Best New Bar


It's Canon (not "Cannon" or "Cañon")—defined as "a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works" and subtitled "Whisky and Bitters Emporium." It opened last September in Licorous' old space, across 12th Avenue from Seattle U, and it's quickly become a destination of choice for Seattle's drinking class. A supremely talented staff, led by owner Jamie Boudreau and the iconic Murray Stenson, are more than just bartenders, they're startenders, and they make their magic in a handsome space (dominated by towering wooden shelving, holding hundreds of bottles and stretching to the pressed-tin ceiling) that serves as a shrine to mixology, a temple to the art and craft of the cocktail. There's beer and wine, but if you're coming here for anything other than a mixed drink, you're missing the point. One caveat: It's busy—and should be. If your idea of a night out involves soft lighting, low voices, and a subdued, intimate atmosphere, this may not be the place for you. The show starts daily at 5 p.m., and the 48 seats go fast. But even if there's a wait involved, Canon is well worth it. MICHAEL MAHONEY 928 12th Ave., 552-9755,

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