The Coterie Room
Brought to us by superstar chef team Brian McCracken and Dana Tough of Spur Gastropub and Tavern Law, the Coterie Room is an outpost of suaveness in Belltown. The space is airy, window-lined, and decked with expected symbols of elegance: a crystal chandelier, damask patterns, burning candles, swirling relief-panel ceilings, whitewashed surfaces, general spotlessness, and grown-ups of the serious and well-heeled variety.
What else: One wall has plants growing fluffily out from it, giving the room a weighted and prehistoric grandeur. Stacked together, the leaves resemble a breathing green passageway that's too dense to peer through, probably a porthole to some distant world—maybe one that's shimmering and dreamy, with mermen and rose-colored skies. (Though it might as easily lead to an unfriendly terrain, all barren and inescapable, so I just couldn't bring myself to walk through it.)
Happy hours: Daily 5–6:30 pm and 10 pm–close.
Happy-hour drink specials: $5 champagne; $5 wine; $2 Olympia cans; $4 Maritime Old Seattle Lager drafts; $7 select cocktails, including martinis, manhattans, and three types of Collins (the Tom, John, and Comrade are prepared with gin, bourbon, and vodka, respectively).
Happy-hour food specials: Discounted small plates imbued with fanciness: $6.40 marinated beet salad (with sumac candied pistachios, baby arugula, fromage blanc), $8 stuffed dumpling squash (with fennel sausage, herbed bread crumbs, and a pickled squash and fennel salad), $11.20 poutine (braised pork shoulder gravy, fried Beecher's cheese curds, and herbs over french fries).