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Saturday, December 05, 2009

#950 - Sip, Seattle (downtown) - 11/23/2009


Update: Sip closed March 31, 2012

Sip is a swanky new (opened 11/20/09) wine bar and restaurant in the shadow of the downtown public library, following locations in Issaquah and Gig Harbor. This Sip has a very nice looking patio with a sizable stretch of grass that looks like it will be fairly irresistible when Summer arrives, and several comfortable couches and soft lighting to support its "casual but elegant" style.

It features some fairly interesting cocktails, though they were not quite as well mixed as the best cocktail bars in town, a large wine selection of course, and good food (executive chef Cody Reaves). I like the bathroom sinks -- one set for both genders just outside the bathrooms themselves. The tony decor of the interior is consistent to every last touch with the exception of a curious selection of paintings that look like they would be more at home in a SeƱor Frog's. Perhaps the owner's nephew is a struggling artist, whose work in anthropomorphized olives at bars has yet to be fully appreciated.

909 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98164
siprestaurant.com - eric rivera - psbj - the stranger - yelp

2 comments:

Jamie Scelzi said...

The artwork in the Sip Restaurants is by Michael Godard. He is currently the #1 best selling artist in the US. His artwork is highly collected by movie stars as well as private collectors. He creates a light hearted perspcetive of life mirrored through martinis and grapes. Today Godard is considered one of the most prolific and infulential artists of our time.

peterga said...

Thanks for the information, Jamie. Curiously, Michael Godard's influence doesn't seem to have reached the point of a wikipedia page? But a google will bring up his sight and lots of sights selling his stuff. For me personally, I think his work is even worse that Thomas Kincaid's (the last person whom I heard was the best selling artist in the U.S.), and still seems like a curious choice for a swanky wine bar. But I'm probably just an animated olive philistine.