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Where to Order Some of Seattle’s Best Cocktails, April 2021

Relaxed booze laws continue, meaning there are great to-go bourbon drinks, soju-infused cocktails, and potent margaritas around the city

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Since Washington’s liquor and cannabis board made it legal to sell sealed mixed drinks to go, bars and restaurants around Seattle have jumped on the opportunity, even as limited indoor dining returns. Cocktail kits are still a thing in many places, but now mixologists can really show off their skills, with some creative vessels, since the rules stipulate cocktails must be served in sealed containers and ordered with at least one entree. Here are some of the most notable spots to get some boozy single-serve mixed drinks for takeout and, in some cases, delivery. They are listed from north to south.

Though all the restaurants and bars on the list offer takeout, a number have resumed limited outdoor or indoor dining as well, per current guidelines. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the King County COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Teachers Lounge

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8505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-2880
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Greenwood’s scholastically-inclined lounge just ramped up its cocktail takeout service, which must be ordered with grilled cheese (but no argument there). Among the selections are the Dirty Boulevard (bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and pimento dram) and the Warrior Poet (blended scotch, benedictine, and grapefruit juice). Takeout and limited dining available.

2. Oliver's Twist

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6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6673
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This Phinney Ridge neighborhood favorite features potent mezcal, bourbon, and vodka cocktails, including the summery Old Sally with blackberry-sage shrub and peach liqueur. And the food is not to be missed, as the bar recently pivoted to an excellent Cambodian menu. Open for takeout only with online preordering through the website.

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Oliver’s Twist in Phinney Ridge has excellent cocktails and Cambodian food.
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3. Baker's

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6408 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 327-9408
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This understated drinks destination in Sunset Hill features a mix of classic Prohibition-era cocktails, such as the 12 Mile Limit (Uruapan rum, rye, cognac, and grenadine), alongside more modern concoctions, such as the “Mean Girls”-themed So Fetch (Old Forester bourbon, amaro, and Dolin Genepy Des Alpes). Available for takeout and limited patio seating.

4. The Gerald

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5210 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 432-9280
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The longtime Ballard cocktail destination from owner Wes Yoo recently became a full-fledged Korean restaurant, with tteokkalbi, rice cake skewers, kimchi fried rice, and wings. But the drinks list is still robust, featuring soju and makgeoli prominently. Among the offerings is the poetically named Where Stars Drown, with Batavia arrack, honeydew infused soju, coconut milk, and absinthe. Available for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

5. The Mountaineering Club

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4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-2000
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The rooftop bar at the Graduate Hotel in U District recently launched its outdoor-themed Canteen to-go cocktails, with concoctions such as Can’t Stand The Rain (rum, lillet blanc, and amaro noveis) and Looking Under Logs (rye whiskey, oloroso sherry, and turmeric). Each serves two, and delivery is available via DoorDash (there’s limited indoor and outdoor seating, too).

6. Dreamland Bar & Diner

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3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 402-4902
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From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this all-day diner that has a solid drinks list, including guava Moscow mules, margaritas, passionfruit whiskey sours, and a vegan grasshopper slushie made with coconut cream. There’s also a happy hour menu that features sausage waffle corndogs. Limited patio seating is available.

7. Post Pike Bar & Cafe

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212A Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 402-4983
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This new all-day cafe on Broadway East has bagel sandwiches from partner business Westman’s and coffee in the morning, while rolling out a fun list of booze to go for the later hours. Options include mimosas and bloody marys for brunch, Mind eraser kits, and specials such as The Lyric (vodka, blackberry syrup, triple sec, and fresh lime juice).

8. Knee High Stocking Co

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1356 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 979-7049
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This Filipino speakeasy on Denny Way slings a mean spiked shrub cocktail, including the calamansi ginger-whiskey Lemonaid, a spiced rum ube Kool Aid, and the Super Assam (with black tea and gin). The food menu is stellar as well, including lumpia, sisig rice bowls, and pulled pork adobo sandwiches. Text takeout orders to (206) 979-7049.

9. Tamari Bar

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500 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 979-8800
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This Japanese bar on Capitol Hill put together a variety of home cocktail kits, but has since expanded the takeout selection to include frozen yuzu gimlets, spicy Moscow mules, and Toki highballs served in mason jars. Perfect for pairing with Tamari’s bento boxes. Available for takeout, delivery (Grubhub and Uber Eats), and limited indoor and outdoor dining.

