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Sunday, April 24, 2011

#1367 #S826 - Acquabar, Seattle - 2/9/2011

This was the soft opening of the new bar of the space of the old Kelly's, which Mike Seeley described it as easily the most intimidating bar in Seattle -- and the neighbors were not a bit sad to see it go.  Acquabar has expanded the space into the location of the neighboring dog care business, and added an Asian lunch buffet.

None of the neighbors who had to deal with the rough crowd have shed tears over the loss of Kelly's, but the new place doesn't seem to have any personality whatsoever.  Here's hoping it evolves into something that has as much personality as Kelly's, if not the same dysfunctional personality type.

Historical Notes:  The current building was constructed in 1925 and for many years this space was the home of the Liberty Tavern.  The Liberty was there by 1945 and lasted at least in the 60s.  Kelly's was established in 1979 and closed down in October 2010, on the night owner Mary Costello Abbey passed away.


305 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121-1719 - (206) 728-6583
Est. Feb 9, 2011 - Building constructed: 1925
Previous bars at this location: Liberty Tavern, Kelly's
acquabar.com - yelp

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