WHY HERE: Bravely slip down a Belltown back alley to a plain wooden door to find this elegant speakeasy-style basement bar. Brick walls and dark wood bring atmosphere to the tiny bar and multilevel lounge seating. The focus is on quality cocktails like the Death Star (bourbon, fig and maple syrup, and lemon juice), friendly service and, of course, gins (there are more than 100).
WHY NOW: Though often crowded, bartenders and the accommodating staff keep the intimate space welcoming. Regional gins are showcased along with the standards and unusual options from around the world.