Anu Apta, Queen of Seattle Cocktails

She’s a semi-legendary figure in Seattle’s cocktail underground (just ask at places like the Knee High Stocking Company or the Sun Liquor lounge) but can usually be found at her bar Rob Roy on 2nd Avenue. One of the pioneers of the cocktail renaissance, she’s watched the boom in bourbon-based cocktails in the last few years. “We opened a year before Mad Men was aired,” she says. “People would come in and say, “that’s the drink I saw on Mad Men last night!’”

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