Capitol Hill & First Hill drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Victrola Coffee Roasters

Purveyors of a damned fine cup o' coffee since 2000, Victrola, to its credit, has clung to its grassroots, maintaining only three cafes. You can ponder how small is beautiful with one of its 4oz cappuccinos while wa…
Top Choice Cafe in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Espresso Vivace at Brix

Loved in equal measure for its no-nonsense walk-up stand on Broadway and this newer cafe (a large retro place with a beautiful Streamline Moderne counter), Vivace is known to have produced some of the Picassos of la…
Coffee in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Pinch yourself before you enter the newish and (so far) unique Starbucks Reserve Roastery. Even the most cynical Starbucks-phobe will probably find something to like here – be it the tasting menu (three 8oz brews fo…
Bar in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Sun Liquor Distillery

More trendsetting on the Hill. Sun is a micro-distillery that makes its own gin and vodka behind the same bar where they're served (in cocktails, mainly). Even better, the place also offers a full food menu, making …
Microbrewery in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Elysian Brewing Company

Elysian Brewing’s Immortal IPA personifies the strong, bitter ‘hop-forward’ beers that have become part of craft-beer folklore in the Pacific Northwest, and at 6.3% alcohol by volume, it won’t take many to liberally…
Coffee in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Stumptown on 12th

There’s a tug of loyalties with Stumptown, Portland’s coffee pioneers founded in 1999 by Duane Sorenson, who originally hails from Puyallup near Seattle. Stumptown practically defined the new third-wave coffee movem…
Microbrewery in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Optimism Brewing Co

Capitol Hill has lagged behind Fremont and Ballard in beer terms recently, but this optimistically named brewery put froth back on the local pints when it opened in 2015. In the fine style of similarly orientated Fr…
Cocktail Bar in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Tavern Law

Named for the 1832 law that legalized drinking in public bars and saloons, Tavern Law is one of Seattle's most sought-after high-end cocktail bars (they call them 'libations' here). It's themed like a speakeasy – or…
Bar in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Linda’s Tavern

The back patio here is an excellent place to observe the nocturnal habits of Hipsterus northwesticus. Linda’s is one of the few joints in town where you can recover from your hangover with an Emergen-C cocktail and …
Pub in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Canterbury Ale House

Capitol Hill's default old-world pub was the recipient of a recent makeover, which got rid of dark booths and the suit of armor that once guarded the door. These have been replaced with a more open, gastropub feel, …