Courtesy Letterpress

Spirit Quest

Seattle’s superb artisan distilleries not only offer the chance to taste well-crafted spirits, many of them also have bars and restaurants serving up creative cocktails.

Courtesy Westland Distillery

Westland Distillery

2931 First Ave S;

Try: A Stateside Manhattan, with Westland’s Flagship single-malt whiskey, Brovo vermouth, Scrappy’s aromatic bitters, and an Orasella cherry.

The space: The official distillery of the Seattle Kraken, SoDo’s Westland has an airy tasting room and bar serving Salt Blade whiskey-infused salami, Lummi Island smoked wild salmon, and other local nibbles. For an in-depth look at the process, take a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour.

Courtesy Oola


1412 E Union St;

Try: A Pomp and Whimsy, with OOLA gin, cucumber, lemon, and mint.

The space: With a tasting room, bottle shop, and restaurant in a sleek new contemporary space in Capitol Hill, OOLA offers up an extensive menu of creative Pacific Northwest fare paired with cocktails made from bourbon, vodka, and barrel-aged gin infused with botanicals, many grown locally. On warm days, dine on the patio shaded by Japanese maples.

Courtesy Copperworks


1250 Alaskan Way;

Try: A Plum 75, with Copperworks plum gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling wine.

The space: Although there’s no bar at this downtown waterfront spirits maker located across from The Seattle Great Wheel, guests can sample flights of different cask-aged and small-batch spirits. Take in views of the huge copper stills while you sip; hour-long guided tours are also offered.

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85 S Atlantic St;

Try: An Il Tipo Vecchio (old-fashioned) with rye whiskey, Letterpress arancello rosso, Peychaud’s bitters, and a large orange peel.

The space: An easy walk from T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field, Letterpress serves flights of house-made amaro, limoncello, and other aromatic liqueurs along with an extensive menu of delicious cocktails in a casual tasting room with a cheerfully landscaped heated patio.

Courtesy Mischief Distillery

Fremont Mischief Distillery

132 N Canal St;

Try: Fremont Mischief changes its cocktail menu seasonally, but this Matcha Gin Sour with Mischief gin, dry curacao, lemon, matcha powder, simple syrup, and egg whites showcases their creative approach.

The space: Known for complex bourbon, gin, vodka, and apple brandy, this popular distillery beside Fremont Canal Park has a large, leafy rooftop cocktail garden and occasional live music. Restaurant Mischief serves innovative gastropub fare.


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