Seattle is a great place to be, regardless of whether you’re a bachelor, a bachelorette or in a committed partnership. But when it comes to singles mingling, Seattle offers some of the best bars in which to relax, meet others and have a good time. There are over three dozen singles bars in the Seattle area, but a select few offer the best bets for those looking to meet someone new. Grab your best group of friends or your favorite wingman and hit the town to one of these Seattle area single hotspots.

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The Dive Bar: The Crescent Lounge
1413 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 720-8188
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Some people might call the Crescent Lounge a dive bar. What those people don’t know is that this is one of the best bars to meet new people, mingle with other singles and sing karaoke every night. People come from all over the Puget Sound area to enjoy this fun and friendly atmosphere. If you’re hitting up the Lounge on a Saturday or Sunday, be forewarned that weekends usually coincide with a wait to get into the bar, but the fun that beckons from within is well worth the wait. Besides, the more people, the better opportunity you have to meet someone.

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The LGBT Bar: The Cuff Complex
1533 13th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-1525
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fri to Sat – 2 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Cuff Complex is the premiere dance spot for singles, especially the LGBT crowd. This venue takes up nearly a whole block of the Capitol Hill area and features two bars, a dance floor and a patio, so there’s plenty of room to roam and mingle. The drinks are made strong, the music is played loud and the venue is often packed with an eclectic mix of fun and friendly bar-goers. Each night of the week features a different theme, leaving no stone unturned for those that like variety. Check out free game Mondays, “bear-eoke” Tuesdays or old school dance Sundays.

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The Game Bar: Shorty’s
2222 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5449
Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Shorty’s is a locals spot located in the Belltown neighborhood. If you’re in to billiards, pinball arcades and stiff drinks, you’re sure to met your match here. This low-key spot is admittedly the nerd’s dream meeting spot for singles. Grab a pitcher, a few hot dogs and post up at your favorite pinball machine and let the ladies come to you.

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The Tiki Bar: Lava Lounge
2226 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5660
Hours: Daily – 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Lava Lounge is one of Seattle’s best tiki bars where singles can go to enjoy a cheap, stiff drink in the company of engaging people. The staff is friendly and the music is loud, so if you want to actually get to know someone you meet here, it’s probably best to take them out on the patio. If you’re not into talking, invite your partner out onto the large dance floor. Because Lava Lounge has a Hawaiian theme, tropical, reggae and zydeco music play throughout. If you know you won’t be able to impress the opposite sex by showcasing your reggae moves, put some quarters in the jukebox to change up the beat.

The Restaurant Bar: The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 395-9227
Hours: Mon to Sat – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Named after the popular poem by Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter is a bar that also serves delicious seafood appetizers and snacks. Singles can go in and enjoy a strong drink and mingle with other seafood lovers. The atmosphere is very casual and the wait staff is friendly. Seating is limited, but usually clears out after happy hour, which runs daily from 4 p.m. to close and features half off seafood. Because the place is so small, there is not any room for dancing, but the food is more than worth a visit. This is a great place to bring single co-workers for after-work drinks.

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Nicole Ramage is a full-time single parent as well as a full-time student who works from home as a freelance writer. Currently living in Portland, Oregon, she takes many trips to the Seattle area for work as well as shopping excursions. Her work can be found at