With the abundance and variety of bars in Seattle, there's no excuse ever to go thirsty here — but when trying to share the greatest spots with friends and visitors, where should locals even begin narrowing down the contenders?
Belltown, Ballard Ave, and the Pike-Pine corridor of Capitol Hill are amusement parks for boozehounds — on 2nd Avenue in Belltown, for example, it's easy to drink from Guadalajara to Coney Island to the South Pacific without crossing the street.This guide includes some excellent options in those areas, and also highlights diverse standouts elsewhere in the city, with an emphasis on well-established, homegrown institutions along with a few newer bars that have added something novel to the scene. This list focuses on bars that serve spirits. We have separate lists for Seattle’s many fantastic wine bars and bottleshops, natural wine bars, and breweries.
Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.
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