May 11, 2018
What’s Ray’s Boathouse doing on this list? The old school and slightly stuffy Seattle eatery has had a complete refurb and now boasts a more modern and stylish interior complete with a beautiful 30-foot gleaming mahogany bar. Sandwiched between a floor-to-ceiling window on one side and a line of red leather bar stools on the other, the bar stocks a wide array of liquor and boasts amazing ocean views to boot. Given the nautical focus of the place it’s unsurprising that rum is well represented here. The drinks menu offers a selection of classic cocktails from around the world ß-including a spot on Manhattan and an El Floridita as well as a few in-house originals, like the Dreamboat, a potent mix of gin, Aperol, Lillet Blanc, orange curacao, and lemon, and the A La Plage, a smooth but spicy blend of bourbon, honey, lemon, green Chartreuse, and black pepper; there’s also a rotating rum flight, if you want to do some serious tasting without getting tiddly. The food menus have also been updated to reflect the venue’s new look. Patrons in the bar can enjoy a half dozen oysters served with champagne-yuzu ice and tequila lime mignonette, a selection of house-smoked fish or the house chowder with empura razor clams and smoked salmon. The venue is gloriously located, with amazing views of Puget Sound, and the crowd is noticeably more mixed following the make-over. A table by the window at sun set is one of the best seats in Seattle.