Seattle Is Know As a Craft Beer Capitol, But Bars In This Food and Beverage Savvy City Go Far Beyond Brew

John Ferri

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Coffee snobs. Beer snobs. Seattleites have earned a bad rap. Drinking Folgers or swilling industrially produced American brews just doesn’t pass muster in city where quality alternatives are locally produced, plentiful, and a part of local pride. That thinking holds true, too, for Seattle bars, taverns, and pubs. Sure, you can order a Bud Light, but why would you? Even the most divey of dive bars has at least a couple of regional and local beers on tap, and the city was early to the craft cocktail craze, in which hand-mixed cocktails with fresh juices and garnishes pushed your typical margarita mix out the door long ago. These...  Read more »

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    418 Public House

    418 Public House is a new hot spot in the friendly Phinneywood Zone. (Think neighborhood pub meets flavorful Mexican eatery).

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask the venue about vegan and to-go options, too."

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    BalMar Cocktail Lounger

    Located in the heart of Ballard at the intersection of Ballard Avenue and Market Street, the BalMar is an...  Read more »

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    Spur Gastropub

    • Type: Bar, Pub
    • Neighborhood: Belltown

    Local Expert Tip: "Owned and operated by award-winning chefs, Spur takes the term "pub grub" right off the planet, but the place is equally tuned into crafting quality cocktails."


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    Tini Bigs Lounge

    Local Expert Tip: "This place was way ahead of the craft-cocktail craze, so they've had plenty of time to concoct a menu full of original and interesting recipes for liquid libations."

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    Floyd's Place

    Local Expert Tip: "While this place is popular, it always seems like there is an open pool table. And when was the last time you were able to play shuffleboard at a bar?"

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    Local Expert Tip: "The Garage offers excellent late-night happy hour deals on food, bowling, and pool. Plus, grunge god and Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready is one of the investor/owners of the Garage, so in one of those six-degrees-of-separation moments, a trip to this spot is almost like hanging with rock royalty."

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    Quinn's Pub

    Local Expert Tip: "Here it is possible to see what happens when a creative, classically trained chef takes over a bar food menu, since award-winning chef Scott Staples of Seattle's famed Restaurant Zoe also happens to own and oversee this joint. "

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    Local Expert Tip: "If you happen in on a weekday evening during happy hour, appetizers are on the house."

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    Local Expert Tip: "Sports fans will appreciate the nearly 30 televisions broadcasting sports of all sorts, while those that prefer to get in on the action can jump into a game on one of the ping-pong tables."

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    W Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Hotel bars are usually just a necessary appendage to keep tourist dollars in house, but this is one lodging lounge even the locals frequent."


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