Seattle >Bars & Clubs > Liberty
517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.623447 -122.312631
Mon-Fri 7am-2 am
Sat-Sun 8a -2 am
Neighborhoods: Broadway, Capitol Hill
This is the place to go when you want a cocktail mixed right. Friendly and knowledgeable, this is where other area bartenders tend to to go when they want to relax on the other side of the bar.
Liberty has a drink called Te Amo e Mezcal: Mezcal (duh), lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup, aphrodite bitters, and a smidge of salt. Everything is shaken and poured into a bucket (yes, bucket) with frozen strawberries as ice cubes and lemon peel. If you aren't turned on by your significant other drinking from a bucket, it wasn't meant to be.
Always take the "bartender's choice" cocktail option and say yes to surprisingly delicious sashimi. Flirt with the cute bartenders, they're married too.
Come for the whiskey! Scottish, American, Canadian, Japanese...they have it all. They also have sushi at night & coffee during the day!
Three Critical Measurements of a Neighborhood Bar – There are three reasons to go to a bar/restaurant. 1) Because its good food and good drinks beg for your return. 2) Because the atmosphere is congenial and suits your needs. 3) Because if you want to be left to yourself to read or observe, you feel comfortable in doing so. If any one of these three reasons were not part of LIBERTY'S features it wouldnt have rated 5 stars.
I love Liberty! – Liberty is not just any old bar, it's a true neighborhood bar. And the cocktails? Un-F'ing-believable. They actually use fresh squeezed juice, you know. Great sushi too.
fun bar on 15th – I first noticed Liberty on my semi-regular trips to Sonic Boom. A friend and I decided to get drink there one night and needless to say, I had a great time. Really, who can argue with free internet and alcohol? I can't and certainly won't. This is a great idea...and when you add sushi to this combination--genius.
Hard to Fault - Easy to Praise – Seriously. Feed me quality liquor, great cocktails and good sushi and I will follow you to the ends of the earth. You don't need to go that far with Liberty already right here on Capitol Hill. I like the overall feel of the place. Friendly staff and folks there seem relaxed enough to talk with strangers, if you happen to go in alone. They're even serving Portland's super Stump Town coffee in the mornings. Oh.. and of course, free wifi!
BEST place on 15th – My sister and I butt heads...Cap Hill or Queen Anne?! She beats me fair and square with Liberty. I have no problem driving up Denny Way to meet her there...I love sushi but I usually do sashimi or something of that variety. EIther way, they will accomodate you. I recommend sitting at the bar...it's quite interesting to listen to conversation around you. The specialty drinks are fantastic. If you're looking for a "Seattle scene" that is more easy-going and comfortable (with quite a variety of drinks and sushi/sashimi items)...you will love Liberty. This is the reason I drive to my sister's place and walk to 15th. Liberty is the place to be.
Charm, innovative living room concept, sushi & drink menu – Whether following a show, meeting up with friends, or heading up as a last minute plan, Liberty is consistently great.
The owner, seen each time I've visited, oversees the space & service as if tending to a personal party, The experience beyond its plain exterior, surprising at first, with great seating, positive space, and good drink & food offerings, Refreshing & welcoming in a quiet neighborhood (with the same old places along 15th).
LOVE the rolls named after it's retail/restaurant neighbors-thanks for not including walgreens-(though what a roll that would be!)
Expect that people will make space to share oversized couches, and be prepared when asked to do the same. The owner is aware & happy to help out with arrangements (so smart!). The staff is attentive, though sometimes overwhelmed, so give 'em a minute & don't plan this if you're rushed.
We hope to frequent this neighborhood jewel & hope its attention to detail continues with its increased popularity. THANKS LIBERTY!
Late night gem! – This is the only place in Seattle I know of where I can get high quality sushi late at night. No more QFC bento boxes--hurrah!
best place on The Hill for a drink and yummy sushi – I cannot rec this place enough. Come in, get happy on the great drinks, friendly staff and comfy couches and then top it all off (as if it could get any better than this) with some deliche sushi at 1am. Really, need you go anywhere else?
Your living room bar – Liberty is one of those rare places that felt like a neighborhood fixture as soon as it opened. The comfy couches and friendly staff really make having drinks at this place feel like going over to a good friend's and relaxing in their living room, and owner Andrew Friedman clearly wants his guests to be as comfortable as possible. The cocktail list is creative and classy, and the cocktails themselves are memorable, not least because of Liberty's attention to what some might call the "details" of using fresh juices, simple syrup, and top shelf liquor. The sushi is great -- as well as being a great concept. Why hasn't anyone thought of serving sushi until 2 a.m. before??? Plus I swear something about sushi -- the wasabe maybe? -- makes hangovers easier.
Liberty is also a great place to go with a group or alone. Something about Liberty makes all customers check their pretensions at the door, which means people are (gasp!) friendly. Even though Liberty's no longer in my neighborhood, every time I make the trip, I feel like I'm at a neighborhood bar. Something that's sadly becoming a rarity in Seattle. RECOMMENDED.
Sweet bar that fills a new niche on 15th in the C-Hill – The first time I went into Liberty they had just opened a few months earlier. I was walking back from Volunteer Park with a friend on a (rare) hot Seattle day. We decided to drop in for a quick soft drink to cool down and ended up staying for two hours. We started with a lemonade which was made from lemons squeezed right at the bar....yum! Then the sushi rolls tempted us. I have to admit that I was worried that they would be premade but the rolls turned out to be really lovely and each order was made fresh upon request. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty to choose from in the sushi menu.
Then we moved on to the booze, also made with fresh squeezed lemony goodness.
The alcohol is also all meat-free! The drinks are total quality and there is an extensive menu to choose from if you're feeling adventurous or indecisive. Scotch, Tequila, and Whiskey taster menu is also available.
The window advertizes "espresso" but last I checked, their machine, although present, wasn't up and running yet. Don't worry about it, you won't miss it once you try the bar.
It can get crowded mid-late weekend nights but stays very managable during the week.
I went back there again recently (would go more but live about 2,500 miles away) and was really happy to see that they had survived and were obviously gaining in popularity. I always plan to pop in for "one quick drink" and end up staying for a few more drinks and some sushi.
Finally, I have to agree that the staff are really sweet. Apparently they haven't heard that service in Seattle is supposed to be jaded and snotty to be cool. Run over there quick before somebody tells them!
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