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Canon

Cocktail Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
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  • Kristine G.
    Kristine GelsanoNovember 19, 2014
    So far we've had the Pork Belly Sliders, the Flank Steak Succotash, and the Chicken Pesto. The bartenders are fun and make you feel safe to play "roulette" (a fun cocktail option!). Pork loin d'best!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Allecia Vermillion calls this the “brown liquor juggernaut of Seattle cocktail bars” with a massive (in the thousands) whiskey collection and back-to-back James Beard noms for outstanding bar program. Read more
  • Fernando G.
    Fernando GomezOctober 26, 2016
    They have the best craft cocktails in Seattle. A little pricey, but well worth it. I recommend to make a reservation otherwise you'll be outside for at least 30 minutes.
  • Ashley Y.
    Ashley YueOctober 28, 2016
    One of the best cocktail bars I've been to. The magic was a bit too sweet for me, but the off-menu cocktail I got was on point! Early grey, gin and smokey 👌🏽
  • Ryan Y.
    Ryan YeeMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to use the wash room. It is the greatest washroom I ever used. It is a fortress in which to take a break from insanity. It has a radio, fresh towels, and is clean beyond belief.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HoughtonJune 26, 2015
    Come here and ask for Chris then get the Shrouded Roulette which is an off the cuff recipe based on your base alcohol. Whiskey is mine and every drink was an amazing adventure!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KJune 23
    Very cool cocktail bar. Death in the Caribbean was my favorite (never say no to a tiki drink!) and comes in the coolest skull glassware.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezAugust 9, 2015
    One of the two best Seattle bars. Crowded. Get there mid week to get proper service and a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowlinFebruary 28, 2016
    Great whiskey selection. Find out what your grandfather's favorite bourbon was, and come here to let your senses connect with your own history.
  • Colin B.
    Colin BoeSeptember 24, 2011
    The menu can be intimidating if you're not a cocktail connoisseur. Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations or try the roulette, the barstaff is knowledgable and very friendly.
  • Derrick D.
    Derrick DeeseDecember 11, 2014
    Cocktails Are fantastic. Try the swagger. They also have an $1100 cocktail for those feeling themselves that night (but not likely in the morning)
  • Steve H.
    Steve HarreldDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best cocktails anywhere are made at canon. They also have an exceptional spirits selection, with many whiskies that are available almost nowhere else.
  • Windermere Seattle
    Windermere SeattleDecember 15, 2014
    Don't let the 45 minute wait scare you, this bar is definitely top 3 in Seattle and is well worth it.
  • Anisa G.
    Anisa GhadrshenasSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The place is dripping with antiquated, old-world charm. You need to try the pork belly sliders, tip your bartender, and thank me later. And use their bathroom :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2014
    We particularly love the carbonated Last Word cocktail, but it's nearly impossible to go wrong at Canon.
  • Pacific Republic
    Pacific RepublicFebruary 23, 2014
    With the largest selection of American whiskey in the world and a 94-page menu (including nine pages worth of rare whiskies), Canon should be on every boozehound's bucket list.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 25, 2013
    Canon opened nearly a year ago, and it remains one of the hottest cocktail bars in town, thanks to its ambition.
  • Brandon E.
    Brandon EstrellaNovember 9, 2012
    Try their aged cocktails, and the best bartender in my opinion is Chris Goad. Just ask him for a suggestion. He knows his stuff.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MillerFebruary 14, 2016
    The campfire in Georgia isn't just a drink it's an experience! Waft it in!
  • Manuela J.
    Manuela JimenezDecember 30, 2015
    Front of house is unhelpful and their seating/standing policy is absurd. If there is an unreserved seat at the bar it should be open to anyone, even if there are two of you.
  • April A.
    April AgustinMarch 13, 2013
    Pretentious atmosphere, but awesome whiskey selection. Get a comet dog afterwards to bring you back down to earth and sober you up.
  • andrew c.
    andrew chapelloJanuary 9, 2015
    Largest whiskey selection I've ever seen. Tell the bartender what you like and have them choose for you.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarberSeptember 21, 2014
    Awesome drinks...get there early as there will probably be a line, but totally worth the wait.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KerscherOctober 5, 2012
    Ask for the unicorn helmet if it's your birthday. Be persistent. They might not give it to you the first time, but will give in eventually.
  • EM G.
    EM GalvezNovember 28, 2015
    Service is perfection. Drinks are well crafted and the ambiance is soothing. Thank you for the wonderful night.
