Shots in the Dark: 4 Dive-y Bars with Cocktails

Shots in the Dark: 4 Dive-y Bars with Cocktails

The rain is beating down on your frozen Seattle soul and you’re one of the people that refuses to carry an umbrella. The bus is late or full. This winter feels colder than last year. Your heating bill has skyrocketed even though you swear you’ve barely touched the thermostat. If these aren’t reasons to hide in a dark bar and sip a cocktail while waiting out the storm, I don’t know what is. Forget it's winter with these dimly lit places for boozy concoctions.

The Octopus Bar
Ahoy, it’s a pirate ship turned shadowy booze paradise laden with treasure from breakfast flatbreads to Swedish fish cocktail garnishes. Set sail for this neighborhood oasis and be prepared to drink too many Shipwreck Molly (vodka, pineapple, orange, Blue Curaco, and soda) then return to cure your hangover with their acclaimed Bloody Marys. Food Network will vouch for the Lifesaver with Sriracha vodka and house-made mix.

This is the ultimate dive bar with vibes and drinks almost as impressive as Big Sky Country. They’re well known for their Rachel’s Ginger Beer Moscow Mules on tap but there are always rotating drink specials including some that incorporate their infamous house-made pickle juice. With solo cup string lights, more than enough sharpie tags, a photo booth, and crowd of regulars, the Montana is a watering hole with as much charm as it has booze. Get a Mule before heading to Kedai around the corner or snag some Tortas Condesa from the takeout window next-door to eat inside.

New Luck Toy
West Seattle’s New Luck Toy opened in November with quintessential red paper lanterns, loud music, karaoke, and plenty of Chinese comfort food. Spicy eats from Boiled Beef in Fiery Sauce to Spicy Shrimp and Pork Fat Dumplings make the boozy slushies an obvious choice; you won’t regret the Singapore Sling. And if slushies aren’t your dive drink of choice there Mai Tais on tap or try the New Luck Tea with black tea vodka, gin, tequila, lemon juice, and Jägermeister float.

Bait Shop
From frozen Pain Killers to $6 Old Fashions on happy hour, this nautical-themed Cap Hill spot is a great place to dream of warmer days. To call it a dive bar might be a stretch, but with greasy bar food and tiki drinks on tap—you know what I mean. If you’ve had a long day at the office, get the Zombie with rum, grapefruit, rum, maraschino, rum, pernod, bitters, cinnamon and did I say rum? This unique mix packs a punch and if you pace yourself, the sun will be out before you know it.

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