Food & Drink

Seattle's 10 best whiskey bars

Published On 04/30/2014 Published On 04/30/2014
whiskey
Chona Kasinger
Canon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium
9 Million in Unmarked Bills
Chona Kasinger
Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
Americana
Chona Kasinger
Tavern Law
The Whisky Bar
Chona Kasinger
Chona Kasinger
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1. Canon 928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This snug bespoke whiskey bar and bitters emporium makes up for its cozy quarters with an astounding collection of wine and spirits (peep the 94-page menu!). If that weren't reason enough to check out this Capitol Hill spot, Canon Whiskey holds the title for having the largest selection of American whiskey in the world... score!

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2. 9 Million In Unmarked Bills 3507 Fremont Pl, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

This laid-back Fremont boozer has a spacious patio and serves up specially crafted 'tails using fresh ingredients like muddled lemons & oranges, orange-spiced black tea-infused whiskey and rhubarb bitters.

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3. Radiator Whiskey 94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Radiator Whiskey is a brewpub in Downtown that's dishing out barrel-aged, gravity-poured cocktails as well as American classics that may or may not include Fritos.

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4. Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen 5309 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

In a repurposed warehouse with custom everything, you'll find Kickin' Boot. The menu's built around classic BBQ offerings like fried chicken served w/ a buttermilk biscuit and half & whole racks of baby back ribs. KBWK's also slinging steakhouse classics (a center-cut New York w/ smoked cheddar tasso grit sticks), sandwiches, and apps like the spicy beer butter sauce'd Kickin' Shrimp. To drink, there's a massive wine list, scratch-made sodas, and old-school Southern imbibables like the gin/Lillet/orange curacao/absinthe Corpse Reviver,

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5. Americana 219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Americana’s Kentucky Gentleman, made with Maker’s, muddled ginger, and mint syrup is just one of the many creative 'tails that await you in this Cap Hill drinkery. Located just off Broadway, Americana also serves flights, so you have no excuse not to order the maple-glazed pork belly, because you've got loooootssss to wash it down with.

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6. Tavern Law 1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This classy Cap Hill boozer has won many accolades, and for good reason. Try their egg-white whiskey cocktail, or pretty much anything else their expert bartenders recommend.

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7. The Old Sage 1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A sweet seafoodery where they'll smoke your underwater eats all the way up to your table, then pair them with delicious Scotch-based cocktails.

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8. Whisky Bar 2122 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

With weekly live bagpipe music (!), The Whisky Bar lives up to its name with over 50 bottles of the aforementioned spirit, along with eats like smoked duck, veal shoulder, and other meat-tastic bar bites.

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9. Bourbon & Bones 4350 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Fremont)

Boasting "smoked meat, fried chicken, and whiskey," Bourbon & Bones is serving up everything you need to have an authentic BBQ experience in Fremont. What's better than whiskey cocktails? Whiskey cocktails served in mason jars.

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10. Liberty 517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

Sushi and craft cocktails make a great pair at this Capitol Hill neighborhood eatery. Run by the President of the Washington State Bartender’s Guild/Vice President of the Washington Distillers’ Guild, this spot has a lot to live up to libation wise, and it delivers with a nice selection of well-made classic cocktails, house standards, and an extensive array of whiskey, vodka, tequila, and bourbon. Comfy couches make up for limited bar seating.