I’m a sucker for a good prohibition style bar, and Bathtub Gin & Co in Seattle fits that bill perfectly.
Nestled in the basement of an old brick hotel, a small cocktail bar was formed in 2009. Bathtub Gin & Co is in a former boiler room in the back of the building between First and Second avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighbourhood. The classic prohibition style look is detailed with low lighting, a small pine bar, comfortable tables and couches along side a library. Space is limited, as the bar only seats a maximum of 38 people, which adds to that intimate feel. Most importantly, the bar has a selection of premium spirits from around the world.
There is of course a wide range of gin to choose from, ranging from locally produced varieties all the way up to some of the highest premium gins available. Outside of gin, there are a number of quality cocktails available, like the Death Star, a concoction of bourbon, fig and maple syrup and lemon juice. A selection of local beer and wine are also available for the less adventurous type.
Here’s the downside- after nearly ten years in operation, Bathtub Gin & Co. isn’t exactly a secret. It is constantly listed as one of Seattle’s best “hidden” bars, which by default no longer makes it a hidden bar. It’s a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the know, and will fill up fast. That being said, because the space is so small, even the popularity can’t keep the place from feeling cozy. Just don’t expect to get in right away if your intending on going on a Friday or Saturday night.
But, if you’re in the mood for a good cocktail on a rainy evening and want to surround yourself with old books in a comfy leather chair, then this place should be at the top of your list.