Knee High Stocking Co.
What Insiders Are Saying
Knee-High Stocking Company in Capitol Hill is one of the best Seattle “speakeasies.” Make a reservation and prepare for a lot of good cocktails.
Lovely cocktails, great food but a little cramped. Downstairs seemed roomier and had a much more 'speakeasy' vibe, but we sat upstairs next to an open window.
We did a small tour of Speakeasy's in the area last Friday and hit a few in the area. The ambience at Knee High didn't seem like a Speakeasy which is what we were hoping for, but more of a corner bar. When we first sat down, the bartender didn't pay us much attention - quite different from the spot we'd visited just before this one. After awhile we were finally greeted and upon asking a few questions the bartender warmed up and it was a better experience. Great martini - he nailed it. We didn't order food so I can't speak to that, but the drinks were good. For a more "Speakeasy" style experience, I would recommend doing something more with the general seating area. The bar area fit the description a bit better but general seating felt like a standard cafe so we moved from a table to the bar. I liked the doorbell to get in, that added to the feel. I would make a few little changes, but it was overall a good time.
I would have recommended Knee-High a couple of years ago. A few things have changed since then. The cocktails seem less interesting (but that may be just me; maybe my tastes are changing). The hostess the last few times has been quite impatient, curt and snotty. The bartender during my last visit was a delight and creative. But the previous bartender was a jerk and snob, and the bartender before him was friendly but pretentious. The music has worsened considerably. It used to be that, whenever I went in, Knee-High jazz was playing. Nearly every time for the past year, all I hear is bass-heavy, thumping electronic.
When I moved to the city a few years ago, people mentioned Knee-High as a place worth visiting. Nobody does anymore. I'm not surprised. The staff are less friendly. The drinks are worse. The ambience has become less interesting and no longer offers a pemium over other clubs to justify the cost of the cocktails (other beverage prices seem standard).
The service window in the upstairs kitchen ruins the upstairs-bar experience. That space used to feel cozy, like a hidden, quieter corner in the back of the bar. Sitting there now feels like sitting next to the front door -- uncomfortable and drafty.
The rudeness of the hostess last time I was there deserves special mention. A friend and I had come in at 8 (half an hour before our reservation) and were seated at the bar because there happened to be space. Around 9:40 the hostess asked us if we were going to have another drink. When I said "no, we're fine" (our drinks weren't even empty), she broke eye contact, curtly put the bill on the counter directly in front of me, and, without a word, walked away. We had been at the bar for 1 hour and 45 minutes -- 1 hour and 10 minutes after our reservation started. Her message was obvious: "get out." Mission accomplished. Neither my friend nor I will make the mistake of coming back.
Don was an excellent bartender. Total professional and a pleasure to speak with.
The thrill of these hidden gems will never wear off. The service was excellent, the vibe was engaging. My date thought it was the most wonderful and romantic place. Thanks for making that happen.
If you like the hidden bar experience, knee high is Totally worth it.
Great environment and the drinks were solid. Reservations highly recommended, the place is pretty small.
Very good drinks if your willing to spend 15 and 20 a cocktail! Didn’t try the food, service was a little slow but was a pretty cool place
Great atmosphere. The server was very attentive and made some excellent suggestions. The food was outstanding, especially the Adobo Pork sandwich, and we had a few of the best cocktails we’ve ever had.
Nice place with great ambiance. Different and exciting cocktails and there something for everyone. Food was delicious.
Finding the place and parking was a challenge. Would advise to uber there instead of driving.
Nice spot for a drink on a weekday, not sure how crowded it gets on the weekends. Definitely place a reservation beforehand for gaurenteed seating. Drinks were fantastic - my partner got the "Thank You For Smoking" and I asked for a gin-based shrub, both very tasty and very strong. Our server was really attentive and friendly!
Food is too expensive. If you buy from the outside it costs $11 but from inside it’s $19, crazy!
Venue is wonderful, cocktails were amazing, food was good - we had to change our order as the kitchen ran out of rice! the service was hit and miss - food was slow coming out and some meals were incorrect when they did arrive. The bill wasn’t updated to reflect our new orders sans rice and when we explained this to our server she assumed we were trying to dupe her out of her standard 20% tip!
I think it would have been a different experience if we were in the room where the bar is, but we were in the other room (closer to the entrance). The service was great though, and the waitress gave us awesome recommendations for cocktails.
Stumbled upon this place while organizing a pub crawl and was lucky to get a 10pm seating last Saturday night. There's a slight attitude at the door, but that quickly gives way to the warmth of the inside. The drinks were imaginative and we gave the bar folks creative license. The food was awesome and easily shared. Fun & different for sure.
I didn’t actually have any food but a rating was required
10 out of 10. Fantastic. Our server was super suave and was there when we needed him and didn’t bug us when we didn’t need him. Food was awesome, drinks were great. Great ambiance. Was there with family, but I think this would be a really great spot for a date.
An excellent experience. We randomly decided to cancel an earlier reservation and try this establishment out. It was a gamble, but one that paid off handsomely.
We sat at the bar, highly recommended. The small space meant that we had a literal 'front row seat' to watch the master mixologist create drink after drink, all with multi ingredients and top shelf alcohol. There was an herb garden of rosemary, lavender, mint, etc, a bowl of eggs and dozens of house-made mixes and bitters. The bartender was super cool, open to chatting and offering up tastes, just in case we wanted to know....
