Saturday, December 5 is Repeal Day, also known as the anniversary of the ratification of the Twenty-First Amendment, which repealed the prohibition of alcohol. To help you exercise your right to booze (and celebrate the availability of to-go cocktails!), we've rounded up this selection of great takeout tipples around town, from whiskey drinks cleverly disguised as Chinese takeout at The Gerald and booze hidden in a book from Canon, to perfect Manhattans at Ben Paris and barrel-aged Negronis at The Velvet Elk. If you're looking for a virtual event, check out the Washington State History Museum's History After Hours: Bootleggers' Ball II, which dives into Washington's Prohibition history with costumes, crafts, cocktails, speakeasy stories, and more. For more ideas, check out our full food and drink guide.
Jamie Boudreau's James Beard-nominated "whiskey and bitters emporium" is now closed indefinitely, but they'll be slinging drinks for pre-ordered pickup from their window on this Saturday, December 5 for Repeal Day. One option, the "Nirvana's Repeal," is an updated Old-Fashioned with Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style bourbon, Amer Boudreau, Punt e Mes, maraschino, and Benedictine & Boker’s bitters, available in a bottle, a flask, or even a book with a secret booze compartment to shield your drinks from prying eyes. Some cocktails are already sold out, so get your orders in as early as possible if you want to partake in the festivities.
Former Fleet Foxes member Bryn Lumsden's nostalgic Interbay diner serves up to-go cocktails, like the "Cowboy in Paris" (tequila blanco, lime, cassis berry liqueur, aromatic bitters) or the "R&R Old Fashioned" (rye whiskey, Jamaican rum, cane sugar, and aromatic bitters). They've also got hot booze, like hot toddies and Irish coffee.
Herb & Bitter Public House
The Capitol Hill craft cocktail bar focused on Italian amari dispenses drinks like the "Adonis" (a low-ABV take on a Manhattan) and "El Diablo" (Reposado tequila, lime, ginger, cassis, soda water) out of its takeout window, and even has a "Bartender's Whimsy" option for the indecisive.
Try hip, understated cocktails like the "Only Happy When It Rains" (bourbon, lemon, red wine reduction, and maraschino), the "Old Sally" (bourbon, house blackberry-sage shrub, lime, and peach liqueur) and the "Miss Nancy" (gin, house rhubarb-tarragon syrup, lemon, orange bitters, and sparkling wine) at this Phinney cocktail bar, which launched a menu of takeout Cambodian food in July to help keep the business afloat while the dining room is closed.
As they do every year, this Belltown cocktail lounge is hosting Miracle on 2nd, a kitsch-tastic Christmas cocktail pop-up. This year, the event will be available for to-go orders only, with "a lot of amusing decor and twerking Santas to elbow bump as you walk through to pick up your take-home kits. Photo ops, a chance for a quick shot, and 15 minutes of holiday delight will all be yours!" Nearby sibling Navy Strength will host the spin-off holiday-tiki-themed pop-up called "Sippin' Santa," which asks you to "imagine Santa on a surfboard instead of a sleigh and palm trees instead of pine," with patio tables available by reservation and cocktails, glassware, and kits available for takeout.
The Velvet Elk
This eclectic speakeasy-esque neighborhood bar in Mount Baker is serving up cocktails like barrel-aged "Bastard Negronis" (Tanqueray gin, Carpano Antica vermouth, Campari, and Cynar) and "Velvet Manhattans" (Elijah Craig bourbon, Averna, house-made velvet bitters, and orange bitters) alongside Japanese okazu pan (small grab-and-go bread snacks with a savory filling) from Umami Kushi. They're also recently released a luxurious, boozy aged "velvet eggnog" with bourbon, rum, brandy, milk, heavy cream, sugar egg yolks, velvet bitters, and freshly ground nutmeg. Pro tip: If you'd like to order a cocktail but don't want an okazu pan, you can order a single slice of sourdough bread to conform to WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board laws.
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Agua Verde Cafe
For a limited time, this vibrant Mexican cafe is offering their bright pink wildflower margarita with blanco tequila, mezcal, ginger liqueur, hibiscus, and lime in a can with three servings. Just pour over ice in a salt-rimmed glass for an instant fiesta.
The modern aperitivo bar has a variety of bottled to-go cocktails, ranging from a classic Negroni to the "Amari-o Brothers" (Sta. Maria al Monte, Cynar, Maraschino, Cocchi Americano, Angostura). Their take on the Negus, a classic port cocktail served hot, has brandy, Calvados, sherry, clarified lemon juice, nutmeg, and vanilla tincture and is just the thing for a chilly evening.
