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A Comfy Cocktail

When you find yourself on Orcas Island, in need of a solid cocktail, a million-dollar view, and a comfy place to enjoy it all, head straight to the Madrona Bar and Grill.

Tucked away from Main Street down a wooden walkway that appears to be leading you straight to the water, the Madrona doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a great place to eat and drink. Inside it’s open and airy, with three walls of windows looking out over the water. You’ll wonder why you’ve never visited before. On an island full of farm-to-table curated meals, it’s a welcome, no-nonsense place to have a stiff cocktail.

Park yourself at the bar and order up. The bartenders will make your drink with a smile. There aren’t any tinctures or house made syrups here; just several shelves full of your favorite alcohols, and a solid bartending staff to mix them up.I put them to the test by ordering a Boulevardier—Campari, whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters. It’s not a common drink, but a good bartender knows it. Sarah, the bartender, nailed it. And that’s precisely why I visit this bar every time I’m on the island. There’s something to be said for drinks without a performance. Sometimes I just like to order a drink and drink it.

The Madrona’s signature cocktail is their Bloody Mary. Made from scratch, it’s served with a handful of garnishes and either a bacon or beer back. Seriously, folks. Solid.


Best Day To Visit

Sunday – Happy Hour all day

Best Seat In The House

The corner table for two in the bar. You get a perfect view of the bay.


310 Main St., Eastsound, Orcas Island
360.376.7171 | madronabarandgrill.com

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"Park yourself at the bar and order up. The bartenders will make your drink with a smile."