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Bars where Pete has had a Drink (2,644 bars; 1,284 bars in Seattle):

Bars where Pete has had a drink

Thursday, October 18, 2007

#602 - Joeys, Seattle (Lake Union) - 10/17/2007

Swanky wine bar and restaurant that replaced Cucina Cucina with about as polar opposite as you could imagine. Good wines, beers, and a nifty Bellini. And if there's a bar or restaurant in Seattle with hotter waitresses, I'd like to hear about it.

901 Fairview Ave N #A200, Seattle, WA 98109-4466 - (206) 749-5639
Est. May 2005
joeyrestaurants.com - yelp

Saturday, October 06, 2007

#601 - Victory (Portland) - out of order

http://www.thevictorybar.com

#600 - The Tap House Grill, Seattle (downtown) - 10/5/2007



Quite a good selection and quality of food and 160 beers on tap



1506 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA (bet. Pike & Pine Sts.)- (206) 816-3314
Est. May 2007
Previous bars at this location: Planet Hollywood
taphousegrill.com - yelp - flickr - zagat

Thursday, October 04, 2007

#599 - Sully's Lounge, Seattle (Queen Anne) - 10/3/2007

1625 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109-2819 - (206) 283-3900
Previous bars at this location: Sapphire Kitchen and Bar, Q
sullyslounge.com

#598 - The Whalemaker Lounge, Seattle (Ballard) - 10/3/2007

Nice, much overlooked bar with a fine view over Lake Union to the Space Needle.

401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 632-0767
Est. 1970 - Building constructed: 1970
Previous bars at this location: None known
ivars.com - thestranger 

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

#597 - Qube Lounge, Seattle (downtown) - 10/2/2007

Update: Qube closed July 3, 2008. It was replaced in 2009 with the Long Provincial Restaurant including the Jelly Bar.

Good wine and cocktail list and a very interesting (French/Asian) menu in the restaurant. But the bright, modernist decor leaves me cold.

1901 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 770-5888
Est. Dec 2006 - Closed: July 3, 2008 - Building constructed: 1909
Previous bars at this location: Gibson's
seattletimesseattleweekly - thestranger  - yelp

#596 - White Horse Trading Co., Seattle (Pike Place Market) - 10/2/2007

A very cozy little British style wine and beer bar and antique bookstore, transferred from San Francisco. A great place for a good glass of wine and conversation, particularly on a Monday or Tuesday evening, when there are fewest people and owner Joe mans the bar.

1908 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101-1015 - (206) 441-7767
Est. 2004 (est. as "The Black Horse" in San Francisco in the 1990s)
Building constructed: 1914
whitehorseseattle.com - facebook - seattleweekly - thestranger - yelp - nft

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

#595 - Babalu, Seattle - 9/13/2007


Update: Babalu closed on Feb 23, 2013.



Babalu's current physical incarnation was created for the WonderBar, which advertised itself as "a Euro-bar with East Coast savvy" which "feels like home to Seattle fashionistas." I translate that roughly as "Stay away" (with a subliminal message to Wallingford residents that "You may be in danger of becoming Belltown").

But despite its lack of concern for unique neighborhood character, as an isolated little island of swankiness, there's no disputing that the curved bars are very cool, the drinks are okay and it was one of the livelier options on the weeknight I dropped in.  It also features some fine jazz and salsa bands.

But the place has had its issues.  In 2009, Babalu ran into problems with the state liquor board for, among other things, fulfilling the (silly) requirement that they serve food by offering various frozen dinners for $99.95.  The lost their license and were temporarily closed in 2010 for operating without one.  In 2007 the entire staff of the bar quit en masse after a bartender was threatened by a friend of owner Michael Prineas.

1723 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103-6801 - (206) 547-1515
Est. 2007 - Closed Feb 23, 2013 - Building constructed: 1926
Previous bars at this location: Wonder Bar
babaluseattle.com - facebook - thestranger - mywallingford - yelp - popsugar