Best Bars With Local Liquor And Brews In Seattle

July 11, 2013 5:00 AM

Seattle may be well-known for its numerous bars, pubs and lounges, but since 2008, it has also become famous for producing some of the best beers, liquors and microbrews in the Pacific Northwest. Several local breweries and distilleries have on-site drinking establishments where patrons can not only sample the latest batches of alcohol, but also enjoy a variety of tasty appetizers and lunch and dinner entrees.

Sun Liquor Lounge
607 Summit Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 860-1130

Sun Liquor first opened its bar and lounge in 2006, and then went onto open its own distillery in 2011. The company crafted its own brand of vodka, as well as two types of gin. The cocktailian who created these brilliant spirits is Erik Chapman, a former beer-brewer and now the head distiller and manager of the lounge and the distillery bar. Sun Liquor’s vodka and flagship gin are both made with organic wheat that is grown in Washington. Sun Liquor Lounge is open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and offers happy hour prices from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, as well. Recommended drinks to try include the classic gin fizz, a pink gin and a Moscow mule.

Elliott Bay Brewery And Pub
4720 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-8695 

Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub began in West Seattle, opening in 1997. This family-owned brewing company makes its handcrafted ales with organic barley and brews new batches twice a week. The pub offers an extensive beer list and pairs its original ale flavors with a variety of delicious menu items, including the fish and chips, the elk burger and the cod tacos. Top picks from the beer menu include the B-Town Brown, the Highline IPA and the Alembic Pale Ale, the company’s top-selling beer. Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub also makes specialty blended beer allowing its customers to select unique combinations like cider combined with lambic. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Daily happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.

Outlander Brewery And Pub
225 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 486-4088

The Outlander Brewery and Pub is a smaller establishment that specializes in brewing unique-flavored beer and serving even more unique foods. Most of the brews created are successful experiments, so the tap list is always changing. However, if there is a brew that is enormously popular, the owners will continue to brew that flavor. This bar is actually a renovated house in Seattle’s Fremont district and it features a few cozy tables, a full bar and a nice little deck outside for sunny days. It is also dog-friendly if your dog is well behaved. Popular beers include the peanut butter stout (made with Adams peanut butter), the imperial coffee stout (made with Bone Shaker Coffee Roast) and the smoke fire IPA (made with Trinidad scorpion peppers – the world’s hottest pepper). Top menu items include the vegetarian pie and quiche, the spinach and sausage rolls and the ever-popular cheesecake. Happy hour is available weekdays only from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Naked City Brewery And Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 838-6299

Before Naked City Brewery and Taphouse became a reality, the owners and beer creators — Don and Donald — brewed their initial batch of homemade beer and entered it into the 2007 Northwest National Homebrew Competition, winning a ribbon. A couple of years later, the Dons opened Naked City and now offer 24 different beers that they brew in small batches. In addition to offering award-winning beer, the Naked City Brewery and Taphouse features a full kitchen and a dining area that is also used as an entertainment theater where free events involving jazz, film, comedy and poetry are held monthly. Menu items to try include the vegetarian Cuban, the chickpea salad sandwich and the garbanzo-crusted eggplant. Beers on tap to consider include the Naked City wild cherry, the black hops, the chocolate golden ale, the coffee IPA and the pumpkin ale. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all day Sunday.

Elysian Brewing Company And Pub
1221 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-1920

Elysian Brewing Company and Pub is conveniently located just a few blocks from Safeco Field and Centurylink Field, so this is a great place to go after a baseball or football game. Elysian began brewing its own beer in 1996 and has an extensive selection of unique ale flavors such as pumpkin, chocolate-chili, heather, jasmine, rosemary-agave, sour persimmon and Belgian raspberry stout. Elysian Brewing Company and Pub also has an exceptional menu with items like its happy hour plate of nachos with salsa on the side, the gluten-free steak taco with pickled carrots, fish tacos with peanut sauce and the curry schnitzel.

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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