Imagine what the queue for a Disneyland seaplane adventure ride might look like, and you’ll probably be picturing something like Bar Charlie. It’s a neighborhood spot with knotted rope light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, a plane propellor anchored behind the bar, and map schematics on the walls. The drinks, which range from an old fashioned with apple brandy and mole bitters to a lemon gin cocktail with rhubarb, are excellent, and the food’s impressive, too. Get the twice-baked loaded poutine potato covered in melted cheese curds, gravy, chives, and bacon.
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Manolin is a beautiful seafood-focused restaurant in Fremont. It’s strangely affordable, and you can use it for just about any dining situation.
Swel in Fremont is a slightly upscale Italian spot where you’ll want to focus on the flatbread pizzas.
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Westward is a place that will make you excited to live in Seattle. (Or consider buying property here ASAP.)
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Seastar in Bellevue is a fancy seafood place where you should be using a corporate card.
Canlis is the most upscale fine dining experience you’ll find in Seattle. Before you commit, here’s a step-by-step breakdown of what you can expect.
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Canon is the most-hyped cocktail bar in Seattle, and for good reason. For high-quality drinks in Capitol Hill, come here.
Knee High Stocking Co.
Knee-High Stocking Company in Capitol Hill is one of the best Seattle “speakeasies.” Make a reservation and prepare for a lot of good cocktails.
The Backdoor is a speakeasy with bartenders who know what they’re doing, and a food menu from Roxy’s next door.
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