Inspired by the Seattle city guide I wrote for Design*Sponge, I decided to launch a new series: Seattle Like a Local! I’m not sure of the cadence of this post, but I want to share with you guys some of my favorite haunts, as well as new spots I’ve recently discovered. Whether you’re a Seattle local or planning a visit to the emerald city, I hope these posts help! First up, I want to share my favorite neighborhood watering hole, Good Bar.
No joke, I probably come here once a week. Their cocktails can’t be beat, they’ve got a sloppy joe and incredible rotating cheese selection… and some of the best interior details I’ve laid eyes on.
The bar atmosphere feels sexy, yet laid back. I absolutely love the range of materials they used when designing the space. And who doesn’t love a marble bar??
Good Bar is located on the corner of 2nd Ave South and Main Street in Pioneer Square in a building that once housed The Pacific Commercial Bank. The coolest part of the bar, by far, is that the safe from the old bank still exists!
The food is perfectly shareable, while the cocktails include such of my favorite ingredients (and tons that I’ve never heard of before). The cocktails are complex, but not intimidating… traditional, but totally approachable. Oh, and the menu is constantly changing. Every time I go, there are at least a couple new drinks to try.
A few favorite cocktails: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (featuring silver tequila, cynar, celery bitters, and sea salt), Japanese Commercial Bank (with cognac, toasted almond, orange blossom water, and black tea ice — and a spritz of gold!), and, my personal favorite, Joe’s Drink (bourbon, amaro, bitters, and burnt lemon).
And then there’s the food… personal favorites: sloppy joe (!!!!!!), deviled ham with local Macrina Bakery bread, and mussels topped with orange, saffron, and chorizo.
Thank you to Good Bar for participating in this series!
photography by Jojotastic.