Brimmer & Heeltap
After a busy workday, Ballard's Brimmer & Heeltap offers a cool, colorful atmosphere for kicking back. Flowers on the walls and friendly staffers will erase your memories of tedious meetings and that awkward reply-all you sent. Cocktails like the Scandinavian Mustache (Krogstad aquavit, Cynar, lemon, egg white, lavender bitters) help too.
Where: 425 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107
When: Mon., Weds. & Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.
More info: +1 206-420-2534; brimmerandheeltap.com
Walk into the Thompson Hotel and follow the beautiful hall leading to the elevator. Go up and you'll find yourself at the astonishing Nest indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, whose large windows will impress your clients with sweeping views of the city, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain Range. You'll be among people in more formal attire, something of a rarity in Seattle, and the quieter hum of conversation allows you to talk without screaming or leaning in (in the wrong way).
Where: 110 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-midnight
More info: +1 206-623-4600; Facebook
You'll agree with us that Foreign National is a very attractive bar — assuming you can find it. It has the all qualifications of a splendid speakeasy: An unremarkable door leads to a small, sexily dark room with a gleaming bar and modern, artsy-kitschy touches. Even if your date turns out to be a snooze, the craft cocktails will perk you right up.
Where: 300 E. Pike St., ste. 1200, Seattle, WA 98122
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. (or later)
More info: foreignnationalbar.com
Grab your girl gang and decamp to this carnival-themed bar located on Capitol Hill. Unicorn shares a space with its sister bar, Narwhal, both of which offer whimsical foodstuffs (vegan quinoa tots, poutine corn dogs, funnel cake) and cocktails (like a grown-up root beer float). Go full '80s with arcade games, capture the fun in a photo booth and check out weekly events like mimosa cabaret, game night and karaoke. In conclusion, 🦄 👯 🍹.
Where: 1118 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
When: Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m.-close; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-close
More info: +1 206-325-6492; unicornseattle.com
George & Dragon Pub
The team behind George & Dragon Pub have done an incredible job re-creating a no-nonsense, working-class English pub, anchored by a sturdy mahogany bar with a dozen or so beers on tap. This Fremont spot has an authentically old-school feel, and besides being the best place to watch soccer in the city it also hosts trivia nights, has pool tables and serves traditional British fare like shepherd's pie and chicken curry.
Where: 206 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103
When: Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
More info: +1 206-545-6864; georgeanddragonpub.com
This is not a figment of your imagination. If you're in need of some straight-up, undiluted comfort and joy, Pie Bar will heal you with sugar and booze. There are two savory pies (steak and potato, chicken potpie) and several dessert creations — from a springy strawberry rhubarb crumble to a warm, dense and decadent chocolate pecan pie. Sip classic cocktails (Sazerac, Dark & Stormy) or original libations like the Key Lime Pietini. Don't you feel better already?
Where: 1361 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
When: Weds.-Sun., 6 p.m.-midnight. Walk-up window, daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
More info: 206-257-1459; piebarcapitolhill.com
Vif Wine|Coffee is Seattle’s only wine shop that stocks natural wines exclusively. The minimalist space lets the pours (whether grape or bean based) take center stage. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and snack items like bread pudding French toast, lentil-and-quinoa salad, avocado tartine, and old-fashioned bread and butter pair deliciously with yummy wines.
Where: 4401 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103
When: Mon., 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: 206-557-7357; vifseattle.com