  • Nickyt
    Nickyt3 weeks ago
    Huge whiskey collection and cocktail list with clever themed glassware.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 28, 2013
    "If you prefer brown liquor, then Canon is a must do. A self-proclaimed whiskey and bitters emporium, Canon stocks whiskey from all over the world."
  • Alison B.
    If you make a reservation online you hold the seat by prepaying. Convenient and no worries about getting seated.
  • Malcolm L.
    Malcolm LalkakaJuly 10, 2015
    Try the marrow, and ask for "The Luge" after to pour down the bones!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyOctober 5, 2012
    The mahogany bookshelves date to the early Victorian era, brought to america by spirits enthusiast sir Walter Beuregarde. Order his namesake cocktail and pay homage to sir Walters cherished bourbon
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SzaboNovember 4, 2014
    Have no reservations with respect to reservations. The presentation of the drinks alone is worth the visit.
  • Chewsy
    ChewsySeptember 14, 2011
    Arguably the best pork belly sliders you'll ever have! Click-through for the full review and photo. Read more
  • Kate S.
    Kate Sullivan DenisFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Murray is king. You are in great hands when he is crafting your cocktail!
  • Loren J.
    Loren JudahOctober 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cocktails in Seattle. Order an aged cocktail for a truly unique taste.
  • Evi F.
    Evi FuelleJanuary 23, 2016
    Bathroom is too cool! Talented and talkative bartenders in a relaxed atmosphere, loved it!
  • Becca B.
    Becca BFebruary 7, 2013
    Get the salmon. You will not be disappointed...except when your plate is empty and the food is gone.
  • Ross W.
    A two-time member of the World’s 50 Best Bars, Canon carries “the western hemisphere’s largest spirit collection at 3,500 labels and counting”.
  • Dre
    DreDecember 3, 2012
    Apparently the servers don't like to split checks here. If you're in a group mention it at the beginning of service to avoid classic Seattle passive aggressive behavior from your server later on.
  • Patrick Y.
    Patrick YeeMay 24, 2012
    If you have a spare moment, ask to see the spirits list, and marvel in the collection of whiskeys
  • Toby L.
    Toby LorencMay 11, 2015
    You've got to check this place out - half the experience is just watching them make the craziest drinks you can imagine
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMay 30, 2015
    There is a lot of presentation to the drinks here, which makes it extra fun
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 6, 2015
    Pork buns were a surprisingly good amount of food. Delicious cocktails too. 🍸
  • Nick B.
    Nick BradyJanuary 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Tell the bartender your favorite liquors and what you would like to taste (sweet, savory, etc) and taste the magic in their creations!
  • Lauren
    LaurenJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Campfire. If you like mezcal and a smoky show with your drink, you won't be disappointed.
  • Sandy O.
    Sandy ObuckMay 31, 2015
    Great atmosphere! Fabulous drinks! Love the tin ceiling and light fixture.
  • Haley B.
    Haley BFebruary 8, 2015
    Get the truffle manhattan, parsnip soup, arugula salad & nut mix.
  • Kathleen H.
    Kathleen HarrellJuly 22, 2016
    Amazing cocktails- ask them to make you something not on the menu.
  • Rahul D.
    Rahul DharFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the scotch list and be prepared to stare at it for a long time.
  • Jamie Y.
    Jamie YDecember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not come here with a group. Perfect for 2.
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.December 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Better when it's not slammed, a great place to drop by early and often. But... That said, just go when you can!
  • Neil
    NeilOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The vermouth experiment is three separate drinks, all of which are tasty!
  • kerry l.
    kerry lannertOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't bother with the menu, just tell the bartender what you're in the mood for. They'll deliver.
  • James M.
    James MonaghanJanuary 11, 2012
    Pork buns. Pork buns. Pork buns. Pork. Buns. PORK! BUNS!
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HsuMay 26, 2013
    Before you get drunk: order the flatbread a la greco. After you get drunk: order the flatbread a la greco.
  • John N.
    John NienartOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a group and get a (huge!) bowl of punch - fun and delicious! Read more
  • Fernando T.
    Fernando TakaiJuly 30, 2015
    easily the best old fashioned that have ever drank
  • Nicholas J.
    Nicholas JarrettNovember 9, 2013
    If I come into millions, Imma come in and drink ALL the 1901 Old Overholt. Bravo gents -- hell of a bar. Leave all the two dollar bills for the bartenders.
  • Janet T.
    Janet TomDecember 29, 2012
    Over 500 types of whiskey & scotch! Lighting is pretty dim so if you're looking for a lively loud bar then this isn't for you.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must try local whiskey: cask strength Oola, waitsburg Bourbon
  • IGots T.
