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Bartenders Reveal Their Under the Radar Drinking Joints

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When one serves drinks for hours, one needs an escape at the end of the night — preferably to a dim-lit establishment where stiff, cheap drinks are always on tap and the general population is not. In continuing with Cocktail Week 2013, some of Seattle's booze slinging proletariat dish on the under-the-radar bars they like to visit off-shift.

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1. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

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801 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-2700
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Anu Apte, Rob Roy: "I like going to Fadó to watch fútbol and drink beer. When I do have cocktails, I go to places that aren't under the radar because I know they'll make the drink right. I also like going to Tavolata, Black Bottle, or Tillikum, for food and wine."
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2. The Yard Cafe

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8313 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-1746
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Robert Rowland, Oliver's Twist: "I have my preshift pint at The Yard. Always great beer on tap and paired with a couple of adobada tacos and some fresh guacamole fortifies me for the looming shift to come."
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3. Polar Bar

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700 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 631-8082
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Gavin DeCantillon, Percy's & Co.: "The bar at the Arctic Club (The Polar Bar). It's grown and sexy, and has one of the best bartender's in Seattle. It's a gem."
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4. Sully's Snowgoose

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6119 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-9231
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Jesh Madden, The Gerald: "$2 pints on Tuesdays, plus Caitlin is a super cute bartender."
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5. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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Linda Derschang, Linda's/Oddfellows/King's/Bait Shop/Smith: "My new favorite place is Loretta's in South Park. My old favorite is Bottlehouse in Madrona. [Proprietors] Soni and Henri let me bring my dog Jack during the summer."
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6. Vito's

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927 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 397-4053
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Tyler Stamon, Stoneburner: "Beers and brown backs in all the hotel bars! You also get the most random crowd types. It's fun to meet business types or tourists. Plus, there's never industry there.
For vino, Marché in the market. Best patio and wine list in Seattle. Lots of variety and always a good experience. Cyril is a wine OG and all should pony up — he's a wealth of knowledge.
For a drink, though, Vito's and Cicchetti. Great little neighborhood bars with good spirits and food. Dive bars: Teddys on Roosevelt, Nickerson Street Saloon, The Zoo Tavern, and Laredos. I'm addicted to margarita machines!"
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7. The Grizzled Wizard

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2317 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 395-4749
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Brady Sprouse, Smith and Oliver's Twist: "Grizzled Wizard for sure. It's a tiny little metal bar with a great beer selection and solid spirits. There's pinball and some Buck Hunter back there. And The Tin Hat is awesome because it's The Tin Hat. It has one of the best punk jukeboxes in the city."
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8. The Tin Lizzie Lounge

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600 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-1499
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Murray Stenson, Il Bistro: "The Tin Lizzie. It was pretty lame at first, with a sign out front saying it's a speakeasy. People would walk in and say 'Where's the speakeasy?' And it was right off a hotel lobby. But now they have a new management team and decent drinks. And they care. We needed an adult bar in Lower Queen Anne.
Branzino is great. Peter Lam, who built Il Bistro, also built it. So it has that great lighting, it's cozy, and has a good bar staff. They're professionals and they have that hospitality down, but with personality."
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9. Summit Public House

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601 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-7611
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Josh Haney, 418 Public House: "The Summit Public House. It was the first bar I walked into when I moved here from San Francisco, and it reminded me of the little places I used to hang out in. And The Lookout makes me feel like a tourist, without having to actually be a tourist, and has a great view. But the ultimate is The Quarter Lounge. It's a divey-ass bar, not a cocktail bar. Their drink special is a Touchdown. And they have really good corndogs. All they serve is corndogs and DiGiornio pizzas. No matter how drunk you are...well, it's a good last stop. They've called my girlfriend from my cell to come get me before."
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10. Lecosho

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89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-2101
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Heather Mercier, Bar Ferd'nand: "I always go to Lecosho cuz it's so close to my house. And they have food till 1 every night! And I always drink rosé because they always have a nice one and rosé is easy to chug."
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11. Golden City

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5518 20th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107-5214
(206) 782-6809
Travis Clark, King's: "If I'm trying to go incognito, I do Golden City. I'm most at ease in the divey-est environments. If you were to look for me on a free day, I'll be at Suite 410 or Art Bar. My after work spots are Golden City, The Ballard Smokeshop, and Tarasco's. I like to drink beer. But hey, sometimes you will see a cocktail menu and think, WTF? That's the drink I'll try. Outside of that, I subscribe to the champagne is ALWAYS acceptable school of thought."
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1. Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant

