Three Impressions of Foreign National

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The Sorrel Sour at Foreign National

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Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square


Refreshing Gin & Tonic Hits Capitol Hill

Naka’s new slant on the hot-weather classic

The Cocktail: GiNakaTonic #3 A truly legendary combo, the gin and tonic traces its roots to the 1700s when the Brits were colonizing India, where malaria was a problem. Gin, sugar, water and lime made the curative quinine more palatable. Since then, the G&T has become a spring and summer standard throughout the world. Beyond…


The Best Hotel Bars in Seattle

As travelers swarm the city for summer fun, locals can play tourist year-round

Stoneburner at Hotel Ballard With bar manager Erik Carlson steering a stellar cocktail menu and sommelier Dawn Smith carefully cultivating a wine list that includes dozens by the glass, this is a good place to drink. And the eating is fine, too. Guests are spoiled by chef Jason Stoneburner’s menu, which features local ingredients (some…


Seattle’s Best Pub Grub

At these local beer-centric watering holes, the(great) food’s the thing.

When I moved to New York City a decade ago, I couldn’t believe how bad they had it. Oh sure, they’ve got Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud and so many other of the country’s best chefs. They’ve got world-class service, a genius on every corner, yada yada. But when it comes to what’s really important in…


The Forge Lounge

A new casual downtown Seattle bar is made for sandwich-lovers and ferry riders.

A new watering hole sits along the steel paths of the pedestrian walkway downtown, offering a sweet escape during long ferry waits. THE VIBE: A clean, industrial theme beckons: Brick walls are decked with black-and-white photos of steamers and steel workers, and drinkers sink down at one of three micro steel-lined tables or take a…


Sneak Peek: Jamie Boudreau’s Canon, Opening Later This Week!

Jamie Boudreau finally gets to eat his cake. A Canadian who escaped a far more sober life as a would-be physiotherapist, he has established himself as one of the Northwest’s most respected bartenders, with stints at Tini Bigs, Vessel (now defunct), his own cocktail show on the Small Screen Network, and a standing reputation as…


Orcas Landing Livens Up Hillman City

The glue to any good neighborhood is, of course, its neighborhood bar. Green Lake has The Latona, Phinney Ridge has The Park Pub, South Park would be lost without Loretta’s, and the epicenter of Columbia City is Lottie’s. Beacon Hill came a little undone with the closure of its beloved dive, The Beacon Pub (though…


Bar Hop: Il Bistro

A Post Alley hideaway gets a new secret weapon: renowned mixologist David Nelson.

Il Bistro An elegant little hideaway in Post Alley, Il Bistro (Pike Place, 93A Pike St.; 206.682.3049; has served traditional Italian fare for 30 years. But recently the bistro acquired a new secret weapon: David Nelson (formerly of Tavern Law and Spur Gastropub) is now behind the bar, bringing his knack for creating cocktails…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

Photography by Grant Hindsley

Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…