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The Best Places to Grab a Drink in Seattle

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by Alana Al-Hatlani
Updated June 16, 2022

Like the dazzling Emerald City itself, Seattle’s bar scene is a lot of things at once: it is a craft beer haven, teems with celebrated grunge dives, and boasts wine lists featuring the best of Washington’s locally produced bottles. No matter your drink of choice, there is a speakeasy, wine bar, or brewery for whatever strikes your fancy. Find your next drink at one of these innovative bars focused on craft, quality, and, of course, good times.

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4.6
4.6 (270)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Lake Union / Eastlake

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About the restaurant

This nautical speakeasy from James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson is hidden under the spherical Amazon headquarters. Inside, you’ll find an underwater grotto decorated with maritime antiques serving botanical cocktails inspired by the renowned Spheres, which house a variety of plants. The food menu offers sea-centric bites, from caviar to Spanish anchovies, but its star is the overhauled Seattle dog—a hot dog with cream cheese. The bar has a sophisticated feel, with a swankier dress code than what’s typically seen in casual Seattle—but that only adds to the sublime getaway feels.


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PNWestie79
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Great little spot with a swanky and intimate atmosphere. Went because of the location and the comparatively large non-alcoholic drink menu. Some delicious NA drinks, a sampling of their tasting menu and small plates gave us a nice variety of food items to share, and a nicely paced experience. Food was delicious, portioned well for sharing between 2, and had interesting flavor profiles. Playlist was throwback hip-hop which fit the vibe was well curated. We enjoyed it!
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4.6
4.6 (99)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Bellevue

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About the restaurant

Set next to his eponymous steak house, this destination by storied Seattle chef John Howie is devoted to all things whiskey. Whether you’re looking to learn about the liquor or you’re a connoisseur on a quest for international and rare types, this bar boasts a prolific collection, thoughtfully selected by in-house curator Tim Lodahl. Dark wood finishes and leather booths lend an intimate feel. Pair your whiskey with hearty, meat-forward dishes such as wagyu steak nachos and flatbreads stacked with brisket.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 10, 2024
We love the menu and the ambience. Wagyu nachos are a must have. Original JH has a great burger but I like the smash burger even better! Easier to eat, honestly. Yum…
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4.9
4.9 (519)
$31 to $50
Dining Bar
Bothell

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About the restaurant

Classic cocktails fill the extensive menu at this under-the-radar spot just north of Seattle. House specialities, such as the Curtain Call, a drink made with a popcorn-washed bourbon, are mixed into the menu. The atmosphere at Kro Bar is intimate and stylish, with plenty of hat tips to its past life as a hardware store: there are 16-foot tin ceilings and carefully restored original wood floors. Fortunately, the vibe remains unpretentious—despite chef Dan Yule’s impressive pedigree, which includes stints at Canlis and Crush.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic. Truly crafted drinks with quirky engaging beautiful bar. Friendly staff, not overbearing. Perfect for night out for 1-3 people.
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4.4
4.4 (1002)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown

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About the restaurant

Located in The State Hotel downtown, this bar and restaurant offers playful but expertly crafted cocktails. Named for a historic Seattle entrepreneur, it’s a spot known for drinks such as the Seattle sour, made with apples, and a pine-infused old-fashioned. Swing by during happy hour for a chef’s tasting menu, featuring inventive Pacific Northwestern plates fueled with bounty from the Pike Place Market—at $50 per person with beverage pairings, it’s an irresistible deal.


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LynneK
Dined 5 days ago
We have always been impressed by the quality of Ben Paris’ cuisine, and we again found everything to be delicious. I read some recent reviews about the restaurant being short-staffed and, on the evening we dined, there was only one server on the dining floor. That said, she was very professional and skilled at attending to all the tables (with the help of the bartender delivering drinks) and we were pleased with the service we received. Highly recommend!
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4.6
4.6 (5151)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown

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About the restaurant

Purple is an oenophile’s dream. The wine menu reads like a novel, each page offering local favorites and rare vintages; many bottles are on prominent display inside the spiral wine tower in the center of the dining room. The bar bends around it, creating the ideal setting for a post-work happy hour or a drop-in after a downtown shopping trip. Choose from a menu of comfort food classics, from burgers to truffle mac n’ cheese, which get the gourmet treatment—and taste even better with the perfect glass of wine to go with.


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RonL
Dined 4 days ago
It's always a joy to come to Purple. The service is spot on, food is on point, and Svetlana (our server on more than one occasion) is a delight. She is both attentive and engaging, but also knows the balance of making you feel welcome without being too much. She is very knowledgeable in her wine suggestions as well.
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4.8
4.8 (1163)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Capitol Hill / First Hill

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About the restaurant

This overlooked gem in residential Capitol Hill is both a stellar kitchen and saloon. Expect detail-oriented cocktails accompanied by chef Aleksander Kubicki’s delicious menu of seasonally rotating fare. The marble bar is the perfect perch for a nightcap, where seasoned bartenders—many are transplants from the city’s other great bars—churn out reimagined classics, such as the Summit Avenue Sour, an irresistible blend of bourbon, chartreuse-maple, lemon, and bitters.


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RonKvip
Dined 1 day ago
Large portions and a great staff, will most definitely be going back to this restaurant.
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4.2
4.2 (58)
$31 to $50
Italian
Capitol Hill / First Hill

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About the restaurant

As the sibling to the acclaimed restaurant Spinasse, this aperitivo bar brings a sliver of Italian drinking culture to the heart of Capitol Hill. From Aperol spritzes to negronis, excellently curated wine lists, and even Italian beer, there is something for everyone— even the hungry. Food consists of antipasti and small bites, but a few of the famous pastas—half portions are available, too—from next door can be ordered.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Feb 4, 2024
It appeared there was only a single server in the entire restaurant on a Saturday night. Not great.
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4.3
4.3 (1673)
$30 and under
American
Tacoma

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About the restaurant

Elks Temple, the newest addition to the McMenamins family, calls itself a pub, but its dazzling stained glass windows and chandeliers hint at a grander existence. Housed in a historic Renaissance Revival building dating back to 1916, the bar features large windows with expansive views of Commencement Bay. The crowd-pleasing spot, with a killer brunch, is also a late-night hangout, courtesy of its gourmet burgers and house craft brews. The multi-level venue also hosts a variety of events in its Spanish Ballroom, from live music to comedy.


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ScarlettR
Dined 6 days ago
Only the food was subpar. My steak was very well done when I asked for medium well, and there was a thick tendon through it which could be seen as the steak was on a salad sliced. Everything else was amazing!
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4.5
4.5 (356)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Capitol Hill / First Hill

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About the restaurant

This quaint spot, on the north end of Capitol Hill, has cranked out some of the best cocktails in town for years. The comprehensive spirits program is centered around Italian amari and is enhanced by a Mediterranean-influenced menu, with both smaller snacks and entrees, such as the baked lamb ribs and fried gnocchi. Enjoy it all in a conservatory, featuring a retractable glass roof, occupying a 1,000-square-foot patio lined with string lights.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 24, 2024
Above and beyond, food, service and ambiance were fantastic
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