Best Vintage Cocktails in Seattle
The 5th season of Mad Men is getting set to premiere, and suddenly 1950 is cool once again. From fashion to style and sophistication, even 1950s cocktails are making a comeback. USA Today recently acknowledged Seattle’s foray into the vintage cocktail world. “…now the likes of Houston, Charleston, S.C., Seattle and Minneapolis are coming along with artisan distilleries, cocktail-focused bars and even speakeasy-style hideaways, complete with passwords and secret knocks.” Here’s what we found in Seattle.
1406 12th Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
This Capitol Hill speakeasy has been named one of the 25 best bars in America by GQ magazine, and listed in Food & Wine magazine as one of the 50 best bars in America. Obviously, they’re doing something right. Making classic cocktails (custom cocktails are upstairs in the Needle and Thread speakeasy), and delightful bites. Lots of whiskeys, gin martinis, and champagne flows at the curved bar with warm woods and a library feel. Who knows? Perhaps Don Draper is sitting at the next table.
Bastille Café and Bar
5307 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
The words most often said when people walk into Bastille’s Back Bar are, “Wow!” and “Gorgeous!” Painted a rich dark chocolate, you feel as if you’ve entered a boîte à bijoux, a jewel box of delicious details: a crystal chandelier hangs from an arch salvaged from a French church; amber light glows from behind reclaimed grillwork; Art Deco sconces adorn the walls. And above it all preside two paintings recreated from the originals by French symbolist painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Classic cocktails are served until 2:00am seven nights a week; the perfect place to stop after dinner or a show. Try the French 75 cocktail: Gin, Champagne, lemon & sugar. Or maybe a dirty martini is more to your liking. Enjoy some French cuisine, too. Discover for yourself why people are calling Back Bar the sexiest place in Seattle.
2332 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Stepping into this Belltown bar makes you feel sure you’re about to run into Sean Connery circa 1955. With a nod to its specialty cocktail (the Rob Roy) and a thumbs up from USA Today, the Seattle Times and more, it’s a warm and inviting place to drop by after work for a classy happy hour. Old gin, dark rum, plenty of bourbon and aged scotch are used to make you a custom cocktail or one of their own. Try a Mississippi Collins – Rob Roy’s take on the 1950s Tom Collins, with cognac, burbon, aged rum, lemon, cane sugar and soda.
Scotch and Vine
22341 Marine View Drive
Des Moines, WA 98198
The Scotch and Vine offers a comprehensive scotch selection of over 200 labels, along with a dinner service of casual but elegant new American cuisine. Their glass doors swing wide open in nice weather to accommodate plenty of open air seating on comfy couches. Live bluesy or fusion music is offered many nights of the week. A more modern feel with a large, expansive dark wood bar, the bar is airy and inviting. If scotch is your thing, Scotch and Vine is, too.
Lot No. 3
460 106th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Lot No. 3 combines comfort food, classic cocktails, and craft brews in a vintage-industrial inspired space. With over 100 spirits, there’s not a classic cocktail that can’t be custom made. In fact, Lot No. 3 prides itself on its “Make Your Own Manhattan” menu. Choose your own Whiskey and Bitters from their varied collection to make your own specialty drink. Boilermakers, too, come in a huge variety. Sliders, fish and chips, and PB&J&B (peanut butter, jelly and bacon!) top the list of happy hour eats.