Best New Bars Of 2013 In Seattle

December 26, 2013 4:00 AM

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While a large number of bars opened in the Seattle area during 2013, only a select few offered a genuinely new and unique experience. Check out these newly opened Seattle bars that feature a mix of history, a wide variety of spirits and cuisine and fun and laid-back atmospheres.

Bar Sue
1407 14th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-0888

Called Capitol Hill’s “southern bar with no frills and no fuss,” Bar Sue officially opened in September of 2013. Two of its three owners were born and raised in the south and wanted to create a southern-style watering hole that not only serves a great mix of drinks, but also foods that could be compared to what locals find “way down south.” Case in point is Bar Sue’s Louisiana-style blackened catfish and Carolina-style barbecue. Bar Sue has a lot of rustic charm, and may even be seen as being a little gritty as far as neighborhood joints go. But patrons will appreciate its big screen TV that always airs the Seattle Seahawks games and its fun and rowdy karaoke Sundays.

Percy’s And Company
5233 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-3750

Percy’s and Company is an apothecary-style bar that opened in August of 2013 in the 115-year-old building that once housed the Old Town Alehouse. Percy’s location was originally built in 1898 and has a long history that includes playing its part during prohibition, doubling as both a speakeasy and corner store that sold dry goods. Percy’s still features many of its original fixtures, as well as an updated kitchen, an inviting bar space and a back patio for those warm summer nights. The majority of the cocktails offered at Percy’s are made with fresh purees, healthy tinctures and a variety of infused liquors. Try drinks like the balmed julep with ginger and infused bourbon, the sage-infused bourbon or the lemongrass-infused vodka with cilantro.

410 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-0248

Witness is a southern, down-home style of bar that opened on Broadway Avenue on Capitol Hill in August of 2013. The bar prides itself on offering “spirits that nourish the soul.” In addition to providing a wide range of cocktails that are jam-packed with flavor, the bar also serves southern cuisine that includes “soul foods” like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and a peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich that even the King himself probably couldn’t resist. Stop in and order cocktails like “Son of a Preacher Man,” which combines bourbon, lemon and honey syrup and Black Pekoe tea. Or try the signature Witness cocktail that combines bourbon, Carpano Antica, Benedictine and is topped off with a hickory-smoked cherry.

Related: Best Bars With History In Seattle

The Old Sage
1410 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 557-7430

The Old Sage bar on Capitol Hill opened in July of 2013 and combines elements of old and new Seattle. This watering hole includes a variety of hand-crafted beers and spirits, as well as hearth-smoked meats and vegetables that will tantalize everyone’s taste. The bar features incandescent lighting which gives it an old-world feel as if it were straight out of Seattle’s pioneer days. Its smoking hearth, where meats are smoked to a revered quality, provides an delicious aroma that cannot be denied. Pair a crafted cocktail like the Foreign Correspondent or the Summer Scotch Smash with a meal of smoked coho salmon, cured ham or duck wings.

Billy Beach Sushi
5463 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-4616

Located in the Ballard neighborhood, the Billy Beach Sushi bar opened in May of 2013 and took over the space formally occupied by the Paratii Craft Bar. Come into Billy Beach Sushi on a Monday night and you’ll get to experience the “all-night beach hour,” which includes discounted drinks, sushi and other finely crafted foods. Billy’s has a distinct beach-bar atmosphere that is funky and lively, with an outdoor patio so you can dine al fresco style during the spring and summer. It also has a light, airy interior that features an all-wood bar, dining tables and decorative wall murals. Try some of Billy Beach’s signature cocktails like the bijou and the Okinawan Jesus, and don’t forget that it serves fresh sushi too. The Super Bad Boy sushi roll features crab, eel, avocado, soy glaze and spicy mayo and cheeses.

Related: Best Bars For Foodies In Seattle

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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