There’s something about speakeasies that turn normal Friday outings into rousing adventures.
Whether it’s their intimate setting or air of exclusivity, these retro establishments hidden inside hotels and restaurants or narrow alleyways never fail to provide nighttime thrills.
Lucky for Seattleites, the Emerald City has a few Prohibition Era-themed cocktail bars scattered throughout its liveliest neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and Fremont. Below are five of Seattle’s best speakeasies.
One of the many bars that occupy Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood is Tavern Law, and inside that bar is another. The infamous 25-seat speakeasy Needle & Thread is only accessible by way of an old bank vault door located upstairs above the Tavern Law restaurant. Reservations are required, which guests can make via their website, and don’t expect a drink menu. The Prohibition-inspired cocktails are prepared as the expert bartenders see fit. Just give them a mood, and they’ll work their magic.
At the bottom of Queen Anne Hill sits the historic MarQueen Hotel. And inside the hotel is the 1920s-themed speakeasy, The Tin Lizzie Lounge. While this one isn’t password-protected, its position in the basement of the hotel exudes the type of exclusivity that so many speakeasy enthusiasts seek. With Prohibition-themed cocktails concocted by the bartenders themselves and an assortment of rich small bites and flavorful entrées, The Tin Lizzie Lounge is a definite crowd pleaser.
In the Belltown neighborhood and underneath the Humphrey Apartments is the 39-seat speakeasy, Bathtub Gin & Co. This Prohibition-themed cocktail bar was built in 2009, but its unpretentious décor and intimate setting are sure to throw visitors back to the 1920s. Guests can locate the entrance via the alleyway behind the brick building, between 1st and 2nd Streets. Once inside, take a load off at the six-seat bar or on one of the small couches and enjoy a finely crafted Old Fashioned.