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With a slew of recently-opened Seattle bars to choose from, you can’t go wrong with these excellent picks.
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Where to Drink in Seattle, November 2021

From a new downtown speakeasy in a historic hotel, to a wrestling-themed White Center bar, these are the hottest places to get a drink in Seattle

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With a slew of recently-opened Seattle bars to choose from, you can’t go wrong with these excellent picks.
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Seattle’s bar scene might have taken a hit with temporary, and permanent, closures during the pandemic, but a slew of recently-opened bars reflect an industry that’s bouncing back, with plenty of exciting new themes to explore. From Bellevue’s DwnUndr kitchen and bar with crowd-pleasing games like mini-golf and bocce ball, to Phocific Standard Time’s Vietnamese tree house vibe, or the elegant hideaway Founders Club, there’s a drinking den to suit whatever the mood requires.

Here’s a list of some of the newest bars from the last six months or so that are some of the coolest places to knock a few back. Bars are listed from north to south.

Added this month: Ballard’s Bar Sabine, South Lake Union’s self-pour taproom Tapster, downtown’s Founders Club, Phocific Standard Time, and Victor Tavern, Bellevue’s DwnUndr, and White Center’s Lariat Bar.

King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating or drinking outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on bars following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.

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1. Bar Sabine

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5307 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 208-0281
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French restaurant Bastille Cafe and Bar, a longstanding Ballard favorite from Seattle restauranteurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise, was forced to shutter during the pandemic. The two bounced back by rebooting as Sabine Cafe & Market in the same location in October 2020. Over a year later, Bar Sabine opened in the former space of Bastille’s Back Bar, featuring bold cocktails — like the Born Again, made with hibiscus gin, vodka, Szechuan peppercorn, rooibos tea aperitif, and lemon oil — and a Middle East-meets-Pacific Northwest menu.

Two cocktails are artfully displayed next to a side dish of cinnamon kefta.
In the place of the former Bastille Back Bar, Bar Sabine offers innovative cocktails and Middle Eastern dishes.
Bar Sabine

2. Crumby Sandwich & Spirits

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709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 946-1921
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Fremont’s upscale sandwich shop Crumby offers exceptional menu items like braised beef, crab cakes, or buttermilk chicken sandwiches, and the spirits side of the menu is just as robust. Check out Crumby’s blackberry cocktail made with bourbon, all spice, and egg whites, or the “build-your-own bloody mary” options on Sundays.

823 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 588-2224
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Former gastropub Lazy Susan in Queen Anne has reopened as SZN under new owner Jack Cheung. Diners will find similar playful decor and Korean-Mexican snacks on the menu as before, but the drinks side is where the spot really shines, with some inventive twists on classic cocktails. Try the SZN old fashioned with rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, and maple; or the Bustling ID made with vodka, lychee, orange liqueur and lemon.

4. Tapster Seattle

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1011 Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 257-1857
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Right in the heart of South Lake Union, Tapster Seattle is the city’s first self-pour taproom, featuring 57 taps of beer, cider, and wine (as well as some cold brew and kombucha options). One of the perks is that drinkers can try anything by the ounce before committing to a pint. Each tap has a touch screen that shows how much has been poured. There’s also plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, swings, bocce ball games, and more.

5. The Doctor's Office

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1631 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 741-7428
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The Doctor’s Office is a cozy, 12-seat Capitol Hill bar from actual medical professional Dr. Matthew Powell and bartender Keith Waldbauer. The main draw is its extensive list of spirits that spans many different prices and countries of origin, including Indian single malts, Japanese brandy, and Peruvian rum. Given the limited number of seats, it’s a good idea to make an appointment, er, reservation, beforehand.

6. DWNUNDR

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625 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(877) 396-8637
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Located in Bellevue’s Hotel 116, DwnUndr is an all-ages bar and grill with heated outdoor courtyard for cornhole and bocce ball games. There’s also plenty of indoors entertainment like Jenga, pop-a-shot, darts, and more. DwnUndr’s menu features comfort classics, beer, and cocktails. It also has specials like free hot dogs during Seahawks games.

