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Nacho Borracho is one of the more well-known boozy slushie destinations in Seattle.
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Where to Find Terrific Boozy Frozen Drinks in Seattle

From daiquiris to froses to palomas, and beyond

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Nacho Borracho is one of the more well-known boozy slushie destinations in Seattle.
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As the weather warms up, many Seattle bars and restaurants are well equipped with boozy slushies so diners can get a buzz while beating the heat. During the pandemic, there have been plenty of frozen cocktails available to go, bottled up or available from takeout windows. But bars are also now starting more onsite service as well — and those frozen drinks might be refreshing on one of the many patios popping up around town. Here are some of the best ones worth a brain freeze on a hot day, 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. Local officials recommend that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should wear masks inside restaurants when not eating or drinking. Many bars and restaurants in Seattle (but not all) are also now requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining; for the latest restrictions, check restaurant websites or official social media pages. 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Rachel's Ginger Beer U Village

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There are three enticing options for boozy frozen drinks at this well-known Seattle franchise, including the black cherry Moscow mule and its “tropical” twist on a dark and stormy. But creative types might want to think about adding a shot of any spirit to the shop’s variety of floats, which are available for both takeout and dine-in, or go for the “build-a-mule” option.

Stampede Cocktail Club

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When to-go cocktails became ubiquitous in the summer of 2020, boozy otter/freeze pops were all the rage. This acclaimed cocktail destination in Fremont got in on the action then and has a seasonal one on offer now called the Shallow End, made with sherry-rested vodka, hazelnut, bourbon cream, cold brew, and vanilla.

Union Saloon

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This longtime Wallingford staple wets the whistle with slushy palomas, along with a few rotating options. All go well with a substantial selection of bar bites, including brisket sandwiches, tuna confit, and fried chicken sandwiches. Open for takeout, but there’s also some outdoor seating.

Bait Shop

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The dangerously delicious Painkiller at this fishing-themed Capitol Hill dive is a tropical mix of rum, pineapple, coconut, and orange juice, topped with nutmeg. There are also rotating frozen drinks, such as the tart Crown Green Apple Smash. Open for both dine-in and takeout with preorders available via Tock.

Bar Harbor

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There are few things that signal the height of summer like boozy slushies paired with lobster rolls and clam dip. This seafood and drinks oasis in South Lake Union has some seating on its patio, churning out frozen cocktails with rotating flavors, most recently a New York Sour, which is whiskey with a float of red wine.

Nacho Borracho

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This Capitol Hill dive bar is a frozen cocktail lover’s dream, with fantastic avocado margaritas, pink guava Moscow mules, and more. It’s also home to the stellar taco window El Xolo, as well as bagels from Loxsmith during breakfast and brunch hours Thursday through Sundays. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours is required for entry.

Navy Strength

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This popular Belltown bar is known for its potent tropical drinks, including a couple of well-crafted frozen options. On the menu currently are daiquiris and Saturn Slushies (made with dry gin, falernum, passionfruit, lemon, and orgeat, with an option of a rum float). In addition to takeout, there’s also dine-in service, but proof of vaccination is required to sit inside.

Screwdriver Bar

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This Belltown den that specialized in strong drinks and live rock shows opened up a new outdoor space called The Casbah. It’s slinging some icy cocktails at the moment, including a strawberry daiquiri-piña colada mix called the Miami Vice and Jungle Birds (pineapple and rum). Proof of vaccination is required for entry in the reopened downstairs bar.

Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

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Pike Place Market mainstay Shug’s drips old school soda fountain charm at 1st Avenue and Pine Street, with a takeout window that offers sundaes and drink kits to go. The bubbly champagne or prosecco floats come with a choice of sorbet: guava, mango, or peach. For those imbibing onsite, masks are required.

Marination Ma Kai

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The Hawaiian-Korean fast casual chain’s West Seattle flagship is right by the water, making it a prime location to get some snacks and frozen booze to cool off. Musubi sliders, kalbi beef tacos, Hawaiian mac salad, and kimchi fried rice are best washed down with a frose or two. Open for takeout and patio seating.

Milk Drunk

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This Beacon Hill fried chicken and ice cream shop (from the team behind Homer) is a family-friendly destination, but also offers a variety of adult beverages, including watermelon margaritas and frozen piña coladas. There’s also some sidewalk seating

Supreme

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This pizzeria is starting to become a West Seattle institution, with plenty of great pies and slices. But the drinks are just as satisfying, and include several sensational slushie options, most notably the citrusy Supreme-sicle, with whipped cream vodka, orange liqueur, and passion fruit puree. Those who want to dine-in without a mask must provide proof of vaccination.

