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Best Bars in Seattle

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Vito's Madison Grill

From the red walls, ceiling and booths to the white tablecloths, this restaurant offers old-school Italian decor. During the lunch and dinner hours, it is a great place for inexpensive dining and drinking on First Hill. You can choose from rich pasta dishes or splurge on a surf-n-turf combo. Late nights bring out the disco divas, and this place fills up early. Some nights it offers live music, others a DJ. Either way, the place will be jumping until closing time.

Seattle, WA, United States
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The Central Saloon

Located in Pioneer Square, this is one of the oldest pubs in Seattle. The narrow bar stretches to the back, where tables and chairs face a small stage. Jazz, reggae, rock or blues plays here almost nightly, making this a great place to catch live music. The saloon offers a menu of decent fish, pork and chicken dishes, and the full bar has a wide selection of microbrews on tap. The Central participates in the Pioneer Square joint cover.

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Radiator Whiskey

Located in the highly coveted Pike Place Market, Radiator Whiskey is known to serve a diverse range of hard liquor like gin, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and rum. A gentleman's abode, this swanky little bar, is the holy grail of all whiskey connoisseurs. Modern interiors give the place a contemporary ambiance, which is best suited for a casual night out with friends. Their on tap drinks and barrel-aged concoctions bring back customers to try out and experiment with their drinks. Food menu is modest, and consists mostly of small bites like roasted beef salad, turkey drum confit, smoked half pig head and maple pecan pie.

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The Pine Box

The Pine Box is an elegant bar in town. The brainchild of Ian Roberts, its antique elements, artisan woodwork, high ceiling, huge mirrors and glass windows, create a distinct charm that just grows on you every time you visit this place. They have 30 tap beers and more than 40 varieties of whiskey from all over the country. Enjoy their happy hours and nosh on the tasty bites.

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The Whisky Bar

Aptly named, this little bar at Belltown, in known to serve an eclectic range of whiskeys and craft beers. Dark interiors, a petite bar, and a place filled with cheerful neighbors is what you can expect to see here. Totally value for money, the bar has an upright menu of decent pub bites, and heavenly beverages. The knowledgeable bartenders are friendly enough to mix up drinks of your choice, or just make a concoction, that they know best. Kobe meatloaf, braised pork belly, hanger steak and fried pig ears are some of the delicious dishes that keep getting ordered with the spirits. Drop by to have a fun night, and witness the cool vibe for yourself.

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Rhein Haus

Rhein Haus gives Seattle a little taste of Germany. The atmosphere and the beer are the main attractions here, with a large yet cozy space providing a friendly ambiance perfect for swilling down pints of German beer with friends. Speaking of the beer, Rhein Haus offers an extensive beer list with a multitude of different size options, making it easy to try many different types of brews. For those who like to drink and play, there are bocce ball courts and shuffleboard tables. Note that Rhein Haus takes reservations only upto 4p on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Bathtub Gin & Co.

Housed in the basement boiler room of a former old brick hotel, Bathtub Gin & Co. has different levels in its lounge. The upstairs pine bar is stocked with liquor from around the world and on the lower level there are comfortable seats and couches. It sports a rustic decor and faint-lighting that gives a characteristic charm to the place. The service is also quite friendly and truly reflects the laid-back atmosphere they advocate. The bar is perfect for those typical rainy Seattle nights, where you can sip on local gin, tonics or a classic cocktail.

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Canon

Nestled in the heart of Seattle, Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium is the brainchild of acclaimed Canadian mixologist, Jamie Boudreau. Featuring over 3500 labels of alcohol, this bar takes pride in housing one of the largest spirit collections in the world. But that is not all, having won multiple accolades, it is also one of the best cocktail bars in Seattle. Try out Jamie's popular concoctions: Chamomile Sour, Hot Dickens' Cider, Fighattan and Canon Cocktail. This modest space, that accommodates approximately 48 guests, can also be rented out to host your private event.

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Tavern Law

Tavern Law has been serving fabulous cocktails since 1832. During the Prohibition era when America outlawed alcohol, the bar became a speakeasy and continued to serve drinks. Now you can have a perfectly legal cocktail and enjoy the bar's interesting past by sipping on a classic concoction. The ever-evolving drink menu is made with only fresh, hand-crushed juices and syrups blended by traditional methods. This mecca of bar-tending features in the top 25 bars in the country and their clientele includes numerous mixology historians and connoisseurs.

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Unicorn / Narwhal

Unicorn is a unique and eclectic carnival-themed lounge with great music and fantastic beers on tap as well as delicious cocktails. Try their Mango Drop or one of their rotating flavors of house-made jello shots. There's a dainty selection of bites, from chicken nuggets to corn dogs and mac and cheese for company. The whimsical decor creates a quirky and fun atmosphere. Head down the stairs and you will find yourself in Narwhal, filled with pinball and other arcade games to keep the good times rolling. Fun weekly events like karaoke and trivia add to the vibe.

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The Skylark Cafe & Club

Close to Delridge and downtown Seattle, Skylark Cafe & Club is West Seattle's best bet when it comes to hanging out with friends. Serving sumptuous American fare and delicious drinks to complement it, the menu here is simply enticing. Skylark also has an active nightlife, during which it features the best of local musical talents and touring artists. For a place with great food, casual ambiance, homey decor and wonderful music, Skylark seems more than perfect.

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Blue Moon

Founded in 1934, Blue Moon was once the den of popular media figures. Housed in the University district, the club is frequented by students who love to spend their evenings with some good music and fabulous drinks. The beer at the bar is particularly famous and the food is the usual pub grub. Every day the venue presents a line of local artists who entertain the crowd and lighten up the mood.

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