Bar Hop: Capitol Hill's Still Liquor

Still Liquor: a Capitol Hill take on Northwest industrial-chic

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A Capitol Hill take on Northwest industrial-chic

Still Liquor
Situated in Capitol Hill’s much-buzzed-about Melrose Project, Still Liquor is in full motion. Seattle natives and former construction workers Josh Carrigan and Breckeen Anderson opened the neighborhood cocktail lounge in January as a new take on old Americana.

The Vibe: Once a 1920s automotive garage, this blink-and-you-miss-it nightspot features a long wooden bar accented from behind by a copper back bar, three booths and small, closely huddled tables scattered throughout. The intentionally spare décor means the focus is on people watching—with subjects on a weekend night ranging from hipsters to young professionals.

The Food: Options are limited to absurdly expensive microwave dinners ($30; state law requires the bar to serve food) and a custom blend of nuts made by nearby Tango restaurant. At press time, Carrigan was hoping to have the El Camión taco truck set up outside on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Drinks: With a selection just slightly left of center, guests can easily find something new to try while staying within their comfort zones. Have a sweet tooth? Sample the French 76 ($11)—a refreshing and bubbly delight served in a champagne flute with Absolut vodka, sparkling wine and a twist of lemon. Looking for something crisper? Try the Dragon’s Toe ($7)—Maker’s Mark bourbon, muddled cucumber and ginger. Happy hour: 5–7 p.m. daily.

The Bathrooms: Like the bar, the men’s and women’s bathrooms (one of each) are minimalist but clean—which, after a Friday night carousing with friends on Capitol Hill, can be a welcome respite.
For more info: 1524 Minor Ave. 206.467.4075

Originally published in May 2010