Philip Edward Thompson
Pub. Refuge. Answered prayer. These are just some of the words that may come to mind when you think of Spencer Reilly’s recently opened CAPITOL CIDER in the heart of Seattle’s Pike-Pine corridor. Roughly half of the bar’s 33 rotating taps are devoted solely to American, English and French craft ciders, and the entire menu is gluten-free — from the smoked-salmon fritters to the shepherd’s pie to the apple crisp covered in bourbon-caramel sauce.

A sanctuary for those with a gluten intolerance, the bar is one of only a few truly cider-focused watering holes in the country. Still, it has a lot to offer the rest of us, including 15 types of local craft beer on tap (in addition to the 33 others), a classic cocktail menu and a basement game room with a stage for music. What’s more, the walls double as a local art gallery, showing off reproduced paintings commissioned from local artists from the Gage Academy of Art.

818 E. Pike St.,