The stylish Vietnamese bar has a cocktail kit with everything you need to make a Moscow mule, as well as bottled drinks: the "Nguyen Fizz" (gin, lemon, rhubarb liqueur, and white wine, kegged and carbonated in the bottle), the "Mary Morter" (botanical gin, fresh lime and celery juice, gomme sugar, and mint), and the "Boulevardier" (rye whiskey, Campari, sweet vermouth).
Capitol Hill and University Village
This downtown cocktail bar is named for a late Seattle sportsman and entrepreneur who once advocated for the legalization of selling beer on Sundays (he took his case all the way to the Supreme Court and lost), so it seems an appropriate choice for Repeal Day. Cocktails include bartender Abigail's "perfect" Manhattan (referring to a 50/50 blend of sweet and dry vermouth) and the "It's a Bird, It's A Plane" (a take on the modern favorite "Paper Plane" cocktail with bourbon, Aperol, Grand Poppy amaro, and lemon).
This sophisticated Capitol Hill cocktail spot is home to Joe Wargo, voted the best bartender in Seattle by Stranger readers in 2019. You can flex your own mixology muscles at home with their cocktail kits, like the "Speakeasy," a colorful tower of jarred cocktails with infusions of Aviation Gin, blood orange vodka, mezcal, and Zwack spirits from Hungary. Add on a charcuterie board for a fun night in. Kits are available for pickup or free delivery.
Damn the Weather
Lumsden also owns the beloved Pioneer Square cocktail den Damn the Weather, which has pre-made cocktails like the "Garnet Punch" (Indonesian rum, ruby port, lemon, rooibos tea, and spices) and the "Harvest Cocktail" (Irish whiskey, Calvados, Amaro Abano, allspice, and pumpkin tincture).
The Doctor's Office
This intimate Capitol Hill cocktail bar apparently does home visits: You can get pre-stirred drinks like Negronis, Manhattans, and the limited-edition "Love in the Time of COVID-19" (Suntory Toki whisky, Lillet, Giffard Apricot, mint, and lemon twist) for pickup or delivery, as well as flights of rare spirits.
This Ballard cocktail bar, which recently introduced a new menu of Korean food, is offering special "Repeal Day" packs, including a flight of Old Forester Whiskey cunningly disguised as Chinese takeout (it also comes with playing cards!) and a Prohibition cocktail pack with two servings each of an Old Fashioned and a Sazerac, both made with Old Forester spirits. Their regular cocktail menu includes the "Ballard Old Fashioned" (bourbon, demerara, housemade cherry bitters, laphroaig rinse), hot persimmon toddies, clarified milk punch, and the hot "Chai Me a River" (spiced rum, aged rum, coconut, ginger, turmeric, toasted pumpkin seed and chestnut orgeat, and chai).
This cozy, unpretentious Wallingford watering hole offers Russian-themed libations, such as the "Trans Siberian" (gin, Aperol, lime, orange flower water) and a Moscow mule made with beet vodka. They'll even deliver a pile of dumplings and a cocktail to your home for $20, a winning combination for a night in.
Knee High Stocking Co.
The Anthony Bourdain-approved speakeasy is featuring a "Best of Knee High" menu with a selection of their greatest hit cocktails, including the "Black Velvet Manhattan" (Sazerac Rye, Averna, Falernum, lime bitters, Angostura bitters) and the "Lady in the Streets" (absinthe, elderflower, gin, Lillet Blanc, and lemon).
Erik Hakkinen's romantic French-inspired craft cocktail hideaway is serving up Francophile drinks like the "Normandy Old-Fashioned" (Laird's apple brandy, Calvados Montreuil Sélection, and APO Bitters) and the "Best Vesper" (their interpretation of James Bond's martini of choice, with Monkey 47 Gin, Absolut Elyx Vodka, Lillet Blanc, and Scrappy’s Bergamot Bitters).
You can now get this bustling Capitol Hill izakaya's Suntory Whisky Toki highballs (Rich Smith is a fan) to-go, as well as Moscow mules, frozen yuzu gimlet, shiso fizzes, and other cocktails.
Splurge on a fanciful drink like the "Queen's Gambit" (Scotch, mezcal, lemon, strawberry, genepy liqueur, and red wine) or a barrel-aged Old Fashioned (Woodinville Rye, demerara, and angostura and orange bitters) at this upscale cocktail lounge.
Capitol Hill's Southern-inspired craft cocktail bar has some cozy original cocktails like the "All About Eve" (bourbon, lemon, angostura bitters, hot apple cider), "Love Actually" (a pear hot toddy with pear brandy, 1840 Cognac, lemon, honey, and Meletti Anisette) and the "Shelter In (A Happier) Place" (white rum, lime, pineapple cordial, strawberry, and tonic) which they say "tastes like the vacation you were supposed to go on from the comfort of your own couch." They also have a sizable selection of classic cocktails and liquors.