As leaves fall and noses get stuffy, here are the best drinks in town to get a taste of the season, a few servings of your five-a-day, and possibly fight off that nasty bug that's going around.
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Washington State offers a range of ciders unlike those in any other part of the world. We spent the last few days touring the state from glass to glass to find the best ciders this hotbed has to offer: here are the highlights.
The best dive bars are defined not by what you drink (though it's mostly beer—rarely do the mixed drinks have more than two ingredients), but by environment and patrons. At a great dive bar, the regulars look like they've been on their stools for years. The diviest bars still smell faintly of smoke, even though the smoking ban was put in place most of a decade ago. Most importantly, though, the best dive bars help you forget the stressors of the outside world.
With the bar perched right on the north shore of Lake Union, bar consultant Maggie Savarino says she and Westward bar manager Lea Fronterhouse tailored the cocktails to be what someone wants to drink while they're on the water.
On her first try, Percy's & Co. general manager Lauren Thompson described the bar as what would happen if a juice bar and a real bar had a baby. Actually, it is more like what would happen if a Chinese herbalist's shop and a farmers' market had a baby, which was then plopped down to play in a slow Southern bar.
We try the juices from Seattle's recently-expanded Vital Juice Co. Our faves include a beet juice with almond and a zingy-fresh ginger-pineapple situation.
The oddity of bright, eccentric murals in the middle of a classic, dark space underlines Brian McCracken and Dana Tough's struggle away from bar trends. Nobody else was paying much attention to scotch, they point out. "Smoked meats and malts," the sign proclaims over the door of the Old Sage, sibling to Tavern Law, Spur, and the Coterie Room, succinctly getting to the heart of the mater.
There are so many outdoor bars with terrible drinks, but in Seattle, you can still find a few secret gardens, squirreled-away patios, and rare spots with sprawling water views that also serve up top-notch beer, wine, and cocktails. Here's our guide to the best places to drink outdoors in the Seattle area.
2Bar Spirits is one of the few grain-to-bottle operations that have opened in the three years since the easing of laws gave birth to Washington State's fledgling craft distilling industry.
A ton of interesting small breweries have opened in Washington in the last 3 or 4 years. Here are a few of them to seek out on your next trip west.
As the artistry of cocktails pulls the bar trend in one direction, a new crop of no-frills watering holes in Seattle pushes back. Convenience stores, warehouses, and office parks quietly harbor some of the best places in town to drink beer. If there is good ale flowing through the taps, people will be stoked to sit down and have a pint, even if they're squeezing between racks of potato chips. What these scrappy upstarts lack in food, table service, and ambiance, they make up for by curating the biggest or best tap lists of anyone around.
Six months ago, Radiator Whiskey's bar manager, Sara Rosales, was hiding her craft-cocktail making tools in a kit under the bar at the Holiday Inn where she worked, awaiting that special customer who would come in and ask her for a real drink. Dan Bugge, veteran restaurateur and owner of Seattle's venerated Matt's in the Market, was that person—and he was on the look out for just the right cocktail aficionado to head up the bar program across the hall at his latest venture, Radiator Whiskey.
If you're as into soda pop binges and flavor overdoses as we are, there's probably someplace in your town that stockpiles a variety of brands and hard-to-find tipples. And if you happen to live in Seattle, that place is the Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe.
Brunch cocktails walk a fine line, encouraging the drinker to get up and get moving while offering a gentle prod out of sobriety. Coffee makes an excellent vehicle for pepping up a drink, both in its natural form, mixed with Fernet Branca and topped with Angostura cream at Sun Liquor, while other tipples shake the drinker awake with friendly bubbles or bright citrus. Here are 5 Seattle brunch beverages that still haunt our day-drinking dreams.
West Seattle's bridge-induced isolation has led it to harbor a secret stash of cocktail bars turning out top-notch drinks at astonishingly cheap prices. Here's our guide to where to go and what to drink.
The Hangover ($9.50) is just what the carb doctor ordered: "a double order of crispy browns topped with homemade sausage gravy." Additional protein comes from two eggs, which I ordered over easy so that the yolks could run down the potatoes.
People always ask how locals make it through the long Seattle winters, when the city's shrouded in dark skies and grey clouds. The answer emits a lovely golden shine, brightening the lives of all who seek it. No, not the sun: it's the bourbon. Here are 5 great bourbon drinks to seek out.
Ten years ago, 12th Avenue in Seattle was a street, but not a neighborhood, and it certainly wouldn't be described as a cocktail mecca. Today it's a real drinking destination—and it seems inconceivable that a neighborhood so easily annexable by bar-hub Capitol Hill and flanked by Seattle University could ever have lacked for drinking options. Looking for a great drink (or few) in the area? Here's our guide to 5 essential stops on your next cocktail crawl, and what to drink at each bar.
'Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing gets a group of friends—or awkward officemates—jolly quicker or better than gathering around the punch bowl. We asked three of Seattle's finest drinking establishments to fork over their favorite punch recipes to share with you just in time for winter entertaining.
Yes, there are potatoes, but behold a bit of a meat extravaganza, with braised wild boar, house-made sausage, and bacon strewn throughout the square bowl. Mushrooms and onions offer a vegetal break, and there's a poached egg to make it all the richer.