7. The Victor Tavern

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 649-4040
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The latest addition to the family of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, The Victor Tavern opened in September, right across from the Amazon Spheres downtown. It’s the perfect lunchtime or after work hangout, complete with TVs, an open air patio, and gaming mezzanine with pool tables, shuffleboard, and more. Check out The Victor’s cocktail menu that features drinks like old town punch — with bourbon, black tea, lemon, and grapefruit — or the turf, made with gin, absinthe, orange, and lemon zest.

8. Phocific Standard Time

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1923 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

Viet style tree house” Phocific Standard Time (PST) is an intimate bar right above Pho Bac’s downtown location that serves cocktails made with Vietnamese ingredients and flavors. Try the trung muoi, made with a pho fat washed Japanese whisky, cream sherry, carcavelos wine, and salted egg yolk; or nuoc mat, a cocktail with soju, Cocchi Americano, logan, and citrus and jasmine flavors. Co-owner Yenvy Pham has whipped up a playful menu with offerings like a creamy, cheesy crab dip that perfectly compliments PST’s drinks.

9. Inside Passage

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1108 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

At this sibling bar to next door Rumba on Capitol Hill, there’s an over-the-top oceanic fantasy mood, with a giant tentacled sea creature hanging from the ceiling, thatched booths, and a variety of tropical-leaning cocktails in elaborate mugs made for Instagram. Check out the Ballard fog cutter, a cocktail you can drink out of a horn, or the dinglehopper, a drink inspired by The Little Mermaid.

10. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Canon is simply one of the premier booze destinations in Seattle, known for an extensive aged spirits selection and expertly crafted drinks. After a long hiatus, it reopened in August with a full menu and indoor seating, serving up classics and some seasonal concoctions, such as the Anning martini (with oyster shell gin) and the Summer Fashioned (with bourbon, rum, apple brandy, and lingonberry).

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The Anning martini is a Canon classic.
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11. Founders Club

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411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

The historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel recently opened its new speakeasy Founders Club, located literally behind a bookcase just off of the Olympic Bar. An enclave for aged, limited edition, and rare spirits, Founders Club is a decadent hideaway with leather couches, polished brass, low lights, and mirrored ceiling. Secure your seat by reservation only.

12. In The Heart

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Alley entrance, 4547 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 384-1710
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A New Orleans-influenced speakeasy recently opened in the back of West Seattle’s Lika Love clothing boutique, with a Big Easy cocktail list that includes Sazeracs, Hurricanes, and Ramos fizzes, along with a few substantial bites. For those who really want to party after shopping, $2 Jell-O shots made with rum and passionfruit juice are on offer as well.

13. Lariat bar

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9827 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

White Center’s wrestling-themed bar Lariat aims to be a destination for Seattle’s underserved wrestling fans, as well as a cozy spot for locals. Filled with nostalgic wrestling memorabilia, notably from the 1980s and 1990s, Lariat also has TVs and a mini wrestling ring.

1. Bar Sabine

5307 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Two cocktails are artfully displayed next to a side dish of cinnamon kefta.
In the place of the former Bastille Back Bar, Bar Sabine offers innovative cocktails and Middle Eastern dishes.
Bar Sabine

French restaurant Bastille Cafe and Bar, a longstanding Ballard favorite from Seattle restauranteurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise, was forced to shutter during the pandemic. The two bounced back by rebooting as Sabine Cafe & Market in the same location in October 2020. Over a year later, Bar Sabine opened in the former space of Bastille’s Back Bar, featuring bold cocktails — like the Born Again, made with hibiscus gin, vodka, Szechuan peppercorn, rooibos tea aperitif, and lemon oil — and a Middle East-meets-Pacific Northwest menu.

5307 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Crumby Sandwich & Spirits

709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Fremont’s upscale sandwich shop Crumby offers exceptional menu items like braised beef, crab cakes, or buttermilk chicken sandwiches, and the spirits side of the menu is just as robust. Check out Crumby’s blackberry cocktail made with bourbon, all spice, and egg whites, or the “build-your-own bloody mary” options on Sundays.

709 N 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. SZN

823 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Former gastropub Lazy Susan in Queen Anne has reopened as SZN under new owner Jack Cheung. Diners will find similar playful decor and Korean-Mexican snacks on the menu as before, but the drinks side is where the spot really shines, with some inventive twists on classic cocktails. Try the SZN old fashioned with rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, and maple; or the Bustling ID made with vodka, lychee, orange liqueur and lemon.

