No matter what your nightly plans might be–A night out with your friends? A date with someone special?–this list of Olympia and Lacey’s trendiest cocktail bars will deliver the local beers and wines, seafood, and atmosphere you’re after.
Each with their own ambiance and lineup of libations to delight, you’re guaranteed to have a great evening at any one of these spots. Here are our picks for the most romantic, exciting, and worth-the-trip cocktail bars in the Lacey and greater Olympia metro area.
Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar
This Lacey, Washington favorite for upscale dining also has an extensive drink list. At Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar you can start the evening off with a savory fig cheesecake, crab cake tower, parmesan crusted rack of lamb, or signature dry-aged steak, before sitting back with a cocktail carefully crafted to satisfy your tastes.
Ricardo’s extensive drink menu features a lineup of martinis, both classic and reinvented. Manhattans and Spanish-style gin and tonics also reign supreme, with brightly-colored and unique twists on long-time favorites.
Cheeky Martini Lounge
You’ll find chocolate vegan martinis on the menu, which are made with plant-based milk and served with a cocoa-dipped rim. This cocktail bar also features a line-up of sweet drinks, including the Blue Hawaiian Martini, which uses Midori melon liqueur, triple sec, and pineapple juice. Sweet, balanced, and beautifully vegan–that’s what we like to call a recipe for a good night out.
Swing Wine Bar
“Wine” might be in the name, but at Swing Wine Bar you can find everything from beet-infused vodka cocktails to local lager on the menu. This Olympia, Washington destination serves up small and shared plates alongside signature cocktails that are as impressive as they are tasty.
Sit back and enjoy a brandy-pear hot toddy with spiced orange syrup, or a cold brew espresso cocktail made sweet with honey liquor. Is something super fruity more your speed? You can find vodka infused with blueberries and lemons, and then made fancy with pomegranate juice, triple sec, and a sugared rim.
Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar
Seafood might reign supreme at Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar in Olympia, WA, but that shouldn’t stop you from setting up shop in their swanky lounge area to order one of their many specialty drinks.
Enjoy fresh, local oysters while sipping on their Harry Potter-themed lineup of trendy cocktails, including a Hufflepuff-themed one featuring gin, coconut, mango, lemon, vanilla, and mint. Or take a taste of the stars with their monthly-rotating zodiak cocktail series.
Regardless of your taste in food and drink, Olympia is filled with great restaurants, bars and lounges. From cozy little places for a quiet dinner to hip, modern cocktail bars, Lacey and the greater Olympia metro has it all.