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From a vibrant waterfront to beautiful mountains, Seattle has a bit of everything. Even if you are working until after the sun goes down there’s a lot to explore — and don’t let rainy weather stop you from going out.
Visit Pike Place Market
Head to Pike Place Market as soon as you send that last email for the day. The main market area is open until 6 p.m., but even if you don’t make it inside the market you can snap a photo of the famous signs lit up at night so it’s worth a stop. Hours of individual businesses in and around the market vary so you’ll find a lot to do in the area after work.
Dinner at Old Stove Brewing
Visit Old Stove Brewing in the newly expanded MarketFront section of Pike Place Market for dinner. The menu includes Seattle classics like chowder and salmon, and the local craft beer is produced on site. This is an excellent chose for eating with coworkers.
Explore the Seattle Public Library
Unique architecture and artwork inside and out make the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library a fun building to explore. Located in the heart of downtown, it’s a convenient stop for anyone on a quick work trip to a downtown office location. Take the elevator up to the top floor, follow the signs to the “viewpoint” and then take the elevator down to floor 4, where you’ll find a surprising blast of color. The library is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Fridays.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
The enormous Starbucks Roastery won’t feel like any Starbucks you’ve ever been to. There’s even a coffee library. If you need a caffeine boost, just want to browse, or are looking for the perfect Seattle gift to bring home put the Roastery on your list. It is open until 11:00 p.m.
Not in the mood for coffee and want some epic city views? Instead of heading to the Starbucks Roastery, check out MBar in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The city skyline from 14 stories high are picture-perfect. Patio seating is first-come, first-served so plan a little wait time during happy hour on a sunny day. Worried about the weather? A small covered area of the patio, blankets, and a fire pit keep this place cozy even in the fall and winter months.
Take a Ferry Ride
The views of the Seattle skyline from the ferry are some of the best. On a sunny day, the whole city sparkles. On a drizzly day, the city is moody and gray, and at night the city lights shimmer.
Ferries leave from Pier 52 in downtown Seattle on a regular schedule and depart well into the night. My ferry of choice is from downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island. An adult walk-on roundtrip passenger ticket is $8.20, and you can ride the ferry to Bainbridge, get off, and get right back in line to return to Seattle. The ride to Bainbridge is about 35 minutes each way. No matter the weather, a ferry ride can be a pleasant after work activity.
If your office is centrally located, you can get around the main downtown area of Seattle easily. Use google maps to find a bus ($2.75 cash or download the Transit GO app) catch an Uber or Lyft, or choose to see more of the city by walking.
Seattle has plenty to offer after 5:00 pm, with a variety of places to enjoy. Even if you are working late or it is raining outside, there are still many ways to enjoy the beautiful Washington city.
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