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Bartender Poole

Star Seattle Bartender: Jessie Poole, E. Smith Mercantile

Seattle Magazine, November 2015

“I’m going out on a tipsy limb, but I think we have the best bartenders in the world. Seattle has an abundance of bartending superheroes who are convivial, courteous (mostly!) and, most important, creators of delicious cocktails. We asked a few of our favorites about what drinks they’re serving up, where they go to unwind and what they’re sipping for inspiration.”


Five Questions for the Bartender: E. Smith Mercantile’s Jessie Poole

Seattle Metropolitan, October 2013

“Jessie Poole describes herself as a “city girl with a country heart,” which is clearly shown in the shop/restaurant/bar she opened with her mom Kate this past April, E. Smith Mercantile. Poole has lived most of her life in Seattle and only recently made a career change to tending bar after 12 years in the apparel industry, including time at Eddie Bauer designing women’s separates. Find her now at the helm of E. Smith’s Back Bar, happily slinging drinks.”

Jessie E. Smith

So a Witch Doctor, a Builder, and a Clothing Designer Walk Into a Bar: Jessie Poole's E. Smith Mercantile

Eater, March 2014

"The real draw for the drinking crowd is the back bar, where Jessie Poole has carved out seats for sipping some of the most creative cocktails you could hope to discover. A blend of old and new, with curious, medicinal words and flavors popping up on the spirits menu, it's impossible not to wonder aloud how it all came to be.”



Sunset, May 2015

“Seattle’s oldest neighborhood has some of its newest hits - restaurants, galleries and indie shops. The square has more than history. Two locals lead the way to Seattle’s best eats, drinks, and art, plus some underground classics.”