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Saturday, December 10, 2011

#1582 #S942 - C.C.Attles, Seattle - 10/18/2011

People go to CC Attles for the people at CC Attles, not for the unique decor or a fine cocktail.  So there are a lot of people very happy to see the much liked bear bar back in action.  But for the sake of variety, it's sad to see someplace as different as Café Metropolitain replaced with a remodel as utterly boring as CC's.

Café Metropolitain was by no means a great bar.  But it took the space in one more of those boring condos-above / retail-below buildings steadily diminishing the character from our neighborhoods, and turned it into something unique and surprising. One walked under the condos and into a Disney-like slice of Paris streets at night, with a fountain, cobblestones, and string lights.

CC's pours dive bar style cocktails (poorly made, but cheap and strong), and tries to replace the patio of the old location with, essentially, a hallway at the side of the room. If you want to have a night out with burly, gay men, CC's still seems to be one of your better choices, and the owner promises "no attitude." I'm obviously not in their target demographic, and perhaps boring and plain decor (with the exception of a large, plaster, Tom of Finland style figure) is just the right complement for a neighborhood bear bar that resents attitude. But speaking strictly from the personal tastes of someone who rather "collects" bars and likes to feel a strong, unique character, no matter what kind of bar it is, a little more attitude might have gone a long way.

1701 E Olive Way Seattle, WA 98102 - (206) 726-0565
Est. June 11, 2011 (relocated from 1501 E Madison)  - Building constructed: 1993
Other bars at this location: Café Metropolitain  (Henry's Off Broadway in a previous building) (NSFW) - facebook - thestrangeryelp

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

#1581 #S941 - Shop Agora, Seattle - 10/18/2011

Unlike its sister Mediterranean deli in Phinney, the Capitol Hill version has a small wine bar and restaurant in back.  The food is excellent (I had the Pastitsio, which was very tasty, but wanted to try every item I saw served to the others around me, and a glass of Gouleyant Cahors malbec).  It's not a go-to place for a bar, but it is a fine stop for lunch or dinner.

346 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112 - (206) 322-1103
Est. Aug 3, 2011 - Building constructed: 2001
Other bars at this location:  None - facebook - seattlemet - thestranger - yelp

#1580 #S940 - Hilliard's Beer, Seattle - 10/14/2011

Hilliards was acquired by Odin Brewing in 2016 and the taproom at this location phased out. The space has been adquired by Lagunitas.

The Hilliard's tasting room comprises a small bar, some wooden cable drum tables, and a few concrete seats tucked in the corner of a pretty sizable brewing warehouse in Ballard.  Ambitious new brewers Ryan Hilliard and Adam Merkl, who plan to skip the microbrew stage and go straight to regional brewers, covet the other half of the building, which currently hosts practices by a roller derby team.  Their self-financed facilities produce brews in 450 gallon lots and they can their beer with a machine that produces 24 cans a minute.

The owners are amiable and enjoyable to converse with.  They are carving a niche in the craft beer business by skipping the usual IPAs and starting with brews like an amber and a saison, and with large runs in cans.  The cans are very attractive, and the brewing facilities themselves are a great makeover of a dilapidated old auto warehouse.  It's large and industrial, but they pay attention to details, from the hops, to the cans, to the paint.

On Saturdays, you can also grab some dinner from visiting food trucks from the likes of Skillet, Snout & Co., and WhereYaAtMatt. 

1550 NW 49th Street, Seattle, WA 98107 - (206) 465-0078
Est. Oct. 7, 2011   Building constructed: 1947 - fueledbybeer - seattlemag - seattlebeernews - seattlemet - thestranger - yelp

Sunday, December 04, 2011

#1579 #S939 - Momiji, Seattle - 10/12/2011

 I am not a great fan of sushi, so I cannot really advise on the food at Momiji.  It is, however, decidedly more elegant than Umi and the raucous Kushibar, owner Steven Han's Belltown establishments, and the bar in front glows with a welcoming wood and brick warmth.  "Momiji" means "maple," and in addition to the maples on the walls there are a couple live ones in the Kyoto-style garden courtyard in the middle of the back room restaurant portion.
The crowd is more typical of Belltown than Capitol Hill, and the cocktail list is large and dominated by sakes and shochu.  Again, these are not something I have any developed any particular taste for, so I don't feel any notes on my reactions would be helpful.  But it is at minimum a happily dark and graceful place for a meal and a drink.

1522 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 457-4068
Est. October 2011 - Building constructed: 1922, but heavily remodeled in 2011 - facebook - bizjournals - thestranger - itsyowyow- capitolhillseattle - seattlemet - yelp

#1578 #S938 - Crush, Seattle - 10/12/2011

Update: Crush closed Aug 28, 2015

The Crush restaurant winds around the old rooms of a century-old Tudor, and serves very fine food from owner and award-winning chef Jason Wilson.  The prices are a bit upscale as well, but Crush now has a Happy Hour menu with small bites for $4 to $12, and for a romantic occasion it is hard to beat.  In addition to the extensive wine list, Crush has some different and enjoyable cocktails, and a seat at the small bar will afford you a good view of the food alternatives and their delicate preparations.

2319 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112-5416 - (206) 302-787
Est. Feb. 22, 2005 - Closed Aug 28, 2015 - Building constructed: 1903 - seattledining - seattletimes - seattle weekly (slides) - seattle weekly - komonews - meatyair - thestranger - gayot - yelp

#1577 #S937 - Altura, Seattle - 10/11/2011

People have been raving about this new restaurant from chef Nathan Lockwood of "The Ruins," but I probably saw the place in it's worst light.  Having just had dinner, I stopped in for just a cocktail, and although the wine list is quite good, the list of spirits is not.  So I won't be stopping by just for drinks unless/until they up their game substantially, but I definitely will be back for dinner.

617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 - (206) 402-6749
Est. Oct. 5, 2011 - Building constructed: 1931
Other bars at this location:  None known - facebook - gastrolust - thestranger - seattlemet - yelp

Saturday, December 03, 2011

#1576 #S936 - Bako, Seattle - 10/11/2011

Update: Bako closed Aug 23, 2012

Bako is lovely. First there are the Cantonese-style small plates, some of the best Chinese food in the city.  But there is also the small bar, manned by Guy Lafitte, lately of Vegas, a big fan of tiki drinks, and with a look and presence that might lead you to think you're in the most popular bar of gold rush era San Francisco.

Guy serves a mixture of classics, sometimes in their unfamiliar, original versions, and newly invented drinks.  The latter include the "Jimmy's Pearl," named to honor Jimmy and Pearl Woo, owners of the divey Jade Pagoda that preceded Bako in the location for 63 years (before closing in 2006 and being partially torn down for a new building in 2010).  The cocktail menu is divided into “Classic Variations”, “Colonial Heritage”, and “Bako Now” and ordered by spirit, "taste", and "effect."  Guy also features a "spirit of the week" and will create variations upon it to suit your tastes.

606 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102-5391 - (206) 829-8958
Est. Oct 5, 2011 - Closed Aug 23, 2012 - Building constructed: 1926, substantially rebuilt in 2010
Previous bars at this location:  The Jade Pagoda (1943-2006) - facebook - eater - capitolhillseattle - capitolhillseattle - thrillist - eater - seattlemet - rollwithjen - thestranger - yelp