Jude's Old Town

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This Rainier Beach neighborhood favorite is usually a great spot to tuck in for a cool one when the weather warms up. Jude’s is currently slinging a frozen pineapple juice mix, which comes with the choice of basically any spirit and an option to add the bar’s bitters. There’s also a small, covered streetside patio.

Rachel's Ginger Beer U Village

There are three enticing options for boozy frozen drinks at this well-known Seattle franchise, including the black cherry Moscow mule and its “tropical” twist on a dark and stormy. But creative types might want to think about adding a shot of any spirit to the shop’s variety of floats, which are available for both takeout and dine-in, or go for the “build-a-mule” option.

Stampede Cocktail Club

When to-go cocktails became ubiquitous in the summer of 2020, boozy otter/freeze pops were all the rage. This acclaimed cocktail destination in Fremont got in on the action then and has a seasonal one on offer now called the Shallow End, made with sherry-rested vodka, hazelnut, bourbon cream, cold brew, and vanilla.

Union Saloon

This longtime Wallingford staple wets the whistle with slushy palomas, along with a few rotating options. All go well with a substantial selection of bar bites, including brisket sandwiches, tuna confit, and fried chicken sandwiches. Open for takeout, but there’s also some outdoor seating.

Bait Shop

The dangerously delicious Painkiller at this fishing-themed Capitol Hill dive is a tropical mix of rum, pineapple, coconut, and orange juice, topped with nutmeg. There are also rotating frozen drinks, such as the tart Crown Green Apple Smash. Open for both dine-in and takeout with preorders available via Tock.

Bar Harbor

There are few things that signal the height of summer like boozy slushies paired with lobster rolls and clam dip. This seafood and drinks oasis in South Lake Union has some seating on its patio, churning out frozen cocktails with rotating flavors, most recently a New York Sour, which is whiskey with a float of red wine.

Nacho Borracho

This Capitol Hill dive bar is a frozen cocktail lover’s dream, with fantastic avocado margaritas, pink guava Moscow mules, and more. It’s also home to the stellar taco window El Xolo, as well as bagels from Loxsmith during breakfast and brunch hours Thursday through Sundays. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours is required for entry.

Navy Strength

This popular Belltown bar is known for its potent tropical drinks, including a couple of well-crafted frozen options. On the menu currently are daiquiris and Saturn Slushies (made with dry gin, falernum, passionfruit, lemon, and orgeat, with an option of a rum float). In addition to takeout, there’s also dine-in service, but proof of vaccination is required to sit inside.

Screwdriver Bar

This Belltown den that specialized in strong drinks and live rock shows opened up a new outdoor space called The Casbah. It’s slinging some icy cocktails at the moment, including a strawberry daiquiri-piña colada mix called the Miami Vice and Jungle Birds (pineapple and rum). Proof of vaccination is required for entry in the reopened downstairs bar.

Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream

Pike Place Market mainstay Shug’s drips old school soda fountain charm at 1st Avenue and Pine Street, with a takeout window that offers sundaes and drink kits to go. The bubbly champagne or prosecco floats come with a choice of sorbet: guava, mango, or peach. For those imbibing onsite, masks are required.

Marination Ma Kai

The Hawaiian-Korean fast casual chain’s West Seattle flagship is right by the water, making it a prime location to get some snacks and frozen booze to cool off. Musubi sliders, kalbi beef tacos, Hawaiian mac salad, and kimchi fried rice are best washed down with a frose or two. Open for takeout and patio seating.

Milk Drunk

This Beacon Hill fried chicken and ice cream shop (from the team behind Homer) is a family-friendly destination, but also offers a variety of adult beverages, including watermelon margaritas and frozen piña coladas. There’s also some sidewalk seating

Supreme

This pizzeria is starting to become a West Seattle institution, with plenty of great pies and slices. But the drinks are just as satisfying, and include several sensational slushie options, most notably the citrusy Supreme-sicle, with whipped cream vodka, orange liqueur, and passion fruit puree. Those who want to dine-in without a mask must provide proof of vaccination.

Jude's Old Town

This Rainier Beach neighborhood favorite is usually a great spot to tuck in for a cool one when the weather warms up. Jude’s is currently slinging a frozen pineapple juice mix, which comes with the choice of basically any spirit and an option to add the bar’s bitters. There’s also a small, covered streetside patio.

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