Brown liquor is man liquor. And the brownest, and manliest, is whisky.
And now it has a holiday: this Saturday is World Whisky Day. To celebrate, visit a few of these Seattle bars that specialize in the good stuff.
Serious Selection: Canon
Boasting the "largest collection of spirits in the western hemisphere," this Cap Hill cocktail bar (pictured) features bottles of whisky dating back to the early 1900s that'll run you in the high three figures. For less of a splurge, go for one of the excellent three-drink flights.
928 12th Ave., Capitol Hill (206-552-9755)
The Classic: Whisky Bar
Formerly located across from the Moore Theatre, this Belltown staple moved into its new spot in January and transformed from a crud-soaked dive into a place you'd actually want to bring a date. One thing that didn't change is the staggering selection of booze, including dozens of Scotches.
2122 2nd Ave., Belltown (206-443-4490)
Southern Style: Kickin' Boot
Barbecue and bourbon are naturally best friends, and this Ballard eatery boasts a pyramid of liquor behind the bar and some fine slow-cooked meat. Their selection is unbelievable, and they often offer the Holy Grail of American whiskey: Pappy Van Winkle's 23 year.
5309 22nd Ave. NW, Ballard (206-783-2668)
New Kid: Radiator Whiskey
We wrote up the latest addition to Seattle's whisky scene a few weeks ago, but they're upping their game every day with new flights and a Happy Hour special that pairs a shot of delicious, peaty Glenfiddich with a half-dozen oysters for $18. Their barrel-aged 1794 made with rye, Campari and sweet vermouth is one of the best cocktails in town.
94 Pike St. #30, Downtown (206-467-4268)