Whiskey bar

The whiskey flights at Seattle’s Fremont Mischief Distillery are top notch.

Fremont Mischief’s eclectic and welcoming tasting room. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

I have a confession.

  • Even though Axios Seattle has made it their mission to visit all the craft breweries in Seattle…I’m quite a whiskey lover.
  • That’s why it’s such a crime that until recently I had never visited the distillery right next to my house.

The place: Fremont Mischief Distillery, 132 N Canal St.

What’s new: The distillery has recently expanded to include a craft cocktail bar that serves small plates.

The atmosphere: Mischief has had a real shine during the pandemic — and its outdoor patio has had me hooked for weeks.

  • In the spring, the outdoor space was covered with a tent and included a few tables with fire pits, for those inevitable times when Seattle goes Seattle.
  • Now that it’s summer, the patio is rather shaded by umbrellas.
  • There is also a roof terrace.

Property: I love whiskey flights here. At the restaurant they give you a chaser of sparkling water with a few drops of bitters which is a nice touch.

  • In the tasting room, you can choose from a wider variety of whiskeys, including the remarkable Purple Tibetan Straight Rye, with its heady blend of vanilla, honey, smoke and leather flavors.
  • Food-wise, the best thing I ate on a recent visit was the burrata tartine, served with dandelion greens, carrots and a hint of Espelette pepper which gave the dish a subtle heat.

To note : The place has wide appeal.

  • I saw a group of women in their twenties introduce themselves and say that Mischief was a great place to throw a party.
  • Moments later, three men in their forties entered the tasting room, proclaiming, “It’s like Disneyland!” when they saw the handy alcohol chart.
  • It is also suitable for children and dogs.

Pro tip: The restaurant is only open from Thursday to Sunday, but the tasting room is also open on Wednesdays.

A whiskey drink in a short glass with a twist of lime and a flame in the background.
Mischief’s Old Fashioned Nut includes nocino, a nut liqueur. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios
Colorful umbrellas on tables in a courtyard.
The courtyard patio is a great place to try a flight of whiskey or sip a cocktail. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios
Toasted bread with a large portion of burrata with an orange spice on top, next to green vegetables.
Burrata toast at Fremont Mischief. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios


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