Top ChoiceBrewery in Green Lake & Fremont

Fremont Brewing Company

This microbrewery, in keeping with current trends, sells its wares via an attached tasting room rather than a full-blown pub. Not only is the beer divine (try the seasonal bourbon barrel-aged Abominable), but the...

Top ChoiceBar in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Unicorn

Even if Unicorn's circus theme doesn't exactly tickle your fancy, its commitment to the spectacle makes it worth a visit. Cocktails like the Cereal Killer (made with Fruit Loop–flavored vodka) hark back to the...

Top ChoiceCafe in Green Lake & Fremont

Milstead & Co

This fabulous neighborhood coffee bar in Fremont prefers to carefully select other people’s beans rather than roast its own, but chooses them with the skill and precision of a French sommelier. The ‘bean menu’...

Top ChoiceGay in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Pony

Pony (in a repurposed car garage from the 1930s) is the type of gay bar that has reached a level of popularity where most denizens of Seattle's LGBTIQ+ nightlife scene either absolutely love or loathe it. Come...

Top ChoiceBar in Belltown & Seattle Center

Rendezvous

Rendezvous is one of Belltown's oldest heirlooms, starting life in 1927 as a speakeasy and a screening room for early Hollywood talkies. Now on its umpteenth incarnation, the subterranean speakeasy has morphed...

Top ChoiceCafe 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 four cafes. You can ponder how small is beautiful with one of its 4oz cappuccinos while...

Top ChoiceSake in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Saké Nomi

Regardless if you're a sake (Japanese rice wine) connoisseur or casual enjoyer, you're likely to expand your palate and your cultural horizons at this cozy retailer and tasting room in Pioneer Sq. The Japanese...

Top ChoiceCafe in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Ancient Grounds

If it's not enough that this cozy coffee nook serves some of the best espresso shots in the city, Ancient Grounds also doubles as a showroom for a well-curated selection of antiques. While waiting for your latte...

Top ChoiceCafe in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Espresso Vivace at Brix

Loved in equal measure for its no-nonsense walk-up stand on Broadway and this cafe (a large retro place with a beautiful Streamline Moderne counter), Vivace is known to have produced some of the Picassos of latte...

Top ChoiceCafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Zeitgeist Coffee

Zeitgeist Coffee

Possibly Seattle's best (if also busiest) indie coffee bar, Zeitgeist brews smooth doppio macchiatos to go with its sweet almond croissants and other luscious baked goods. The atmosphere is trendy industrial,...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Ballard & Discovery Park

Populuxe Brewing

Microbreweries too large for you? Move down a notch to a nano-brewery. The menu of nine ever-changing brews is impossible to predict; just bank on it being made with skill, know-how and a whole lotta love. Food...

Top ChoiceCafe in Queen Anne & Lake Union

El Diablo Coffee Co

Anyone for a café cubano? This cheerful Queen Anne cafe specializes in Cuban-style coffee – ie strong, short, black and loaded with sugar. Take a cue from the locals and pick up a book from the adjoining Queen...

Top ChoiceIrish Pub in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Owl & Thistle

One of the best Irish pubs in the city, the dark, multiroomed Owl & Thistle is located slap-bang downtown but misses most of the tourist traffic because it's hidden in Post Ave.

Top ChoiceBar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Bookstore Bar

Cementing downtown’s reputation as a fount of good hotel bars is the Bookstore, encased in the front window of the Alexis Hotel, which mixes books stacked on handsome wooden shelves with whiskey – an excellent...

Top ChoiceBar in U District

Blue Moon

A legendary counterculture dive that first opened in 1934 to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, Blue Moon makes much of its former literary patrons – including Dylan Thomas and Allen Ginsberg. The place is...

Coffee in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

This high church to the joys of coffee drinking is the antithesis of everything Starbucks-y that has gone before. It's Starbuck's attempt at going back to its roots by emulating its more authentic modern...

Cocktail Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Zig Zag Café

If you're writing a research project on Seattle's culinary history, you'll need to reserve a chapter for the Zig Zag Café. This is the bar that repopularized the gin-based Jazz Age cocktail 'The Last Word' in the...

Cafe in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Storyville Coffee

There are so many coffee bars in Seattle that it’s sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees, unless it’s the kind of wood that adorns the curved bar of Storyville. Welcome to one of Seattle’s newer luxury...

Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House

The intensely atmospheric teahouse inside the Panama Hotel has such a thoroughly back-in-time feel that you'll be reluctant to pull out your laptop (although there is wi-fi). It's in a National...

Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Alibi Room

Hidden down Post Alley opposite the beautifully disgusting 'gum wall,' the Alibi feels like an old speakeasy or perhaps the perfect place to hide from the perfect crime (or all the Pike Place crowds). Dark and...