10. Life On Mars

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722 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-9166
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After a winter hibernation, Capitol Hill’s throwback vinyl record-themed bar is back. The menu includes refreshing cocktails, such as the Chillwave (gin, amaro nonino, and citrus), along with vegan snacks (jackfruit tacos, cauliflower wings). Music fans can even order albums from the bar’s extensive collection. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining, both indoors and outdoors.

11. Local 360

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2234 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-9360
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Nearly a full year after closing, Belltown’s farm-to-table favorite has now reopened, with a new chef and — as the name would suggest — cocktails that emphasize local purveyors. Fremont distillery Mischief providing the base spirits for old fashioneds, as well as its Frenchified namesake Le Fremont, with gin, tine-spiced tea liqueur, honey, and grapefruit juice.

The sun-splashed bar and wood accents at Local 360, with a worker near a kitchen window in the back
Local 360 recently reopened after shutting down for nearly a year.
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12. Communion Restaurant & Bar

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2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 257-4227
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Acclaimed chef Kristi Brown gets deserved praise for the excellent food at her new Central District restaurant, mixing soul food with classic Vietnamese dishes. But the drinks side, run by son Damon Bomar, shouldn’t be overlooked, and features potent concoctions, such as the mango lychee rum punch Big Lit. Open for takeout through Toast and limited outdoor seating.

13. Bad Bishop

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704 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-3440
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Bad Bishop feels right at home in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, with its throwback vibe. After staying dormant for most of 2020, it’s once again slinging some excellent twists on classic drinks, including the Bluejay (a Toronto with blueberry and black peppercorn syrup, and habañero shrub). Available for takeout and delivery via the website, as well as limited indoor dining.

14. Island Soul

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4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 329-1202
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Rum is the specialty spirit at this Jamaican and New Orleans-influenced soul food restaurant in Columbia City, and current drink offerings, such as the blood orange rum old fashioned and the pineapple mojito, are fantastic. When it comes to food pairings, it’s hard to go wrong with the fried cornish hen or oxtail stew. Available for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

15. Georgetown Liquor Company

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5501 Airport Way S Ste.B
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 402-5367
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The well-loved, vegetarian-friendly bar got a revival from Alan Threewit, co-owner of Capitol Hill’s heavy metal-influenced den Highline. Its cocktail list is as stellar as ever, with a lavender, soy milk white Russian that even the Dude would love. Meanwhile, the all-vegan food menu features alternative protein takes on pulled pork, reubens, and French dips, available for takeout.

A glass filled with a White Russian-type drink on the rocks
Rocket to Russia, with lavender vodka and soy milk
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1. Teachers Lounge

8505 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Greenwood’s scholastically-inclined lounge just ramped up its cocktail takeout service, which must be ordered with grilled cheese (but no argument there). Among the selections are the Dirty Boulevard (bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and pimento dram) and the Warrior Poet (blended scotch, benedictine, and grapefruit juice). Takeout and limited dining available.

8505 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Oliver's Twist

6822 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The front of Oliver’s Twist bar with lights strung around the windows
Oliver’s Twist in Phinney Ridge has excellent cocktails and Cambodian food.
Oliver’s Twist [Official Photo]

This Phinney Ridge neighborhood favorite features potent mezcal, bourbon, and vodka cocktails, including the summery Old Sally with blackberry-sage shrub and peach liqueur. And the food is not to be missed, as the bar recently pivoted to an excellent Cambodian menu. Open for takeout only with online preordering through the website.

6822 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Baker's

6408 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This understated drinks destination in Sunset Hill features a mix of classic Prohibition-era cocktails, such as the 12 Mile Limit (Uruapan rum, rye, cognac, and grenadine), alongside more modern concoctions, such as the “Mean Girls”-themed So Fetch (Old Forester bourbon, amaro, and Dolin Genepy Des Alpes). Available for takeout and limited patio seating.

6408 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. The Gerald

5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The longtime Ballard cocktail destination from owner Wes Yoo recently became a full-fledged Korean restaurant, with tteokkalbi, rice cake skewers, kimchi fried rice, and wings. But the drinks list is still robust, featuring soju and makgeoli prominently. Among the offerings is the poetically named Where Stars Drown, with Batavia arrack, honeydew infused soju, coconut milk, and absinthe. Available for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

5210 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. The Mountaineering Club

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

The rooftop bar at the Graduate Hotel in U District recently launched its outdoor-themed Canteen to-go cocktails, with concoctions such as Can’t Stand The Rain (rum, lillet blanc, and amaro noveis) and Looking Under Logs (rye whiskey, oloroso sherry, and turmeric). Each serves two, and delivery is available via DoorDash (there’s limited indoor and outdoor seating, too).

