Tavern Law

Photography by diffordsguide.com

Words by Camper English on 02-Apr-2014

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Address: 1406 12th Avenue, (Trace Lofts building corner of 12th & Madison), Seattle, WA, 98122, United States
Tel: +1 206 322 9734
Email: info@tavernlaw.com
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Daily 5pm-2am
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu


Speakeasy theme bar Tavern Law is a high ceilinged space with several seating areas: the bar/waiting area with its stools and high tables, a middle section with rows of restaurant tables, and a back nook containing a big booth beneath a striped wallpaper wall. The 1920s thematic touches are all there - vested bartenders, a wall of books, rows of bitters, a blood bank refrigerator, and a roulette wheel as decoration behind the bar - though the service can feel more like a transaction than a conversation. It's a bar for hanging out with friends more than worshipping at the altar of the mixologist.

Drinks on the alphabetically-arranged menu are a mix of classics and house creations that (as in many Seattle bars) include plenty of gin and brown spirits mixed with bitter amaros like Cynar, Fernet-Branca, and Averna. A shorter and simpler happy hour menu includes more citrusy drinks like the New York Sour and the Old Cuban. All drinks on review visits were well-executed. Upstairs is Needle & Thread, a separate room (not always open) with its own bar and more personalized service, which sometimes plays host to guest bartenders.