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An Epic Guide to Chefs' Favorite Seattle Cocktail Bars

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It's been revealed where Seattle bartenders like to drink incognito. Now, continuing on with Cocktail Week 2013, it's time to find out where our local chefs like to drink after punching the clock.

Here, in no particular order, are the bars du jour of some of Seattle's cooking contingent. And for Throwback Thursday, might you revisit the favorite dive bars of Hollywood Tavern chef, Angie Roberts and the preferred cocktail stops of Spinasse's/Aragona's Jason Stratton?


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1. Ravish

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2956 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 913-2497
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Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Tamura: "I really think Ravish is the best bar in town because the guys that works there, especially Luke Mckinley, are super nice and friendly. After serving at the sushi bar, it's really nice to be served by guys who knows what it's like in this industry."
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2. Fireside Room at Sorrento Hotel

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900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-6400
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Mike Easton, Il Corvo: "I really love the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel. Not that the cocktails are anything out of the ordinary, but it's more about felling — like I've been transported to another time. And besides, when you sit in one of those big leather wing back chairs by the fireplace, you just want to be drinking a scotch."
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3. Rocco's

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2228 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2625
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Dana Tough, Spur/Tavern Law/Old Sage: "Rocco's. They're getting creative with their cocktail program."
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4. E. Smith Mercantile

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208 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 641-7250
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Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "This week, my vote goes to the Back Bar at E. Smith Mercantile. It's a unique concept, boutique and bar, and the cocktails are delicious. Plus, I feel really lucky to have a tiny cocktail lounge right across the street from Altstadt."
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5. Essex

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1421 NW 70th
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 724-0471
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Garrett Doherty, Kraken Congee: "The Essex in Ballard: small, loud, strong drinks, good bartender. Also, the small back bar at The Bitterroot BBQ: good beer and great food."
Charles Walpole, Blind Pig Bistro: "Essex is my favorite. They make a lot of their stuff including their version of fernet and the bartenders are cool. Plus it's stumbling distance to my house."
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6. Wedgwood Broiler

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8230 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 523-1115
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Mark Klebeck, Top Pot Doughnuts: "The Wedgwood Broiler. Great happy hour with old furnishings and old patrons."
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7. Oliver's Twist

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6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6673
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Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants: "Oliver's Twist. I can walk home. And they're very nice people."
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table: "Oliver's Twist. Robert is rad, cocktails are de-lish, staff rocks; it used to be my second home. Get a Gin-Gin Mule or a Duff & Blathers."
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8. Tavern Law

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1406 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-9734
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Daisley Gordon, Marché: "I really enjoy both Tavern Law and Canon. Both of them are serious about liquor and cocktails, as well as both spaces are well appointed."
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9. Palace Kitchen

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2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2001
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Mark Fuller, Ma'ono: "Palace Kitchen — great classic cocktails and plin; the horseshoe bar, chandeliers and the mural of the service-staff partying on the royal leftovers.
Lorettas Northwesterner: No one is judging what you do or don’t do while you are there. Double burger, single burger and fries. Beer and cheap whiskey.
Big Mario's: movies, pull tabs, great pizza. People watching – transient crowd
Mission: cozy, warm, nachos and margaritas.
Hooverville: hotdogs, darts, Buck Hunter, and the very low bar stool. I haven’t been in a while."
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10. Hazlewood

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2311 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-0478
Tyler Palagi, Radiator Whiskey: "Being a shot and a beer kind of bottom feeder it's rare I go out to find a crafty cocktail. But if I did I'd go to Hazlewood in Ballard. I'm happy with a Manhattan just about anywhere, but dive comfort is my cup. Jules Maes in Georgetown, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle. Brouwer's in Fremont. I usually take out-of-towners for the coldest beer in town at Lowell's in the Market. Hella frosty."
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11. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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Jason Franey, Canlis: "Canon is my favorite late night spot. Jamie Boudreau's cocktails are unprecedented."
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12. Zig Zag Cafe

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1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1146
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Thierry Rautureau, LUC, Rover's, Loulay: "A Manhattan at Zig Zag. So well balanced from alcohol to bitter to perfect sweetness."
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13. Cafe Munir

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2408 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-4190
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Eric Tanaka, Tom Douglas Restaurants: "It's not so much a bar, but a tip. I like Cafe Munir to drink a little whiskey. They have a tone, 100 or so, and have odd specials on them every now and then."
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14. Lottie's Lounge

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4900 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-0519
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Zoi Antonitsas, Westward: "I love Liberty for the negroni swizzle & black walnut old fashioned. Also, Lottie's is my neighborhood joint. Nothing fancy, but great people — one of the most diverse in seattle — and a legit stiff drink."
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1. Ravish

