The founders of Salud Whisky & Wine Bar have turned their passion for spirits into a massive collection?one that includes more than 125 wines and 150 whiskies. The bar's inventory features products from around the globe, but focuses primarily on wines and whiskies that have been crafted or grown in Washington. Visitors can dip into both selections on a daily basis, all while soaking up recommendations from Salud's wine- and whisky-wise staff. They can also try out the bar's own barrel-aged cocktails: pre-mixed drinks that have gone through the same aging process as other distilled spirits in order to alter their character and flavor.
The Sounders crowd is especially energetic at this trio of pubs, where the English vibe is reinforced by lodge-style decor and a menu replete with fried fish, kidney pies, and chips with curry sauce. Dartboards more than make up for the lack of action when there’s no game on.
Tucked away at the Red Dragon Casino is an old-fashioned pub perfect for catching the game or recharging your firebreath reserves. Lined with high-definition televisions, the Dragon Zone Sports Bar & Grill matches its gourmet-level eats with hand-crafted microbrews such as Elysian IPA and specialty drinks such as a fruit-filled Seattle Mojo. During dinner, sports fans can tuck into American classics such as rib eye steaks and the signature mac 'n' cheese or Asian-inspired entrees such as the Mongolian beef bowl or spicy chili chicken.
With its hand-blown glass light fixtures, beckoning fireplace, and old-growth walnut bar-top, VoVina’ cultivates an old-world elegance. The décor’s chic simplicity carries over into a menu of European- and American-style small plates, such as Angus beef sliders and black truffle tater-tots, crafted to complement dozens of tempting cocktails. The Fountain of Youth blends Bombay Sapphire, St. Germaine, and a touch of green chartreuse, and the Asian Pear arrives shaken and strained over a soft lychee. Further underlining the Jazz Age-feel, the bar touts one of the largest absinthe selections in the area. The legendary spirits are poured plain or blended into beverages, inspiring guests to dance the Charleston atop VoVina’s locally grown, recycled maple tables.
Lucky 7 furnishes the simple pleasures of sports on TV, cold drinks, and hearty food, as well as entertaining activities in the form of dartboards and arcade games. More than 20 different beers are on tap, and diners feast on pub classics such as fish ‘n’ chips, third-pound cheeseburgers, and spicy-buffalo wings. As sports fans exchange a flurry of high-fives at the old-school varnished-wood bar, guests challenge each other to pinball matches or to rounds of pool at one of the game room's four pool tables.
Owned by a pair of married comedians, Laughs Comedy Spot draws on its owners' continent-wide comedy connections and restaurant-managing acumen to treat guests to top-rate rib ticklers and delectable food. Graciously arranged tables ensure clear views of the stage from every seat, backing up punch lines with a powerful sound system, and free, well-lit parking eases transit worries and preempts cars' fear of the dark.