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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 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. 

Windy City Pie

Hefty Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas are the focus of this petite 21-and-over pizzeria, located inside the Batch 206 Distillery’s industrial-chic tasting room in Interbay. Twelve-inch pies – complete with a caramelized cheese crust and unusual toppings like candied bacon and blue cheese — are available for takeaway or to eat at a handful of tables.

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. 

Bar Charlie

Original cocktails crafted with local spirits are served up alongside small plates, sandwiches and charcuterie at this seaplane-themed Fremont watering hole. Drinks are served from a long bar crafted from vintage seaplane parts, while the bright dining room features art depicting the history of aviation on nearby Lake Union.

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. 

Sugar Hill

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Thai street food like khao mun gai (chicken rice) and pork skewers is on offer alongside craft cocktails at this buzzy, two-level Capitol Hill spot. Portraits of hip hop legends and shelves stuffed with vinyl line the walls, and DJ’s spin live music every night.

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. 

No Anchor

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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. 


South 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

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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 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). 

TeKu Tavern

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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. 

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