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Zig Zag Cafe

Cocktail Bar, Speakeasy, and Lounge$$$$
Pike Place, Seattle
  • Johnniesworld
    "Murray will hook you up! Just trust in his 'mad skilz'!"(12 Tips)
    Valentina V.
    "... "Last Word" and the "Hot Charlotte", this place is one of the best cocktail..."(4 Tips)
    Josh H.
    "former home of Murray Stenson"(5 Tips)
    Gabe G.
    "Best cocktails in Seattle."(3 Tips)
132 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • murray
  • happy hour
  • hot charlotte
  • good for dates
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  • Kaitlin S.
    Kaitlin SiemeringJuly 3, 2015
    Come for happy hour (M-F, 5-7) for $4 off house drinks, which are delicious! For a light summery drink I recommend the "Say No More" and "Burnum Was Right". If it's nice, sit outside!
  • Kristine G.
    Kristine GelsanoNovember 19, 2014
    Overall my experience was awesome and I'd definitely come back and try out their larger plates. The bartenders also are the best! They create drinks that will blow your mind.
  • Josh H.
    Josh HollandNovember 30, 2012
    Hidden behind Pike Place, Zig Zag is a cocktail bar that offers up meticulously crafted drinks and a sophisticated ambiance. It's also the former home of Murray Stenson, America’s Best Bartender.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CaseyFebruary 7, 2015
    Excellent service -- even when it's busy. Ask for any whiskey cocktail and they will wow you. Perfect place for a drink with a date before or after a movie or performance close by.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 18, 2015
    Probably Seattle's best kept secret outside of the locals inner circle. Hidden down a flight of stairs and open late, this speakeasy like bar has an impressive whisky/bourbon/scotch list
  • Stas G.
    Stas GrayMay 8, 2010
    I recommend the Champs Elysees. Best coctail in the house. In general Zig Zag has a great ambiance and is a great place for a date or to just hang out with friends after a long day of work.
  • Nicolas G.
    Nicolas GeorgeaultNovember 26, 2015
    The bartender is amazing! Still the best place to drink a Mojito in Seattle. Take a look to the menu, oysters and lamb are just fantastic...
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoMay 9, 2015
    HIDDEN GEM. So good. Staff are cocktail pharmacists that offer thoughtful consultation followed by sublime execution. Do not miss this place if serious about the cocktail craft.
  • David S.
    David StutzFebruary 21, 2010
    Go to the Zig Zag by yourself. Sit at the bar, amidst the flock of visiting bartenders attending Murray, and participate in the conversation. Have Murray make you a custom drink. Old skool! Read more
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LockhartNovember 28, 2011
    For those of you sweet lovers give the "Firebird" cocktail a whirl. Vodka, Grapefruit, and a few other very delicious ingredients making this one of the best drinks I've had.
  • Amie !.
    Amie !September 1, 2014
    Cocktails are tasty and normally the service is good. However there was a fly on the drink, and our server didn't seem to particularly care. Maybe check your drink before ingesting ;)
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrahamJune 21, 2011
    Dont' worry about the menu, order a drink by what you like. Spirit, taste (sweet/sour/tart/spicy/dry), and flavor (citrus, earthy). Erik and Ben will take care of you Read more
  • Jt T.
    Jt TourangeauMay 26, 2013
    Try the camel burger, very delicious! Bartenders are extremely knowledgable and will make drinks to match your taste profile. One of the best bars to visit in Seattle!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    You’ll never order a whiskey this joint doesn’t have. Or a bourbon. Or a liquor. Try The Last Word cocktail: gin, maraschino liquor, green chartruse, and lime juice.
  • Nicolas G.
    Nicolas GeorgeaultDecember 30, 2013
    Murray Stenson is not the bartender anymore but... Ricardo Hoffman is THE man and his cocktails are just amazing!!! He keep the receipe of Murray's Mojito and it's always a great pleasure...
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Brett E.
    Brett EadesSeptember 2, 2014
    Ben single-handedly converted me from beer guy to cocktails tonight...simply a magician behind the bar...I"m sure Murray was great but Ben IS great, now.
  • Valentina V.
    Valentina VitolsSeptember 3, 2011
    Home of famours cocktails like the "Last Word" and the "Hot Charlotte", this place is one of the best cocktail bars in town. Amazing tequila-based drinks, too!
  • Carmen
    CarmenJuly 16
    Try Unicum if you're brave, Zwack if not so much :) seriously, this place has a great selection of bitters and aperitifs
  • Justin G.
    Justin GrahamOctober 28, 2011
    If you just want to drink, come on Thursday through Saturday. If you want to ENJOY your drink and get to know Ben and Erik, come on Sunday or Tuesday
  • Mark W.
    Mark WongNovember 8, 2014
    Really relaxed atmosphere with great service and even better drinks. My favourite drink there was an old fashion.
