4. Jamie Boudreau
One thing that unites these bartenders is ambition: they're all pushing the art of the cocktail forward. Jamie Boudreau's Canon was the best surprise of last year, boasting a staggering array of bottles and the ability to mix those spirits into transcendent drinks. Go for his signature Canon cocktail -- rye, Ramazotti (an Italian bitter) and Cointreau foam.
Canon, 928 12th Ave, First Hill (206-552-9755)