Can you guess which Seattle bar made Esquire magazine’s 2014 list of the country’s best drinking spots?
You probably can guess one of them. It’s no surprise to see Canon in any of these compilations. Author David Wondrich described it as “the reigning craft-cocktail joint in the Pacific Northwest.” Also scoring a spot on the collection of 26 spots nationwide, though, was the “ramshackle, Repeal-era” Blue Moon Tavern, which Wondrich called “too rock ‘n’ roll for a hippie bar, too mellow for a punk one. It’s very Seattle.”
This week also brought on Eater’s assessment of 38 Essential Cocktail Bars across America, with — you guessed it — Canon representing Seattle. The listing quoted Seattle Met’s Allecia Vermillion calling it the “brown liquor juggernaut of Seattle cocktail bars” with a massive (in the thousands) whiskey collection and back-to-back James Beard noms for outstanding bar program.”
That wasn’t all for what’s been a decorated week even for the popular Capitol Hill place. The aficionados over at Tales of The Cocktail made it complete with two Canon nods on the finalist list for its worldwide Spirited Awards. It’s up for best American cocktail bar and world’s best cocktail menu. (Seattle’s Liberty Bar is up for world’s best drinks selection.) Winners will be announced in July.
Never been? Here’s happy hour columnist Tan Vinh’s 2012 look at Canon (then with Murray Stenson joining Boudreau at the bar) where he said it “has set the bar so high that I can’t imagine another new cocktail lounge that will be this grand and ambitious.”
So, these days, as different as they are, would Canon or Blue Moon be the best fit for that “very Seattle” title?
Note: Corrected May 29 to show the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail finalists. An earlier version of this post had the 2013 list.