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerDecember 21, 2013
    Sit at the bar and have Erik make you his favorite drink - you'll have an unreal New Deal. Make it before 7pm and it'll only cost you $6.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 21, 2011
    This bartender-owned café and bar near Pike Place Market serves forgotten drinks from old cocktail guides, like the Tipperary (Irish whiskey, vermouth and green Chartreuse).
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JohnsonJanuary 3, 2010
    If you want a real cocktail in an unpretentious setting, go to Zig Zag. Order something from the menu with rye, bourbon, gin, or even tequila. Read more
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetNovember 11, 2011
    To out-of-town guests we present the Zig Zag the way we do the Market, Mount Rainier, and gloomy-gray-gorgeous Puget Sound itself—secure in the knowledge that there is nothing else like it on earth. Read more
  • Bre P.
    Bre PettisJune 22, 2009
    Ask Murray to make you a drink and then bask in the glory of a truly wonderful cocktail. This man is the best cocktail maker in the world.
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesJuly 26, 2010
    Murray Stenson, a bartender here, was named "Best Bartender in America" by his peers at the Tales of the Cocktail festival, one of the highest honors in the industry! Read more
  • Renee T.
    Renee TJuly 18, 2015
    Sarah always takes excellent care of us😍she has an excellent grasp of the drink & food menu & has an excellent attitude.
  • Carmen
    CarmenJuly 10
    The lamb meatballs with spicy tomato sauce are quite good. I let the bartender concoct s drink for me and I wasn't disappointed
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyJanuary 7, 2011
    Best hard cider I ever tried. The cocktails here are ranked top 3 in the country - rightly so. Also, LOVED the sorbet, mmm.
  • Graham M.
    Graham McIntyreMay 21, 2010
    Introduce yourself to Murray Stenson, the mixologist extraordinaire. Ask him what's good to order, and have an amazing custom made cocktail.
  • Mr. C.
    Mr. ChrisFebruary 16, 2014
    The Sayonara was perfectly balanced. Pepper tequila, Apple Brandy, Apricot, Lime juice
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 3, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Say the words, "Murray, I'll have the Deshler cocktail, please." Then, a little later, say them again. Read more
  • Troy F.
    Troy FlintJune 1, 2015
    Lovely staff, well crafted cocktails with no attitude and plenty of care on cozy confines. A true winner.
  • Mason
    MasonMay 8
    Armistice for cocktail. Boar for entree. Banana butterscotch pudding to finish.
  • Oremo O.
    Oremo OchilloFebruary 14, 2015
    You don't have to always order off the cocktail menu. The bartenders are great at being creative.
    ImpulseWine.comJune 8, 2013
    Great spot for late night chow, they serve later than most. Of course the cocktails are good too.
  • Jack R.
    Jack RApril 23, 2010
    Stop by on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and ask Autumn for a Kick In the Face. It is a spectacular drink.
  • Kristin M.
    Kristin MarshallAugust 29, 2013
    Best drinks - anything you can dream of, the bartenders can make. Tasty happy hour food.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HayesApril 28, 2013
    Bartender Ben was so money with his drinks and mind reading ability in telling a lady my buddy was interested in that he would get her drink, without any communication prior.
  • Nour H.
    Nour HaddadMay 7, 2013
    Great cocktails, music and food! Try the mafalda pasta and honey bear cocktail!
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.February 25, 2015
    Great bar and new menu is much fresher and tasty. And trust your bartender.
  • Seattle Happy Hours
    Zig Zag Cafe happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m w/ Imperial IPA for $2.75 & sautéed calamari ($7)
  • Seattle Happy Hour
    Seattle Happy HourMay 30, 2012
    Zig Zag Cafe happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m w/ Imperial IPA for $2.75 & sautéed calamari ($7)
  • Kristie B.
    Kristie BrooksAugust 19, 2013
    Tell the bartender what type of flavors you like & have them make you something unique!
    ImpulseWine.comJune 8, 2013
    Everyone knows the cocktails are fantastic here, but don't over look the food.
  • Brent M.
    Brent MillerSeptember 28, 2012
    Very good whisky list. Ask for the Captain's List for the great stuff!
  • John N.
    John NienartSeptember 4, 2011
    Murray is no longer here, but Eric, Ben, Ben, Casey, and Ricardo all make great drinks, so it's still an awesome place for a cocktail.
    Upvoted Jul 9
  • Lori E.
    Lori EricksonDecember 30, 2015
    You must get the Saganaki- simply delicious. Great cocktails!
  • The Seattle Times
    The Seattle TimesMay 12, 2010
    Zig Zag's legendary bartender Murray Stenson suggests drinking hot Japanese green tea and a lot of water to cure a hangover. Read more
  • ATR
    ATRSeptember 21, 2011
    For strong drink lovers: Satan's Soulpatch. I traveled 3000 miles and worth the trip.
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