Jamie Boudreau, Canon
Favorite Dive Bar: Hooverville. Two words: cheap whiskey! And by that I mean good whiskey that is cheap.
Favorite Place for Beer: There is only one place in Seattle, and I'd be stunned if there is anyone who says otherwise (either at their ignorance or mine): Brouwer's. C'mon is there a better selection? And I mean better, not bigger.
Favorite Place for Wine: For here I go to the best kept secret in Seattle: the Canlis lounge. They have a reputation for being expensive, but if you sit in the bar/lounge, not only do you get the magical experience of Walt's piano, but an amazing cocktail menu and bar food at prices comparable to many hotspots in town. And then there's the wine list. You don't win as many wine awards as Canlis does without having a bottle or two of amazing stuff, and if you're not sure of what you're looking for, the staff will direct you to delights that you may have never thought to consider.
Erik Hakkinen, Zig Zag
Favorite Cocktail Bar: I live in Eastlake, and as great as the Downtown and Capitol Hill cocktail options are, I'll put the drinks at Ravish and Serafina/Cicchetti up against them anytime. The bar staffs at all three of these places are great.
Favorite Dive Bar: The Zoo Tavern, hands down. Buck Hunter and Zoo Metal on Thursdays?
Favorite Place for Beer: I hit Bottleworks on 45th weekly, if not more. If there are more knowledgeable beer guys in Seattle, I don't want to know them.
Keith Waldbauer, Liberty
Favorite Cocktail Bar: For the whole package—food, spirits and cocktails—my favorites are Barrio and Zig Zag.
Favorite Dive Bar: I've always loved the Pacific Inn. The fish and chips are the best in the city, killer jukebox and a pool table, virtually all of the prerequisites for dive bar greatness.
3501 Stone Way North, Seattle WA 98103 (map)
Favorite Place for Wine: One of my favorite restaurants in the city, Cafe Campagne, does a very good job in introducing me to the right French wine for my food.
Veronika Groth, Poppy
Favorite Cocktail Bar: If I am in the mood to be with a group and social, Oliver's Twist. A great neighborhood vibe, and delicious original cocktails.
Favorite Dive Bar: Hands down, the Baranof. This place is a mix of every kind of drinker imaginable, and the characters there are astounding! I always tell the story of how I got beat at pool by a one armed man (TRUE), the wooden boat builder turned prostitute, oh and the same waitress there for eons. Notice the running mascara and wobbly walk from joining in too many shots. Stiff drinks and loose bar stools.
8549 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle WA 98103 (map)
Favorite Place for Beer: Feierabend. I am of German heritage and I like that when upon exiting this place I can say "Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke' and am immediately returned with "hoi, hoi, hoi", by almost every patron in the place. Cheesy, yes, but gets me all happy.
Jay Kuehner, Sambar
Favorite Cocktail Bar: If I catch Erik Hakkinen at Zig Zag after getting off the Bainbridge ferry, and Liverpool has won, and there's Picon, then that's my favorite (cocktail) bar.
Favorite Dive Bar: It doesn't quite fall into Seattle area, but the Cockatoo Chicken Lounge in Federal Way is kind of crazy.
33130 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way WA 98003 (map)
Favorite Place for Beer: Mexican beer in a can is the way to go. But if it's fancy beer, I go for the Dray. They don't play as much Spanish football on the telly as I'd like, but that place is just great.
Favorite Place for Wine: Gotta love Café Presse for wine because they pour it affordably, as it should be. And yeah, the French still do make good wine, in spite of what someone's aunt in Walla Walla told you.
Andrew Friedman, Liberty
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Barrio because Casey Robison is an outstanding host and bartender.
Favorite Place for Beer: The Stumbling Monk in Capitol Hill on Olive is a beer geek heaven. They always have some of the most interesting beers that I've only seen there.
1635 East Olive Way, Seattle WA 98102 (map)
Favorite Place for Wine: Check out the wines at Almquist Family Vintners, which is attached to the Book Bindery. Really tasty wines, really nice people.
Casey Robison, Barrio
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Liberty. They’ve done such an awesome job of building a world-class cocktail and spirits program. There's no other place in Seattle to drink a perfectly made, well-thought-out cocktail and listen to loud, fast music, and eat great sushi, all at the same time. Liberty is a really special, unique place.
