Every summer, Seattle welcomes cruise ships from all over the world. Thousands of tourists arrive in downtown Seattle looking for the best food and drinks in the Northwest. Many of the travelers aren’t even from the United States. Hundreds upon hundreds cruise in from Europe and Canada. Some hail from as far away as Australia and Japan.
After more than 25 summers, we notice that many Italian and German tourists find their way to El Camino for great Mexican food and cool libations. Could it be their sense of adventure that leads them away from downtown to explore the best foodie spots in one of Seattle’s top neighborhoods? Is it that Germans and Italians are drawn to the chic charm of Fremont shopping and cuisine? Or maybe it’s the art and icons that adorn buildings and sidewalks throughout Fremont?
It could be because Fremont is only about 15 minutes from the downtown cruise terminals… but we’re pretty sure it’s our margaritas. Like the sweet siren song that calls the young sailors, our tangy, tasty margarita beckons cocktail connoisseurs from the decks of cruise ships to our quaint doorstep every summer.
When we meet tourists from abroad or across the U.S., they often rave about the zesty flavor of our drinks, entrees and décor. They embrace our easy-going atmosphere and strike up conversations with our staff and our regulars. Our cozy bar and lively deck draw plenty of fun-loving locals and it’s great to see familiar faces chatting with visiting sightseers. Locals share the best tips to the hidden places in Seattle. We hear our regulars recommend Fremont must-sees like The Troll and The Rocket. They also suggest historic Ballard which is only minutes from Fremont and has a rich Scandinavian history that draws many Swedish and Norwegian tourists.
Fremont is known as the “Center of the Universe” and it’s conveniently located within minutes of Ballard Locks and Fisherman’s Terminal. But it’s El Camino and our delicious margarita that really command the attention of thirsty travelers. A quick Uber ride brings the world’s explorers from cruise ship piers to our little creative corner of the world. Fremont has always been a hot spot for tourism because… well, it’s a Seattle hot spot.
El Camino happy hour lasts from 3 to 6pm every day and our house margarita is the crown jewel of our Fremont happy hour menu. You’ll also find discounts on food, beer and wine. If you’re on a cruise or just hanging in Seattle this summer, we hope to see you.
Port of Seattle cruise lines include Alaska, Carnival, Celebrity, Holland, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. We don’t judge though. We’re located right next to the Fremont Cut (part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal), so our customers often arrive by sailboat, motorboat or even just a makeshift skiff. See you soon!