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Best Bars in Seattle

Seattle is infamous for its consistent rain, grunge music scene, and fresh-roasted coffee. There’s another thing that the city is also known for, and that’s their cocktails. Over the last 12 years or so, there’s been a bar culture that’s vibrant. It’s very well-developed, and it rivals those in London, San Francisco, and New York.

Seattle is definitely close on the heels of San Francisco, as far as cocktail culture goes. It’s necessary to represent on the West Coast.

There is even a Seattle Cocktail Culture app for the iPhone. There is some great cocktail trivia on the app too. This is a very thoughtful app, and it’s a comprehensive app that takes Seattle’s cocktail culture to a whole other level. You should also seek out some of the bartenders who make the cocktails that are mentioned in the app.

It’s frustrating to see that Seattle doesn’t get the recognition that it definitely deserves. It has several laid-back residents who don’t like to go out boasting, but they’re definitely passionate about the kind of drinking that they do. There’s a Washington State Bartenders Guild as well, and it’s helping to educate and train the next generation of mixologists. As I discovered on a recent trip, you could be sleepless in Seattle, but you won’t ever be thirsty. Let’s check out some of my favorite places to go and get a drink.

Bathtub Gin & Co.

This is one of the coziest, most intimate, and quaint bars there is right now. It’s located in a little townhouse in an alley in Belltown, and it almost feels like somebody’s bar at home. There are simply eight drinks you can choose from, but you can also pick out a classic cocktail too. If you’re here, try the Bobby Love Margarita.


This bar definitely embodies all of the Seattle vibe, and it does with a kind of ambience that’s sort of ilke grunge. The walls have some old concert posters that come from the ’90s, and there is furniture that is all no-frills, and it definitely makes this place more like a dive than a cocktail lounge. The drinks menu is definitely top-of-the-line, and it has an extensive collection of homemade infusions, syrups, and bitters too. If you’re here, try the Bardstown Cocktail.

Moshi Moshi Sushi

It takes a ton of skill to mix cocktails with sushi. You definitely won’t get disappointed with what Moshi Moshi has to offer. There is an extensive collection of spirits, and there are over 30 cocktails you can choose from on its menu too. If you’re here, try the Duppy Punch.

Rob Roy

Rob Roy is a cocktail bar for hipsters, and it has some great vintage barware, antique books, and taxidermy displays. It’s style is also sort of like the Seattle style with a vintage stereo system that blasts Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, and it’s got some amazing psychedelic posters up too. It’s definitely an eclectic place, and if you’re here, you should get the Rob Roy.


New York City has the spotted pig, and it’s the main “gastropub” in the city, but Spur is very close too. The restaurant has a menu full of drinks, seasonal cocktails, and British cocktails that would make many bars jealous. If you’re here, get the Hanky Panky.




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