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Friday, July 6, 2007

Now Open: Bars Galore

posted by on July 6 at 14:23 PM

So you’re weary of hearing about Capitol Hill’s fresh splendors in the realm of drinking/eating/having-of-fun—I would submit that you are one billion times better off at Smith, Cafe Presse, the new Cha Cha, or the old Cha Cha, a.k.a. Pony, than at downtown’s new Daily Grill (it’s now open!).

However, one billion new bars are now open in other neighborhoods as well for your fresh drinking/eating/having-of-fun pleasure, e.g.: The Local Vine, a new wine bar at Second and Vine brought to you by two women who attended Harvard Business School (oddly, much is being made of this fact, while it seems more salient that Jason Wilson of Crush created the menu); Saké Nomi, a premium sake bar in Pioneer Square (open for business, officially grand-opening in a few weeks—meanwhile, endearingly, they say: “we’ll greatly appreciate your patience…if it appears that we don’t know what we’re doing”); the new incarnation of the Lobo on Eastlake, called Victory Lounge (which looks, unfortunately, cleaned up—my primary memory of the Lobo involves a bartender wearing a frilly apron that lifted to reveal a large set of male genitalia crafted out of stuffed pantyhose); the behemoth Tap House Grill in downtown’s retail core (160 beers on tap, sibling of Bellevue’s behemoth Tap House Grill); and, in Wallingford, Babalu: The Mambo Room (in the former Wonder Bar space and, according to myspace, a single 26-year-old Leo female, occupation: bar).

Soon, also: Kurrent on Pine, grand-opening on July 21, bringing (at last) an ice bar to Seattle—formerly, one had to journey to the Eastside’s The Parlor for a frozen stripe of water upon which to rest one’s drink: no more.

Bar Exam will dutifully be covering all this hot bar action in the coming weeks, even though Bar Exam’s liver hurts just thinking about it.

And P.S.: In the chow category, note that Matt’s in the Market has at last now re-opened.

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Unfortunately I don't think I am young or hot enough to go near the Mambo Room in Wallingford.

By the way, Ebb & Flow is officially closed and Chow Foods are putting the building up for sale. Maybe we could get a Red Mill here in Wallingford. The space is too small to be profitable as a bar or full service restaurant. If they got rid of the bar they would easily fit as many tables in as the Phinney Ridge Red Mill.

Posted by elswinger | July 6, 2007 2:56 PM

Did you even try the Daily Grill's Happy Hour? At $2.95 they are nearly giving them away and they are much better than anything McCormick's has to offer for happy hour.
Ahi Tuna for $2.95?!
Their famous Pot Pie, which will cost you $16 for an entree size, is also $2.95 during Happy Hour.
Calamari is also decent.
Bad part is that there are no drink specials so you will probably leave with a bigger bill then you intended. Also their menu/happy hour is the same from state to state so you are paying the same prices as the Daily Grill in Beverly Hills.
But I do think there is a large market for the “American Daily Grill. All those Seafood/Sushi-phobes relocated from Idaho/Spokane, who think that roasted chicken is exotic and that see asparagus as a weed that grows on the side of the road.

Posted by touring | July 6, 2007 3:37 PM

As an aside, The Parlor at Lincoln Square in Bellevue is awful. Lots of fights, and not even exciting ones... just suburban drunken ones.

Posted by Katelyn | July 6, 2007 4:45 PM

Soon to be closing, if the stats are correct? 80% of one billion bars.

Posted by Debbie Downer | July 9, 2007 2:25 AM

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