Seattle is no longer just the “coffee capitol of the world” (probably not actually the coffee capitol of the world, but they’ve got a lot of coffee, and, come on, Starbucks.) Seattle’s craft beer and cocktail scene is quickly getting noticed around the world. We’ve gathered a list of some of the best new bars in Seattle as of 2014, if you’re in the area you should definitely give one of these a try, I know I will.
This spacious North Seattle spot has the works: free pretzels, a casual interior with park bench-style seats, and an awesome selection of brews on tap ranging from light ales to a Abbey Style Dubbel, all of which are crafted by suds-makers adhering closely to the brewing traditions of France and Northern Belgium.
Opened in June by former Fleet Foxes member Bryn Lumsden, this stylish craft cocktail bar just off First in Pioneer Square serves all kinds of imbibables, like their Agricultural Punch w/ Agricole Rhum & fresh pressed sugarcane juice, and pairs them with solid eats (including a killer pastrami burger) from a former Walrus and the Carpenter chef, Eli Dahlin.
Opened by the Elysian Brewing guys, this not-at-all-beer-focused bar features whimsically named cocktails like Bastard Brothers (rye whiskey and Eastside Distilling spiced liqueur) and Hangman’s Tears (Smith & Cross Rum, Punt e Mes, Chin China, lemon, and orange bitters), and an eats menu that categorizes its food items by land, water and… um, small plates (?) to avoid any confusion as to where that grilled sockeye came from.
After a brief hiatus, everyone’s favorite Medieval dive off 15th reopened in June, thanks in part to one of the dudes from Neumos, and is now sporting a sprawling bar, 30 beers on tap, and everything you need — pool, shuffleboard, darts, etc. — to come home with a few tales. Or, like, 20 even.
Everyone thought it was curtains for this well-loved institution in October of last year until dream team David Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse stepped in. A more polished version of the former venue/bar opened up in the end of March. Though music doesn’t happen quite as often as it used to, the booze flows aplenty and the bar connects to Lost Lake next door so you can grab a late-night breakfast/plate of tater tots.
From the crew behind Ballard’s La Carta de Oaxaca, MO’s second, and much more sprawling, location in Pike/Pine boasts a rooftop lounge outside, plus a more intimate bar inside, in both of which you can expect to be plied with an almost endless array of margaritas and some seriously sweet Mexican street food, including enfrijoladas that aren’t to be missed.
Opened in Mutiny Hall’s old space, this new beer bar is an outpost of a famed San Francisco suds-slinger, but it’s helmed by a dude who’s worked at local beer spots like Bottleworks and the Burgundian, and who is now pouring 40 carefully curated brews.
An extension of the beloved Blind Pig Bistro, Babirusa is a more booze-focused establishment, as evidenced by the fact they’re slinging something called Kitchen Booze for five bucks, and pairing a solid selection of beer and wine with things like pork collar steak and clam escabeche.