Late Night Drinking


Barnacle

Seattle-City-Center

4.6 / 5

May 11, 2018

Tiny in size, Renee Erickson's new bar is attached much like a barnacle in fact - to her renowned restaurant the Walrus & the Carpenter and makes a great spot...

Tiny in size, Renee Erickson’s new bar is attached much like a barnacle in fact – to her renowned restaurant the Walrus & the Carpenter and makes a great spot in which to hang out while waiting for a table next door. It’s also well worth a visit in its own right. The dinky Moroccan-tiled venue boasts a counter-style, copper-topped bar with seats for 12 people and second stand-up counter on the other side of the room. There is also a single booth for four people, but that’s it on the seating front. Shelves are stocked with local goodies like Boat Street pickles and Ballard Bee Company honey. The back bar meanwhile is stocked with an interesting selection of amaros, vermouths, liqueurs, and other spirits. Cocktails lean towards the bitter and herbal in terms of taste: creative drinks like the Silver Lining which mixes gin, Pineau des Charentes, Salers, and grapefruit bitters, the Barolo Vermouth cocktail, a gloriously rich blend of Cocchi Rosso, Boroli Barolo Chinato, and orange bitters, and the Nocino Old Fashioned, a sweet-sharp combo of Calvados, walnut liquor and Nocino Amaro. All drinks come with a complimentary plate of potato chips and if you’re still hungry, the bar serves a tempting selection of small plates, such as duck liver pate, octopus terrine and some of the best anchovies we’ve ever encountered. Photography by: Jim Henkins

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