801 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Anu Apte, Rob Roy: "I like going to Fadó to watch fútbol and drink beer. When I do have cocktails, I go to places that aren't under the radar because I know they'll make the drink right. I also like going to Tavolata, Black Bottle, or Tillikum, for food and wine."
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801 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

2. The Yard Cafe

8313 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Robert Rowland, Oliver's Twist: "I have my preshift pint at The Yard. Always great beer on tap and paired with a couple of adobada tacos and some fresh guacamole fortifies me for the looming shift to come."
[Photo Credit]
8313 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Polar Bar

700 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Gavin DeCantillon, Percy's & Co.: "The bar at the Arctic Club (The Polar Bar). It's grown and sexy, and has one of the best bartender's in Seattle. It's a gem."
[Photo Credit]
700 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

4. Sully's Snowgoose

6119 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Jesh Madden, The Gerald: "$2 pints on Tuesdays, plus Caitlin is a super cute bartender."
[Photo Credit]
6119 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Linda Derschang, Linda's/Oddfellows/King's/Bait Shop/Smith: "My new favorite place is Loretta's in South Park. My old favorite is Bottlehouse in Madrona. [Proprietors] Soni and Henri let me bring my dog Jack during the summer."
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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

6. Vito's

927 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Tyler Stamon, Stoneburner: "Beers and brown backs in all the hotel bars! You also get the most random crowd types. It's fun to meet business types or tourists. Plus, there's never industry there.
For vino, Marché in the market. Best patio and wine list in Seattle. Lots of variety and always a good experience. Cyril is a wine OG and all should pony up — he's a wealth of knowledge.
For a drink, though, Vito's and Cicchetti. Great little neighborhood bars with good spirits and food. Dive bars: Teddys on Roosevelt, Nickerson Street Saloon, The Zoo Tavern, and Laredos. I'm addicted to margarita machines!"
[Photo Credit]
927 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

7. The Grizzled Wizard

2317 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Brady Sprouse, Smith and Oliver's Twist: "Grizzled Wizard for sure. It's a tiny little metal bar with a great beer selection and solid spirits. There's pinball and some Buck Hunter back there. And The Tin Hat is awesome because it's The Tin Hat. It has one of the best punk jukeboxes in the city."
[Photo Credit]
2317 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. The Tin Lizzie Lounge

600 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Murray Stenson, Il Bistro: "The Tin Lizzie. It was pretty lame at first, with a sign out front saying it's a speakeasy. People would walk in and say 'Where's the speakeasy?' And it was right off a hotel lobby. But now they have a new management team and decent drinks. And they care. We needed an adult bar in Lower Queen Anne.
Branzino is great. Peter Lam, who built Il Bistro, also built it. So it has that great lighting, it's cozy, and has a good bar staff. They're professionals and they have that hospitality down, but with personality."
[Photo Credit]
600 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Summit Public House

601 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
Josh Haney, 418 Public House: "The Summit Public House. It was the first bar I walked into when I moved here from San Francisco, and it reminded me of the little places I used to hang out in. And The Lookout makes me feel like a tourist, without having to actually be a tourist, and has a great view. But the ultimate is The Quarter Lounge. It's a divey-ass bar, not a cocktail bar. Their drink special is a Touchdown. And they have really good corndogs. All they serve is corndogs and DiGiornio pizzas. No matter how drunk you are...well, it's a good last stop. They've called my girlfriend from my cell to come get me before."
[Photo Credit]
601 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

10. Lecosho

89 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
Heather Mercier, Bar Ferd'nand: "I always go to Lecosho cuz it's so close to my house. And they have food till 1 every night! And I always drink rosé because they always have a nice one and rosé is easy to chug."
[Photo Credit]
89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

11. Golden City

5518 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-5214
Travis Clark, King's: "If I'm trying to go incognito, I do Golden City. I'm most at ease in the divey-est environments. If you were to look for me on a free day, I'll be at Suite 410 or Art Bar. My after work spots are Golden City, The Ballard Smokeshop, and Tarasco's. I like to drink beer. But hey, sometimes you will see a cocktail menu and think, WTF? That's the drink I'll try. Outside of that, I subscribe to the champagne is ALWAYS acceptable school of thought."
[Photo Credit]
5518 20th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107-5214

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