Alumni Club of Seattle
The Alumni Club of Seattle offers opportunities and gather around the shared Buckeye experience. Club members hold events, promote student scholarships, perform community service, greet prospective students and generally celebrate being part of our ever-expanding family.

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Visit Seattle
A guide for things to do, food and drink, and lodging.

Check out Seattle recommendations directly from Ohio State Engineering alums like you!




Uneeda Burger - 4302 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Roxy's Diner - 462 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103\

Trailbend Taproom - 1118 NW 50th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Ballard Pizza Company (multiple locations) - 5107 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The Matador - 5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

San Fermo - 5341 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Bitterroot BBQ - 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Salt & Straw (Ice Cream, multiple locations) - 5420 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107

Portage Bay Cafe (multiple locations) - 4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Pacific Inn Pub - 3501 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Rhein Haus Seattle - 912 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Jack's BBQ (multiple locations) - 3924 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Fonda La Catrina - 5905 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Buddha Ruksa - 3520 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98126

Dick's Drive-In (multiple locations) - 111 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Duke's Seafood & Chowder (multiple locations) - 7850 Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103

Ezell's Famous Chicken (multiple locations) - 2300 N 45th St #6906, Seattle, WA 98103

Brouwer's Cafe - 400 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103


Reuben's Brews - 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Stoup Brewing - 1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

King's Hardware - 5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet - 5335 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Skal Beer Hall - 5429 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Hotel Albatross - 2319 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Percy's & Co - 5233 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Hazlewood - 2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

LTD Bar and Grill - 309 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

The Backdoor - 462 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Triangle Spirits - 3507 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103


Redhook Brewlab

Schilling Cider House - 708 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Fremont Brewing Company - 1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Fremont Dock Sports Bar & Grill - 1102 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Elysian Brewery (multiple locations) - 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Optimism Brewing Company - 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Linda's Tavern - 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

Montana - 1506 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Redhook Brewlab - Pike Motorworks Building, 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Comet Tavern - 922 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge - 1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Recreation & Other Fun Things to Do

Day Hiking:

Rattlesnake Ledge (good for beginners, go super early) | Little Si | Mt. Si | Discovery Park | Mailbox Peak | Mt. Washington | Granite Mountain

Tip: You need passes for most of the hikes - recommend America the Beautiful pass ($80) gets you all National Parks & National Forest Lands access AND Discover Pass (Annual- $30, Day- $10) gets you all state parks & lands in WA

Longer Hikes/Backpacking/Camping:
Mt. St. Helens (need to apply for a permit, permit applications open once a year) | The Enchantments (AMAZING backpacking, permit lottery system - hard to win) | Diablo Lake (beautiful camping in the North Cascades) | Beach camping in Olympic National Park

Watch the Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders (getting an NHL team in 2021)

Signing up for an adult sports league is a great way to meet new people (recommend Underdog).

Other Nearby Cities and Places to Visit:
Bellingham, WA | Vancouver, BC | Portland, OR | Bend, OR | Victoria, BC | Whistler, BC | Leavenworth, WA (Bavarian themed town in the mountains) | Take a ferry to the various islands around Seattle (Bainbridge, San Juan's, Whidbey, etc) | Lake Chelan, WA | Walla Walla (wine country)

Farther Trips That Are Easier To Get to Living on the West Coast:
Hawaii | Alaska | Anywhere in Asia

Skiing in Steven's Pass, Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie, Whistler and Mt. Baker

Places to Live

Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake are all great neighborhoods with lots to do and are centrally located. However, they are not too loud and are a great fit for people in their upper 20s or older.  

Ballard has a ton of bars and restaurants. It’s located far away from the highway so the commute to the north and south of the city as well as downtown is good, but anywhere else and you are looking at a 10 minute commute to the highway alone.  

Capitol Hill is a great neighborhood for young professionals who are looking for a vibrant night life and diversity. The neighborhood is also centrally located.  

Columbia City is located south of city. There is a light rail stop making access to downtown, Capitol Hill, University of WA, and the West Seattle airport a breeze. The neighborhood tends to be more affordable and has numerous bars and restaurants on the water. The only downside is that it feels more secluded from the city and there is usually a decent amount of traffic on the bridge into and out of the city every day.Fremont, Wallingford, Green Lake (great neighborhoods with lots to do, but not overly loud and fairly centrally located). Especially good for people in their upper 20s+.

Tips for Getting Around

Public Transit: Get an ORCA card! The bus and Link light rail are amazing. Many parts of the city are difficult or expensive to park in so its recommended to take public transit whenever possible.

Biking: There are many dedicated bike lanes and trails throughout the city as biking is quite popular.


  • SeaTac is the main airport, you can get anywhere from here. 
  • Paine Field is located in Everett and has a handful of west coast options on Alaska Airlines.

Annual Activities and Festivals to Attend

Seafair – a festival every August on Lake Washington. The festival includes lots of boats, boat races, and the Blue Angels perform.

Fremont Solstice Parade - people paint their naked bodies and ride bikes in Fremont. The parade is something you should check out at least once.

Cherry Blossoms - on University of Washington campus in the spring.

Capitol Hill Block Party - a musical festival in July.

Weekend farmer's markets - Most neighborhoods in Seattle have one. Ballard in particular has an excellent one.


Pike Place Market

Top 3 Must Dos When You First Arrive to Seattle

Pike Place Market – Seattle’s original farmers market which was established in 1907. 

Columbia Center - Visit the Sky View Observatory on a clear day for an amazing 360 degree view of the city. This facility offers better view and cheaper price than the Space Needle.

Take a hike - Easy access to amazing hikes within 1 hour of the city. Check out the list linked above.

What Makes Seattle Unique?

Vibrant city that's also so close to amazing nature (Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park, Cascades). Even when it's gloomy you still get beautiful views of the water, mountains and evergreen trees.

TONS of AMAZING breweries!

Major tech hub

Prime time sports are amazing in Pacific Time Zone because everything is finished by 9pm

You can fly to London or Tokyo in the same amount of time

It stays light until 10pm in the summer

It rarely snows in Seattle, but it's super easy to drive into the mountains to access snow.