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Thursday, October 20, 2011

#1548 #S916 - Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium, Seattle -9/5/2011

Update: Canon was named as having the "world's best drink selection" at the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail.

After a sunny day at Bumbershoot we just thought we'd give dropping by the new place a shot, and as luck would have it, Jamie had decided to open for the night, with little advance warning, to test things out.  The place is a very cozy place to have a cocktail with all the dark wood, impressive selections of spirits, punch bowl, and various cocktail accoutrements.

I had a "Canon Cocktail" (rye and Ramazotti with Cointreau foam) which was excellent, followed by another great rye-based drink that I forget from the "Roulette" selection (name your spirit and let the bartender improvise -- something I would have done in any case, but is now formalized on the menu). My companion, not quite the fan of whiskey-based drinks as I, opted for a peach Rickey, and was happy to find a well-balanced, not too sweet option, as you might fear from lesser hands.

We also tried the pork burgers, which come on Asian style buns and are bookended by a little toy cannon.  The 100-item menu was not yet available, but I am very much looking forward to going back often and working my way through it.

After this visit we learned that, in addition to the talented bartenders already working there, Jamie has recruited the legendary Murray Stenson to the bar -- which seems like the perfect balance of interested drinkers and limited size that would be perfect for him.  In any case, this has to already be considered one of the top cocktail destinations in Seattle, and indeed, in the cocktail world, while at the same time retaining the intimate, specialist, offbeat sort of vibe such that it is not over-run by boring people.  It's obviously not much of an insight to discover that this is great bar, but experience confirms that there's no denying that for lovers of bourbon and finely balanced cocktails, it doesn't get any better than this.

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Est. Sep 2011 - Building constructred: 1920
Other bars at this location:  Licorous - facebook - seattlemet - thestranger - eater - seattleweekly - yelp

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