These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Washington


It’s not always the bigger cities and college towns that are getting ‘Washington drunk’ the most.

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Is there anything wrong with being called the drunkest city in your state?

Especially in Washington, which is only 35th in the nation in terms of the amount of beer and spirits consumed every year. You guys drink about 25 beers each a year.

Sure, many places in Washington have sober residents. But they sure do make up for it in these cities below.

(By the way, Oregon is 18th in the U.S. for alcohol consumption.)

How do you decide how much a place drinks? By the number of available places to buy booze, and by how often people are talking about drinking, that’s how.

Plus, we thought why not add in a stereotype? Studies have indicated that when one or both partners in a marriage are alcoholics, that couple is three times more likely to divorce.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The Drunkest Cities in Washington.

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What drunken criteria did we use?

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, we measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area: #Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

Note 2: We also realized that the divorce rate on average is really high across the board for the state. Is the dreary weather a factor in that?

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1. Woodinville

Redhook Brewery, Woodinville, WA. Flickr user Dan Century.

Population: 10,945
Divorce rate: 12.3%
Bars per capita: 1st in WA
Liquor stores per capita: 2nd

Woodinville can make a claim (if it so wants) that it’s the drunkest city in the state of Washington when you look at the number of drinking options per person in the entire state.
Remember we’re measuring liquor per capita. So, yes, there are far more bars in some of the larger cities. But Woodinville has more bars per person.

According to BrewTrail.com, there are also nine breweries in Woodinville, which is a huge number.

Not only that, but the number of liquor stores per capita is 2nd in the state here.

Despite all of the boozy related activities within Woodinville, it has ‘only’ a 12% divorce rate, which is about average for the state, but still high in comparison with the rest of the nation.

Woodinville is a fairly wealthy suburb just north of Kirkland..

2. Seattle

The Gang at Re-bar Seattle. From their Facebook page

Population: 612,916
Divorce rate: 11.1%
Bars per capita: 9th
Liquor stores per capita: 12th

So, obviously, there are way more bars and liquor stores in Seattle than anywhere else in the state. So while there are thousands of people out getting plowed every night, there are also hundreds of thousands of people who are content with a night in with the cat.

Did you know there are a staggering 47 breweries in Seattle? And the divorce rate is really low here as well, meaning people are able to party and focus on their home lives at the same time. Bravo to Seattleites.

Seattle led the way with drunk Tweets (obviously). This was a good one:

“Downtown Seattle live update 10:20 PDT: All the Seahawks fans are already completely and totally smattered drunk. Kickoff at 1:25”

3. Port Townsend

Sirens Pub, Port Townsend, WA. Google Maps

Population: 9,106
Divorce rate: 17.6%
Bars per capita: 6th in WA
Liquor stores per capita: 8th

There are quite a few places to get hammered along Sims Way in the small blue collar city of Port Townsend, which is along the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The number of bars and liquor stores are both in the top 10 in the state, and the divorce rate is the 9th highest.

There are also many cultural events throughout the year here, like regattas, art openings, festivals and such. All of which are a lot more interesting with a mixer in your hand

4. Tacoma

O’Malley’s Irish Pub, Tacoma, WA. Google Maps

Population: 200,013
Divorce rate: 14.6%
Bars per capita: 12th
Liquor stores per capita: 11th

There are 11 breweries in Tacoma, and the number of bars and liquor stores is just outside the top 10 in each category.

There weren’t nearly as many drunk Tweets as we might expect here, but there were quite a few. Lots of people were planning parties this fall, and a couple of people were talking about how they were going to get drunk at a kid’s birthday party.

This was a gem:

“sooooooooo many drunk people I’ve never been out this late in Tacoma”

Sounds like you’re one of the few.

5. Poulsbo

The gang at One Ten Lounge, Poulsbo, WA. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,172
Divorce rate: 16%
Bars per capita: 14th
Liquor stores per capita: 9th

Just where in the state is the small drunken town of Poulsbo? It’s way out on Kitsap Bay north of Bainbridge Island. They actually have 4 small breweries out here, and more bars and liquor stores than most other places in the state.

Plus, you can tell the boozy nights might be weighing on marriages; nearly 1 in 7 couples have called it quits. It you’re one of them, there are apparently plenty of singles out there who are in the same boat. Why not buy one of them a shot and talk about it?

Just don’t whine. Women hate whiny men.

6. Gig Harbor

Tides Tavern, Gig Harbor, WA. Google Maps

Population: 7,239
Divorce rate: 13.3%
Bars per capita: 2nd
Liquor stores per capita: 1st

Gig Harbor is right along the Puget Sound, directly across the bridge from Tacoma. You can bet lots of folks here know exactly how buzzed they can be when they drive back and forth into downtown.

There are a couple of breweries here, and according to the data, this teeny place is 2nd in bars per capita and 1st in liquor stores per capita.

Now you know one place to go when you want to get out of the city.

7. Sumner

Water Hole Pub, Sumner, WA. Google Maps

Population: 9,459
Divorce rate: 17.6%
Bars per capita: 18th
Liquor stores per capita: 14th

Sumner is about 2 beers south of downtown Seattle. But you guys probably take all the back roads around here, right? (Wink, wink).

