Market. Nearly everyone is familiar with the Hard Rock Cafe and the rockin’ memorabilia each location showcases. At Hard Rock Cafe Seattle, happy hour networking events take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The main floor of the cafe seats about 235 people, while the second floor can seat approximately 175. This venue also has a rooftop terrace that can accommodate up to 130 guests. Regardless of what floor the event is held on, guests are provided with a full bar, tables, chairs, servers and appropriate decorations. Networking event reservations require a deposit and signed agreement.
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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.