Seattle drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery 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), the indust…
Top Choice Bar 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) hearken back to the jo…
Top Choice Cafe 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’ chang…
Top Choice Gay in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Pony

Pony (in a re-purposed 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 danc…
Top Choice Bar 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 into …
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 four cafes. You can ponder how small is beautiful with one of its 4oz cappuccinos while wat…
Top Choice Sake 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 Square. The Japanese an…
Top Choice Cafe in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Ancient Grounds

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 you ca…
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 cafe (a large retro place with a beautiful Streamline Moderne counter), Vivace is known to have produced some of the Picassos of latte ar…
Top Choice Cafe in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

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, with b…