823 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Tapster Seattle

1011 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

Right in the heart of South Lake Union, Tapster Seattle is the city’s first self-pour taproom, featuring 57 taps of beer, cider, and wine (as well as some cold brew and kombucha options). One of the perks is that drinkers can try anything by the ounce before committing to a pint. Each tap has a touch screen that shows how much has been poured. There’s also plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, swings, bocce ball games, and more.

1011 Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109

5. The Doctor's Office

1631 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

The Doctor’s Office is a cozy, 12-seat Capitol Hill bar from actual medical professional Dr. Matthew Powell and bartender Keith Waldbauer. The main draw is its extensive list of spirits that spans many different prices and countries of origin, including Indian single malts, Japanese brandy, and Peruvian rum. Given the limited number of seats, it’s a good idea to make an appointment, er, reservation, beforehand.

1631 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102

6. DWNUNDR

625 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Located in Bellevue’s Hotel 116, DwnUndr is an all-ages bar and grill with heated outdoor courtyard for cornhole and bocce ball games. There’s also plenty of indoors entertainment like Jenga, pop-a-shot, darts, and more. DwnUndr’s menu features comfort classics, beer, and cocktails. It also has specials like free hot dogs during Seahawks games.

625 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

7. The Victor Tavern

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The latest addition to the family of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, The Victor Tavern opened in September, right across from the Amazon Spheres downtown. It’s the perfect lunchtime or after work hangout, complete with TVs, an open air patio, and gaming mezzanine with pool tables, shuffleboard, and more. Check out The Victor’s cocktail menu that features drinks like old town punch — with bourbon, black tea, lemon, and grapefruit — or the turf, made with gin, absinthe, orange, and lemon zest.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Phocific Standard Time

1923 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Viet style tree house” Phocific Standard Time (PST) is an intimate bar right above Pho Bac’s downtown location that serves cocktails made with Vietnamese ingredients and flavors. Try the trung muoi, made with a pho fat washed Japanese whisky, cream sherry, carcavelos wine, and salted egg yolk; or nuoc mat, a cocktail with soju, Cocchi Americano, logan, and citrus and jasmine flavors. Co-owner Yenvy Pham has whipped up a playful menu with offerings like a creamy, cheesy crab dip that perfectly compliments PST’s drinks.

1923 7th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

9. Inside Passage

1108 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

At this sibling bar to next door Rumba on Capitol Hill, there’s an over-the-top oceanic fantasy mood, with a giant tentacled sea creature hanging from the ceiling, thatched booths, and a variety of tropical-leaning cocktails in elaborate mugs made for Instagram. Check out the Ballard fog cutter, a cocktail you can drink out of a horn, or the dinglehopper, a drink inspired by The Little Mermaid.

1108 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Canon

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A martini on a bar with smoke rising from the glass
The Anning martini is a Canon classic.
Canon/Instagram

Canon is simply one of the premier booze destinations in Seattle, known for an extensive aged spirits selection and expertly crafted drinks. After a long hiatus, it reopened in August with a full menu and indoor seating, serving up classics and some seasonal concoctions, such as the Anning martini (with oyster shell gin) and the Summer Fashioned (with bourbon, rum, apple brandy, and lingonberry).

928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Founders Club

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

The historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel recently opened its new speakeasy Founders Club, located literally behind a bookcase just off of the Olympic Bar. An enclave for aged, limited edition, and rare spirits, Founders Club is a decadent hideaway with leather couches, polished brass, low lights, and mirrored ceiling. Secure your seat by reservation only.

411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

12. In The Heart

Alley entrance, 4547 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

A New Orleans-influenced speakeasy recently opened in the back of West Seattle’s Lika Love clothing boutique, with a Big Easy cocktail list that includes Sazeracs, Hurricanes, and Ramos fizzes, along with a few substantial bites. For those who really want to party after shopping, $2 Jell-O shots made with rum and passionfruit juice are on offer as well.

Alley entrance, 4547 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

13. Lariat bar

9827 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

White Center’s wrestling-themed bar Lariat aims to be a destination for Seattle’s underserved wrestling fans, as well as a cozy spot for locals. Filled with nostalgic wrestling memorabilia, notably from the 1980s and 1990s, Lariat also has TVs and a mini wrestling ring.

9827 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

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