Cocktails/Wine Bars in Seattle, WA
The talented minds behind the Herban Feast family of establishments in Seattle also brings you Fresh Bistro, located in the popular West Seattle neighborhood. You may already know Fresh Bistro for their delicious brunches (order a Bloody Mary!) or their famous Steak Nights on Mondays, but did you also realize that they have one of the best happy hours in the city? The bar area is spacious with plenty of smaller tables for two where you could easily hide away on an intimate date or gather a group of friends on a Friday night after a long week. If you're in the mood for a cocktail, Mixologist Rachel Stein has created a menu that hits both traditional and avant-garde notes -- many that include their own house-infused liquors. Fresh Bistro also keeps an impressive wine list and beers to keep the guy in your life happy as well.
Anyone in Seattle will agree... if you're looking to drink wine in Seattle, you go to Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. They are the wine drinkers destination -- with prime locations in Downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville -- Purple exceeds expectations every single time you visit. When it comes to their popular downtown location, the wine case in the center of the restaurant in the main feature, with a spiral staircase from floor to ceiling to access all of their amazing stock. One of our favorite things about visiting Purple is that you can simply just love wine to enjoy coming here -- there's no need to know your vintages or even your regions to feel comfortable ordering from their extensive menu and the entire waitstaff is happy to help you find a wine that you'll love. Don't forget reservations at Purple and come hungry -- their food is amazing too.
The hottest new trend on the bar scene is the throw-back to the days of prohibition and in Seattle, Tavern Law is the place to go for a little 1920s nastalgia. Located in the thick of Capitol Hill, Tavern Law's cocktails are repeatedly praised with awards from men's magazines such as GQ and Details, but that doesn't mean that they don't cater to the girls as well -- their constantly adding new and seasonal-inspired cocktails to their rotating bar menu that will make you wonder why alcohol was ever outlawed. See that old telephone hanging on the wall? Go on, pick it up and ask if they have any room. If they do, you'll be lead to Tavern Law's secret speakeasy, Needle and Thread, a tiny bar with its own special drinks menu. You can also make reservations at Needle and Thread by callling in advance -- they give you a password to get in.
The newest kid on the Tom Douglas-block is Brave Horse Tavern, tucked away in the up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Famed Seattle chef and restauranteur, the Brave Horse is undeniably the most casual of all the Tom Douglas spots around town -- but even Mr. Douglas' attempt at a dive bar comes out a head above the rest. Intended as a neighborhood jaunt for beers, homemade pretzels and casual conversations with friends on a lazy Saturday night, has quickly become one of the hottest spots in town. If you're a beer drinking girl (don't be ashamed!), join their Beer Club to get access to special evenings with featured local breweries and tastings.
Looking for the perfect place in Seattle for some girls' night out cocktails? Frank's Oysterhouse and Champagne Parlor is sure to fit the bill. We have to talk a little bit about the decor first -- although the walls and booths are made of wood, there's something about Frank's that appeals to your girly-side. Maybe it's that little corner of high-backed, velvet couches that are facing each other -- perfect for girlfriends to drink and gossip the night away -- or maybe it's the sound of champange bottles popping in the background. Whatever it is, we love Frank's. On to the drinks -- if you love your bubbles, Frank's is for you. They have an extensive champagne menu (mostly by the bottle) and are willing to mix up some champagne cocktails, if you ask nicely. Come hungry -- the food is delicious as well.