Brunch in Seattle? Yes but with a cocktail!

    Brunch in Seattle? Yes but with a cocktail!

    Weekdays lead to weekends and weekends were made for relaxing, socializing, and day drinking. To me those things equal brunch! Boozy brunch to be exact. Seattle is ripe with restaurants offering Saturday and Sunday afternoon offerings but let’s take a look specifically at cocktail bars serving up eye­-opening cocktails paired with delicious food.

    Sun Liquor Distillery has classic diner style menu items such as biscuits and gravy, egg in a hole, BLTs. There’s nothing fancy or surprising about the menu items, just good American fare every Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 3pm. The space is filled with natural light during the day, and the booths are the perfect size to get cozy with a small group of friends. You will want to order a cocktail made with one of the distillery’s own liquors, and don’t forget to buy a bottle to take home with you when you leave. I always find the Gin Gin Mule (gin, fresh lime juice & mint, topped with ginger beer & Angostura bitters) to be a refreshing breakfast libation!

    You’ll feel as if you have travelled down south (and I don’t mean Tacoma) when you take your seat at Witness Bar. The inside resembles a Baptist church complete with pew booth benches. Order up buttermilk beignets or egg and grits to continue the southern impression. Hospitality is as thick as molasses at this sweet Capitol Hill bar, the atmosphere is casual and friendly. I like starting with a Resurrection cocktail (gin, St­Germain, amaro, grapefruit, sparkling Cava) which is a perfect pick­me­up. If it’s chilly out order yourself an All About Eve (Bourbon, apple cider, and lemon) which is served warm. If they served all that a church maybe I would have gone more often!

    Over in Magnolia you should head to Mulleady’s Irish Pub. Be sure to bring your friends  because they serve Mimosas and Bloody Marys by the liter here! You can choose vodka, gin, or tequila as your Mary base, but be sure to order them with the pickle! I mean you can get these as single serving size too but why would you? Mulleady’s has everything from a traditional breakfast fry up to roasted vegetable salads on their menu. In summertime there is an outside patio and in the winter there’s a cozy fireplace, perfect for warming up. Sláinte (cheers)!

    Sexton in Ballard only serves brunch on Sundays from 10am to 3pm but that is perfect as it is the same day as the neighborhood’s farmers market. Ballard Avenue is closed to traffic and packed with fresh produce, flower, and craft vendors. Shop around and then come into this casual bar with exposed wood walls, big front windows, and great music. They serve a variety of breakfast items with bourbon maple syrup, a selection of mac dishes (as in mac & cheese, mac & pesto, mac & chorizo), as well as traditional eggs benedict. The same cocktail menu it presented at brunch as at night which is great because there are some real treats on that. I go for the Lil’ Twitch (blanco tequila, mezcal, falernum, violette, and lemon) served on ice with frozen leaves and flowers in it. Gorgeous! There is a great little patio out back open mainly in the spring and summer but if it is nice and warm out you may find them opening it up on a whim. Stick around for a while as after 3pm they move into all­night happy hour!

    Written by Wendy Miller

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    Article created on 14/10/2015