Revolver Opens, Single Cask Releases at Westland & More Bar and Spirit News

A.J. Rathbun
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The sun is (sort-of) shining, the temperature is rising and the local bar and distillery scene is booming. Check out the below so you can match the (hopefully) increasingly lovely weather conditions with increasingly lovely drinks and nights on the town. 

Revolver Opens: LPs and tasty cocktails together in one place? Sounds dreamy to me. And it’s just what new Capitol Hill bar Revolver is all about. Opened (just last week) by Gary Reynolds, owner of the Electrokitty Recording Studio in Wallingford, the bar currently boasts 2,500 records  (from classics like Jimi Hendrix to newer artists such as Head Like A Kite and Dream Salon) and customers can request specific records. The bar also has Cajun-influenced food and a pretty intriguing cocktail list including sippers like The Rogue Orb with tequila, pineapple, cayenne and smoked salt. 

Westland Single Cask Releases: Hopefully by the time you read this there are still some bottles of these left--and if not, you’ll want to follow the Westland Facebook page so you don’t miss out next time! Cask #29 and Cask #52 are just what you’d expect from such a meticulous distillery--single malt whiskies hand-selected for amazingness by their master distiller and bottled at cask strength. Cask #29 is matured in a 100 percent, first-fill ex-bourbon cask and is a more traditional, softer whiskey without losing fruit and spice flavors, while Cask #52 is more grain-forward and a smidge chocolate-y, after being aged in new American oak. Rush down today to see if you can still snag a bottle.

Summer Cocktail Classes at Golden Beetle: Ballard’s swell Mediterranean and creative cocktail spot has three new cocktail classes on the menu. They run 2-1/2 hours and include great hands-on instruction, recipes and snacks. The new classes cover Mad Men (Saturday, June 21) and classic cocktails, Bitters (this is a two-part-er, Saturday July 12 and Saturday July 19) where you’ll learn about why bitters are essential and create your own bitters, and Sangria (Saturday, August 16) where you’ll create various version of this wine-based summertime fav. Be sure to sign up soon--these classes always sell out! Reservations can be made by emailing or calling 206.706.2977. 

Urban Distillery Tour at the Sorrento: Have some spirit-loving visitors coming in for a little vacation? You might want to let them know about a new package at the Sorrento, where guests can sign up for a two-and-a-half-hour private, guided tour via Local Craft Tours. On the tour they get to have a nice cocktail and snacks (and a gift!) while learning about our local distillers and visiting select distilleries, where they’ll taste vodka, gin and whiskey, and then go back to relax deluxe overnight accommodations at the hotel. Learn more by calling 206.832.1778 or emailing

Murray Stenson Is Now at the Elysian Bar: File this under “things you should already know about,” since it has been discussed much more in depth by Seattle magazine’s own awesome Julien Perry. But in case you missed her post, the legendary and amazing Seattle bartender Murray Stenson is back behind the stick, this time at the new Elysian Bar, located downtown Seattle near the corner of First avenue and Pike street. Get there ASAP.