Food was excellent as well. A steak sandwich for me and pork adobo bowl for the lady. Both, full of flavor and portioned just right. We conversed with others at the bar, enjoying and sharing stories through the evening. It was a bit on the 'spendy' side, but at no point did it feel like it was 'too much.' You get fine food, drink and service for what you pay. We will make this a regular place for special occasions and whenever we want to upscale it a bit.
Bartender was very rude, cursing at the bar, and left randomly. drinks were overpriced for what they were.
Going away get together with a few friends. Nice and Cozy on a wet Seattle Sunday night. Server had great recommendations and was super nice. Atmosphere was nice and chill . It got much busier about the time we left. Had the best Sazarac custom made to my liking.
Great speakeasy near downtown Seattle. Reservations are a must, but totally worth it!
A birthday celebration. It was not quite what we were expecting for a speakeasy. It was very cold and the velvet curtain was not helping to keep the cold out. We asked to be moved and she did move us. But it was not a place we would come back. We will try another speakeasy.
Didn’t have food but cocktails were delicious, service was great, ambiance was fun. Will go again!
Food was extraordinary. It exceeded my expectations. Lovely and romantic. My non alcoholic herbal cocktail was divine.
My wife and I tried to go here several years ago. Other things came up and were not able to go. However, after long last, we were able to experience this wonderful place. Knee High Stocking Company is a speakeasy is the truest sense. Reservations are a must. Because they check who you are at the door. Your biggest challenge will be to find the door itself. Which is half the fun. When you get in, you will be brought into one of The classiest and intimate venues in the Seattle area. Wait staff is attentive and polite. The food is good, but that’s not why you come here. You come for the drinks. Each one is a hand-crafted masterpiece and I would hazard to say the most creative libations to be mixed in this city. This is the perfect place for a first date, anniversary, a quiet night out, or to be with one’s self contemplating the universe.
I have been to Knee High Stocking company a few times and it is always a fun place to go. This time I brought some friends from out of town and they loved it! Very cool novelty bar to take people.
Great bartender, entertaining and funny!
Just lose the TV downstairs...it exacerbates the darkness.
When arriving it looks like any of the houses around, which is cool since it’s a speakeasy. You can’t use flash to take photos and it’s basically dark inside, therefore, we couldn’t take any photos. Our drinks were incredibly expensive for what they were, $19 for a cocktail is ridiculous. We initially came to have dinner and drinks. The food was not dinner food (more bar type food) and expensive again. So we left starving, went to an amazing restaurant down the street and had a better experience there.
Honestly, don’t recommend.
Service was a little slow but overall good food and atmosphere
Food was lower quality than I’d expect but the drinks were good. Very lovely/ cozy environment, though maybe just a tad too dark. Even though we made a reservation we were made to wait outside in the cold for about 10 minutes. Overall it’s a really fun idea as a speak easy but the execution is falling short.
Great service & great drinks. Drinks done to perfection.
I found the ambience to be nice and the service, food and drinks to be very good but over priced for what you get. We are from Victoria, BC Canada and things here are already over priced and the drinks at the Kneehigh Stocking Company were even more expensive.
Please be aware that the place has 3 different rooms. We were seated in the room by the entrance which is not romantic nor it is indicative of the whole speakeasy theme. Try to ask the hostess to get out you seated in the room downstairs which has much better ambiance.
Cozy and classic. Good drink smithing. Friendly staff. But a place endowed with this level of romantic ambiance, and small space to fill, should use real candles. The plastic electric “easy” faux candles and faux flowers betray their willingness to cut corners, preventing Knee High from being something truly special.
Stopped for drinks. Drinks were good but service was slow. Bartender was self induced over worked. If he could focused on one order at a time he would more quicker. Watched and waited for one drink 15 minutes....
I really liked our visit to KHSC this past weekend. This will now become one of my favorite places to go in Seattle. The cocktails were great, the food was really good and the intentionally "smaller" atmosphere was intimate, darkly lit and fun. Note: I think you need a reservation to get in and if you have a larger party, you can book their lounge.
We were excited to go to this speakeasy because of the Filipino inspired cuisine. The vibe to the place was good, everything I expected, nice music, vibes but a little dark, but it was okay. As for the food, I was excited to try the arroz caldo because I love arroz caldo and I thought it was going to be really good. I was quite disappointed. It had no flavor, very bland. It tasted like watered down soft rice with pieces of chicken. There was no flavor, I didn't taste the ginger or garlic, or even chicken broth, or salt and pepper. I was highly disappointed and I don't think it was worth the $17 I paid for. I wouldn't recommend getting any of the food here. I really thought the food would be more Filipino if that makes sense, it wasn't great. I think it was a little offensive side when the waitress/hostess asked us if we were Filipino because we said the names of the food choices correctly like it was funny but then again, it was like uhm okay. Anyways, I would recommend this place for drinks and NOT for the food.
This exceeded our expectations for a speakeasy. Loved the drinks, food and ambiance
Drinks were awful. Service was hideous. Had to wait 40 mins to even order then another 40 mins to even get our first drink. Would not recommend!!!