The Seattle Bar Scene: A Craft Beer Capital, Wine Wonderland & Cocktail Mecca

When it comes to sourcing wines, beers and even cocktails, Seattle bars pride themselves on stocking options that are locally produced, plentiful and an integral part of local culture. In Seattle, even the most divey of dive bars keep at least a couple of regional beers on tap, and the city was far ahead of the curve on the craft cocktail craze, too (think hand-mixed cocktails made with fresh juices, homemade syrups and seasonal garnishes). These days, even some of the booze mixed with those fresh ingredients comes from nearby sources as well, thanks to a handful of artisan distilleries throughout the city and state that produce their own gins and vodkas.

Of course, this entire list of best bars could simply read as a who’s who of local microbreweries, since each has its own brewpub and/or taproom. However, there is simply too much variety in the Emerald City to keep the focus that narrow, so here you will find a cross-spectrum of watering holes devoted to drinking in style–from posh hotel lounges to giant pool hall saloons. Another plus of Seattle pub life is the food: In such a progressive and forward-thinking foodie culture, bars pride themselves on quality grub, so you don’t have to rely on typical bar burgers or deep-fried fare to soak up the alcohol. Cheers!

Conor Byrne's Pub


An authentic Irish pub in the popular Ballard neighborhood and one of the city's oldest running watering holes, Conor Byrne offers patrons a cozy setting in which to enjoy a pint of stout and a bit of live music, be it traditional Irish, jazz,...  Read More

Quinn's Pub


Dark wood accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and a comfortable bar distinguish the interior of this striking two-level space. Sibling to Restaurant Zoe, the pub delivers interesting beers and scrumptious gourmet cooking in a casual atmosphere....  Read More



The Garage was once indeed an auto repair shop, and renovations left its industrial interior intact while updating and upping the appeal by incorporating chrome and vinyl accents. The voluminous space is home to a bar, a restaurant, a pool...  Read More



Loyal Ballard Station Public House patrons come for the Tuesday night trivia, the local brews (like the Pike Kilt Lifter and Hales Supergoose IPA), pub snacks like popcorn and the meat and cheese board. Popular dishes include the the Signature...  Read More

Bramling Cross
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Ehtan Stowell's done it again. This time, his new comfort-filled gastropub has opened along Seattle's ever-changing Ballard Ave. Tucked into the lineup, this cozy-meets-classic neighborhood hangout showcases local beers alongside updated pub...  Read More

418 Public House
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In Phinneywood, a hot zone north of Fremont and east of Ballard, 418 Public House proves a friendly, neighborhood spot. Draws include happy hour from 4 to 6:30, and delicious brunch options Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Loyal patrons also...  Read More



A popular restaurant by day, the Alibi Room really comes alive at night. Owned by a group of filmmakers, the club works to support independent films and their creators, by fostering an artistic dialogue among patrons and making scripts available...  Read More



You're in the beery Pacific Northwest, where microbreweries sprout like mushrooms after a rainstorm. If you're interested in place at which to sample suds from a wide variety of those breweries, Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont is pure beervana....  Read More



If alluring ambience is your thing, be sure to duck into this Parisian-style cafe where patrons feel they've been whisked away to another era. Attentive service, awesome drinks, a sexy and sophisticated indoor vibe and an appealing outdoor patio...  Read More



Lively, casual, welcoming. Wrought iron fixtures, poured concrete floors, and old-brick walls. Over 70 wines available by the pour or in flights. It's an excellent destination whether you're on a date, meeting with friends, or holding a business...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne