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Tavern Law (Seattle)

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WOW all I can say is Wow! We went to tavern Law on 12th between Pike and Madison and although it was UBER crowded and we still had a great time! We were hungry so only stayed for one drink and some fried oysters but man-o-man were they good.

The space is fantastic, although we didn’t see the upstairs swankier space the downstairs is mighty fine. The servers/bar tenders although harried were very nice and man do they mix some interesting cocktails.

Oyster were delicious crispy with a fresh tomato salsa that really rocked! Other food looked good but we decided to come back another (less crazy evening)
Can’t wait to return to discover what else they have to offer.

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  1. went on the 28th around 7.30. pretty open then started to get a little croweded! AMAZING DRINKS! WOW. I think best place and variety to get a drink in seattle! Will definantly go back and try some food as well.

    1. Charles, went there with friends to the upstairs bar. Amazing drinks and great atmosphere. The host/server will ask you for parameters and the bartender will make a drink to those guidelines. To ensure you can sit upstairs just make a reservation.

      1. Hi Charles,
        I am looking for a fun bar scene resto that my husband and I can have a date night at when we are in town from Vancouver. Looking for a place I can wear a cocktail dress to and a place that's buzzy-sceney...do you think Tavern Law fits the bill?

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        1. re: selena03

          Maybe... I have been to Tavern Law(small space!) and there were some dresses present but Capitol Hill tends to be more laid back... Maybe List, Spur, or Twist in Belltown would suit you better (you could even do all three- very close together)?

          1. re: natalie.warner

            Hi Natalie,
            Thanks for the reply. Do I have to make reservations at List, Spur, or Twist or are they the type of places we can pop into for drink and snack and move on to the next one. Also do you think having dinner at Spur is a better choice or Barolo as you mentioned in the other post?

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            Barolo
            1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

            1. re: selena03

              List, Spur, and Twist are pop into places... and are within short walking distance blocks from each other... List and Spur are both thoughtful spaces with decor and developed vibes- Twist is more upscale lounge style with multiple spaces and a large bar in the back with an amazing view of the water...

              Barolo is a better dinner choice... Spur is more of a very petite small plates(really small bites) place with a very limited menu of choices... Barolo has a wonderful bar menu as well as dinner... and right now Barolo is participating in the Dine Around Seattle promotion (3 for $30) if you want to do a coursed dinner... Plus- Barolo's happy hour is one of my favorites in the city (offers early happy hour and late night starting at 10pm). Also, List has gotten great reviews of it's food at happy hour too.

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              Barolo
              1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

              1. re: natalie.warner

                Thanks Natalie. We have booked Barolo for dinner at 8 and then will head over to Twist for drinks and dessert. I looked at web sites and all of your recs look great-thanks! I will post when we get back after Thanksgiving weekend.

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                Barolo
                1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

                1. re: selena03

                  We had dinner at Barolo Friday night. The ambience and surroundings were exactly what we were looking for: intimate, dark, and candlelit, and trendy. Our food was fair and service was fair. The server or hostess did not smile once from the time we walked in to when we left. The sommelier was friendly thus the fair not poor service. The complimentary bread and olive/sundried tomato tapenade (I thought it was absolutely delish) and wine were the best parts of our meal. We shared the eggplant parm and it was ok. I had the lobster risotto which tasted a bit like campbell's tomato soup (which btw I don't mind when it is the actual soup I am having but don't want that taste to accompany a $35 lobster dish:) and my husband had what looked like a steak which he asked for medium rare and got extra well done. We were both disappointed with our entrees and would probably not return to eat here again but we did appreciate the rec as it was what we were looking for in terms of type of resto it just didn't cut it for good food-maybe an off night? We didn't make it to other places but would like to try Spur next time we are in town.

                  1. re: selena03

                    Surly service has been trendy here for years. Sorry no one let you know sooner.