Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: Seattle's Heritage Bars

October 27, 2016


Inspired by a conversation that lasted WELL beyond midnight last night, I recalled that Seattle is home to some of the most historic bars you'll ever step foot into, and this list barely scrapes the tip of the iceberg of heritage hot spots in the 206. If you're looking for a slice of Seattle history in the form of a speakeasy or century-old saloon, these five establishments are my top picks! 


1. Jules Maes - Georgetown: A long-time KISW favorite and Seattle's oldest bar on record, this pre-Prohibition watering hole is the perfect place to catch up with good friends and enjoy a stiff drink. Belly-up the original bar and just imagine if those walls could talk. 

I moved back to Seattle just so I could sit down at that table and write Lola XOXO's first script. It's such a trip to be back here after all these years. And now for vol. 2, Georgetown, thanks a bunch. #lolaxoxo #georgetownseattle #julesmaessaloon

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2. The Central Saloon - Pioneer Square: Another pre-Prohibition Seattle watering hole, The Central is extra special to me, as my dad's band has been playing there since before I was born. This is a fantastic place to catch live music in the neighborhood, but good luck getting a seat in there on Seahawk Sunday.

Spring cleaning!

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3. The 5 Point Cafe - Belltown: One of Belltown's most treasured 24-hour establishments, you can grab breakfast ANY time at The 5 Point! Plus, their slogan is "Alcoholics serving Alcoholics since 1929", so you know they're legit. 


4. Virginia Inn - Pike Place Historic District: Rumored to be slightly haunted, the V.I. employs some of the areas top bartenders and serves up the most innovative specialty cocktails. If you think you've never heard of the Virginia Inn, ask yourself this question - have you seen the movie Singles? If so, you know the V.I.


5. Duchess Tavern - Ravenna: One of my mom's favorite bars from her younger years, I still wear her now-vintage Duchess Tavern t-shirt on a regular basis! This classic, old-timey college pub is a major UW Husky hangout, so as a WSU Cougar fan, I try to avoid it on UW gameday for my own sanity :) but any other day of the week works just fine for me. 

seattle, wa, oct. 2016.

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What's the name of the oldest bar in your town? Email me so I can go check it out sometime soon! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly



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