If there is one dive bar in Seattle that is a must-go, it’s The 5 Point! Without a doubt, it’s one of the best little places and it’s in the heart of Seattle, a few blocks from the Space Needle, the Tram, and the city center. Its location off 5th Avenue and Denny Way makes this bar so easy to find. At first glance, it looks like your average dive bar, and during off-peak times you might even walk in and then out thinking this place can’t be good, but it is!! And it’s so good.
What’s so good about this place, you ask? Well, for starters, their breakfast plates are plentiful, made fresh to order, and go well with their signature Bloody Marys. The Eggs Benedict is outstanding! Their lunch and dinner items are awesome, too! From fried chicken, toasted sandwiches, and pot roast to their fried cheese curds with honey dipping sauce and fresh made onion rings – they do it all right. On top of all that, their prices are terrific for being in the heart of the action in downtown Seattle. I’ve never had to wait that long for a table, either.
It’s not just the food that makes this place so special. For the most part, it’s a dingy bar, with mismatched tables, but the strangely decorated guts of this place are so iconic it’s not funny. Sit in the booth beneath the bra-covered lighting or, for you guys, make sure to use the bathroom for a fun view of the space needle.
The 5 Point Cafe, now in its 84th consecutive year of operation, is the oldest bar still in existence in Belltown and the longest running family eatery in Seattle. Longtime 5 Point employee Mandy Park took over operations in 2009 with her boyfriend and now owner David Meinert. Their daughter Olympia was born in 2009, visited the 5 Point before she headed home, and comes in almost daily to train for her future job.
Coming to the 5 Point is all about the food, unique ambiance , and history. You can even buy a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion! So, next time you’re in Seattle for a visit, make sure to stop here for a bite to eat. You won’t be sorry unless you overeat!