Playoff Planner: Where to Pre-Funk Like a 12th Man

By Leslie Kelly  |  January 9, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks are playing the New Orleans Saints at 1:35 PM Saturday and that means it's PARTY ON! The 12th Man - the nickname for every 'Hawk fan, whether man, woman or child - will be out in full, loud voice and blue and green face-paint. Even if you don't have tickets, even if you're a casual fan who watches the action on the couch at home, there's no shortage of good reasons to come down and pre-funk in Pioneer Square before kickoff. Here are a few spots to get your pre-game face on and your hunger/thirst satisfied. 

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    Elysian Fields

    This vast brewpub opens at 10 AM on Saturday, though wannabe customers will likely begin lining up an hour before that. Besides the liquid refreshments, Elysian Fields offers its regular menu, which includes pub grub such as burgers, sandwiches and steak frites. Keep an eye out also for a spicy version of the Seattle dog, topped with cream cheese and Mama Lil's peppers. Talk about an eye opener.

    542 First Ave S; 206-382-4498

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    The Lodge Sports Grille

    This cozy spot opens at 8 AM Saturday, serving up its famous football brekkie in addition to the full bar with more than 70 beers on tap. Fan faves include the egg-stuffed burrito, French toast, a hefty cheesesteak and dipped-to-order corn dogs. More substantial fare culled from the dinner side of the menu includes crab cakes and award-winning sliders.

    166 S King St; 206-538-0000

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    Rain Shadow Meats Squared

    Sure, you could settle for a hot dog in the stadium, but, oh man, if you're a devoted carnivore, consider ducking into this butcher shop-slash-cafe. The sandwiches are flavor bombs, featuring house-made charcuterie. The porchetta is worth the trip alone. See something in the case you'd like to DIY? Then you can swing back by after the game. Open at 11 AM on Saturday.

    404 Occidental Ave S; 206-467-4854

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    Caffe Umbria

    Not everybody is in the mood for brewski or a Bloody Mary, so thank goodness one of the best coffeehouses in the city opens at 7 AM on Saturdays. Try a velvety cappuccino with one of the fine pastries or a panino, pressed to order. There's also some mighty tasty gelato.

    320 Occidental Ave S; 206-624-5847

  • F.X. McRory's

    The godfather of all Seattle sports bars, this landmark restaurant-bar is prized for its vast collection of whiskey and swift service on game days. The extensive menu features boatloads of fish dishes including cod and chips, smoked salmon, oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat prawns and more. On the turf side, the house prime rib is rightly famous, as are the burgers and the buttermilk fried chicken.

    419 Occidental Ave S; 206-623-4800