7 Best Bars in North Central Washington, Washington

Pika Provisions

Fodor's choice

Painted canoe paddles line the walls of this speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar situated amid the tasting rooms in downtown's Wine Cellar building. Grab a seat at the bar or in one of the cozy booths and enjoy a well-prepared craft cocktail and maybe a snack or two from the small, Spanish-inspired menu. It's closed Monday through Wednesday.

Badger Mountain Brewing

A large window lets guests sneak a peek at the brewing operation while they sample these well-crafted ales and lagers. The rich Crema Stout, with its chocolate and coffee tones, is a standout—it's also used in a Stout float on the dessert menu. The kitchen turns out decent pizza, burgers, wings, sandwiches, and the like.

Bushel & Bee Taproom

Within a short drive of some of the world's most prolific apple orchards, this downtown taphouse and gathering place specializes in local artisan ciders, with about 12 on tap, but you'll also find a great selection of beer as well as mead. The taproom is dog-friendly, and there's often live music.

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Copper Glance

Amid Winthrop's old-fashioned Wild West storefronts, this swanky little cocktail bar with an ornate chandelier feels decidedly modern and urbane. It has creative bar nibbles and a standout selection of craft cocktails, many of them prepared with artisanal spirits. There's also an extensive list of single-malt whiskeys.

Icicle Brewing Company

One of the foremost craft brewers in the state boasts a large and cheery outdoor terrace and an attractive indoor taproom where you can view the company's massive brewing vats. Order a flight for a chance to sample the eclectic offerings, and be sure to include the signature Bootjack IPA in the mix. Warm pretzels and bowls of chili are great food choices.

Layla's Bar + Kitchen

A sleek taproom set along Chelan's main drag, Layla's is a hip, convivial destination for local wines, craft cocktails, and inventive bar food.

Stone Gastropub

Done in rustic-chic style, this downtown tavern stands out for its impressive selection of drinks for all tastes—interesting wines by the glass (both regional and international), flights of artisan whiskeys, excellent craft beers, and well-poured cocktails. The food's good, too, ranging from light tapas to hearty steaks, but the beverage program is what really shines.