5 Best New Seattle Bars in 2019

New restaurants aren’t the only cause for celebration this year—a number of excellent new bars have joined the scene. Here are our favorites, along with suggestions for what to order at each

By Chelsea Lin


September 5, 2019

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the September 2019 issue and is part of our Best New Restaurants cover story. Click here to subscribe.

Kamonegi chef Mutsuko Soma’s new sake bar (conveniently located next door to her acclaimed soba restaurant)
DRINK: The Curious and Curiouser sake flight ($16), a trio of tastes that demonstrates unusual sake styles

Ben Paris
The new State Hotel’s bar and restaurant, with an old-school vibe and Instagram-bait mural by local illustrator Kyler Martz
DRINK: The Lazy Bluebird ($18)—a vodka- and tequila-based cocktail accented with ginger, grapefruit and sparkling rosé, served in a deceptively heavy bird vessel

Fog Room
An epic space perched 16 stories up, atop the new Charter Hotel, where guests are treated to views of Elliott Bay 
DRINK: The Cloud Connected ($12)—a refreshing, effervescent mix of gin, elderflower, lemon and jasmine tea served from a tap for easy drinking

Skål Beer Hall
A much-anticipated Ballard beer hall with a Viking vibe 
DRINK: The Kon Tiki ($12)—a bold, unique combo of tropical flavors, caraway aquavit and IPA 

A charming new craft cocktail spot with live piano music
DRINK: A Scratch old fashioned ($20)—one of a few available variations on the classic drink, made with Edmonds-based Scratch whiskey


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