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Updating the Eater SEA Booze Map: Where To Drink Now

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As a complement to Eater's Heatmap on where to grab a bite right now, it's time to hone in on where the dedicated tipplers are currently killing their livers with craft cocktails. Here, in alphabetical order, is a beacon of bars currently creating a stir. Four new additions make the list: Aragona, Brimmer & Heeltap, Miller's Guild and Roux.

See any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


January, 2014: IN: Aragona, Brimmer & Helltap, Miller's Guild, Roux
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Aragona

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96 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-3590
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Caprichos and cocktails are the name of the game at Jason Stratton’s new downtown Spanish hotspot, where the drinks are overseen by former Il Bistro and Tavern Law rockstar barman David Nelson. Try Los Gintonic, the “unofficial Spanish national cocktail,” with three varieties of gin and fancy mixing agents, like Fever Tree tonic and Bonal Gentiane-quina. Hook your designated driver up with a house horchata and everyone drinks feliz.
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2. Bar Code

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1020 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 455-4273
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Cocktail enthusiasts on the Eastside just scored a new watering hole. Bar Code’s bar manager Evan Martin is a pro at developing delicious drinks using interesting seasonal ingredients and riffs on classic recipes. Get a Bar Code Tonic: carbonated cinchona bark & citrus infused gin.
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3. Barnacle

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-3379
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If good things come in small packages, this place is the best. With only a dozen or so seats, the bar offers a creative menu of drinks, many using vermouth as a main ingredient. Complimentary Lay’s potato chips arrive with your order. Additional selections of superb snacks, like octopus terrine and rabbit pâté, go great with drinks.
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4. Brimmer & Heeltap

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425 NW Market
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-2534
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Look through the window of this brand spankin’ new Ballard restaurant, and you’ll see guests occupying the bar till way late. Their drink list shows off pamplemousse-tinged rosemary fizzes, tall boys, and a focused wine list. Late night bites offer tartare, dessert, and even family meal for the parched and peckish.
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5. Capitol Cider

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818 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 397-3564
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Cider is the next big thing and Capitol Cider is where you should be drinking it. They have the largest selection of cider on tap in the states right now. Craft cocktails, beer, wine, a room for games, another for more intimate parties, and a full menu of naturally gluten-free food makes this a perfect hang out.
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6. E. Smith Mercantile

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208 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 641-7250
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The tiny back bar (simply called the Back Bar at E. Smith Mercantile) is a favorite spot for those who know it exists. Open since September, the craft cocktails come courtesy of bar manager Craig Schoen and made by E. Smith purveyor Jessie Poole. Consider yourself lucky if you snag one of the 14 barstools.
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7. Miller's Guild

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620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-3663
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Hot dates call for sexy cocktails, like one with pear/fennel shrub and another with maple syrup, smoked salt, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur, and bourbon. You can count on cask-finished vodka, gin, and moonshine to keep things interesting — you know, if the ever-revolving nose-to-tail “Infierno”-roasted menu doesn’t thrill you enough.
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8. The Old Sage

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1410 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7430
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The newest cocktail bar opened by McCracken & Tough (SPUR, Tavern Law, Coterie Room) is a cozy den dedicated to smoked food and smoked whisky (i.e. Scotch). Even if whiskey isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy you pulled up a bar stool here. But if it is, the Weekly Scotch Experience, with three pours, will introduce you to some fine specimens.
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9. Percy's & Co.

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5233 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-3750
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The new juice bar-meets-apothecary-cocktail bar has been hoppin' since opening in the former Old Town Ale House space mid-August. The drink list (with tons of herbal infusions: basil-infused tequila, sage-infused bourbon, dill-infused vodka, etc.) pairs well with the small plates menu curated by chef Dave Lamping (formerly of Bastille and Smith). Percy's comes courtesy of the team behind Cha Cha Lounge, Seattle's Ace Hotel and Rudy's, so the space is a visual stunner.
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10. Radiator Whiskey

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94 Pike St, Ste 30
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-4268
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As the name suggests, whiskey is the focus of the first cocktail bar opened by the folks behind Matt’s in the Market (and just across the hall). Many of their cocktails use the hooch from local distiller 2bar Spirits, so you can support two local businesses from one barstool. While sipping on a well-crafted whiskey cocktail, nosh on their amazing Buffalo-style fried chicken livers.
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11. Roux

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4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Bar manager Ian Cargill has served up drinks at Canon, Vessel, Bravehorse, and half the other bars you’ve sat at in recent memory. At Roux, he’s serving up classics with a twist, like the Tchoupitoulas Street Guzzle (pronounced Chop-A-Tulis) which will appeal to Dark ‘n Stormy fans, or try a Doctor Boggs, with pecan-infused Bourbon and chicory syrup.
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12. Stoneburner

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5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 695-2051
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Erik Carlson of Bastille is now also in charge of the cocktail menu of this new, super-popular restaurant opened by the same team. Punches, barrel-aged cocktails and twists on classics are all on the menu. Order the Colonel Cooler, which uses an Italian amaro as one of its main ingredients.
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13. Witness

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410 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-0248
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First time bar owner Greg Holcomb isn’t new to the industry; past gigs include Sazerac and Knee High Stocking Co. In his recently opened Capitol Hill address you’ll find an interior that looks like a small Southern Baptist church, giving you reason to literally worship your cocktail. Well-thought-out cocktails, delicious southern food, and genuine hospitality are all on the menu. The namesake Witness Cocktail is not to be missed.
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1. Aragona

