The Female Bartenders You Need to Know in Seattle

Megan Rainwater/Fortified NW

We’re always telling you where to drink, but often the reason we choose each spot has less to do with the bar itself and more to do with the fact that the person mixing your drink there knows exactly what they’re doing. Want to make sure that’s the case? Order from one of these cocktail-crafting ladies who dominate the Seattle scene.

<strong>Where to find her: </strong>The Sexton (<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Experimenting with&nbsp;new things and revisiting classics<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Trying to date emotionally unavailable men, watching <em>The Bachelor</em> and other equally bad television, traveling, visiting her friends at their work, checking out new bars and restaurants, nerding out on cocktail stuff, and running Women Who Love Whiskey, a whiskey society that she founded with her business partner, Jamie Buckman.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle: </strong>The beauty. She’s originally from Alaska, so she loves that she still has mountains, but also all the benefits of living in a large city with hiking, camping, and snowboarding near by.

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Nikki Schultz

Where to find her: Oliver’s Twist Magnolia (address and info) and Rumba (address and info)
Specialty: Amari. Also rum and cachaca. And watch out, she’s getting into mezcal.
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Yoga, Zumba, and nature time to get her mind and body right. Writing and singing in her band Pisces Mother for similar reasons.
Her favorite thing about Seattle: She just moved here from Minneapolis six months ago, so she’s still learning how to be a human in this beautiful city. She’s been doing it by asking people their favorite thing about Seattle and then doing or seeing that thing.

Veronika Groth

Where to find her: Poppy (address and info) and Lionhead (address and info)
Specialty: Seasonal cocktails and darker spirits like rye at Poppy. Baijiu (a Chinese liquor pronounced “bye-joe”) at Lionhead.
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Slowing down, enjoying the scenery, meeting people and animals -- and saving the experience by taking photographs.
Her favorite thing about Seattle: The changing seasons, especially fall weather: the crisp smell in the air, somewhat smokey from end of summer season barbecues and the start of kindling fireplaces.

Maggie DiGiovanni

<strong>Where to find her:</strong> Herb and Bitter Public House (<a href="…; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty:</strong> Hospitality. She wants people to be comfortable sitting at her bar and at ease trying something they may have never heard of.<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Thinking about her next meal -- she loves food and the way sharing a meal brings people together.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle: </strong>Living in a place with so much natural beauty, being constantly bowled over by the sights of the mountains and water.<br />
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<strong>Where to find her:</strong> Walrus and the Carpenter (<a href="…; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Pairing cocktails with the food<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working:</strong> Technically, it’s still working, but she also likes making the apothecary-style tonic for her soda company Scapegoat Trading Co. -- and hanging with her pup, Ethel.&nbsp;<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle:</strong> The neighborhoods, climate, and landscape.

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<strong>Where to find her: </strong>Vito’s Restaurant and Lounge (<a href="…; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Customer service -- and classically-driven cocktails with a modern twist<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working:</strong> Reading, writing, eating out at restaurants, and spending time with her lovely wife.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle: </strong>That she can roll out of bed into a coffee shop, and that all of her favorite places to eat and drink are nearby.

Kate Perry

<strong>Where to find her: </strong>Rumba (<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Rum<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working:</strong> Traveling as much as possible to check out other city's scenes. Locally, eating and drinking around Seattle -- she believes receiving hospitality is important to giving hospitality, like a battery recharge.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle: </strong>That it's ever-changing, constantly evolving, and growing. Stagnation is boring.<br />
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<strong>Where to find her:</strong> Canon (<a href="…; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Ever-changing -- her specialty is basically whatever new ingredient she’s gotten her hands on to work with.<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Cooking, baking, and hosting family and friends (and maybe some movies and popcorn thrown in there somewhere).<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle:</strong> As one of the rare natives, she loves that no matter where she travels, Seattle will always be home.&nbsp;

Chad Pryor

<strong>Where to find her:</strong> Rob Roy (<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty:</strong> Incorporating interesting herbs and spices into cocktails.&nbsp;<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Still working! She’ll be opening two new bars in 2016 both with different concepts than Rob Roy.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle: </strong>Everything. From sunrise to sunset, she loves the way the air smells when the seasons change; the food, the drinks, the friendly people from all over the world that move here; the Sound, the lakes, the hilly terrain.

Jamie Buckman

Where to find her: Bastille (address and info) and Stoneburner (address and info)
Specialty: Whisk(e)y. Particularly single malt Scotch.
What she’s doing when she’s not working: Traveling, camping, barbecuing with friends, going to sports events, frequenting the local cocktail bars, and running a whiskey society with her co-founder.
Her favorite thing about Seattle: The camaraderie that is found here. People are keen to take care of each other and to help one another out. Whether that's loaning someone your bar tools for the night or helping a stranger with directions, the Seattle scene is all about taking care of one another.

Anna Wallace

<strong>Where to find her: </strong>Bartending at Bar del Corso (<a href="…; target="_blank">address and info</a>), teaching at the Pantry (<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>), making soda at Seattle Seltzer Co.&nbsp;(<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty:</strong> All things apéritif, and particularly vin maison -- a seasonal French cordial that translates literally to ‘house wine.’<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Meditative activities like long bike rides and running, but she really lives for travel: whenever they can get away, she hits the road with her sweetheart, a car full of books, projects, and coolers of yummy things to cook.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle:</strong>&nbsp;How when the Seahawks won the 2014 Super Bowl, celebrating Seattleites refused to jaywalk. That Gore-Tex and polar fleece are considered black-tie and that a gum wall, a bridge dwelling troll, and a giant statue of Lennon are touring highlights.

Sarah Jewell

<strong>Where to find her:</strong> Von’s 1000&nbsp;Spirits (<a href="; target="_blank">address and info</a>)

<strong>Specialty: </strong>Whiskey. Or ask her for the Mischief Martini.<br />
<strong>What she’s doing when she’s not working: </strong>Playing golf, watching Seahawks’ games, or doing Sunday group tastings.<br />
<strong>Her favorite thing about Seattle:</strong> Her walk to work -- from the north end of the Hill -- because it shows off the amazing Seattle skyline view every time she leaves the house.<br />
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<em>Naomi Tomky thinks it’s five o’clock somewhere, so stop reading and go get a drink from one of these bartenders. Follow her on Twitter <a href="; target="_blank">@Gastrognome</a> and Instagram <a href="; target="_blank">@the_gastrognome</a> to see if she’s doing the same.</em>