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October 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Seattle cocktail bar named one of the world’s best

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Co owner and bar manager Jamie Boudreau is responsible for the acclaimed whiskey collection at Canon. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

(Update. 1:22 p.m.  Canon ranked No. 6 on the list of World’s Best 50 Bars. And for the third year in a row, Artesian in London was named Best Bar in the World. See ranking below. )

As if Canon  wasn’t hard enough to get in to on a Saturday night – now comes news that Seattle’s favorite cocktail den has been anointed one of the World’s Best Bars.

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December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Party like it’s 1933: Repeal Day cocktail specials around Seattle

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink  "Skull & Blackberrries" with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink “Skull & Blackberrries” with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Who needs a drink?

Surprise of surprises, I’m raising my hand. And I found a good excuse. Thursday is Repeal Day, marking 80 years of legal drinking. Cocktail geeks and dudes with ironic mustaches may not know much about history, but they all seem to know that Dec.  5, 1933 was when the US repealed the 18th Amendment, re-allowing the consumption of alcohol.

With the cocktail renaissance, many bars now celebrate Repeal Day by throwing parties and getting patrons to dress up in 1930s garb. Though Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been the driving force behind the Repeal Day celebration — which has caught on nationwide — in Seattle, dozens of bars will extend happy hour, offer discount drinks and concoct other specials to mark the occasion. Below are some events:

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November 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM

More fall cocktail recipes from local bartenders

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink  "Skull & Blackberrries" with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times

Jamie Boudreau of Canon makes his smoky fall drink “Skull & Blackberrries” with 1776 rye, rossbacher, blackberry and blueberry smoke. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/ The Seattle Times)

I’m struck by how often I hear bartenders say their favorite cocktail menu is the one they put out in the fall. The palates here tend to favor big, bitter drinks and whiskey, they say. And this cold, damp weather is ideal for  that flavor profile.

You can check out our story today about  fall cocktails and where to drink them  here. Below are additional drink recipes you can try at home. More

Comments | Topics: Canon, Jamie Boudreau, Tan Vinh

September 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM

“Seattle’s Most Imaginative Bartender” vies for national title

Canon's Sean Michael Johnson, Seattle's Most Imaginative Bartender

Canon’s Sean Michael Johnson,Seattle’s Most Imaginative Bartender, and perhaps someday the world’s.

If you are out and about on Capitol Hill this Thursday or Friday looking for a libation, head to Canon and ask Sean Michael Johnson– a.k.a. Seattle’s “Most Imaginative Bartender”– to make you a Julius Henry. He can use the practice.

It’s the cocktail that made him a finalist in “Bombay Sapphire’s Search for the Most Imaginative Bartender.” This Sunday he’s competing in the national contest at the U.S. Bartender’s Guild Summit in Las Vegas, where he will share the stage with 51 of the country’s top mixologists. The winner heads to the 3rd annual global finals.

His strategy for the timed competition in Vegas is to make the drink as much as possible beforehand, “so it becomes muscle memory,” that way he can concentrate on charming the judges.

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August 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

$3 martini, happy hour and other tipsy thoughts

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My barhopping excursions took me to a secret scotch society tasting,  a marathon sampling of  Singapore Slings off Bourbon Street and ended, as it does every week, at Zig Zag Café.  As noted earlier with the revamped AYCE  blog, I’ll  use this forum to post tidbits and random thoughts about new bars, cocktails and other happenings in our drinking scene.

We’ll start with the acclaimed Zig Zag Café, which launched a new cocktail menu for the first time in 18 months.

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July 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Canon wins honor for ‘World’s Best Drink Selection’

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Co owner and bar manager Jamie Boudreau is responsible for the acclaimed whiskey collection at Canon. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Scoring a seat at Canon just got harder.

The popular Capitol Hill bar’s latest bragging rights: “World’s Best Drink Selection.”  Canon got that honor  at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Dinner in New Orleans Saturday night,  one of the highest honors in the industry.

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May 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Seattle bars getting Moscow Mule mugged

The most stolen item  in Seattle area bars, like this one at Ba Bar. (Photo by Tan Vinh / The Seattle Times)

The most stolen ware in Seattle area bars, like this one at Ba Bar. (Photo by Tan Vinh / The Seattle Times)

Some local watering holes may need to install metal detectors for those on the way out of the bar. Or at the very least relegate the new hire to copper-mug patrol duty. Or maybe train their doormen in the fine art of sniffing out copperware being spirited away, hidden in purses and trench coats.

Maybe a Moscow Mule user fee is in order.

I’m only half-joking because the theft of those lovely tankards is getting absurd. Seattle-area cocktail spots have lost as much as $1,000 worth of these vintage mugs.

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