It’s pretty blue collar in this neck of the woods. Which means lots of dollar fifty drink specials and no cover charges.

8. Port Orchard

MoonDogs, Too, Port Orchard, WA. Google Maps

Population: 11,239
Divorce rate: 14%
Bars per capita: 10th
Liquor stores per capita: 5th

Port Orchard is 13 miles west of Seattle across Vashon Island via the ferry. Do people in the Seattle area use the ferry to get around when they’re plowed? It seems like you probably could, since you’re not actually driving, right?

They have one brewery here and enough booze to keep 11,000 people entertained pretty much sun up to sun down.

We also read a story about a drunk, naked man who walked into someone’s apartment and laid down on their couch. Lovely.

9. Snohomish

The Old Inn Tavern, Snohomish, WA. From their Facebook page

Population: 9,154
Divorce rate: 19%
Bars per capita: 4th
Liquor stores per capita: 8th

Holy matrimony, Snohomish! It says ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ for a reason. Didn’t you read the fine print?

There are very few cities in Washington where people hit the Big D more often than in Snohomish. And very few places with higher concentrations of alcohol to either help cause such high numbers of break ups or to help numb the pain that accompanies them.

10. Olympia

Fish Tale Brew Pub, Olympia, WA. Google Maps

Population: 46,752
Divorce rate: 13.5%
Liquor stores per capita: 21st
Bars per capita: 9th

So Olympia was 11th, but we cheated and moved them up a spot. Seemed relevant. They boast 6 or 7 breweries at last count, and there’s definitely a lot of partying going on here.

Plus, it was the home of Olympia Beer for like 100 years, which is the best beer ever for blue collar folks (even better than Old Milwaukee, thank you very much).

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Washington where there are a high number of divorced people, bars and liquor stores, and where people are talking about drinking the most often, this is an accurate list.

We also wrote about the most redneck cities in Washington in case you didn’t read it. Click here to see that story.

Desktop users: Here’s a complete chart with the top 100 drunkest cities in Washington, along with their divorce rates:

City Divorce Rate Rank
woodinville 12.16% 1
seattle 11.11% 2
port_townsend 17.60% 3
tacoma 14.66% 4
poulsbo 16.19% 5
gig_harbor 13.39% 6
sumner 17.66% 7
port_orchard 13.92% 8
snohomish 19.08% 9
olympia 13.55% 10
chehalis 14.71% 11
airway_heights 23.60% 12
north_bend 16.55% 13
tukwila 13.31% 14
puyallup 14.46% 15
bremerton 14.87% 16
centralia 15.05% 17
clarkston 22.71% 18
kirkland 12.14% 19
ocean_shores 14.60% 20
spokane 14.55% 21
lynnwood 12.00% 22
everett 16.05% 23
sequim 12.10% 24
port_angeles 16.10% 25
walla_walla 13.80% 26
stanwood 14.96% 27
liberty_lake 16.83% 27
vancouver 15.80% 29
shelton 17.41% 30
bellingham 11.86% 31
vashon 12.64% 32
wenatchee 14.03% 33
monroe 14.51% 34
burlington 15.04% 35
yelm 11.08% 36
anacortes 12.28% 37
bainbridge_island 11.17% 38
enumclaw 14.63% 39
silverdale 12.60% 40
arlington 13.12% 41
orting 16.40% 42
bothell 12.50% 43
mountlake_terrace 13.52% 44
milton 18.66% 45
lakewood 16.17% 46
renton 12.62% 47
hoquiam 17.86% 48
tumwater 12.83% 49
edmonds 12.49% 50
selah 14.29% 51
issaquah 8.70% 52
redmond 9.64% 53
moses_lake 13.91% 54
snoqualmie 9.80% 55
longview 14.50% 55
aberdeen 15.48% 57
mill_creek 8.99% 58
kelso 19.34% 59
burien 13.36% 60
camas 11.00% 61
fife 15.60% 62
union_gap 11.72% 63
mukilteo 11.72% 64
mount_vernon 13.02% 64
bellevue 10.06% 66
richland 11.92% 67
steilacoom 11.01% 68
ferndale 10.29% 69
duvall 8.13% 70
ellensburg 8.48% 71
ephrata 8.87% 72
sedro-woolley 17.96% 73
cheney 7.30% 74
federal_way 12.28% 75
spokane_valley 14.27% 76
auburn 13.27% 77
yakima 12.94% 78
bonney_lake 13.35% 79
kennewick 12.16% 80
battle_ground 9.31% 81
tracyton 14.87% 82
fircrest 12.37% 83
kent 11.51% 84
lacey 12.69% 85
woodland 7.30% 86
newcastle 7.32% 86
washougal 11.03% 88
kenmore 9.27% 89
pacific 13.02% 90
spanaway 13.76% 91
shoreline 12.13% 92
moses_lake_north 16.57% 93
marysville 12.82% 94
tanglewilde 16.28% 95
maple_valley 11.15% 96
birch_bay 12.60% 97
lake_stevens 13.30% 98
clover_creek 15.33% 99
midland 14.92% 100

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