During the pandemic, many wine bars in Seattle have needed to rethink their business plan, with many opting to emphasize retail (and some converting fully into bottleshops). But the experience of discovering great new wines is still as vibrant as ever, particularly with the recent boom of natural wine interest. Even with dining establishments allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, takeout and delivery are still primary options for local oenophiles, and there are some great neighborhood shops to go along with wine-focused bars. Here’s a cork-filled treasure map, listed from north to south.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. 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.Read More