Green star Cafe Venus/Mars Bar: CLOSED (South Lake Union)

609 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 624-4516

Categories: Bar, Restaurant

Restaurant Details

  • Cafe Venus' Sputnik sandwich hovers in Reuben territory, but substitutes pastrami for corned beef and sweet, sweet caramelized onions for sauerkraut. The mac and cheese is also otherworldly, full of golden-toned saffron and a stiff spine of garlic. Also: salads, soups, pizzas, etc., plus a freakishly awesome little back bar AND bands at the Mars Bar next door.
  • Features: Bar/Happy Hour, Cheap Eats and Late-Night Dining
  • Cuisine: Cafe and Pub Grub
  • Serving Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-10 pm (bar until 2 am), Sat–Sun 10 am-3 pm and 6-11 pm (bar until 2 am).
  • Price Range: $

Bar Details

  • Make a beeline through the glossy red cafe and head toward the dark and smoky bar. Beer on tap includes Guinness, New Belgium, and Hales. For cocktailers seeking a caffeine kick, try a Black Hole Smartmaker (Guinness, Jameson and a full shot of Vivace espresso) or a Zotini (Vivace espresso, kahlua, vodka).
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-close, Sat-Sun 6 pm-close
  • Happy Hour: Mon-Sat 4-7 pm ($3 wells, $1 off taps, $5.45 food menu).
  • Features: Full Menu, Live Music, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Romantic and Snacks Available
  • Scene: Cocktail Lounge

The Stranger's Reviews of Cafe Venus/Mars Bar


Average Rating:
  • 4.00000/5 Stars.
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Chill Out?

Looking for a place to hide away from hipster, shoegazing douche bags? Mars Bar is the place. Thursday nights seem to always have better music than most clubs, except when Built to Spill is playing the ShowBox! Damn you Doug and your Dwarf son!
Posted by TBASA on November 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM · Report this

Staple for drinks

Great price, portions, and quality. The only downside is that in the summer it can get hotter than hell in there.
Posted by Fortuna Mandolin on June 16, 2008 at 3:55 PM · Report this

Good brunch

We ate brunch on the weekend. Very good food, fun service, and a very positive vibe. We ordered a 'fruit plate' with the meal, expecting a generic bananna/grape/etc deal - and were blown away with a very creative seasonal presentation with pomegranate. Loved it.
Posted by TMW on December 4, 2007 at 11:10 PM · Report this

neighborhood favorite

I used to go there all the time when my girlfriend worked nearby. Consistently good food (the mac & cheeze is a huge guilty pleasure), unpretentious atmosphere, and interesting art. Perhaps best of all, the owner is both very friendly and sexy as hell. When she's not there, however, the service was noticeably a little slower (but still friendly).
Posted by truesdayschild on August 28, 2007 at 6:34 PM · Report this

Yum and fun!

I love Cafe Venus. Sandwiches, pizzas, pasta... Always ask the pasta special. Mac and cheese is great, turkey brie sandwich is special, and good beer on tap. Plus the ever changing artwork is always fantastic. Not the 100% best place in Seattle, but one I go back to again and again.
Posted by Yvette on August 11, 2007 at 2:34 PM · Report this

Cafe Venus

Mars Bare is a fine neighborhood bar. Hell now that the Lobo is gone and the neighborhood is going high end, it's one of the only neighborhood bars. However, It's best feature is the food at Cafe Venus (it's twin sister). Brunch on Saturday's with their Pint of Mimosa is the greatest idea since the invention of fire.
Posted by Satanseviltwin on July 23, 2007 at 10:51 AM · Report this

Never disappoints

This is always worth the walk before a show at El Corazon. (Although that walk is always way longer than you think it will be!) I've never had a bad meal here and it's fun. (I haven't been in awhile but if they still have no A/C, then yikes. It was an oven in the summer.)
Posted by jezebel on June 28, 2007 at 11:46 PM · Report this

Go now!

Order the grilled chicken caesar pita. Now!!!! Great place to go on a Sunday night.
Posted by Nay on May 24, 2007 at 12:09 AM · Report this

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