Favorite Dive Bar: The Clever Dunnes Irish House. I worked there for three years and learned nearly everything I know about being a bartender while working there. The staff is like family to me, I still know a lot of the regulars from back in the day, and it's just a great place to watch the latest MMA fight and drink a cold beer and a shot of tequila.
Favorite Place for Beer: Along with making good cocktails, Tommy Gun, on Olive Way does a really great job of keeping a really good rotating selection of craft beers.
Favorite Place for Wine: I think Marché in the market has a really fantastic selection, and the fact that they offer samples of the really good stuff is a big winner for me.
Evan Martin, Naga/Chantanee
Favorite Cocktail Bar: I will say I'm happy to see Vessel back in action.
Favorite Place for Beer: The Beer Junction. I think about 20 rotating taps with a decent-sized lounge. Or drink while you shop what I think is the best beer selection in Seattle, and it's all refrigerated. Plus, the staff is great and it's just up the street from me.
Favorite Place for Wine: My last truly memorable dinner with wine, I'd have to say, was probably Cafe Juanita.
Jim Romdall, Vessel
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Canon, because they have booze I haven't tried before.
Favorite Dive Bar: Shorty's, because duh, pinball and hot dogs.
Favorite Place for Wine: This is a tougher one because this has more to do with food than the actual wine. I admire small, reasonably priced wine lists, for this I really enjoy the wine program at Ethan Stowell's restaurants, each focusing on what fits the food. If I have to pick one, Tavolata.
Travis Stanley-Jones, Mulleady's
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Zig Zag. Liquor selection is still top notch and it’s a place bartenders go to try out or test liquor we don't have but want. Bartenders are great in a mature, confident, laid-back way. Jazzy music, roses on the bar, and (shhhh) not crowded!
Favorite Dive Bar: The Roanoke on Mercer Island. Most folks don't know about it, but it is absolutely aces and has remained unchanged in the 15 years I've been going there. Clientele is diverse, beer is cheap-ish, and the ambiance is among the best in the Seattle area. Also enjoy a quick stop into the Golden City (aka ‘Golden Shitty’) in Ballard...tough to turn down food served with a sterno (for heating purposes) and bartenders missing teeth.
Favorite Place for Beer: The source...Schooner Exact, Fremont, Maritime, and Two Beers all have great tasting rooms and usually pretty cool one-offs that they'll glad fill a growler with. For the price, the ability to talk to brew staff, the aroma of beer brewing, you just can’t beat our local breweries.
Favorite Place for Wine: Easy: Bottlehouse in Madrona. Awesome space, good vibe, and nice variety of wine in terms of cost, region, etc. They usually have a few quirky and delicious cocktails with wine as a base, which are always neat. When Jameson Fink is working he has not only a great palate and excellent knowledge, but a zeal for wine and can educate in a very un-snobbish way.
Erik Carlson, Bastille
Favorite Dive Bar: On Ballard Ave there are 2 institutions that have been doing the same thing since before I was born, Hattie’s Hat and The Smoke Shop. They've had the same people drinking there for 40 plus years and I'm sure not much has changed, ‘nuff said.
Favorite Place for Beer: Stop by the Hilliard's Brewery and plop down in their tasting room and watch the canned magic happen right before your eyes. Great beers and awesome hospitality!
Kevin Langmack, Vessel
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Sun Liquor Lounge. I worked there for three-and-a-half years and it's still a bar I feel very much at home going to. The staff there makes solid scratch cocktails.
Favorite Dive Bar: The Lookout is my go-to. They have a trivia night, a karaoke night, $5 pitcher night, $10 industry steak night, brunch on the weekends, a great view from the patio out back, pinball, sports on TV usually, and always have a tallboy and shot of whiskey for $5.
Favorite Place for Beer: Pine Box on Capitol Hill. They have a device called a Randall that allows them to infuse different beers. I've had a summer wheat ale infused with orange peel and clove and a double chocolate stout infused with espresso beans, which were both one of a kind.
Anu Apte, Rob Roy
Favorite Dive Bar: Mecca. The bartenders are fast, hilarious, and they really know what customer service means.
Favorite Place for Wine: Walrus and Carpenter, for their carefully curated wine list and relaxed ambiance.