Keeping with the feel of its Georgetown neighborhood, the 9lb has a solid, charming, working- class vibe. Vintage fixtures, cozy couches and a pool table set the scene for stiff drinks and pints of beer, many of which are delivered from the Georgetown Brewing Company, located just across the street. 6009 Airport Way S, 206.762.3373.
This modern space honors Italian aperitivo culture (the drinking of appetite-whetting liqueurs) with classic Italian cocktails and small plates. 1535 14th Ave., 206.678.2516.
BATHTUB GIN & CO.
This speakeasy-style bar serves up a variety of creative cocktails, and also has an excellent gin selection (of course). Look for the wooden door 50 feet north of Blanchard St. 2205 Second Ave., 206.728.6069.
Stop in to this neighborhood pub and grab a beer and some pub fare. While the beer list isn’t huge, it is thoughtfully selected. Expect to see a few dogs about—the pub is dog friendly, with a special dogs- only menu. 2322 First Ave., 206.448.6210.
THE BOOKSTORE BAR & CAFÉ
Adjacent to the Alexis Hotel, this stylish bar has a large selection of single malt Scotch whiskies and American bourbons. Overwhelmed? Enjoy one of their whiskey flights. The menu features local ingredients in everything from light snacks to hearty meals. 1007 First Ave., 206.624.3646.
Tucked away in Pike Place Market, Can Can is a cocktail lounge- cum-vaudeville theater where the waitresses double as cancan dancers. 94 Pike St., Suite 11, 206.652.0832.
This tiny spot has an incredible selection of liquor and bitters. Try one of the spirit flights, or just ask the bartender to make something with your spirit of choice. Canon only accommodates parties of four or fewer. 928 12th Ave.
THE FORGE LOUNGE
Located in a 100-year- old space, this bar near the ferry terminal has a variety of handcrafted cocktails that use locally distilled spirits. 65 Marion St., 206.623.5107.
This popular Ballard spot serves up burgers and fries alongside beer and cocktails. Don’t miss the old-school skee-ball machines or, during the warmer months, the fantastic patio out back. 5225 Ballard Ave. NW, 206.782.0027.
Probably the most universally beloved Capitol Hill bar, Linda’s has plenty of tables, a great outdoor patio, lots of wood and taxidermy and an always diverse mix of people. Great burgers and Bloody Marys, too. 707 E. Pine St., 206.325.1220.
Tall boys, draft beer and cocktails meet upscale bar food (think lamb Philly Cheesesteaks, duck wings and whole-fish tacos) including brunch on the weekends. With plenty of flat screens, an outdoor area and fire pits, there are plenty of options for watching the game. 121 S. King St., 206.420.3015.
This sleek Belltown bar is awash in black and gold, with patterned wallpaper and a taxidermy boar’s head. The cocktail menu changes seasonally, and Goldfish crackers are always free during happy hour. 2332 Second Ave., 206.956.8423.
This rum bar has Tiki cocktails, punches and classics from the Caribbean, as well as an island-inspired menu with things like empanadas, jerk chicken and a Cuban sandwich. 1112 Pike St., 206.583.7177.
This hopping bar was voted one of the 25 Best Bars in the country by GQ magazine. Enjoy storied cocktails made with skill and flare. Ask about getting a seat in their speakeasy-style upstairs bar, Needle and Thread. 1406 12th Ave., 206.322.9734.
ZIG ZAG CAFÉ
Located on the Pike Street Hill Climb, this local favorite is a cozy bar with handcrafted drinks. 1501 Western Ave., Suite 202, 206.625.1146.