Everyone deserves an alcoholiday, but leave it to the Seattleites to show us how it’s done. Even after Washington banned liquor in 1913, Seattle residents couldn’t set down their glasses according to an article by the Seattle Times. Luckily, we’ve reached a time where happy hour is a sport and delectable spirits by genius mixologists are aplenty. And now, we’ve even found a way to celebrate this hoppin’ culture thanks to Seattle’s first ever Cocktail Week (SCW). Tasty cocktails from restaurants of all flavors are waiting to please your tastebuds from March 3 through 7 with some additional boozy brunch options on Sunday, March 10.

If that isn’t enough to digest, SCW events, workshops, tastings, and more are happening all throughout the city, all week long with the ticketed main event, Cocktail District, taking over Bell Harbor Conference Center on Saturday, March 9 ($35.99 advance tickets, $50 at the door). It’s said to be a mind-blowing, immersive, all-things-cocktails tasty educational experience with over 200 spirits to mix, taste, and enjoy. Read up on the many SCW events throughout the week at seattlecocktailweek.com and participate in one near you!

With 66 participating restaurants and bars and only a week to try these mouth-watering cocktails, it’s physically impossible to taste each flavor, especially when most bars offer two-to-three options. So, in an effort to make a Seattle Cocktail Week attack plan of my own, I narrowed down the intimidating list to a select few of my personal favorites in three Seattle neighborhoods so you can spend less time researching and more time sipping. Cheers!

Note: To keep it simple, we stuck to the main Seattle food groups of Ballard and Fremont, Downtown, and Capital Hill, but tasty and tasteful participating establishments can also be found in the Magnolia, Wallingford, University District, West Seattle, Ravenna, Interlake, Georgetown, and Leschi neighborhoods.

BALLARD/FREMONT

Ballard and Fremont are know for their rugged Scandinavian-influenced maritime history; remnants of the fishing, logging, and shipwright culture that once took over these Seattle ‘burbs can still be seen today. Stroll from one restaurant to the next among cobblestone streets and original brick buildings, tasting your way through the community.
 
Participating Restaurants: 12
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Little Tin Apothecary

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail Available
Price: $13

This whole-in-the-wall bar is full of charm and all about community. Stop by on Thursday and Friday for live music while sippin’ on their Birds & the Bees cocktail, which includes Botanical & London dry gin, rose geranium liqueur, housemade lemon & lime shrub, housemade grenadine, coconut milk, and vermouth, paired with a mini PuPu Plate for $13. Meet the maker and indulge in a scratch distillery tasting at their March 7 event.

The Backdoor at Roxy’s

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail Available
Price: $10

This Fremont speakeasy is just a lime bike ride away from the Ballard bars listed above. Try their Redemption Cocktail under the crystal chandeliers and among frescoes. It includes Redemption Rye, Tempest Fugit, Banana Averna, and chocolate bitters served to you in a bucket with an orange twist. Stop by on March 5 for their Whiskey & BBQ Pairing event.

 

Gracia

SCW Cocktails: 3
Brunch Deal
Price: $12-$30

Just down the street lies the Mexican-influenced cocktails and cuisine bar and restaurant, Gracia, meaning “Grace” in Spanish. Try the Bozal Mezcal Flight, which features three 1oz pours of Bozal Coyote Ancestral, Tepeztate, and Borrego for $30 (a $45 value).

Triangle Spirits

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail Available
Brunch Deal
Price: $10

Located in Fremont’s historic triangle building, Triangle Spirits offers an extensive whiskey list and quality fried chicken. Yes please! Taste the Tullamore Dew Cocktail: Tullamore Dew Cider Cask, Ancho Reyes, apple cider, and Demarara sugar served in a collins glass with a lemon wheel.

The Gerald

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail Available
Brunch Deal
Price: $9-$11

Not only does the Gerald house Ballard’s biggest spirits collection (over 500 options), but they’re also offering a whopping 50 percent off all spirits for SCW! Try their house favorite cocktail, Tea Time, complete with Earl Grey infused vodka, honey, lemon, and egg white for $9. Then, head back for brunch on Sunday for an additional three cocktail specials, one of which is unique to SCW. Curious about what it takes to open your own craft distillery? Learn the Business of Distilling on March 5.

GREATER DOWNTOWN

(South Lake Union, Downtown, Pioneer Square, Belltown)
 Modern, sleek, classy, and the occasional rooftop are what you’ll find as you peruse Seattle’s downtown eateries. Visit this section of the city for a fancy evening, sometimes accompanied by a fabulous view. Why not take a post-beverage stroll by the Space Needle while you’re at it?
 
Participating Restaurants: 27
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Skyview Observatory

SCW Cocktails: 3
Price: $6

Soar 73 stories up for beautiful 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Sip on local Heritage Batch 12 vodka mixed with Chambord, sake, and cranberry in the Cherry Blossom cocktail while taking in Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle. Admission is still required, but by  visiting during happy hour (4-7 p.m.) and mentioning SCW, you’ll receive 20% off entrance fees.

