Il Bistro (Downtown)
93-A Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
At Il Bistro, hidden under Pike Place Market, the old-fashionedness is marvelous—the ceilings are low, the arches are original, the bar is marble, and the roses are red. The bar at Il Bistro is famous, and rightfully so; it's a bartender's bar—witness the 30-plus kinds of Scotch lined up tantalizingly all along it, and recall that for the longest time, the bartender of bartenders, the Zig Zag's Murray Stenson, reigned here. (Look, there he is having a drink now.) The lighting at the bar at Il Bistro is perfect—not too bright, not too dim, bathing everyone in a 62-percent-more-attractive pinky-gold. The rest of Il Bistro is dark and romantic, and the Italian food is fine (if notably pricey). But the bar—currently managed by the completely awesome David Nelson—is magnificent (and happy hour food is a screaming deal).
Categories: Bar, Cafe, Restaurant
Serving Hours: Sun-Thurs 5-midnight, Fri-Sat 5 pm-1 am
Price Range: $$$
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