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Updated: 8/11/2021 | Best Cocktail Bars in Seattle

We love craft cocktails and are always adding them to our things to do and try list. Here are our picks for the best craft cocktail bars in Seattle.

1900 5th Bar & Lounge

This bar is located int the Westin hotel and looks like something out of the Great Gatsby. They have amazing craft cocktails that are representative of Seattle culture. Their food is also phenomenal. If you’re visiting Seattle, you might want to consider lodging here.


2120 is near the Amazon Spheres and they serve amazing drinks and food. It’s a little on the pricey side, but worth a visit during happy hour or for a fancy night out with friends.

The Alley

The Alley is located in West Seattle. You’ll enter through a locker (yes you heard that right) and into a cute cozy bar. 


Ascend is a fancy restaurant on the East Side in Bellevue. They have smokey cocktails that you’ll want to Instagram. Come for their happy hour fare or come for dinner where you can enjoy their prime steaks and more.

The Backdoor

The Backdoor is located in Fremont and is a cozy little place for craft cocktails. For a minimum spend ($150) you can hang out in their private areas.

Bad Bishop

The Ballard Cut

Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin is a must if you’re visiting Seattle. It’s a little speakeasy-style bar located in the old boiler room of a hotel building. You can order one of their crafted cocktails or ask for a Dealer’s Choice cocktail which requires a base a flavor profile.

The Barrel Thief



Canon is one of the best cocktail bars in Seattle. They have specific glassware for their special cocktails. They also sell vintage versions of popular cocktails that may run you as much as $200 a pop. They also have an iPad menu of vintage whiskeys that you can buy and try. We last saw a shot of whiskey for over $1,000!

Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge

Cook Weaver

Civility & Unrest

The Cozy Nut Tavern

Damn the Weather


Deadline is AMAZING! It’s located in Pioneer Square and has both amazing cocktails and food. The backbar is lit up and illuminates the entire space.

The Doctor’s Office

The Doctor’s Office is fairly new and offers skewers and classic and craft cocktails. You can also buy the Doctor’s Cure which is their version of a Dealer’s Choice cocktail.

Fog Room

The Fog Room is a rooftop bar located at the top of the Charter Hotel in Downtown Seattle. It’s a snazzy little place that is great for date night or late night drinks with friends.

Frolik Rooftop Bar

Frolik is located in Downtown Seattle and has an amazing assortment of craft cocktails and food. We typically find their cocktails are on the sweeter side and ask them to add less sugar and sweetener. You’ll also get an amazing view of Downtown Seattle from their rooftop deck.

craft cocktail from frolik rooftop bar seattle


Herb & Bitters

Herb and Bitters Cocktail with Apples

Herb & Bitters is located in Capitol Hill on Broadway. They have awesome food and amazing cocktails. We love hanging out in their string light-lit patio area. You can rent it out for private parties as well!

The Hideout

The Hideout is an awesome cocktail bar with artwork lining the walls, that you can actually buy! They also have a quirky vending machine with souvenirs you can buy made by local artists. Their cocktails are strong and creative.

In the Heart Speakeasy Bar

Foreign National

Gold Bar

Inside Passage

A hidden nautical-themed bar with super fun Tiki cocktails. We loved the Four Boys cocktail which was served in a rice cooker and I See a Light, which is served in a fun angler fish vessel. Look up to check out the Kraken.

Inside Passage speakeasy bar in Seattle WA
Inside Passage Bar



JarrBar by Bryan Jarr is a little cozy Spanish style bar with seafood tins and cured meats. The space is small, but during warmer weather, they have tables set up outside for al fresco dining. You’ll want to come during happy hour for a great discount on the tins!


Knee High Stockings

Korochka Tavern

Super cozy Russian tavern serving amazing crafted cocktails, including one with beet vodka. They also serve Russian food such as pelmeni (dumplings) and pickled veggies.

Trans Siberian Cocktails from Korochka Tavern
Trans Siberian Cocktails from Korochka Tavern

Lady Jaye

Lady Jaye is located in West Seattle. They have an awesome prefix fare and delicious cocktails. We love their patio area where you can keep warm near the fire or enjoy on a warm sunny Seattle day.


Life on Mars

Life on Mars is located in Capitol Hill and has a great selection of cocktails. They have a 360 bar, and even serve vegan and vegetarian food.

Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet

Little Tin is a cute Tiki bar located in Ballard. They have Tiki drinks that are on the sweeter side. Each table is separated by plants, so it’s a really cool spot if you’re into plants and greenery.

Merchant’s Cafe & Saloon

Mischief on Canal

The Mountaineering Club

Needle & Thread

Needle & Thread is a secret bar located within Tavern Law. It’s a small space and requires a reservation. But if you’re lucky, you can pick up the phone and ask if they have space available. If they do, you can enjoy small bites and delicious cocktails in their small space.


Octopus Bar

Octopus Bar in Wallingford Seattle WA

Oliver’s Twist

Oliver’s Lounge

Olympic Bar at the Fairmont Hotel

Percy’s & Co.

The Pharmacy

The Pink Door

Pink Salt Restaurant



Rose Temple


Rupee Bar

Single Shot

The Sitting Room

Smith Tower

Smith Tower was once Seattle’s tallest building in 1914. Now they serve cocktails on the 25th floor in the 360-degree observatory. Sign-up to be part of their Rum Runner club for entry for you plus a guest any time and 20% off your bill. We love watching the sunset over the Puget sound from the observatory deck.

paper plane cocktail from Smith Tower Seattle
Smith Tower

Suite 410

Tavern Law

Teacher’s Lounge

Tin Lizzie

Toulouse Petit

Triangle Spirits

The Velvet Elk

Von’s 1000 Spirits

pineapple cocktail from von's 1000 spirits

Von’s 1000 Spirits serves deliciously crafted cocktails and shots. They also have amazing homemade sourdough Rotelli pasta that you can order with plenty of sauce options.

West 5

Witness Bar

Zig Zag

Zig Zag is one of our favorite bars! It’s located on Western near Pike Place Market. The cozy interior is perfect for date nights. Their outdoor area is also great if you want to catch Golden Hour while sipping on a tasty libation.

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