    IGots ToKnowMarch 15, 2016
    A more douchebaggy hive of scum and villainy you will not find in the entire galaxy.
  • JessicaQ
    JessicaQSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The italian buck is a force of nature and cannot be reckoned with!
  • Storm C.
    Storm C.September 24, 2015
    Amazing selection of alcohol, ask to see the full list!
  • Laura C.
    Laura CostantinoAugust 21, 2016
    Best selection of cocktails in Seattle. Hands down! Bottoms up!
  • Judson S.
    Judson SSeptember 11, 2011
    Sit at the bar and watch the bartenders mix drinks.
  • Le J.
    Le JordanMarch 27, 2015
    The most creative cocktails menu I've even seen.
  • Ron S.
    Ron SoFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Murry! You will recognize why he is awesome!
  • Annie W.
    Annie WangApril 1, 2015
    My friend was visiting in town and according to my research this was ranked top 6 cocktail bar in the world. The wait was around 1 hr on a sat night, the drinks are pretty strong but not top 6 quality
  • Kristenelle
    The best craft cocktails in Seattle.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VolckmannMarch 2, 2014
    Truffle Old Fashion - best drink in Seattle
  • Carl J.
    Carl JJune 15, 2012
    Vermouth Experiment - Three Manhattans
  • CB D.
    CB DubAugust 6, 2014
    Amaro selection, cocktails, staff
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BennettSeptember 7, 2011
    Try the aged la bicyclette. It's beautiful...and comes in a flask.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonFebruary 11, 2014
    Try the Pork Belly Buns With Cilantro
  • D
    DJune 18, 2012
    My Martini arrived in a desert wine glass. Coke was $5 . Haven't seen that kind of bullshit even in London ...
  • Niklas N.
    Niklas NordlofSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the roulette. You may be surprised but not disappointed.
  • David V.
    David VerrinderFebruary 16, 2016
    The cocktails are worth every penny
  • Jodi
    JodiOctober 16, 2015
    At 8pm on a Thursday: "It's a 15 minute wait for standing room so you can go stand outside and wait."
  • Cheryl C.
    Cheryl CorbinJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the aged bicyclette and feel like an extra on Boardwalk Empire.
  • Dest S.
    Dest S.August 26, 2012
    My Fernet Roulette was like a magical boozy root beer.
  • Derrick D.
    Derrick DeeseFebruary 8, 2015
    Campfire cocktail is a sight to be seen. If you're not prepared to pay $12+ for cocktail, don't go.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EDecember 28, 2014
    Come early, you have to wait inline...
  • Tyler
    TylerAugust 9, 2012
    Murray is the dude! He's a cocktail wizard and can read your mind! Look out!
  • Ash V.
    Ash VijayDecember 9, 2011
    Three sazeraces is three drinks...totally worth it
  • Lloyd B.
    Lloyd BagtasNovember 15, 2013
    Get the beef cheek ravioli!
  • Logan K.
    Logan KerrNovember 23, 2015
    Awesome collection of whiskies.
  • Ed O.
    Ed O'BrienSeptember 22, 2012
    Best smelling bar bathroom I've ever smelt.
  • Gary M.
    Gary MontgomeryMay 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot day? Try the Corpse Reviver #CO2.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 18, 2015
    Nice spot for the cocktail aficionado
  • Wahidah N.
    Wahidah NiekOctober 8, 2011
    The BEST whisky sour in town!!
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonFebruary 11, 2014
    Try the Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2013
  • Richard R.
    Richard RussellSeptember 7, 2015
    Cocktails, showmanship, whiskey wall
  • Valor P.
    Valor PolandSeptember 25, 2014
    Wow. That's what I call a selection!
  • Ham M.
    Ham MApril 12, 2016
    Cocktails and atmosphere is pretty good.
  • Drew O.
    Drew OliveiraSeptember 26, 2014
    Ahhh! Best Manhattan in town
  • Andie S.
    Andie StoleckaFebruary 16, 2014
    The bathroom, though. Seriously.
  • Liz N.
    Liz NealOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef succotash is truly and completely delicious!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitJuly 12, 2015
    The whiskey selection is insane.
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SantosAugust 28, 2015
    Decent happy hour that won't break the bank
  • Arthur P.
    Arthur PangDecember 17, 2014
    The hot cider is bomb!
  • Patrick V.
    Patrick ValenzuelaApril 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Round up three friends and get the Cherry Fizz.
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