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Hottest Bars in Seattle

Don't miss a one of Seattle’s hottest new bars, breweries and lounges. We've got swanky rooftop bars with sweeping views of the city, 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. 

No Anchor

NewUs Pacific NorthwestBelltown
From the team behind Rob Roy comes this pocket-sized Belltown beer bar, where nearly 20 draft brews are organized by categories such as approachable, traditional, modern or esoteric, and poured at precise temperatures. The cozy space features wood-paneled walls and glass cabinets full of curiosities, and also offers cocktails, wine and a small food menu.

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. 

Cursed Oak Bar

This atmospheric Belltown bar, decked out in dark wood and illuminated only by a chandelier, low-wattage Edison bulbs and candles, has a long list of classic and inventive original cocktails, as well as a large whiskey selection. Upscale pub grub like fish roe–topped deviled eggs, a crispy oxtail-topped burger and Manila clams with saffron is served late into the night at tables or the L-shaped bar.

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. 


NewSouth Lake Union
A bar for beer geeks, this South Lake Union spot from the Vestal and Westward team combines a locally brewed tap list and an extensive global bottle list with pub favorites, including Frito pie with housemade corn chips, and fried bologna sandwiches. The clubby atmosphere includes a smattering of big screen TVs and a record player with a community-sourced playlist. P.S. bring your own record and earn a free beer.

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. 

The Helm

This breezy Fremont hangout pours craft cocktails, beer and wine to pair with a seafood-centric small-plates menu. Wood furnishings and nautical decorative touches lend a cozy feel to the relaxed space, complete with a roomy deck underneath market lights.

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. 

New Luck Toy

NewWest Seattle
This West Seattle watering hole pays homage to an iconic former neighborhood restaurant by the same name, pairing Chinese take-out staples like General Tso’s chicken with whimsical cocktails including slushy-machine tiki concoctions. Pinball, karaoke and Skee-Ball add to the playful atmosphere in the moody setting, complete with red paper lanterns and cozy booths.

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. 

Young American Ale House

Chef-owner Maria Hines (Tilth, Agrodolce) transformed her Mediterranean kitchen Golden Beetle into this Ballard gastropub, where she brings her dedication to certified-organic produce to a menu of comfort-food classics with a twist – from chicken wing confit to truffle mac ’n’ cheese. The warm, wood-filled space has a family-friendly vibe, with a bar turning out local beer, wine and craft cocktails for the grown-ups.

Must-order: My Favorite Sweater, 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). 

TeKu Tavern

NewQueen Anne
Named for a distinctive, long-stemmed beer glass, this Queen Anne hangout boasts a huge number of taps and fridges stocked with brews from around the globe, all organized according to flavor profile. The industrial taproom features a long bar and communal tables for drinking and noshing (there are a few snacks for sale, but outside food is also allowed), with growlers and bottles available for purchase.

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. 

Bar Vacilando

GastropubCapitol Hill
From the Black Bottle restaurants team comes this Capitol Hill bar specializing in craft cocktails, wines, local beers and upscale small plates. The chic black and gray room opens onto a casual brick courtyard.

Must-order: A Cooper; created with rye, elderflower and fernet

Insider tip: Snag a seat on the gorgeous covered patio and go for happy hour (3–6 PM daily) when drinks are $1 off and crusts (try the ham and béchamel) are just three bucks. 

Foreign National

Capitol Hill
From the team behind Capitol Hill Vietnamese restaurant Stateside comes this pocket-sized cocktail den serving up tiki classics, molecular mixology and snacks featuring French, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian flavors. The buzzy, moody space is illuminated by a glittering disco ball that reflects light off of shiny flamingo statues.

Must-order: The Foreign National with sour orange juice, pisco, amaro Montenegro, bergamot and neroli

Insider tip: The house sparkling pour is Tattinger, a steal for real champagne at $15 a glass ($65 for a bottle). This means your French 75 comes topped with Tattinger, and not some blasé brut. 

The Nest at Thompson Seattle

From the team behind Westward and Scout comes this sophisticated cocktail bar, offering indoor seating and outdoor fire pits from an elegant perch atop the Thompson Hotel Downtown. Artfully crafted cocktails in both small and large formats headline the menu, which also includes light bites, oysters, caviar and a few large plates to feed a crowd.

Must-order: The Juniper Titmouse, a ginned-up cocktail infused with Sichuan pepper, Dolin blanc and pomegranate molasses

Insider tip: Get there early to grab a boozy pop, made from classic cocktails like Palomas. There are only a certain amount made each day, so when they run out, they run out. 

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