Formula 1 fans in Seattle need not fear trying to find a place to get together while watching the race, there are at least three sports bars that put the telecast on TV. Whether you can hear the race is its own challenge.
A recent visit to Spitfire, 2219 4th Ave (Belltown neighborhood), proved both fortuitous and noisy. While this swank bar does show the races, with a limited number of fans in attendance, you will find hearing the race is impossible. The televisions are large and high-definition, though.
Expect high drink prices as the place orients away from Joe Six-Pack, but beer is reasonably priced. Dress slightly above casual to not stick out if you plan on staying after the race for the dancing and mingling at Spitfire.
The Three Lions Pub in Redmond, 8115 161st Ave NE, also shows the races live at night when possible and is a British themed location. They’ve got plasma TVs for viewing pleasure. Check the TV schedule on their website to see if they’ll have the race on.
If you’re willing to catch the Sunday morning replay on Speed Channel, you will find solace at the George and Dragon Pub, 206 N 36th St (Fremont neighborhood).
The George and Dragon, like many British pubs, shows soccer on Saturday night but always has the premier motorsport of Formula 1 on Sundays. That’s what I was told.
F1 races during the non-European season tend to be on Saturday nights, and going to a random sports bar on such a busy night means you’ll be fighting with soccer and other sports fans who want their SportsCenter fix. You’ll also be fighting to get a bartender to have time to change the channel while dispatching the many punters clamoring for drinks. The above bars are ones known to have the race already on TV.
With Formula 1 still a growing sport in America, a bartender’s concerns are reasonable, especially if your group is small and there are a limited number of televisions.
The three bars above are one known where you can catch Grand Prix telecasts in Seattle. If you have more, feel free to add in the comments section of this article.
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2219 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
The Three Lions Pub
8115 161st Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98502
The George and Dragon Pub
206 North 36th Street
Seattle, WA 98103