Seattle is more than just a tech city, it is also booming with craft booze establishments. This extends beyond the city with Washington State housing the most craft distilleries in the country. According to the Washington Distillers Guild, Washington has 99 licensed distilleries in the state while 17 of those are located in Seattle proper.
Seattle has more distilleries than any city in the country, which has led restaurants and bars to create and use these local spirits. The following bars are each finding fun and creative ways to use these spirits on their bar menus to bring craft straight into their customers’ cup.
Local 360 is located in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle and features everything local and craft. Most of their ingredients are located within a 360-mile radius of Seattle and this includes all of their booze. Here, the entire cocktail list focuses on craft spirits so guests can order any of the fun cocktails and try a local spirit.
Local 360’s top two cocktails:
Rosemary and Bradley: 3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin, rosemary simple syrup, Bradley’s Tonic, finished with a fresh sprig of rosemary. 3 Howls Old Fashioned Gin is a mix between a London Dry Gin and an American Dry Gin with a big juniper flavor. 3 Howls is made in Seattle in the SODO neighborhood and they make around seven products including vodka, rum, and whiskey.
Old Mischievous Ways: John Jacob Rye and spiced simple syrup come together for our house old fashioned. John Jacob Rye is made at the Fremont Mischief Distillery, which is located in the funky neighborhood of Fremont in Seattle. This rye is doubled barreled and aged in white American oak that makes this a perfect spirit for a local old fashioned.
Tavern Law is located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle and has a mix of craft and regular spirits on their cocktail menu. They have a creative cocktail menu that is divided up by Manhattans, Bitter, Sour, Mule, Salty, Sweet, and Umami, which helps guest choose their cocktails based on their taste preference.
Tavern Law's top two cocktails:
Rob Roy: Westland Single Malt Whiskey, Cocchi, Chinato Barolo, Aromatic Bitters. This is a classic cocktail that first originated at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1894. In this rendition Tavern Law has used a Seattle favorite the malt whiskey from Westland Distillery. Westland is located in the SODO neighborhood and they make four different whiskies.
Xocolatl: Oola Gin, Ancho Reyes Chili Liquor, Brovo Chocolate Liquor, Orange Juice, and Lemon. Oola gin is made in the Capital Hill neighborhood, which is the same neighborhood that Tavern Law is located in, bringing a new meaning to local. Oola makes vodka, gin, and a bourbon whiskey.
Goldfinch Tavern, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
The newly opened Goldfinch Tavern is located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. Local resident and chef Ethan Stowell opened this tavern after opening and running very successful neighborhood based restaurants around Seattle. The Four Seasons is located downtown and is the perfect location to have locally sourced cocktails and spirits because it is just a hop, skip, and jump from the famous Pike Place Market.
Goldfinch Tavern's top cocktail:
Market Mule: Copperworks Gin, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Lime, Angostura Bitters. The classic cocktail has two local favorites including the gin and the ginger beer. Copperworks is located in downtown Seattle and is only a 5-minute walk from Goldfinch Tavern. They craft a gin and vodka currently and have a beautiful tasting room lined with four copper stills.
Via Tribunali is a pizzeria with four locations in Seattle. They specialize in Neapolitan pizza that is very traditional and offer a cocktail menu that offers Italian twists made with local craft spirits. They mainly use Batch 206, a craft distillery located in the heart of Seattle and is one of the top selling distilleries in Washington State. They currently craft vodka, gin, moonshine, and bourbon.
Via Tribunali's top cocktail:
75: Counter Gin, prosecco, and a limoncello float. This is the perfect Italian twist on the classic French 75 cocktail. They use Batch 206 counter gin, which is made with eight different botanicals and profiles a New American Gin.
Seattle is lined with many different distilleries making all kinds of fun craft sprits. Now, locals can visit many restaurants and bars located in the city and have a craft cocktail that is made with one of these locally crafted spirits. It is a win-win situation for booze!