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Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's Just About Cocktail O'Clock, and Vessel Is Back

Posted by on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

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Back in 2006, when fancy ice cubes were still a novelty, Vessel was the original Seattle cocktail-revival spot—the first place (I think?) in town where each drink on the menu bore a date, a place of origin, and a composer. And it was contemporary-swank, and it was (arguably appropriately) snobby about vodka, and it was good.

The location near the Fifth Avenue Theater closed at the end of 2010. Now, Vessel has been reincarnated at Seventh and Olive (where the original El Gaucho was, from 1953 to 1985). Owner Clark Niemeyer has partnered with noted barkeep Jim Romdell; along with "progressive and creative" cocktails, there will be lunch and a full dinner menu. Cameo McRoberts, recently (and very briefly) at Little Water Cantina as sous chef and Pop Kitchen + Bar as exec chef, will head the kitchen.

Now I am thirsty.


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Will in Seattle 1
I'm far more depressed that my fave Thai place in the U dist closed.

But I remember El Gaucho at the old location. Sweet spot.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 2
They aren't closed, WiS. They see you coming and they turn out all the lights and flip the 'open' sign over.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on August 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
Westlake, son! 3
So where Red Balloon was?
Posted by Westlake, son! on August 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM · Report this
John Scott Tynes 4
Seattle's cocktail revival started at the Zig Zag when Ben & Casey took it over and hired Murray Stenson away from Il Bistro back around 2001 or so. Vessel came along much later.
Posted by John Scott Tynes on August 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
5 and creative....cocktails...

Hmmmm. Is that going to interest me in going to this particular watering hole when soooo many progressive watering holes abound? Perhaps not.

What I really need is a classic shot-gun bar of Seattle years gone by. A shot and a beer; warm, stale mixed nuts for food with a jukebox full of standards.

Shit, what happend to you Seattle?
Posted by Fairhaven on August 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM · Report this
I’m so over special crafty cocktails ... this opening bores me already. Plus, if this is the same guy who owned Mondeo on Western .. he is a crook/shyster.
Posted by olive oyl on August 30, 2012 at 8:47 PM · Report this
He's the same guy that "owned" Mondeo, courtesy of his parents, and he's worse than a crook/shyster.
Posted by jennifermontana on August 30, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this

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