Longtime friends and bartenders Trevor Garand and Rita Dixson opened casual neighborhood bar The Bridge this year in dive-bar Redline’s old space in West Seattle. It’s now a clean, welcoming bar (hooray!) with an outdoor patio and a fresh food and drink menu.
Warmly lit with deep red walls and single candles atop dining tables, The Bridge is pleasant and cozy, with a small stage, a bar, five flat-screen TVs and a photo booth. There are a variety of games on tap here—shuffleboard, darts and a pile of used board games—and a variety of patrons, from a woman in business casual to a guy sporting a Broncos jersey.
Making good use of local ingredients, the food is familiar yet creative. The assortment of revamped classics (such as The Burger, $10) will have your taste buds rethinking a few basic principles with the addition of pickled peppers and bacon-marinated onion. But consider ordering the bacon-wrapped dates ($8; $5 at happy hour). Filled with goat cheese, wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon and drizzled with a balsamic reduction and goat cheese crème fraîche, these creamy, salty morsels are irresistible.
Garand and Dixson take turns tending bar, pouring draft Mac & Jack’s and concocting various house-created specialty cocktails, ranging from the stomach-burning, Jägermeister-based Bridge Jumper ($8) to the dessert-like Jesse’s Root Beer Float with Pinnacle whipped cream vodka ($7) or the delightfully citrussy Sage Brush ($8) with ginger ale, whiskey and triple sec.
The Bridge. 4439 35th Ave. SW; 206.402.4606; thebridgeseattle.com