Food & Drink

Here's Where to Find the Best Bar Snacks in Seattle

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
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The 5 Point
Twilight Exit
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1. The 5 Point Cafe 415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

It's hard to argue with this quirky's dive's tagline: "Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929" -- these guys have been serving boozy concoctions way under the radar since just before the end of prohibition, and it shows. The same goes for its heaping breakfasts of chicken & biscuits, plate-sized pancakes, and vegetarian hash and endless selection of classic burgers, sandwiches, and classic American comfort foods that make an ideal pair for a pint or specialty cocktail.

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2. Unicorn 1118 East Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Supposedly, the folks at Unicorn will deep-fry anything. Test that theory at this ridiculously high-concept French-circus-styled drinkery with vividly striped walls and zebra patterned/faux-period furniture. Ever wanted a drag queen to serve you breakfast? Lucky for you, Unicorn's also well known for their Sunday brunch specials, Mimosas with Momma, a weekly variety show and brunch buffet.

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3. E. Smith Mercantile Back Bar 208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Shop till you drop at this boutique apothecary and mercantile, and then be sure to hit the Back Bar. Tucked away inside the shop (hence the name), Back Bar offers serious libations and intimacy in a 14-seater cocktail lounge. Order from a selection of craft cocktails made with rare and unusual liquors and refined small plates.

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4. Palace Kitchen 2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

From renowned restaurateur Tom Douglas, Palace Kitchen is a casual Belltown spot bursting with flavor. You'll want to start off with the tangy goat cheese lavender fondue (wood grilled bread, apples, pears) before moving onto the famed Palace Royale burger, made with hand-ground Washington natural chuck, house-made Dijon aioli, thinly sliced white onion, dill pickles, and served on a Dahlia Bakery bun. Be sure to pair it with a drink from the extensive, wine, beer, and cocktail lists, and top it all off with an order of the plum cobbler. All of the ingredients here are as fresh as it gets -- some are even sourced from Douglas' own farm.

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5. Witness 410 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Opened in the old Five Fish Bistro space by a former Knee High Stocking Co. bartender, this Capitol Hill boozer uses decorative touches (frosted class windows, booths built with 102yr-old church pews, etc.) to evoke an old-timey church, and serves up a menu stuffed with Southern classics ranging from buttermilk waffles & fried chicken w/ Bourbon maple gravy, to vivid green Mint Juleps.

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6. Le Zinc 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A new French eatery from the guys behind Pike Place's Maximilien, this bistro serves up beautiful takes on classic fare, like moules feu de camp and french fries with foie.

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7. Barnacle 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Opened by the lady behind The Whale Wins and next-door's The Walrus and the Carpenter, the 800sqft boozer is pouring an unfussy selection of old-fashioned cocktails (like... um, Old Fashions) from behind a 13ft copper-bar stocked with a highly curated selection of wines, digestifs, aperitifs, liqueurs, etc. On the food side, this mostly kitchen-less spot, is doing not-hot small plates like escabeche-style mussels, shaved pork leg, and stocks some of the boss' Boat Street Cafe jarred goods.

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8. Twilight Exit 2514 E Cherry, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

Hit the Twilight Exit for their happy hours and comfort food, but stay for karaoke and their game room, featuring vintage finds like Ms. Pacman.