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Seattle’s Best Wine Bars

December 8, 2010 8:47 PM

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The Purple Wine Bar does not lack for ambience. (Credit: thepurplecafe.com)

The Purple Wine Bar does not lack for ambience. (Credit: thepurplecafe.com)

Seattle boasts some awesome wine bars and stores with great food and atmosphere. Portalis Wine Shop and Wine Bar, Purple Cafe, Bottlehouse and Elemental Next Door offer varied but satisfying experiences.

portaliswinebar Seattles Best Wine Bars

Portalis founded the Tasting Circle with the goal of providing Seattle wine buyers helpful, educational buying information about wines in their marketplace. (Credit: portaliswines.com)

Portalis Wine Shop & Wine Bar

5205 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, Wash. 98107
(206) 783-2007
www.portaliswines.com

Most wines are affordable at under $40 a bottle and available by the glass. Beers, scotches, bourbons and other spirits are also available. To accompany your drink of choice, try the charcuterie plate with olives and house pate or the cheese plate with four different delectable cheeses. Portalis’ menu rotates weekly and offers happy hour specials several nights a week.

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The Purple Wine Bar does not lack for ambience. (Credit: thepurplecafe.com)

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

1225 4th Avenue
Seattle, Wash. 98101
(206) 829-2280
www.thepurplecafe.com

Watch sous chefs prepare appetizers from the upstairs balcony, wind your way up the spiral staircase or sit by the beautiful floor to ceiling windows – Purple Cafe does not lack for ambience. The food also stands out from the rest.Try the stilton walnut salad or steamed mussels with Spanish Chorizo appetizer, or the delicious lobster mac and cheese if you’re in the mood for something heartier.

bottlehouse Seattles Best Wine Bars

Bottlehouse has four to six wines on tap - taste a flight for as little as $29. (Credit: bottlehouseseattle.com)

Bottlehouse

1416 34th Avenue
Seattle, Wash. 98122
(206) 708-7164
www.bottlehouseseattle.com

Bottlehouse has four to six wines on tap – taste a flight for as little as $29. The service is accommodating and friendly, and it’s not just the wine that tastes good – Bottlehouse is also a wireless cafe open during daytime hours serving coffee, pastries and ice cream. Happy hour specials include $5 pours on a variety of wines.

elemental Seattles Best Wine Bars

Elemental has 100 wines available as half bottles for $15. (Credit: elementalatgasworks.com)

Elemental Next Door

3309 Wallingford Avenue N
Seattle, Wash. 98103
(206) 547-2317
www.elementalatgasworks.com

Elemental has 100 wines available as half bottles for $15, making it the perfect place to stop by for a nightcap. Our favorite appetizers include the cod and shrimp mousseline and the goat cheese and fig terrine. Open Tuesday through Saturday; dinner served from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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