So you're coming to the 2016 SEGD Conference Experience Seattle (Have you registered yet? Don't miss out on your first-choice on tours and workshops, register today!) and you're feeling a bit thirsty—
Check out these recommended watering holes, all within walking distance from the 2016 SEGD Conference headquarters at the Westin Seattle:
1. Zig Zag
Craft Cocktails | Pike Place | 1501 Western Ave #202, Seattle, WA 98101 | (206) 625-1146
Zig Zag Cafe in Pike Place offers handcrafted cocktails and gourmet bites in a cozy space. Not the most inexpensive drink you'll find in Seattle, (P.S.—happy hour is 5:00 pm - 7:00pm!) but 703 Yelpers have given Zig Zag 4.5/5 stars, citing excellent drinks, knowledgeable staff, and impressive eats. You won't find the menu on their website, but take a look through the photos by Amanda Ringstad, you won't be disappointed.
2. Sun Liquor
Distillery, Shop & Lounge | Capitol Hill | 607 Summit Ave E, Seattle WA 98102 | (206) 860-1130
Open 5:00 pm - 2:00 am, this urban vodka and gin distillery comes highly recommended. The distillery boasts a lounge and bottle shop in addition to the facility itself, which offers tours. The lounge is intimate and has a slightly tropical feel, and the bartenders are skilled, without the usual ego. Currently the lounge is offering a flight of daiquiris to include a Classic, Hemingway and No.2 (orange). YUM!
3. Capitol Cider
Cider Bar and Restaurant | Capitol Hill | 607 Summit Ave E, Seattle WA 98102 | (206) 860-1130
Are you Gluten (and peanut) free? Or maybe you just love hard cider? Shuffleboard? Whatever your druthers, Capitol Cider is a good time! Capitol Cider is open for weekday lunch and weekend brunch, and late night bites as well as dinner and libations nightly. The kitchen is 100% gluten free, as are the dozens of regional and international ciders. There's even one called Rhubarbarian.
4. Grim's Provisions & Spirits
Bar with New American Fare | Capitol Hill | 1512 11th Ave, Seattle WA 98122 | (206) 324-7467
Go no further than Grim's for your multipurpose night-out needs. This industrial-styled bar is three levels, with ample space for a quiet dinner, as well as dancing the night away. The menu is inexpensive, with a range of crowd-pleasing dishes and appetizers. Happy hour happens every night except Sunday. Can you say $5 Moscow Mules and glasses of Rosé? Because if not, we'll help you order.
5. Comet Tavern
A Bar's Bar | Capitol Hill | 818 E Pike St, Seattle WA 98122 | (206) 397-3564
If you're looking for a real no-frills bar's bar, try Comet Tavern, because as their homepage declares, "where else you gonna get a $4 pitcher, huh?". The daily happy hour specials on beer are epic, and there's pool, pinball and local live music. Have we mentioned the Chili Nachos, Sloppy Joe or Fried and Chopped Chicken Sandwich yet? Sorry, no salads, but they definitely have warm nuts for $1.50.
Craft Beer & Food | Capitol Hill | 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle WA 98122 | (206) 588-0375
Pine Box is a reference to the fact that the restaurant/bar is housed in a building that used to be a mortuary. If that alone doesn't peak your interest, we're sure something on the menu will. They serve a range of interesting and tantalizing local and ethically sourced meats and vegetables, from Porcini & Rosemary Popcorn to an Elk & Pork Brat Plate, to a Smoked Wild Boar & Pineapple Pizza.
Special thanks to local Seattle designer and SEGD Member Lizzy Skolmen, who helped produce this three-part series of walkable food and beverage selections. Two weeks ago we explored Cheap Eats, and last week we explored Sit Down Eateries.