Don't miss a one of Seattle’s hottest new bars, breweries and lounges. We've got hip new lounges hitting Capitol Hill, distillery tours in Interbay, slushie machines whirring in West Seattle and more beer bars than you could kick a can at. Wherever you decide to grab a drink, be ready for surprise and delight around every corner of the city.
Must-order: Anything made with Batch 206’s latest release. Right now we’re digging its three-year-aged rum (ask for a Monchito en Fuego with the rum jazzed up with mezcal and coconut milk). There’s also house-distilled gin, bourbon, vodka and moonshine (which you can get a shot of for just five bucks).
Insider tip: The tasting room opens at 2 PM, so be sure to come early at least once for a tour of the distillery and tasting. Stay for the deep-dish pizza and cocktails when the Batch Bar opens at 4 PM.
Must-order: The happy-hour menu is coming soon, but you can grab a can of Rainier paired with a shot of whiskey for just $5 all day, every day. Still, the real draw is the craft cocktails. Check out the Smooth Landing with bourbon barrel-aged Big Gin, Punt e Mas and crème de cassis or the Maria Maria, a Luxardo-tinged margarita finished with egg white.
Insider tip: This neighborhood joint closes at 1 AM on weekends, but the kitchen only serves until 10 PM (9 PM on weeknights). Get there early to grab smoked salmon crostini, bacon-stuffed dates or hatch chile-infused mac ‘n’ cheese.
Must-order: Anything that will keep you out on the dance floor, but we’re into the Red Light, featuring vodka and a hit of Chambord, livened up with a squeeze of lemon.
Insider tip: Although there is a DJ every night at this lounge, Saturday is the only day with a cover — a reasonable $5.
Must-order: Beer, served at precisely 42 or 52 degrees, depending on the variety; anything off the Captain’s List of hard-to-find bottles
Insider tip: Make your own boilermaker by pairing a beer with one of No Anchor’s sipping spirits. We’re especially drawn to the Westland Peated American whiskey.
Must-order: A Paper Plane, fortified with Old Forester, Aperol and amaro
Insider tip: Late-night eats in Belltown can be hit-or-miss — stop by here for an oxtail-topped burger, chorizo-spiked clams and burrata until 1 AM.
Must-order: Beer, whether something from the light and crisp section, the bright, funky and fruity section or the high gravity section
Insider tip: Keep an eye on Cantine’s Facebook page for updates on weekly trivia night, which games will be showing and what quirky new beers are on tap.
Must-order: A Viking Negroni, made with aquavit, cynar and grapefruit bitters
Insider tip: Tuesday – Friday this Fremont spot hosts a two-hour happy hour (4–6 PM) that features $2 Rainier tallboys and $2 off food and craft cocktails.
Must-order: One of the four varieties of slushie, including Singapore Sling and strawberry margarita
Insider tip: Forget sitting and hang out by the Skee-Ball game instead. You can play a game and still get mouth-numbing Sichuan beef brought right to you.
Must-order: My Favorite Light Jacket, made with vodka, Lillet rose and pamplemousse
Insider tip: Come for brunch and don’t forget the kids — they get their own special brunch menu (complete with Snoqualmie root beer and French toast bites).
Must-order: Whatever catches your fancy off the 50 constantly rotating taps and 29 fridges full of beer
Insider tip: You'll want to pack a picnic for this beer hall as TeKu Tavern doesn’t serve food.