Since this time last year, some remarkable things have happened: the Seahawks won the Super Bowl; Ukraine lost... um, like half of its country, apparently; oh, and these 11 sweet new Seattle bars opened, some of which you've hopefully already watched the 'Hawks in, which may explain why you're so fuzzy on that whole Ukraine thing.
Seattle's 11 best new bars of the year
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.
Helmed by some of the dudes behind Re:public, this elegant, Top Pot-adjacent 40-seater will, if you ask nicely, gladly pour you a double, but more importantly, they'll also serve you some next-level bar eats like Black Rice & Black Mussels w/ uni, crisp pork belly & fennel; Lobster Mushrooms & Veal Sweetbread Ragout; and a pomegranate-glazed pork chop.
The latest from the lady behind Linda's, King's Hardware, the Bait Shop, etc., this “neighborhood cafe” technically opened in the last few days of 2013, but we were so busy consuming tasty concoctions like the Quarter Horse (bourbon, seasonal shrub, citrus, and ginger beer) or the Holiday in Mexico (tequila, passion fruit, Campari, vanilla, allspice dram), and eating things like steelhead trout w/ sunchokes,
olives & arugula, or hanger steak w/ salsa verde & potato galette.
Backed by the Huxley Wallace Collective, this upscale sports bar has it all -- tons of flat screens to catch the game, a slushy machine, a rooftop garden, fire pits, plus a AstroTurf back bar. And booze? There’s plenty of that to go around too. Oh, and QA serves three different kinds of wings, as well as a bevy of shareable items like its slow roasted duck and andouille sausage, too.
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1. Lantern Brewing938 N 95th St, Seattle
2. Damn the Weather116 1st Avenue S, Seattle
3. Elysian Bar1516 2nd Ave, Seattle
4. The Canterbury Alehouse534 15th Ave E, Seattle
5. Comet Tavern922 E Pike St, Seattle
6. Mezcaleria Oaxaca422 E Pine St, Seattle
7. Toronado1205 NE 65TH AVE, Seattle
8. Babirusa2236 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle
9. Tallulah's550 19th Ave E, Seattle
10. Single Shot611 Summit Ave E, Seattle
11. Quality Athletics115 S King St, Seattle
Launched back in 2011, LB's been focused on making "unhurried" Belgian-style brews, and the North Seattle brewery didn't exactly hurry to open a tasting room either, but good things come to those who wait. And by good things we mean an 8% Abbey-style Tripel -- a lightly hopped (for a change) pale ale.
This cozy little bar with open brick walls and few rustic details keeps well with the atmosphere of its historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. With only a few local ciders and beers, Damn the Weather deals in a rotating selection of veggie-heavy shared plates and in cocktails, which on its menu range from "tall and fizzy," like the Chilcano to "short and fresh," like the scotchy Godfather Part II to "boozy and evocative," like the Tuxedo No. 3 with a daring dash of absinth.
From the crew behind some of Seattle's best beers, and run by some of Seattle's best barmen (Murray Stenson's behind the bar some nights!), this cocktail spot is a departure from their other suds-heavy locations, but in the best, most bricked-walled, and scratch-booze-beverage-laden way possible.
Canterbury has been a longstanding refuge for people from all walks of life. The scuzzy dive bar got revamped and feels more chalet-like than ever. Don't worry, it still has cheap booze, hearty food, and a bad ass staff.
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.
Mescaleria Oaxaca’s behemoth location on the corner of Pine and Summit sports little-to-no signage, but does come complete with rooftop dining and one of the most impressive selections of mescal in this market. Pair that with eats like fried quesadillas and sautéed shrimp tacos with pico, and you've got a winning combo for Mex eats in Cap Hill.
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 pouring 40 carefully curated brews.
The sister restaurant to Blind Pig Bistro is really more of an alcoholic counterpart in this family. Babirusa serves all kinds of beer, wine, and cocktails and is open from noon to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to midnight for dinner.
This eatery serves up innovative dishes like Hanger steak with charmoula and baby turnips and lamb burgers. To drink? Tallulah’s keeps two cocktails on tap (Basil Rickey and Marley’s Tonic) plus a hefty selection of original cocktails like the Fallows Aid which has scotch, fernet Jelinek and Dry Curaçao and the Quarter Horse which highlights bourbon, a seasonal shrub, citrus, and Rachel’s ginger beer.
Helmed by some of the dudes behind Re:public, this cozy, Top Pot-adjacent 40-seater will, if you ask nicely, gladly pour you a double, but more importantly, they'll also serve you some next-level bar eats like Black Rice & Black Mussels w/ uni, crisp pork belly & fennel.
This upscale sports bar in Pioneer Square has it all: tons of flat screens, a slushy machine, a rooftop garden, fire pits, and an AstroTurf bar out back. And that's before you even get to the food and drink. Quality Athletics is backed by restaurant giant the Huxley Wallace Collective, so although the food follows bar food norms (wings, nachos, burgers, BBQ), it's prepared by a top-notch chef. Its local craft beer selection ain't bad, either.