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Jason Simplot Of Rumba Tells You Where To Drink In Seattle


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You know how to EAT THIS CITY. With top chefs as tour guides, you’ve learned how to scout out hot spots for breakfast and brunch, where to go for a delicious date night, and how to feast like a local liege in the cities you love. But where do you wash it all down? Do you know how to find the best brewpub? Uncover who makes the meanest bloody marys and the most sparkling mimosas?

You’re about to find out. Welcome to DRINK THIS CITY!

You don’t need to be Dorothy to know we’re not in Kansas anymore, because this week we’re in the Emerald City — Seattle, Washington. The bar culture here is alive, well, and absolutely flourishing. If you love cocktails, you owe yourself a chance to explore all that the city has to offer in the way of boozy beverages.

Don’t know where to start? Lucky for us, we have a guide who knows his way around a good drink. Meet Jason Simplot, bar manager of Rumba! Seattle may be known for its rain, but within Rumba, you’ll find a tropical oasis — serving up beautifully crafted drinks and pan-Caribbean noshes. With over 500 rums on offer, there’s pretty much nothing this bar can’t do with the spirit, and their excellence at utilizing it has been recognized by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. Tiki aficionado? Visit on Tiki Wednesday and partake in Sharks With Frickin’ Lasers or Chandrian’s Fire (trust us). Do you know someone who “hates rum?” Someone who “can’t drink rum, not after college?” Rumba is where you take them to prove them wrong. In no time at all they’ll be eating (technically drinking) their words. Best of all, they’ll be smiling about it too, because as seriously as Rumba takes rum, they’re also unapologetically playful. Vacation is always just a glass away.

Via Rumba

Ready to have some fun? Let’s have Jason show us where to drink in the city he calls home!

BRUNCH COCKTAIL OR HAIR OF THE DOG

Hattie’s Hat

Hattie’s Hat, a quintessential Ballard dive bar. The Bloody Mary is bangin’ and the boozy popsicles get you back on track while chilling you out.

MARGARITA

Barrio

Barrio. A back bar stacked with all things agave and a bar staff that knows what to do with it all.

CLASSIC COCKTAIL

Zig Zag Café

Zig Zag. Have a Last Word, have a Negroni, just go and have a couple drinks at Zig Zag. They’ve been mixing ’em up for years.

CRAFT COCKTAIL

Foreign National

Foreign National. I’m not kidding when I say this, nor am I alone in thinking it; Foreign National is pouring the most creative drinks in the entire city. Plus it’s sexy inside.

PUNCH

Rumba

Rumba! Philadelphia Fish House all day. Once, a guest asked, “what kind of fish is in the Philadelphia Punch?” To which the bartender countered “uhh… None.” The guest replied, “ahh I don’t want to risk it, I’ll take the Barbados Punch”.

Someone really thought we put fish in our punch. This is not a joke. This shit is real.

DIVE BAR

Dino’s Tomato Pie

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Trashcan drink for a trashcan person.

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The Dino’s Spritz at Dino’s. It’s a drink served in a tiny garbage can! With a can of sparkling fucking wine shoved into the top! Are you kidding me!?

PUB, TAVERN, OR BREWERY

Holy Mountain Brewing

Go to Holy Mountain. Drink all the beer they have available. You’re welcome.

HOTEL BAR

Pennyroyal

Order “The T In Tough” at Pennyroyal. Pretty sure they can still make this. Regardless, it’s a large format drink full of Rum Fire, a super funky high proof Jamaican rum. You and four friends looking to kick-start the afternoon? This’ll do that.

HOT DRINK

Suite 410

Suite 410. They’ve got the space to heat lots and lots of water and just love doing it. Order the Infinite Jest, a 15 part drink that takes as long to make as it does to read the book. Drop Kamyar’s name, he loves to help!

THEMED COCKTAIL at IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE BAR

Stampede Cocktail Club

Stampede Cocktail Club. I love a bar with personality and they don’t skimp on it here. The aesthetic is dope and the bartenders want to facilitate the party. Count me in.

SPARKLING COCKTAIL

Liberty

Order the Hearts & Minds at Liberty. One of the best drinks in the city in an unpretentious and underrated bar.

APERITIVO

Herb & Bitter

Get over to Herb & Bitter. Their cocktail game is crushing it and there’s plenty of vintage amaro to gawk at.

LOW-PROOF COCKTAIL

JarrBar

No brainier, JarrBar. Drink Sherry, pick at olives, feel the breeze through the window, drink Vermouth. Repeat for hours.

UNUSUAL COCKTAIL or COCKTAIL WITH SURPRISING INGREDIENTS

Canon

Canon. Wait, have you not been there? High concept, deliciously balanced cocktails, miles of whisk(e)y, killer food & dope folks at the helm.

Thank you, Jason, for taking us on a tour of Seattle’s best bars!

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