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Best Cocktail 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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Alibi Room

Situated down a cobblestone alley by Pike Place Market, this little restaurant called Alibi Room attracts members of the film and arts crowd. The arty two-story restaurant has wooden tables and chairs, with a private room and bar downstairs. Subdued lights and cozy seating lend an intimate vibe to the place. A bookcase near the entrance is filled with play and movie scripts for browsing. On weekends, some of the city's top DJs spin thumping dance beats to the crowd of dancers. The food is healthy Mediterranean, featuring sandwiches, pasta and salads for lunch. Dinners include red beans and rice, grilled beef tenderloin and seared salmon.

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Zig Zag Café

Head to Zig Zag Café for a fun evening out with your friends. A cozy hangout for one and all, Zig Zag is most popular for the wide array of drinks it serves up, though regulars also swear by the contemporary food the is offered. Dig into succulent, marinated olives, gourmet cheeses, spicy flatbread with fresh vegetables, cheese and herbs or go in for a crunchy Mediterranean salad with vegetables, noodles, bread and olive oil. Sandwiches stuffed with marinated meat, melted cheese, pickled vegetables and spicy sauces and fine wines make for a wonderful dining experience. Choose from a range of cocktails, whiskeys, cordials and other spirits to complement your meal.

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Oliver's Lounge

Refined interiors, cushioned dark wood chairs and housed within the historic Mayflower Park Hotel, Oliver's Lounge blends the perfect ambiance for the perfect martini. Noted in magazines as the home of the International Martini Classic Challenge, it wouldn't be an overshoot to expect the best of the best. From true classics to cleverly composed cocktails, Oliver's is simply a must while in the city. Also relish light bites and cheese plates on offer here.

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Knee High Stocking Company

Text message this Capital Hill speakeasy to get on the list, then ring the bell at the nondescript entrance (only once!) to be greeted and let in. Beside the novelty reservation system, this Prohibition-style bar offers a cool atmosphere, with the lighting dim enough for a romantic vibe, but not so dark that you can't see where you're going. Great place to bring a date or meet a group of friends. The waitstaff is dressed in Prohibition-era attire, which adds a nice wrinkle. Cocktails are stiff and reasonably priced, and happy hour offers great deals. Knee High Stocking Company also serves food; try the lamb sliders or the tater tots.

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Amber

Amber is popular with singles and makes the most of its Belltown location. The large bar opens onto the sidewalk, and the venue expands with outside tables in good weather. The food includes roast chicken, grilled halibut and kobe cheeseburgers serve as a backdrop to the real draw here, which are cocktails. With over 100 distinct choices on the drinks menu, including 29 martinis and 8 hot drinks, it's a great place to sip and be seen.

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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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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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Rob Roy

After a day of hard work, come down to Rob Roy to relax over a drink or two. The bar has a limited food menu which includes delights such as chicken and leek soup and grilled cheese. The service is excellent, with polite and professional staff. Check out the excellent happy hour offers.

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Sun Liquor Lounge

Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, this trendy little cocktail bar, is a favorite among locals. With a lounge-style decor, the bar creates a hip aura, which is best suited for a weekend night-out. With an eclectic range of cocktails, that are mixed out of scratch, this place caught up soon with the party-goers of Seattle. High-end liquor brands and fresh juices are used to make creative concoctions, that are sure to please your taste buds. Meletti Western, Investigator Cocktail, Forager, and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club are some of the most amazing cocktails that are handcrafted by their skilled bartenders. A decent amount of food menu is also available to munch along with the drinks. Drop by on a weekend, and let your hair down, to have some fun over cocktails and conversations.

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