Tis the Season

The Sauced New Year's Drinking Guide 2012

It's not tough to find a bar that's open on New Year's Eve. But here are some spots with no cover charge, plus the establishments that will be waiting for you when you wake up the next day.

By Anna Chatilo anna-chatilo December 26, 2012

Where to go the morning after.


Open until 2am on New Year's Eve, with a champagne toast at midnight. Closed on New Year's Day.

Hot Cakes
Autumn Martin's Old Ballard chocolate haven is staying open until 1. On the agenda: slices of five-layer smoked chocolate whiskey cake for $5 a slice, a signature molten chocolate cake with a glass of sparkling wine for $10, and butterbeer.

Jolly Roger Taproom 
New Year's Eve hours run 11-10; closed on New Year's Day.  

Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen 
Regular hours (ie lots of meat and booze) both days.  

Macleod’s Scottish Pub
Regular hours on New Year's Eve and closed New Year's Day.  
The Matador 
Regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Come gather 'round the fire pit and enjoy the complimentary Champagne at midnight on New Year's Eve with a plate of ... nachos. Go on, we won't judge.


Five Point Café 
Regular hours for both days. 

Rob Roy 
A champagne toast will be made when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. There's no cover charge, so come in to get a drink and catch a view of the Space Needle's fireworks show. 

The Virginia Inn
A New Year's Eve party involves  dancing and delicious steak, lam,b and seafood entrees. Open at noon on New Year's Day.


Ba Bar 
Regular hours on both days...so, cocktails at night and hangover brunch the next morning. 

Café Presse 
Regular hours for New Year's Eve and will reopen at 10am on New Year's Day.

There will be a five-course paired dinner on New Year's Eve. Closed New Year's Day. 

Elysian Brewing Company 
Regular hours for New Year's Eve and closed the 31st.  

Liberty Bar
The bar has famously stayed open every single day in the past six years. So yeah, it'll keep going on New Year's Eve. The projector screen will be showing the ball dropping in New York, and specialty Champagne cocktails will be served. For those suffering from the previous night's booze consumption but still holding onto the holiday spirit, they will have a Bloody Mary special on New Year’s day. 

Linda’s Tavern 
While the real celebration will be the 26th, there will be regular hours on New Year's Eve and brunch served on New Year's Day from 10-3 along with regular business hours. 

Regular hours for both days.  

The Saint
For those with plans for New Year's Eve, The Saint will have its New Year's Eve party on the 23rd. Regular hours on New Year's Eve and closed New Year's Day.

Tommy Gun 
Providing the luxury of no cover charge for New Year's Eve, Tommy Gun will have $5 flutes of champagne. Closed for New Year's Day. 

Sun Liquor 
Open from 5-2am on both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Keep an eye out for the special cocktail menu.  

A $5 cover gets you in for a champagne toast and dance party on New Year's Eve. Closed New Year's Day. 


Pike Brewing Company 
There will be a New Year's Eve party with a prix fixe dinner from 4-11 with live music and oher perks. tickets are $40. Closed New Year's Day.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar 
Normal hours for New Year's Eve, but with not normal drink and food specials. New Year's Day will kick off with lunch starting at 11.  


The Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel 
Open both days, and if you can't decide on which to go, maybe the live music on New Year's Eve will sway you. Local band Missionary Position will be playing from 9:30 until past midnight.

The Hideout 
The all-vinyl industry night specials will include $2 Rainier, $5 Fernet and St. Germain cocktail specials on New Year's Eve. If that doesn't intice, maybe the lack of cover charge and overflow of party favors will. Closed New Year's Day. 

Serving a prix fixe dinner ($50) on New Year's Eve that includes a show from Lushy and champagne for the countdown. Just like the hideout, enjoy no cover change and party favors. Closed New Year's Day. 


The Augustus
Fremont's newest cocktail bar promises $5 bubbles all night long, live jazz music with Michael Owcharuk, and no cover charge.

Brouwer’s Cafe
Skip the champagne and toast with a 3-liter bottle of brew during the New Year's Firkin Eve. Four featured Firkin (10.8 gallon) kegs will be tapped at 6pm, pouring beer from Reuben's Brews, Fremont Brewing, Big Al and American Brewing. The  

George and Dragon Pub 
Celebrations galore here, but be warned, this is not the place for a casual cocktail. Standing true to its English theme, the pub will celebration with the U.K. at 4 on New Year's Eve, then again as the clock strikes midnight. Open New Year's Day by 11am. 

The Red Door 
Regular hours on New Year's Eve and Day, but with more festivities on the 31st.  

Open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, with cocktail specials. 

The Park Pub 
No cover for New Year's Eve and a Champagne tost at midnight. Closed New Year's Day. 


Bottleneck Lounge 
Will open at 6 on New Year's Eve and have $5 Champagne all night. Closed New Year's Day.


The bar will have regular hours and a $25 cover charge. There will be live music at 8, but bar food will be limited to the Canlis salad and truffle fries, since the kitchen will be contending with a dining room full of eight-course tasting menus. 

Hilltop Ale House 
Normal hours on New Year's Day, but last call will be around 9 on New Year's Eve. 


Beveridge Place Pub
Open noon–2am both days, with $3 pints of WA micros on New Year's Eve and six rare bourbon-aged beers on tap for New Year's Day. 

Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub 
Regular hours on New Year's Day, but the bartender will probably give last call around 6 on New Year's Eve. 

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