4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

6. Dreamland Bar & Diner

3401 Evanston Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

From the owners of acclaimed drinks den Stampede Cocktail Club, comes this all-day diner that has a solid drinks list, including guava Moscow mules, margaritas, passionfruit whiskey sours, and a vegan grasshopper slushie made with coconut cream. There’s also a happy hour menu that features sausage waffle corndogs. Limited patio seating is available.

3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Post Pike Bar & Cafe

212A Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

This new all-day cafe on Broadway East has bagel sandwiches from partner business Westman’s and coffee in the morning, while rolling out a fun list of booze to go for the later hours. Options include mimosas and bloody marys for brunch, Mind eraser kits, and specials such as The Lyric (vodka, blackberry syrup, triple sec, and fresh lime juice).

212A Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

8. Knee High Stocking Co

1356 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

This Filipino speakeasy on Denny Way slings a mean spiked shrub cocktail, including the calamansi ginger-whiskey Lemonaid, a spiced rum ube Kool Aid, and the Super Assam (with black tea and gin). The food menu is stellar as well, including lumpia, sisig rice bowls, and pulled pork adobo sandwiches. Text takeout orders to (206) 979-7049.

1356 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Tamari Bar

500 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

This Japanese bar on Capitol Hill put together a variety of home cocktail kits, but has since expanded the takeout selection to include frozen yuzu gimlets, spicy Moscow mules, and Toki highballs served in mason jars. Perfect for pairing with Tamari’s bento boxes. Available for takeout, delivery (Grubhub and Uber Eats), and limited indoor and outdoor dining.

500 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Life On Mars

722 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

After a winter hibernation, Capitol Hill’s throwback vinyl record-themed bar is back. The menu includes refreshing cocktails, such as the Chillwave (gin, amaro nonino, and citrus), along with vegan snacks (jackfruit tacos, cauliflower wings). Music fans can even order albums from the bar’s extensive collection. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining, both indoors and outdoors.

722 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Local 360

2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
The sun-splashed bar and wood accents at Local 360, with a worker near a kitchen window in the back
Local 360 recently reopened after shutting down for nearly a year.
Local 360 [Official Photo]

Nearly a full year after closing, Belltown’s farm-to-table favorite has now reopened, with a new chef and — as the name would suggest — cocktails that emphasize local purveyors. Fremont distillery Mischief providing the base spirits for old fashioneds, as well as its Frenchified namesake Le Fremont, with gin, tine-spiced tea liqueur, honey, and grapefruit juice.

2234 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. Communion Restaurant & Bar

2350 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Acclaimed chef Kristi Brown gets deserved praise for the excellent food at her new Central District restaurant, mixing soul food with classic Vietnamese dishes. But the drinks side, run by son Damon Bomar, shouldn’t be overlooked, and features potent concoctions, such as the mango lychee rum punch Big Lit. Open for takeout through Toast and limited outdoor seating.

2350 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Bad Bishop

704 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Bad Bishop feels right at home in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, with its throwback vibe. After staying dormant for most of 2020, it’s once again slinging some excellent twists on classic drinks, including the Bluejay (a Toronto with blueberry and black peppercorn syrup, and habañero shrub). Available for takeout and delivery via the website, as well as limited indoor dining.

704 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Island Soul

4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Rum is the specialty spirit at this Jamaican and New Orleans-influenced soul food restaurant in Columbia City, and current drink offerings, such as the blood orange rum old fashioned and the pineapple mojito, are fantastic. When it comes to food pairings, it’s hard to go wrong with the fried cornish hen or oxtail stew. Available for takeout and limited outdoor seating.

4869 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Georgetown Liquor Company

5501 Airport Way S Ste.B, Seattle, WA 98108
A glass filled with a White Russian-type drink on the rocks
Rocket to Russia, with lavender vodka and soy milk
Georgetown Liquor Company/Instagram

The well-loved, vegetarian-friendly bar got a revival from Alan Threewit, co-owner of Capitol Hill’s heavy metal-influenced den Highline. Its cocktail list is as stellar as ever, with a lavender, soy milk white Russian that even the Dude would love. Meanwhile, the all-vegan food menu features alternative protein takes on pulled pork, reubens, and French dips, available for takeout.

5501 Airport Way S Ste.B
Seattle, WA 98108

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