Fun fact: Seattle is home to more distilleries than any other city in America (24). Couple that with a dizzying number of local craft breweries, and you’ve got all the makings of a first-rate drinking town. Whether you’re looking for a beer-and-shot situation or a perfectly-prepared martini, here are the bars where you should wet your whistle.
Tucked away in Pike Place Market, this temple to brown liquor has a bit of a speakeasy feel, but none of the now-common speakeasy attitude. In fact, owner Dan Bugge is on a mission to make the sometimes-formidable world of whiskey, fun. Let the friendlier-than-friendly staff help you navigate the drink menu, which features over 100 whiskeys and seven rotating barrel-aged specials. Once the drunchies kick in, order the top-selling beef lip terrine, cornflake crusted chicken livers, or smoked pig’s head.
A distillery and bar in one, Sun Liquor swaps out the usual low lighting and dark decor for a blonde wood bar, booths, and a colorful, hand-painted map covering an entire wall. As for what to drink, anything made with Sun Liquor’s own gins and rums is a no-brainer. Libby’s Mai Tai, a popular carry over from Sun’s previous Capitol Hill location, is a refreshingly fruity concoction of light and dark rums with house made grenadine.