Monday, October 11, 2010

Buvare: Sun Liquor

The car shifted gears and lurched further up Summit Avenue, a steep and winding Seattle residential street that I had trouble believing was the home of our late afternoon cocktail destination. But sure enough a couple of cozy brick storefronts appeared around the bend, Top Pot Coffee & Doughnuts (whose crullers had been breakfast) and our tiki-tinged haven Sun Liquor.
The comfortably compact and casual interior balances Chinese and tiki decor elements with tasteful restraint. Mismatched vinyl and bamboo chairs and a retro ice case behind the bar cement a decidedly vintage ambiance.
We shared the afternoon twlight with only a few others, I could tell the friendly barkeep was hungry for a challenge. Rather than fuss over the cocktail menu he asked us to pick our poison, with designs to impress us with his moxie, and bevy of top shelf ingredients.
For Jon he whipped up a Boulevardier - And it was so good I got one too. Classic and refined, it's a trifecta of rye, Campari, and Carpano Antica sweet vermouth.
Nicole savored her concoction of grapefruit and Campari, topped with sparkling wine.
For my second round I let the bartender mix me his favorite late summer stand-by, the Greenwich Sour. This time the rye meets lemon and Cointreau, with a float of dry Malbec poured carefully over the back of a bar spoon to create a glowing red halo. A perfect drink for sunset.

The light outside turned dusty purple and we tipped our glasses. Time for dinner, though it pained me to depart. Sun Liquor just gets it. I sighed in admiration leaving the understated yet undeniably stylish drinking hole. Until next time, my friend...

607 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102; 206.860.1130
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  1. I typically avoid cocktails like I do tapered jeans, but I think I might make an exception for these delightful concoctions. What a cool place! Seattle seems to be quite the dining destination!

  2. Hey, tapered jeans are back! Let's drink! ;P