Bars where Pete has had a Drink (3,211 bars; 1,479 bars in Seattle):
Bars where Pete has had a drink
Saturday, December 24, 2016
#2492 #S1231 - Russell's Bar, Seattle - 3/30/2014
I'm not particularly fond of locations on the ground floor of newish condo buildings. But if you're going to do it, this is a good way -- with a neat, rectangular presence that feels like a neighbor's juiced up garage. The eponymous Joe Russell is a friendly, engaging guy, and thankfully he agrees with me that Sunday is the best drinking day of the week. His small bar reflects his amenable personality and provides a neighborhood joint for casual conversation. But it also provides a modern menu of elegant small plates -- and homemade pies -- which almost seems like a relief in this area where most the new joints have been emphatically high brow, and not a place where you'd just hang. They make some pretty good cocktails as well -- I enjoyed Joe's Sidecar.