Pre-Game Hotspots For The Sounders Faithful

Prior to the big play-off match, grab happy hour at one of these nearby haunts.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, your Seattle Sounders will face the Real Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field, during the second leg of the MLS Western Conference Semifinal. Tickets are selling at a rapid rate, but there are still plenty available — so act fast if you want to bundle up in blue and green and cheer the Sounders from the stands.

So, where should fans go to pre-game? Good question. It just so happens that a number of fantastic sports bars lie within reasonable proximity to the stadium. Fans can enjoy the match on a flat-screen from the comfort of a warm lounge — and then join their fellow ticket-holders to watch the Sounders trounce the Salt Lake Squad. Yeah, it’ll happen.


Just a stone’s throw from CenturyLink Field’s north parking lot is Fuel, an aptly-named bar and grill that will get you sufficiently pumped for the game. With a spacious interior perfect for socializing — or staring intently at the TV screen, if you’re that guy —  this place draws you in with its fun atmosphere, and keeps you in your seat with fantastic food and drink specials.

Happy hour offerings include $3.50 mixed drinks and $6 doubles, $1 off draft pints and glasses of wine and an assortment of $2.99 appetizers (chicken satay skewers with peanut sauce, homemade giant tater tots and a double-topping pita pizza, just to name a few). Plus, the timing couldn’t be better — happy hour goes from 3 to 7 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to eat, drink and get fired up before the opening kick.

164 S. Washington St., Pioneer Square  |  (206) 405-FUEL  

Slugger’s Sports Bar & Grill

Don’t let the name fool you — this Pioneer Square mainstay provides the means to enjoy any sporting event. Never mind that this spot was once a laundromat, and an empty alley before that. Since opening its doors in 1998, Sluggers has become a colossal hit with the Seattle sports crowd — and this is certainly true of our city’s newest group of die-hard fans.

One thing is for sure at this watering hole — you won’t spend a fortune on libations, no matter how many times you toast the Sounders. From 3 p.m. to close — yup, you read that correctly — all well drinks and domestic pints are $2. However, this play-off match is a special occasion, and the evening calls for a special beverage — or at least, a really big one. Enter the 32-ounce pint of domestic ale, available all day (10 a.m. to close) for $5.50. Warning: consuming a 32-ounce pint before noon may lead to rabid fandom.

538 1st Ave. S., Pioneer Square  |  (206) 654-8070

F.X. McRory’s

F.X. McRory’ Steak & Chop House, in business for more than 35 years, advertises itself as “America’s Number One Bar.” That’s a bold statement, but it’s hard to argue the claim after you’ve spent an afternoon munching, sipping and cheering within the comfy confines of this Occidental Avenue grill. Plus, the stadium is literally a block away, which, to a Sounders fan, translates to ‘reasonable stumbling distance.’

In the meantime, you’ll need a drink to get the party started — and the happy hour (3 to 5:45 p.m.) menu at F.X. McRory’s has something for everyone. Whether your beverage is fit for a dapper sportsman (Manhattan, Tom Collins or Moscow Mule for $4) or  a hot-blooded hooligan (pints of Miller High Life for $2, and pitchers for $7), you can pre-funk at your own pace. The food is another big perk. Appetizers such as garlic fries, calamari, hummus and a trio of oysters are all available for $3, while a pair of sliders in any of the four delectable styles (ale-battered cod, pulled pork BBQ, buffalo chicken and Kobe burger) are yours for $4.50.

419 Occidental Ave. S, Pioneer Square  |  (206) 623-4800