2956 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Taichi Kitamura, Sushi Kappo Tamura: "I really think Ravish is the best bar in town because the guys that works there, especially Luke Mckinley, are super nice and friendly. After serving at the sushi bar, it's really nice to be served by guys who knows what it's like in this industry."
[Photo Credit]
2956 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

2. Fireside Room at Sorrento Hotel

900 Madison St., Seattle, WA 98104
Mike Easton, Il Corvo: "I really love the Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel. Not that the cocktails are anything out of the ordinary, but it's more about felling — like I've been transported to another time. And besides, when you sit in one of those big leather wing back chairs by the fireplace, you just want to be drinking a scotch."
[Photo Credit]
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104

3. Rocco's

2228 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Dana Tough, Spur/Tavern Law/Old Sage: "Rocco's. They're getting creative with their cocktail program."
[Photo Credit]
2228 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

4. E. Smith Mercantile

208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "This week, my vote goes to the Back Bar at E. Smith Mercantile. It's a unique concept, boutique and bar, and the cocktails are delicious. Plus, I feel really lucky to have a tiny cocktail lounge right across the street from Altstadt."
[Photo Credit]
208 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

5. Essex

1421 NW 70th, Seattle, WA 98117
Garrett Doherty, Kraken Congee: "The Essex in Ballard: small, loud, strong drinks, good bartender. Also, the small back bar at The Bitterroot BBQ: good beer and great food."
Charles Walpole, Blind Pig Bistro: "Essex is my favorite. They make a lot of their stuff including their version of fernet and the bartenders are cool. Plus it's stumbling distance to my house."
[Photo Credit]
1421 NW 70th
Seattle, WA 98117

6. Wedgwood Broiler

8230 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Mark Klebeck, Top Pot Doughnuts: "The Wedgwood Broiler. Great happy hour with old furnishings and old patrons."
[Photo Credit]
8230 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

7. Oliver's Twist

6822 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Ethan Stowell, Ethan Stowell Restaurants: "Oliver's Twist. I can walk home. And they're very nice people."
Dustin Ronspies, Art of the Table: "Oliver's Twist. Robert is rad, cocktails are de-lish, staff rocks; it used to be my second home. Get a Gin-Gin Mule or a Duff & Blathers."
[Photo Credit]
6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Tavern Law

1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Daisley Gordon, Marché: "I really enjoy both Tavern Law and Canon. Both of them are serious about liquor and cocktails, as well as both spaces are well appointed."
[Photo Credit]
1406 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Palace Kitchen

2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Mark Fuller, Ma'ono: "Palace Kitchen — great classic cocktails and plin; the horseshoe bar, chandeliers and the mural of the service-staff partying on the royal leftovers.
Lorettas Northwesterner: No one is judging what you do or don’t do while you are there. Double burger, single burger and fries. Beer and cheap whiskey.
Big Mario's: movies, pull tabs, great pizza. People watching – transient crowd
Mission: cozy, warm, nachos and margaritas.
Hooverville: hotdogs, darts, Buck Hunter, and the very low bar stool. I haven’t been in a while."
[Photo Credit]
2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Hazlewood

2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Tyler Palagi, Radiator Whiskey: "Being a shot and a beer kind of bottom feeder it's rare I go out to find a crafty cocktail. But if I did I'd go to Hazlewood in Ballard. I'm happy with a Manhattan just about anywhere, but dive comfort is my cup. Jules Maes in Georgetown, Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle. Brouwer's in Fremont. I usually take out-of-towners for the coldest beer in town at Lowell's in the Market. Hella frosty."
[Photo Credit]
2311 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

11. Canon

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Jason Franey, Canlis: "Canon is my favorite late night spot. Jamie Boudreau's cocktails are unprecedented."
[Photo Credit]
928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Thierry Rautureau, LUC, Rover's, Loulay: "A Manhattan at Zig Zag. So well balanced from alcohol to bitter to perfect sweetness."
[Photo Credit]
1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

13. Cafe Munir

2408 NW 80th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Eric Tanaka, Tom Douglas Restaurants: "It's not so much a bar, but a tip. I like Cafe Munir to drink a little whiskey. They have a tone, 100 or so, and have odd specials on them every now and then."
[Photo Credit]
2408 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117

14. Lottie's Lounge

4900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Zoi Antonitsas, Westward: "I love Liberty for the negroni swizzle & black walnut old fashioned. Also, Lottie's is my neighborhood joint. Nothing fancy, but great people — one of the most diverse in seattle — and a legit stiff drink."
[Photo Credit]
4900 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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