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Founders Club - Founders Club, Seattle, WA

Founders Club

4.5
4.5
139 Reviews
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
Founders Club, an intimate spirit drinker’s enclave, showcases unique and high-end bottles for the connoisseurs and adventurous drinkers alike. With a secluded and serene social club feel, Founders Club is poised to deliver an all-new, exclusive Seattle experience.

An exquisite spirits collection selected by Fairmont Olympic’s nationally acclaimed Beverage Director, Jesse Cyr, shows innovative and elegant cocktails. The beverage program features an array of fine spirits being showcased in classically-inspired cocktails. The meticulous craftsmanship and the purity of refined flavor will indulge your sense of curiosity.

Unfortunately, no food service is available in Founder's Club. Parties of five (5) or less only.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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What 139 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Late Night Find

  • Seattle

    Late Night Find

  • Seattle

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    Drinks were WAY overpriced. To the tune of 30-50 a cocktail. Our tab was 85 for two drinks. My wife and I travel regularly and have enjoyed many amazing cocktails. We found a ton of wonderful spots while we were in Seattle. This was just a big let down. The service was good and the atmosphere was nice, but we found similar experiences and better drinks all over the city for a fraction of the price. I’d recommend going to Zig Zag or Bathtub Gin and Co. for drinks that are much higher quality and in the 13-20 range.
  2. s

    sarat

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Group outing
  3. MR

    MichaelR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    There is no food on the menu. The drink menu was interesting, but after waiting 20 minutes to be approached by the bartender to take our drink order, and another 20 minutes for him to make our drinks, they were not as enjoyable as they should have been. There were 10 people total in the bar while we were there, and really no reason the bartender had to be so slow. After we asked the cocktail server to let the bartender know we would like to order another drink, he never came back to get our next order. In all, $100 is too much to pay for 2 drinks and the slowest service known to man, no matter how nice the facility is.
  4. M

    Maria

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great service, cool ambiance, yummy but overpriced cocktails
  5. A

    Aidnah

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic experience!!! The staff took amazing care of us, creating cocktails that were unique and frankly, perfect. Can’t wait to go again!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and staff were incredible. Extremely knowledgeable and attentive to our requests. Very accommodating to our drink preferences and made customized cocktails to please our palates.
  7. CC

    CeceliaC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very fun experience, perfect to celebrate an anniversary or birthday. Beverages are expensive but not overpriced and portions are generous considering the quality and strength of drinks. Fun and intimate ambience, lovely way to spend time with someone you cherish.
  8. ER

    ErinR

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The space was beautiful. Our bartender was too busy to really engage with us, which for $50 a cocktail, was a disappointment. For that kind of money (and a $25/person reservation hold) I would expect the staff to greet us by name. We were not offered water and were given very little attention. The host/gatekeeper, Chad, was a highlight. He was delightful. Now that we've been there, no need to return.
  9. BG

    BrennaG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fantastic. Ambience was fantastic. Drinks were fantastic. 10/10 would recommend. Will definitely be coming back!
  10. PR

    PeterR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best bar I’ve ever been to. Drinks were out of this world, free delicious snacks, and the waiter was fantastic (really good conversation with him about drinks and whiskey). I’m going back asap.
  11. K

    Kevin

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had to rate food here but did not eat. So this is a bar review. Fun concept to have a hidden (speakeasy style) bar within the Fairmont. Drinks are a little pricy but for that you get good space, a show from the bartender, and a feeling of exclusivity of being hidden away from the din in the lobby bar. Enjoyed it.
  12. SB

    ShellieB

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Well there is no food there that I could tell when we asked for snacks they brought us some cashews which I guess is better than nothing. If you are going to do a bar like this with uber expensive drinks seems like you should have some light snacks. I will certainly not go back as it cost my husband and I $50 for parking as we met there. That is just too cost prohibitive. They should validate for what they charge.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience, the amount of rare drinks and a very knowledgeable bar tender who clearly loves his job!
  14. E

    Elackshin

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect from start to finish!.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Cool spot, but insanely expensive. $50 for a single mixed drink? Give me a break.
  17. AD

    AnthonyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space and great drinks. Our server was top notch.
  18. A

    Anthony

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A birthday celebration. Great ambiance and excellent service. We were caught off guard about the charges for ice.
  19. LJ

    LJose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The cocktail was excellent - and exquisitely expensive. Appreciated the space was quiet and small; but I would think twice about going back due to the price point for the drinks and the fact of no food other than cashews seemed to be available. The space was previously a lovely corner bar with full menu - I liked it better when it was that.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Fairly quiet. Drinks were pricey but options to make them cheaper depending on the liquor you put in them. Overall rating is give it 4.5 out of 5. Only dropped half a star because eof the price but the quality was phenomenal. Highly recommend and my wife and I will be coming back.
  21. L

    Laura

    Monterrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Drinks are way too overpriced. The waiter was pretentious, with a know-it all attitude instead of friendly and conversational. I liked the speakeasy for a one time visit but unfortunately, I'm not sure I'd go back.
  22. MR

    MarkR

    Dallas

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is outstanding!!!
  23. p

    pamelar

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Myself and partner went to celebrate our Anniversary in Seattle. We drove up from Vancouver BC. We were very excited to experience this new Speakeasy. I have to say it was one of our favorite experiences. TJ was the host who greeted us and arranged our table. She was very professional and made sure everything was perfect. She was friendly and fun at the same time. We had Michael as our bartender and he took us on a complete beverage field trip and the drinks were amazing! We will definitely return and tell everyone we know.
  24. AS

    AliS

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved visiting founder's club with my sister for her first weekend in town for the summer. Great spot to take someone for a special occasion or for a drink or two before or after dinner. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful as well!
  25. JS

    JunaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Founders Club with amazing. It was a little pricy but well worth it.
  26. MC

    MattC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    I only had cocktails. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. I loved the service and the space is cozy and cool. I will absolutely be back
  27. CC

    ChantellC

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am from the great pacific northwest but unfortunately live in AZ right now. I love this hotel and the remodel is spectacular - adding the SpeakEasy is the icing on top! Michael the server is EXTREMELY knowledgeable about all the drinks and spirits. He's like the "whiskey whisperer!"
  28. M

    Meiriceanach

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Best $50 cocktail I ever had.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Took the lady out for a lil date night, just like what everyone has mentioned the ambiance is what sweetens the deal. Pricey drinks but knowledgeable bartenders. Highly recommend going here if you haven’t yet! Just a few tips for first timers, strictly drinks no food in this amenities but food is surrounded outside FC. Also once you arrive to the hotel you’ll go up the escalator, take a left, continue straight till you see a book shelf on the left side, there should be a greeter to check you in!
  30. p

    philadelphiaboy

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional. Fabulous cocktails custom-crafted to guests’ flavor preferences. Intimate. Exclusive. A must visit!
  31. KB

    KathrynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    INCREDIBLE experience! Not hype at all, the servers were so knowledgeable and accommodating! It was our anniversary and they Brought us delicious chocolates to share. Overall top notch experience. Can’t wait to bring more people back! What a gem!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Food l? No.
  33. S

    Spinhawer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Entrance is magnificent!! Drinks are good and service is great. Overall is quite expensive but is definitely a different experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Creative cocktails. Excellent service. Cool speak easy feel. A bit warm/stuffy in the space and quite loud.
  35. M

    Marliese

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and drinks were both amazing! Highly recommend!
  36. F

    Frances

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Suuuper pricy I won’t lie, so make sure you get a drink you know you’ll like and have good company (: ambience was incomparable though, even though it was expensive I would definitely go again
  37. SF

    SarahF

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambiance in this tucked away bar, it's cozy and a great place for a cocktail. The service is great and the bartenders are up for making custom cocktails - just ask!
  38. MC

    MelanieC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Founders Club is such a gem. Loved the decor and ambiance. Perfect date night venue.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    No food menu was offered. We ended up going elsewhere for dinner.
  40. m

    mondorbn

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience4
    Drinks were great and well made and atmosphere fairly mellow. Good service. Cashews are the only food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Founders Club is rated 4.5 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Founders Club

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101-2519

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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