Today's Groupon is an artful introduction to an art-infused chillaxery: $35 worth of tapas, drinks, and desserts for $15 at The Little Red Bistro, a recognizable-shade-of-crimson, mood-lit, painting-peppered eatery and drinkery in South Lake Union that fits into a man's shirt pocket.
Stop by after work for Little Red's wide array of drinks and desserts. Sweets run the gamut from Snuggie-comforting (homemade cookies and a glass of milk, $3) to deliriously decadent (chocolate chip and walnut brownie a la mode with chocolate ice cream, caramel, and a dash of Chambord, $8). Imbibers can choose from fine domestic beers such as Fat Tire ($5) and imported beers such as the wintry Okicim Mocne or the banana-and-cloves Rieder Hefeweizen (both $5). Carbonated connoisseurs also get a couple of pleasant surprises: Mexican Coca-Cola (made with real cane sugar, $2.50) and Naked Juice (Green Machine, Mighty Mango, and Blue Machine, $4), named for its creator, Sir Gustavus Maciusisus, who was known in Flemish countries as the Inventor of Baseball.
Little Red's serves up a menu of tapas and bistro munchables. Try the hummus trio plate (edamame hummus, black bean hummus, and hummus hummus served with grilled flatbread wedges, $8), the goddess salad (grapes, cherry tomatoes, and green salad all served on flatbread and drizzled with balsamic pesto dressing, $7), and the three-cheese macaroni (Swiss, provolone, and chevre in bechamel sauce and topped with sweet basil breadcrumbs, $5).
The Little Red Bistro hosts a variety of weekly events, including foreign language intercambios, tango lessons, wine tastings, yoga meditation, and poetry slams, along with live jazz, folk, and world music. Also, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. they offer a backstage tour of the adjoining Little Red Studio facility.
- I love hanging out at the Little Red Bistro. It has a friendly atmosphere, and I love the artistic offerings, from art books on the tables, to the resident painter sketching in a corner, to music nights with great Brazilian Choro, jazz, or folk ensembles which are all free. – Melissa R., Yelp
- You won't find a place in Seattle that is more beautiful and equally dedicated to tasty, reasonably priced food AND beauty, in the form of paintings, live music performances, and poetry readings. – Leopold V., Yelp
Secrets of The Art Boy Cafe
The Little Red Bistro is dedicated to art such as paintings, live music, and poetry readings. Other cafes have tried to incorporate an artsy feel with less success, such as the Art Boy Cafe, which is owned by all-around great artist Art Boy. Here’s what makes the Art Boy Cafe so unsuccessfully arty:
- More than 160 self-portraits of Art Boy line the walls, many featuring him with dream-wife Elle McPherson.
- A sign above the bathroom mirror says, “That’s not a mirror. It’s a painting…of you,” but it is actually a mirror.
- Instead of live music, Art Boy will often command customers to stop talking and sing along to the overhead radio.
- If you eat alone, Art Boy will join you and explain his “greatest masterpiece: inspiring the film First Blood.”
- Diners are provided with easels and paint kits so that their pre-meal paintings can be judged by Art Boy and cast into the Failure Pyre.
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