Branchwater

SCW Cocktails: 2
Price: $12-$17

Craft cocktails and tasty bites with a southern flair is what you’ll find at Branchwater. This Kentucky bourbon bar in Belltown offers two cocktail specials this week. Taste the Branchwater Private Select Old Fashioned using whiskey from Branchwater’s own Maker’s Mark barrel.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret’s Absinthe & Craft Cocktail Bar

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail Available
Price: $10-$11

Visit Pike Place Market after dark to indulge in house-crafted mixed drinks with ingredients sourced from the Market itself. For an extra charge, purchase a cabaret ticket and enjoy a cocktail with a show. Try the Can Can Shrub: Bourbon, Taylor gold pears, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, and pumpkin pie spice for $11.

 

Arctic Club Polar Bar

SCW Cocktails: 2
Price: $8

The Arctic Club hotel was once a high-class social institution built for the men who “struck it rich” in the Alaska Gold Rush. Today, you can dine or drink in the luxurious leather seating and among velvet drapes. Channel your inner royalty with the Marie Antoinette cocktail: Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, bubbles, and cake.

RN74

SCW Cocktails: 3
Price: Unknown

RN74 has an impressive wine selection from both Burgundy, France, and boutique wine producers from Oregon and Washington with locally-sourced seasonal foods from Puget Sound and beyond. Try their Smoke Shop cocktail complete with Ron Zacapa, Tempest Fugit Gran Classico, Zucca Rabarbaro, Carpano Antica Formula, Angostura bitters, and Cherry Wood Smoke. Love a good scotch? Purchase an International Women’s Day Scotch Dinner ticket on March 8; a portion of proceeds will be donated to Mary’s Place, which provides shelter and services to women, children, and families in need.

Art Marble 21

SCW Cocktails: 3/
Price: $10

South Lake Union’s Art Marble 21 is business in the front and party in the back, meaning there’s a bar with a center lounge upon entry and a 3,000-square-foot arcade a few steps away. Did I mention these games were free? Order a Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road (Blanco tequila, egg whites, lemon juice, simple syrup, and chocolate molé bitters) and challenge your friend to a game of air hockey, skee ball, bocce, you name it.

Other participating downtown establishments include: The Arctic Club Seattle, Good Bar, Il Bistro, Rider, Heartwood Provisions, The 515, Six Seven, The Nest, The Hart and the Hunter, Fog Room, Palomino, Suite 410, Old Stove Brewing, Andare Kitchen and Bar, Miller’s Guild, Daniel’s Broiler, Pintxo, Whiskey Bar, Cutter’s Crabhouse, The Collective, Gold Bar, Kiki Ramen

CAPITOL HILL

One word to describe Capitol (Cap) Hill? Magical. Individuality is celebrated, free speech is encouraged, rainbow is a color, and the result is a supportive and vibrant community of all flavors. Modern meets grunge, suits meet Birkenstocks, and delicious restaurants of all price points are in no short supply.
 
Participating Restaurants: 15
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Poppy

SCW Cocktails: 3
Mocktail available
Price: $8

Award-winning chef and Poppy owner Jerry Traunfeld is known for his local and seasonal Northwest dishes and his always-changing menu. Sip on the Bruja-ha complete with Xicaru silver mezcal, Ancho Reyes, white peach-cinnamon shrub, and lime.

Barrio

SCW Cocktails: 2
Mocktail Available
Price: $8

This agave bar and Mexican kitchen is for the tequila lovers. Two tequila-themed drinks are available during SCW: the Ancho Fashioned with pueblo viejo añejo, ancho reyes chile liqueur, demerara, and orange bitters and the Palabra Futura complete with los vecinos del campo mezcal, chareau aloe liqueur, maraschino, and lime.

 

Harry’s Fine Foods

SCW Cocktails: 3
Brunch Cocktail Available
Price: $12

This Capitol Hill neighborhood establishment is trendy and fresh with hospitality as a top priority. For a treat, try their Fiorentino with hibiscus infused bourbon, Grand Marnier, Braulio, espresso liqueur.

Corvus & Co

SCW Cocktails: 3
Brunch Cocktail Available
Price: $9

When an establishment states, “we like fun,” you go. Enough said. On their SCW menu, try one of their banner cocktails that’s been a regular since day 1: The Black Bird. This concoction consists of gin, Slo gin, muddled blackberries, lemon, egg whites and Demerera syrup, then garnished with a fresh blackberry.

Other participating Capitol Hill establishments: Trove, Rumba, The Tin Table, Foreign Nation, Redhook Brewlab, The Dark Bar, Adana, Anejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Sol Liquor Lounge, Artusi, Cook Weaver

So, what are you waiting for? Order yourself a ride, hop on a Lime Bike, or slip into those walking shoes and take this week a cocktail at a time. Believe me, your tastebuds will thank you. Seattle Cocktail Week will be gone before you know it!

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