96 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
Caprichos and cocktails are the name of the game at Jason Stratton’s new downtown Spanish hotspot, where the drinks are overseen by former Il Bistro and Tavern Law rockstar barman David Nelson. Try Los Gintonic, the “unofficial Spanish national cocktail,” with three varieties of gin and fancy mixing agents, like Fever Tree tonic and Bonal Gentiane-quina. Hook your designated driver up with a house horchata and everyone drinks feliz.
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96 Union St
Seattle, WA 98101

2. Bar Code

1020 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Cocktail enthusiasts on the Eastside just scored a new watering hole. Bar Code’s bar manager Evan Martin is a pro at developing delicious drinks using interesting seasonal ingredients and riffs on classic recipes. Get a Bar Code Tonic: carbonated cinchona bark & citrus infused gin.
[Photo Credit]
1020 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

3. Barnacle

4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
If good things come in small packages, this place is the best. With only a dozen or so seats, the bar offers a creative menu of drinks, many using vermouth as a main ingredient. Complimentary Lay’s potato chips arrive with your order. Additional selections of superb snacks, like octopus terrine and rabbit pâté, go great with drinks.
[Photo Credit]
4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Brimmer & Heeltap

425 NW Market, Seattle, WA 98107
Look through the window of this brand spankin’ new Ballard restaurant, and you’ll see guests occupying the bar till way late. Their drink list shows off pamplemousse-tinged rosemary fizzes, tall boys, and a focused wine list. Late night bites offer tartare, dessert, and even family meal for the parched and peckish.
[Photo Credit]
425 NW Market
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Capitol Cider

818 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Cider is the next big thing and Capitol Cider is where you should be drinking it. They have the largest selection of cider on tap in the states right now. Craft cocktails, beer, wine, a room for games, another for more intimate parties, and a full menu of naturally gluten-free food makes this a perfect hang out.
[Photo Credit]
818 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

6. E. Smith Mercantile

208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
The tiny back bar (simply called the Back Bar at E. Smith Mercantile) is a favorite spot for those who know it exists. Open since September, the craft cocktails come courtesy of bar manager Craig Schoen and made by E. Smith purveyor Jessie Poole. Consider yourself lucky if you snag one of the 14 barstools.
[Photo Credit]
208 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Miller's Guild

620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
Hot dates call for sexy cocktails, like one with pear/fennel shrub and another with maple syrup, smoked salt, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur, and bourbon. You can count on cask-finished vodka, gin, and moonshine to keep things interesting — you know, if the ever-revolving nose-to-tail “Infierno”-roasted menu doesn’t thrill you enough.
[Photo Credit]
620 Stewart St
Seattle, WA 98101

8. The Old Sage

1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The newest cocktail bar opened by McCracken & Tough (SPUR, Tavern Law, Coterie Room) is a cozy den dedicated to smoked food and smoked whisky (i.e. Scotch). Even if whiskey isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy you pulled up a bar stool here. But if it is, the Weekly Scotch Experience, with three pours, will introduce you to some fine specimens.
[Photo Credit]
1410 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Percy's & Co.

5233 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
The new juice bar-meets-apothecary-cocktail bar has been hoppin' since opening in the former Old Town Ale House space mid-August. The drink list (with tons of herbal infusions: basil-infused tequila, sage-infused bourbon, dill-infused vodka, etc.) pairs well with the small plates menu curated by chef Dave Lamping (formerly of Bastille and Smith). Percy's comes courtesy of the team behind Cha Cha Lounge, Seattle's Ace Hotel and Rudy's, so the space is a visual stunner.
[Photo Credit]
5233 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

10. Radiator Whiskey

94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle, WA 98101
As the name suggests, whiskey is the focus of the first cocktail bar opened by the folks behind Matt’s in the Market (and just across the hall). Many of their cocktails use the hooch from local distiller 2bar Spirits, so you can support two local businesses from one barstool. While sipping on a well-crafted whiskey cocktail, nosh on their amazing Buffalo-style fried chicken livers.
[Photo Credit]
94 Pike St, Ste 30
Seattle, WA 98101

11. Roux

4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Bar manager Ian Cargill has served up drinks at Canon, Vessel, Bravehorse, and half the other bars you’ve sat at in recent memory. At Roux, he’s serving up classics with a twist, like the Tchoupitoulas Street Guzzle (pronounced Chop-A-Tulis) which will appeal to Dark ‘n Stormy fans, or try a Doctor Boggs, with pecan-infused Bourbon and chicory syrup.
[Photo Credit]
4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

12. Stoneburner

5214 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Erik Carlson of Bastille is now also in charge of the cocktail menu of this new, super-popular restaurant opened by the same team. Punches, barrel-aged cocktails and twists on classics are all on the menu. Order the Colonel Cooler, which uses an Italian amaro as one of its main ingredients.
[Photo Credit]
5214 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

13. Witness

410 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
First time bar owner Greg Holcomb isn’t new to the industry; past gigs include Sazerac and Knee High Stocking Co. In his recently opened Capitol Hill address you’ll find an interior that looks like a small Southern Baptist church, giving you reason to literally worship your cocktail. Well-thought-out cocktails, delicious southern food, and genuine hospitality are all on the menu. The namesake Witness Cocktail is not to be missed.
[Photo Credit]
410 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

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