Late Night Drinking
May 11, 2018
Greg Holcomb’s Witness draws on his southern family roots to create a homely yet hip new Capitol Hill hangout. The space has been designed to resemble a small country church, complete with clapboard walls and stained glass windows. Even the booths are made from reclaimed pews. The drink menu is wide-ranging, with something for everyone. The namesake Witness Cocktail is a bold, flavour-packed mix of bourbon, Benedictine, and Carpano Antica, topped with a hickory-smoked cherry, and they also serve up classic tipples like the Sazerac and the Mint Julep (perfect for cooling off on smouldering southern afternoons or the Seattle equivalent). The Root Down blends Fernet Branca with iced chicory coffee, and condensed milk, and bourbon also plays a role in the Son of a Preacher Man, combining it with Black Pekoe tea, lemon and honey syrup, to create something soothing and warming in equal measure. Soulful comfort food is the order of the day in the kitchen, dishes like chicken and waffles, Carolina pulled pork sliders, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, and a peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich that would make Elvis proud. Many drinks are $6 during happy hour and the place is also well worth checking out if you’re in the mood for brunch, southern style.