EAT. DRINK. SPIN. Revolver bar manager Clarita Hinojosa and owner Gary Reynolds.
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  • EAT. DRINK. SPIN. Revolver bar manager Clarita Hinojosa and owner Gary Reynolds.

ELYSIAN BAR • Downtown: You know Elysian for its brewpubs with global-pub-grub menus. However, the posh and old-fashionedy Elysian Bar, located downtown where (great) goth club the Noc Noc used to be, has a sweeping stairway and a spendy menu of steaks, seafood, and so forth made by Andrew Gribas (formerly at Volterra in Kirkland), plus a bar program that includes Murray Stenson and other local greats. It's kind of a strange move for the company, and it's a big one, with 230 seats. (1516 Second Ave, 467-4458, elysianbrewing.com/elysian-bar, $$$)

REVOLVER • Capitol Hill: Revolver—located in the space previously occupied by Dinette and owned by Electrokitty Recording Studio honcho Gary Reynolds—has about a billion records on the shelves above the liquor that will be played for those enjoying the amber lighting, '60s-style stools, round mirrors, and great woodwork (along with the liquor). As The Stranger's resident vinyl fanatic Dave Segal put it, "Revolver's style is cool, but it's an understated cool, and therefore cooler than most." (He also recommends the wallpaper in the bathrooms.) For food, there's a short Creole-ish menu. (1514 E Olive Way, 860-7000, revolverbarseattle.com, $–$$)

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