Seattle
1. Trade Winds Tavern
Belltown

Replacing No Anchor, the highly acclaimed beer bar from the same owners, this spot tones down the formality in favor of a casual neighborhood feel with a lightly ironic retro vibe. Marrying the fun of neighboring Navy Strength with more straightforward cocktails and the same commitment to good food as No Anchor, it offers prickly pear frozen margaritas in plastic novelty cups and Amaro Meletti on tap. Orange wine, draft craft beer, and cans of White Claw share the menu, along with a smash patty burger, cheesesteak wontons, and an oyster po boy.

2. The Doctor's Office
Capitol Hill

This tiny, elegant spot with just twelve total seats between the bar and tables is all about bringing the best spirits from around the world to Seattle sippers. That includes Japanese whisky, vintage amari, rum, and mezcal. The cocktails lean toward classics, but heavily tested and designed to bring out the best in the star spirit. A separate street-facing window serves the food program of skewered and grilled meats and vegetables.

3. In The Heart
West Seattle

Tucked inside the Lika Love boutique, owner Malika Siddiq runs a speakeasy bar (enter through the alley) inspired by her hometown of New Orleans. In the Heart employs the excellent sense of style that originally took her out of the restaurant industry and into fashion—rich colors and soft seating meet shiny gold furniture and sparkling chandeliers to give a swanky but welcoming feel. Snack on Creole-seasoned popcorn or seafood dip or get a hearty portion of mac n cheese or jambalaya as you sip on NOLA’s classic drinks: Ramos gin fizz, milk punch, French 75, Sazerac, and Vieaux Carre.

4. Le Caviste
Downtown

Step out of Seattle and into Marseille at this old world-style wine bar featuring a carefully curated selection of French wines by the glass and the bottle. While serious about wine—and a great place to taste your way into serious knowledge about it—people come as much for the smart, unpretentious service and spreads of charcuterie, cheese, and beloved steak tartare as they do the drinks.

5. Inside Passage
Capitol Hill

A fun bar within a bar, patrons enter this Northwest “tropical immersion” bar through Rumba and walk into a fantastical room with an octopus overhead (its name is Kiki). The creative drinks from Rumba’s excellent bar staff all arrive in wild glasswear—the I Believe comes in a camera lens, the four boys in a crockpot, the Ambazombie on an Amazon box, and the Mohai-Tai in a Rainier can. The food menu leans more toward its tropical roots, as does the tropical classics section of the menu, but the Seattle-centric nods to history and culture spin this unique bar into its own category.

6. Gold Bar
South Lake Union

This "low-lit, gilded refuge" north of Denny Park serves up creative Caribbean-inspired cocktails and Latin American snacks in a space with whimsical character inside and out: think pool party and slip-n-slide, plus individual "living rooms" where small groups can try the Pisco Punch with Gifford Pineapple Liquor & "sparkles," or their line of bottled carbonated cocktails.