11A Back-Alley Speakeasy Serves the City’s Best Hot Toddy

There’s a basic bourbon toddy available year-round at Belltown’s Bathtub Gin (bathtubginseattle.com), but this winter they’re “going a little crazy,” says owner Marcus Johnson. A seasonal concoction combines brandy, agave nectar, and allspice dram for that Christmasy spice flavor. An IPA beer float on top cools it down for added drinkability. Down a few to kick seasonal affective disorder where it hurts.

12 We Get Steamed—and Buzzed—Like the Russians

At South Lake Union spa Banya 5 (banya5.com), you can skip from a 220-degree sauna room to a pool of chilly 45-degree water. Better yet, get whacked by a bundle of leafy, aromatic branches in a traditional venik massage. The spa day ends with vodka shots in the on-site lounge, naturally.

13Our Homegrown Winter Duds Are Stylish

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Image: Dennis Wise

A. Born to Run
Prairie Underground made fewer than 200 of the biker-inspired cotton hoodies named, naturally, for the Boss. $253, prairieunderground.com

B. Skipjack
Crochet queen Anna Sharp was inspired by the hanks of yarn she hung around her neck while working, then named her ropey scarf after a kind of oyster boat. $50, etsy.com/shop/victorygardenyarn

C. Gracie Zip
Kavu’s extra-thick bonded jersey is sturdy but smooth, and the hood creates a narrow porthole for the face, all the better to trap in warmth. $85, kavu.com

D. Baby Alpaca Arm Warmer
By coordinating with weavers in Peru, Seattle’s Built for Man gets access to traditional loom work while also supporting South America’s rural communities. $95, builtforman.com

E. Scarlet Mackinaw Cruiser
Filson’s replica of a 1922 wool work shirt has a special pocket for your vintage compass—you never leave home without it, right? $350, filson.com


14 You can pour your own beer from the taps at Belltown brewpub Buckley’s. buckleysseattle.com

15We Can Roast While We Get Toasted All Over Town

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The Sorrento Hotel Fireside Room: One special holiday hangout

Fireside Room
The Sorrento Hotel bar is classy, not stuffy, despite the wood-paneled walls that surround the fireplace. The hunting-club vibe makes it the ideal spot for scotch. hotelsorrento.com

It can be difficult to snag a spot on the fireside leather couch at the Capitol Hill lounge, but the rotating art shows and occasional musical acts make up for the crowds. 22seattle.com

Shelter Lounge
A tiled counter and bench seating flank the flaming fire table in the airy, angular Ballard bar. theshelterlounge.com

Locöl Barley and Vine
It’s the first full winter for West Seattle’s wine-heavy hangout, where local art hangs on the walls and West Seattleites curl up hearthside to wait for a table. locolseattle.com

The Attic
There are angled ceilings but still plenty of elbow room in the cozy top-floor bar at Salish Lodge and Spa, where there’s a roaring wood fire and a great view of the roaring waterfall. salishlodge.com