The late George Carlin once said, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” Wise words, but tequila has much more to offer than a drunken blur and life-shattering hangover. Seattle might not be known for its tequila, but there are several places looking to change that perception by showcasing a different side to the agave liquor. So dust up on your rusty Spanish because MyCityWay is showing you the best tequila bars in Seattle.
Barrio: Beloved and highly rated for good reason, this Mexican kitchen and bar has a dynamite tequila selection. The food isn’t too shabby either, but the bar is where the real magic happens with its arsenal of tequila and mezcal. Happy hour is daily from 3-6 p.m., and there’s even a late night happy hour from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m.-11 p.m. on Sunday. 1420 12th Avenue (between Union and Pike Streets)
Agua Verde Cafe: We like anything with a view of the water, and if tequila is included, it’s even better. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and features $5 margaritas and $1 off tequila specials. They also use organic, local and sustainable ingredients in the dishes in case the tequila gives you the munchies. 1303 NE Boat Street (at North Brooklyn Avenue)
COA: At this Maple Leaf house-turned-eatery, the proof is in the tequila pudding (just go with it). Owner Edgar Carreon grew up in Ciudad de Durango and Sinaloa, and his Mexican pride and authenticity shines in the tequila selection. And like any good tequila bar, there’s a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with snacks and $5 margaritas. 7919 Roosevelt Way NE (between 79th and 80th Streets)
The Matador: With over 100 varieties, even the most experienced tequila connoisseur won’t get bored here. The decor is fun, the bartenders know their stuff, and the food is tasty to boot. There’s also a happy hour (have you noticed a theme?) daily from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 2221 NW Market Street; 4546 California Avenue SW
The Saint: Fresh juices and homemade syrups and infusions make this place standout from the pack, and it’s well worth the higher price tag. It also doesn’t hurt that the guacamole is some of the best in the city. Happy hour is daily from 5 -7 p.m. Tip: Get the blood orange maragarita. You’re welcome in advance. 1416 East Olive Way (between Bellevue and 14th Avenues)
Do you have a favorite tequila bar in Seattle? Tell us in the comments.