Washington in my home state and Seattle is our crown jewel, an emerald to be exact. It’s a wonderful eating and drinking city. Home to famous and not so famous cocktail bars.
This is our most famous bar. Canon is internationally recognized as one of the best places in the world to drink. They boast America’s largest spirit collection at over 4,000 bottles. It’s a very small bar and 90% of it is first-come-first-serve. They do take a few reservations each night. Just book early, trust me it’s worth it.
One of the first to jump into the speakeasy scene 10 years ago BG&C is still a solid speakeasy. They are tucked in an alley in Belltown with only a tiny sign marking the unlabeled door. It’s on 2 floors in the boiler room of a old hotel. It’s small, dark and and the cocktails are strong. They also have a nice collection of exotic spirits from around the world.
Rob Roy, you know like the cocktail. Perhaps I fell for this place because they have an entire menu of Rob Roy variations. Or it could have been the incredibly decorative fruit slices they use to keep the urinals fresh. Either way, it’s a great spot. Interesting cocktails, great conversation in a modern space.
Don’t let the minimal web presence or 1980’s neon martini sign scare you off. As long as Jacob Hise is here making drinks Suite 410 is worth a visit. This is an urban bar in downtown Seattle that is simple but good.
This little gem is hidden inside the Palladian Hotel. Dark wood, marble bar, & Edisonian era lights. It calls itself a European social salon. Both the food and the cocktails are noteworthy. Well designed, interesting and balanced.