Bar, Restaurant
517 15th Ave E

Curt Doughty

Liberty’s like 15th Avenue’s living room, but with world-renowned craft cocktails and an insane selection of liquor. There's comfy couches, a few tables with a cushy banquette, coffee during the day, and completely decent sushi at night, plus a secret awesome world behind the mirror by the bathroom. Long live Liberty.


517 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Restaurant Details
  • Features Bar/Happy Hour, Cheap Eats, Late-Night Dining, Free Wi-Fi
  • Cuisine Sushi
Bar Details
  • Features Happy Hour, Snacks Available, Dogs Allowed, Free Wi-Fi
  • Scene Cocktail Lounge, Neighborhood Joint
Read Reviews (36)

service with a f#*! you

Went outside to join a friend having a smoke and was accused of walking out on my ONE beer tab, yes one unfinished beer. After returning to the beer and attempting to pay i was ignored... what a slap in the face, never again.
Posted by tastysuds on August 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM · Report this


The drinks and sushi are GREAT at Liberty on 15th Avenue East!
The locals don't want to say too much about this fantastic bar because it will be overcrowded, but it gets 5 stars every time I go. Justin is a TOPNOTCH mixologist! The tea infusion drinks are amazing! SSSHHHH, don't tell anyone!
Posted by bp on April 1, 2011 at 9:08 PM · Report this

Great AM, ok PM

This place is great before 4pm. Staff rock and know their coffee. They serve stumptown coffee and are the only place in that general area that sure it.

I can't bother to go into this place in the PM time any longer. The servers are just plain awful. Last time I was there I joined a table of 6 people all big spenders and had to wait with them for 45 minutes before the waitress finally decided to stop talking with the bartender and help us. Even going up to the bartender to try ordering a drink I was told the waitress would be right over. I can understand having to wait for drinks but when there are maybe 10 other people in there this is not acceptable; and is not the first time this has happened.

Fire your staff or at least get some waitresses that half half an idea of what they are doing. Any server who can't handle more then 5 tables needs to go back to her stripper job and get out of the service work.
Posted by wontwait on January 23, 2010 at 4:45 PM · Report this

Home is where you find it

I love this place. On occasion it has prompted me to get up and trek down Queen Anne and back up Capitol Hill. I love that if I can’t find a place in the bar, strangers will often make room for me to sit while I read a book and enjoy a delicious cocktail or a whiskey that I have never heard of but have gotten on a bartenders recommendation. It is a neighborhood cocktail bar, inspiring people to come by and say hello at noon while getting a latte, or late at the end of their evening for their night cap. The drinks are great but the welcome is even better.
Posted by Digital on December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM · Report this

Thanks, msully...

...for perfectly illustrating the bullshit attitude the rest of us are sick of. When I walk into a bar, I am not "auditioning" for the "privilege" of being allowed to exchange my money for goods and services. If providing decent customer service (in spite of any smug, self-congratulatory prejudices you may have) is beyond your scope of capabilities, find another way to earn a living. Period.

And btw, no one here has called the quality of the alcohol into question...we just don't like waiting 45 minutes to be served said alcohol in a bar with only three other people in it.
Posted by on15thguy on October 4, 2009 at 8:17 PM · Report this
For those of you who complain about the service, do you ever stop to put yourselves in someone else's shoes? Do you ever think how, maybe if you were a bartender or server, and you had the choice -- make a drink for someone who is actually interested in which gin from your absurdly good selection you will use for the next beautifully-crafted cocktail, or make a drink for the asshole who is "twiddling their thumbs" and probably making rude comments ("across the street at bar X they'll make some prefab shit drink in 10 seconds flat") -- maybe you would ignore the thumb twiddler a little longer?

Right, it's not the bartenders here (they're brilliant) -- it's you.

For some of the best drinks in town (and some pretty tasty sushi to boot), go to -- and yes, plan to stay a while at -- Liberty on 15th.
Posted by msully on July 27, 2009 at 1:54 AM · Report this

Worst service on 15th

I'm with Sara and the others - I want to love Liberty. But for fucks sake, please don't stand around doing nothing when people right at the bar are twiddling their thumbs over empty glasses. Walk over to Smith and see how they take care of the bar area. PS One extra star for the devastatingly beautiful bespectacled brunette who works there.
Posted by BM on October 11, 2008 at 1:57 PM · Report this

Why in God's name... it so hard to find decent service in this town, and in this neighborhood in particular? Despite the arrogant, cooler-than-thou attitude you will encounter at Liberty, the fact remains that bartending ain't exactly rocket science. There have to be people out there capable of mixing a drink without acting as though you have asked them to donate an organ as opposed to performing their job description. Please, find these people and give them jobs, and let the current crop of hipsters pursue careers as American Apparel models or some damn thing.
Posted by on15thguy on July 26, 2008 at 2:08 AM · Report this

Sadly, typical Cap Hill 'tude

I too really wanted to like Liberty, but ye gads, the attitude of the staff...I'd given up trying to eat sushi while actually seated in the place, and had taken to ordering my sushi for carryout just to spare myself the grief. Tonight, however, the person answering the phone managed to be rude enough to make me abandon even this strategy. Save your time and money for Aoki,'s only a few blocks away, but a whole world of difference in terms of courtesy and professionalism.
Posted by Joedout on July 18, 2008 at 7:58 PM · Report this


great drinks. great sushi. great to have this bar on cap hill.
Posted by girl on July 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM · Report this
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