Seattle is filled with every kind of bar, pub, lounge and nightclub you could imagine. For 2015, a few new bars opened around the city, and some are considered the traditional type of watering hole you might find throughout Europe. Whether it’s a spacious beer hall, a cafe-style public house, a social salon-style bar or a traditional sports bar, you’ll find all of these and more in Seattle, as the best new bars of 2015.
Queen Anne Beerhall
203 W. Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 659-4043

Queen Anne Beerhall is an immense gathering place that spans 7,000 square feet. Opened in 2015, it features about 50 bottled kinds of beer as well as 25 premium beers on draft. You’ll also find a number of infused cocktails available, which are made with organic ingredients and in-house specialty syrups. It offers everything you’d find in a traditional European beer hall and is complete with larger, communal tables, Pacific Northwest-inspired beer hall fare and European fare as well, including grilled sausage with sauerkraut, Bavarian pretzels and wiener schnitzel.

Herb And Bitter Public House
516 Broadway E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 708-6468

The Herb and Bitter Public House opened sometime in spring of 2015 and is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The majority of the drinks menu is inspired by Italian amari, which includes fernets, aperitifs and digestives. Herb and Bitter’s list of spirits also includes some of the barrel-aged variety such as brandy, whiskey and gin. You’ll find a number of seasonal classic cocktails as well as infused, staff-created cocktail concoctions. This public house has more of a European-inspired style and feel, featuring cafe-style seating and a unique glass-covered outdoor patio that features a retractable roof.

2000 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 826-1700

The newer Pennyroyal bar is housed within the Palladian, a boutique hotel in downtown Seattle. It’s considered more of a “social salon” with its European-style atmosphere. It features a smaller space of just 35 seats, and has dark wood and exposed brick as part of the old-world decor. Choose from a number of house-made cocktail infusions, barrel-aged spirits and punch bowl concoctions that feature locally made teas.

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Jude’s Old Town
9252 57th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 420-4889

Located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, Jude’s Old Town is a new bar that comes from the creative mind of local resident Beau Hebert, who also owns another of Seattle’s award-winning watering holes called Lottie’s Lounge. Like its sister bar, Jude’s Old Town will serve a few specialty cocktails, various wines, several craft beers on tap and a menu of freshly made pub food.

Kessler’s Sports Bar
1703 E. Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 457-4453

Kessler’s is a new sports bar in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill that has a simple yet effective motto: “Cold beer, sports and a great staff.” Kessler’s plays the best of the best of what’s on sports TV, every day and all day. It features ten TV viewing screens so patrons can catch all of the games airing via the bar’s numerous sports packages such as NFL Sunday Ticket, the Speed Channel, MLB Extra Innings and NBA League Pass.

Wakefield Bar
2318 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 770-7824

Belltown’s newest watering hole, Wakefield Bar features several specialty cocktails such as the Green Tea Fizz, the Knuckleball and the Mexican Grand Prix. It also offers a variety of wines, as well as beer by the bottle and on draft. Foods served at the Wakefield Bar include specials for happy hour, as well as a brunch menu and dinner menu of healthy dishes, along with the signature Wakefield burger made with grass-fed beef.

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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