Port Townsend is a sleepy, Victorian seaport. It’s vibrancy and energy is experienced during the day as you stroll through the streets of the city’s two distinct neighborhoods, downtown and uptown, shop at local stores, dine at the restaurants, visit art galleries, and breathe in the salty Pacific Northwest air.
Like most small towns, Port Townsend closes early. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite restaurants, pubs, and activities for those who want to enjoy Port Townsend after dark.
Food & Beverage
Sip craft beer on the beach at the Pourhouse. In addition to the amazing views of Puget Sound, their beer garden, The Impound Lot, has ping pong tables and bocce ball! The Port Townsend taproom has 12 beers and two ciders rotating on draft, an extensive wine list, and over 200 bottles and cans.
Opens at noon, closes by midnight. 21+ venue.
Cellar Door is a cocktail bar and live music venue in historic, downtown Port Townsend that is open late till 12pm or later depending on the day of week. Sip on a “Senorita” (pictured above) with hornitos plata margarita with muddled cucumber and a tajin rim while listening to the bar’s rotating line up of daily live music from Americana, to jazz, to open mic night, and more. 21+ venue.
The Keg & I
Check out Chimacum’s newest taproom, The Keg & I! Open daily from 11 - 11.
The Keg & I serves craft beer, cider, and nitro cold brew coffee on tap and wine by the glass. Enjoy tasty bar snacks from local favorites like CB’s Nuts, Mt. Townsend cheese, Cape Cleare salmon, Bob’s Bagels, and more.
Elevated Ice Cream
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, stop by Elevated Ice Cream for homemade ice cream, sherbet, and Italian ice. Elevated uses local ingredients like berries and regionally grown nuts to offer a minimum of 30 flavors at a time like local raspberry, Oreo cookie, dutch malt, and more.
Elevated is open till 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9pm on Sunday - Thursday.
Howell's Sandwich Co.
Howell’s serves delicious locally sourced sandwiches, salads, wraps, and side dishes. Craft beer & wine, sustainable & environmentally responsible, deck with a great view. Turn any sandwich into a salad or a wrap, Howell’s offers a variety of options for almost all diets including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan.
Howell’s is open till 8pm and serves takeout until 9:45.
Music & Entertainment
Sirens Dance Party
After the live music stops, the dance party starts. Beginning at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Sirens has no cover DJ dance music!
Sirens has a delicious cocktails, my favorite is their Strawberry Lemonade made with Vodka, Lemonade, and Strawberry puree, a full menu, and just for the summer - a seafood bar! Sirens stops serving food just before 10pm. 21+ venue.
Wheel-In Motor Movie
Port Townsend is home to one of only four drive-in movie theaters in Washington State!
Wheel-In Motor Movie is open Wednesday through Sunday, a double feature starts at 8pm for $9/person and is currently playing Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2.
Open Mic Tuesdays at the Uptown Pub & Grill
Enjoy local talent at Open Mic Night on Tuesdays at the Uptown Pub & Grill starting at 9pm. And if you are brave enough to participate to sing a song, tell a joke, or recite a poem you’ll get a $1 drink! Come play trivia at the Uptown Pub on Wednesday and Thursday evenings or listen to live music on Fridays and Saturdays. And bonus, free pool table!
The Great Outdoors
With the sun setting at around 9:30pm, I find myself wanting to stay outside longer and longer. One of the most romantic and quinestial Port Townsend activities is to gather a picnic from the Food Co-op or Aldrich’s and head over to the beach or a park with your person and enjoy tasty treats and maybe a cider or two as you watch the sun go down. I recommend Fort Worden, Pope Marine Park, or Chetzemoka Park. All three have beautiful views of the water and great places to set up an intimate evening picnic.