~ Sadie jetted off for a long-overdue first time trip to Seattle, and fell in love with the city one cappuccino and cocktail at a time ~
With a mile long list of not-to-be-missed places, I packed as many beautiful beverage experiences into this trip as possible. Sorted by neighborhood - enjoy! ~ Sadie
~ Pioneer Square ~
I hit the ground running with a tasty Guatemala and on-point aesthetics at Elm Coffee Roasters.
~ Capitol Hill ~
Part cafe, part bar - wine and fresh baguettes to go - Oddfellows Cafe & Bar is 100% old school, brick wall magic. I soaked up the goodness with a well made Old Fashioned and a book.
Tacos + tequila are my jam, and I headed to The Saint at a friend's recommendation - a house margarita featuring Sauza Horntios Reposado and happy hour tacos hit the spot.
Staying in an AirBnB Tiny House was a truly exhilarating experience, and a bag of Victrola Coffee Roasters' Brazil Carmo de Minas kept my mini French press & I very happy.
An obvious evening destination, Canon Whiskey & Bitters Emporium is 'The Western hemisphere's largest spirit collection at 3,500 labels and counting.' 'The Sazerac Experiment' (3 variations: rye, cognac, and rye + cognac) and a cheeky menu - both fabulous.
A PNW staple (and a stop on the upcoming Caffeine Crawl Portland), Caffe Vita offered a cappuccino and cozy cafe vibes during a signature (and much anticipated) rain shower.
~ First Hill / Belltown ~
After interviewing Laila Wilbur, the 2014 U.S. Barista Champion, a stop at Cherry Street Coffee House was a must. I wandered into Belltown after exploring Pike Place Market, and opted for a Mango Black Iced Tea ~ nostalgic for me, and a tasty afternoon pick-me-up.
State hopping with my gin choices made for a tasty experience at Oliver’s Lounge - an Oregon Aviation Gin & tonic was sipped in the lovely Mayflower Park Hotel bar and lounge.
Another must-visit spot for me, I opted for the new Espresso Vivace Alley 24 cafe. I drink a lot of cappuccinos and don't say this lightly, but the milk in that mug was pure steamed velvet. Two dark chocolate grahams for sentimental value (a childhood staple) rounded out the moment.
~ Stevens ~
Earnest Loves Agnes is a neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar straight out of an old romance film. My early brunch was accompanied by a mug of Caffe Vita drip brew, but we hear from Thrillist that the cocktail game is on point.
An Earl Grey Manhattan featuring Remedy Teas highlighted vegetarian goodness at Cafe Flora.
~ Lower Queen Anne ~
I've been drooling over photos of the new La Marzocco Cafe since April, and it met every expectation - in a cappuccino using featured roaster-of-the-month Counter Culture Coffee, in the open-air vibes highlighted by KEXP's studio and romantic tree-lined patio space, and in great conversation with several locals.
~ Ballard ~
To fuel my exploration of the quaint and quirky Ballard, an iced berry hibiscus tea at Caffé Umbria was just the thing.
In my book, one happy hour makes for a great day. Two happy hours in a day? Utter elation. Gracia is nailing the tacos + margarita game - with guac on the side and a boisterous bartender, you can't beat it.
Happy hour round 2 at Golden Beetle featured an incredible, mouthwatering menu by James Beard Award-winning executive chef and owner, Maria Hines. Several Mediterranean inspired plates were accompanied by a lively and delicious Vesper cocktail and some shameless grown up coloring.
An idyllic stroll through University Village was caffeinated by the much-acclaimed Slate Coffee - in this specific instance, a washed Ethiopian Guji pourover.
As a side note, the exact thing you need to soak up all this beverage goodness is waiting for you at Thai Tom - best Drunken Noodles of my life, hands down. Grab it to go, bring a bottle of Saviah The Jack, and weld your chopsticks with the scenic UW campus in the background. Plenty of park benches, Hogwartian aura, and some top notch grass - you won’t be sorry.
Seattle, you're dreamy - can't wait to come back for more. Cheers ~ Sadie