10 Best Cocktail Bars in Washington State By
Washington State has some of the most interesting specialty cocktail bars around with a very eclectic sampling of Prohibition and Nuevo-style environments that will excite your senses and make you forget the day’s troubles. Visit with friends or go and make new ones. Either way, you’ll find unique settings and a wide variety of adult beverages that will certainly make you smile.
The quaint little speakeasy located in downtown Seattle is the perfect place to slip away and enjoy some adult libations. With an eclectic international drink menu featuring old-time gin and tonics and specialty Prohibition-themed cocktails, this former hotel boiler room opened in 2009. The earthly golden tones, brick, and wood tones transport you to days gone by, and you can sip the night away during Happy Hour every night from 5 to 7 p.m. And yes, they really do have an old-fashioned claw foot tub on premise.
Dillinger’s in Olympia, Washington, is a great location to join friends in celebration of just about anything. With an American food menu that includes simple fare that goes well with the specialty cocktails prepared there, a late night snack, or a full dinner, this award-winning and very popular speakeasy-style bar is so much more. Featuring house-made drinks like the Pink Pearl made of grapefruit and lemon juice with Grenadine and egg white and the Pure Fuel made with Pedialye, Emergen-C, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and honey, you’ll only wonder why you haven’t been here before.
There’s nothing much better for late-night entertainment than live music, good food, and great drinks. Stop by the Cellar Door in Port Townsend, Washington, seven nights a week for special house-made cocktails like Turnip the Beet, a house beet vodka with rosemary, lemon, ginger syrup, and honey liqueur or you can hit a Nail on the Head, made with tequila, mescal, and Drambuie. Each night features a special selection of music from international performers to open mic and karaoke to local jazz musicians and variety groups. Cellar Door is also available for private parties and other celebrations.
It’s hard to define this place, but then again, 1022 South J in Tacoma, Washington, is hard to define. Is it a cozy little gastropub with new twists on old favorites like the smoked pork shoulder with kim chi slaw and Carolina BBQ or the house grilled cheese with three different cheeses, sage, and sun-dried tomato aioli and a cup of tomato soup? Or is it a laidback neighborhood cocktail bar that features unique and creative house made drinks that pair well with the small and large plate menu offerings like Avocado Tartare, crab cakes, or po’boys? Decide for yourself when you visit any day of the week except Monday.
You’ll feel like you’re stepping back into the days of the Wild West when you stop by Bethel Saloon in Port Orchard, Washington with the old building dating back to the 1920s. The only thing that lets you know you’re in little more into a modern century is the skeleton sitting on the Harley and posed on the roof and the number of bikers who frequent the place. Besides being a nostalgic place with a dark interior and politically incorrect humor posted throughout the bar, Bethel Saloon is a great place to kick back and enjoy the simple menu featuring hot dogs, burgers, chicken, and pizza with a cocktail or drink special any day of the week.
For a most excellent adventure, visit Woodblock, a casual and comfortable American cocktail bar located in Redmond, Washington. Open for lunch and dinner, late night celebrations, and a fantastic weekend brunch, Woodblock is like eating at your friend’s house. You’ll find fresh ingredients in each menu item from breakfast plates like chicken and biscuits, soup and salad combos like the San Marzano tomato soup and choice of salads, to the specialty dishes like grilled Spanish octopus and duck confit cassoulet. The drink menu is worth exploring and features old time cocktail favorites like the Old Fashion, Manhattan, and Vacation in a Glass. There’s also a great selection of wine by the glass, champagne, and bottled beers.
Just the famous Cheers bar, Vovina is the place where everybody knows your name. Located in Kirkland, Washington, this cozy award-winning bar features a light food menu of freshly prepared burgers, flatbreads, salads, charcuterie plates, and steaks that compliments the adult beverages offered there. You can experience Happy Hour every day except Monday from 4 to 6 p.m., and when the weather is nice, take the party outside on the patio. Expert mixologists will treat you to handcrafted cocktails, wine, and sangrias.
Are you looking to impress your sweetheart or find a place that’s great to take friends from out of town? Look no farther than Rock and Rye Oyster House in Bellingham, Washington. Located in the historic part of town since 2014, this is not your typical oyster house. Serving only the freshest and locally sourced seafood Tuesday through Sunday, every dish is prepared with a passion for flavor and presentation. Hand-crafted cocktails are made that put a new twist on old favorites, and the beer selection is constantly rotated to add variety.
Bluewater Distilling is more than a cocktail bar and restaurant. It’s a destination location that’s been offering organic and responsibly created spirits since 2007. What does that mean for those who stop by to sample those offerings? It means you get the pure taste of adult beverages without chemical additives or GMO ingredients. You get to support an American-made distillery, and show your care for the planet. And you get to try a 100-proof vodka, the first ever made, and the perfect starting ingredient for drinks like a Bloody Mary or for your own creations and infusions. Lunch, dinner, happy hour, and special events await you at Bluewater Distilling every day but Monday.
Seattle has a number of fine cocktail bars, but none compare to No Bones Beach Club on the city’s northern side in the Old Ballard neighborhood. No Bones is more of a tiki bar with a twist. That twist is you’ll find an amazing menu of plant-based food and drink in a tropical setting all year round. Open every day but Monday, you can stop by for happy hour on Tuesday through Friday between four and 6 p.m., or enjoy brunch on the weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family friendly, you can sample beer battered avocado tacos and a house favorite cocktail like the Painkiller made with dark rum, OJ, spices, and coconut. Of course, there are delicious mock tails for those under age or who prefer non-alcoholic choices.