A Drinker's Guide to Capitol Hill, Seattle: The Best Bars and Clubs
Here are the best bars and clubs to check out in the Seattle, WA neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Read on to learn more!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler area of Seattle than Capitol Hill. Long been the home to the radicals and progressives of Seattle, Capitol Hill has been everything from LGBT hub to grunge band central in the 90’s. Old mansions and Brownstones dot the picturesque tree-lined streets where you’ll find coffee shops on every corner. Capitol Hill also offers a slew of boutiques and artisans shops, parks and museums, and plenty of watering holes and restaurants. Check out our picks below for the top Capital Hill spots to grab a drink.
1. Sun Lounge
Originally a night spot known for their hand-squeezed citrus and fresh herbs, Sun Lounge took the “only the best” mentality even further and opened the doors of its own distillery in 2011, just a few blocks away from its sister bar, where they produce two gins, two rums, a vodka, and a fantastic bitters. The cocktail list is carefully curated, offering classic cocktails with a contemporary twist as well as Sun Moon originals. Not surprisingly, The intimate interior is a great setting for catching up with an old friend or getting to know a new date.
607 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, United States
If you’re on the hunt for some soul food to accompany that craft cocktail of yours, allow me to introduce Witness. A self proclaimed, “Southern-influenced craft cocktail bar,” Witness’ menu is peppered with soul food selections such as buttermilk beignets and chicken and waffles while the Sazerac and Southern porch keep the motif running on the libations side.
410 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102, United States
Not known for its clubbing scene, Seattle does offer up at least one worthy opponent in the form of Capitol Hill’s, Q. Resident and guest DJs alike spin tracks over the custom sound system while go-go girls dance behind the bar in this 12,500 square foot space. 18 foot ceilings, a 70 foot white quartz bar, and monochromatic red lounge make this the swankiest place to grab a drink in Capitol Hill.
1426 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
If PT Barnum and John Galliano magically created a love child cocktail bar, Unicorn would be it. Circus inspired, Unicorn is whimsically decorated complete with zebra walls and pinball machines. Their menus are cheeky, touting names such as “Moustache Ride” for one of their bourbon based drinks and “Unicorn droppings” for their fried cookie dough. Oh, another thing, Unicorn is known for its fantastical fried creations and rumor has it they will attempt to fry anything!
1118 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Coffee shop by day, Liberty slings creative cocktails and fantastic sushi in the evening, making it one of the best spots in Capitol Hill. The interior is softly lit with comfortable seating and a knockout bar. We’re told to get there early in order to snag one of the big comfy couches. Liberty hosts an impressive selection of whiskeys including Japanese which go far beyond the archetypal Yamazaki. Listen carefully as the bartenders tell you in detail about the production and various nuanced tasting notes. This spot rocks.
517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, United States
6. Tavern Law
Part of the McCracken Tough Group, Tavern Law in a speakeasy style spot complete with tufted black leather banquettes and sleek bookshelves The culinary offerings are sophisticated but unpretentious and offer that perfect mix of fat, acid, and salt to increase your alcohol libido. On the cocktail list you will find a smattering of offerings from the golden age of cocktails in addition to more current selections. Tavern Law’s menus are only outshone by the stellar service delivered every time.
1406 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
7. Stumbling Monk
This unassuming, neighborhood joint may qualify as a dive bar in some circles. Dimly lit with packed booths and an even more packed bar, the Stumbling Monk is open every day but Monday. The beer selection is heavily Belgian inspired with an assortment of imported Belgian beers and American-Belgian style ales. No kitchen means no food, but if you’re looking for a true neighborhood joint, look no further.
1635 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
Owned by Rachel Marshall of “Rachel’s Ginger Beer,” Montana, a western-themed north Capitol Hill spot, was the first establishment in Seattle to offer cocktails on tap and, via the tap, serves the best Moscow Mule in town. Fernet also runs freely through the tap system encouraging Montana’s reputation as an industry favorite. With the old school hip-hop playing, lively ambiance, and a wide selection of cocktails and cheap beers, it’s no wonder this place is known to be slammed on Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays. Check them out for a guaranteed good time.
1506 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122, United States
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