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December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Who needs a drink?
Surprise of surprises, I’m raising my hand. And I found a good excuse. Thursday is Repeal Day, marking 80 years of legal drinking. Cocktail geeks and dudes with ironic mustaches may not know much about history, but they all seem to know that Dec. 5, 1933 was when the US repealed the 18th Amendment, re-allowing the consumption of alcohol.
With the cocktail renaissance, many bars now celebrate Repeal Day by throwing parties and getting patrons to dress up in 1930s garb. Though Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been the driving force behind the Repeal Day celebration — which has caught on nationwide — in Seattle, dozens of bars will extend happy hour, offer discount drinks and concoct other specials to mark the occasion. Below are some events:
November 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
For the last three Christmases, if you were as crazy as me, you waited in line in front of Sun Liquor, a line that stretched three-blocks before this Capitol Hill bar even opened. All for a cup of Sun Liquor’s famous aged eggnog. (more…)
November 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I’m struck by how often I hear bartenders say their favorite cocktail menu is the one they put out in the fall. The palates here tend to favor big, bitter drinks and whiskey, they say. And this cold, damp weather is ideal for that flavor profile.
September 22, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Look who’s back. The city’s most beloved bartender Murray Stenson will start working at Il Bistro next week.
He is scheduled to work Sundays and Mondays. If you can’t wait to catch up with him, Stenson will be floating around Il Bistro in the next few days to chat with the staff and get reacquainted with this old bar at Pike Place Market. So you’ll likely see him behind the bar a few hours this week. (more…)
September 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM
The rest of the country might not know the difference between hard cider and apple juice, but we in the Apple State certainly do. The Seattle-Tacoma area has the nation’s third largest number of adults who drink hard cider.
August 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Here’s the cocktail to enjoy during the remaining days of summer – Tequila, grapefruit soda, a squeeze of lime, a pinch of salt. Some ice. Stir. It’s the Paloma, a cousin to the margarita, with the same sweet-and-sour DNA, only a bit bitter and a bit bubbly. Two years ago, the better bars around town were serving it. This summer, the Paloma has gone mainstream. (more…)
July 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Scoring a seat at Canon just got harder.
The popular Capitol Hill bar’s latest bragging rights: “World’s Best Drink Selection.” Canon got that honor at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Dinner in New Orleans Saturday night, one of the highest honors in the industry. (more…)
July 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Look at your calendar, folks. Note that it’s 7/11, which means Slurpees are free today at participating 7-Elevens in celebration of the company’s 86th birthday. Kennewick, we are looking at you.
Put your hands together (clap, clap, clap) for the 7-Eleven store in west of downtown Kennewick, which sells more slushy drinks than any other store in America. More than a 1,000 a day! What’s in the water in Kennewick? Literally. Do they not drink tap water to quench their thirst?
May 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Ask any Capitol Hill bartender or cocktail geek to name five bars they love, I guarantee you one of the answers will be Sun Liquor. If you’ve never been to this cocktail den, Sunday would be a great day to try it. Sun Liquor celebrates its 7th anniversary by bringing back all the old favorite drinks for $7. (Best Mai Tai in the city.)
May 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Some local watering holes may need to install metal detectors for those on the way out of the bar. Or at the very least relegate the new hire to copper-mug patrol duty. Or maybe train their doormen in the fine art of sniffing out copperware being spirited away, hidden in purses and trench coats.
Maybe a Moscow Mule user fee is in order.
I’m only half-joking because the theft of those lovely tankards is getting absurd. Seattle-area cocktail spots have lost as much as $1,000 worth of these vintage mugs. (more…)
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