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The Happiest Hour

The Pine Box

The Happiest Hour

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Ian Roberts

Description: Capitol Hill's severely charming restaurant and drinkery the Pine Box comes from a collective starring beer expert Ian Roberts, who's a former Brouwer's manager and a founder of Seattle Beer Week (sure to be celebrated mightily at the Pine Box starting May 10). The space it occupies is rumored to be haunted as shit: It was a mortuary long ago, though more of us remember the immediately previous Chapel, a throbbing nightclub with an upstairs lounge rife with seedy happenings (which are the best kind) involving "handjobs and red pleather sex couches," the Pine Box's staff says. The interior is different now—all clean wood, flowery wallpaper, and giant wads of sunshine pouring in from everywhere.

What else: The bar's countertop is made of urn vaults reclaimed from the basement, and booths are old cathedral pews. The booths look just great, though after you've left, you might want to offset any holy residuals: Lie to your grandmother, maybe, or wear your panties outside your clothes for a few hours.

Happy hours: Daily 3–6 pm.

Happy-hour drink specials: $1 off everything, including drafts ($4 Elysian Idiot Sauvin, $4 Veltins German pilsner, and 31 others [!]), bottles/cans ($3 Churchkey), wine ($6), cocktails (the $7 Corn and Oil has Barbados rum, falernum, and lime), and wells ($4).

Happy-hour food specials: $1 off appetizers, such as $5 flatbread with arugula and walnut pesto spread or the $11 assorted-meats-cheeses-olives-bread plate.

Bonus: From Sun–Thurs 10– midnight and Fri–Sat 11 pm–1 am, wood-fired pizzas (pepperoni or cheese) are $8. recommended

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undead ayn rand 1
"a throbbing nightclub with an upstairs lounge rife with seedy happenings (which are the best kind) involving "handjobs and red pleather sex couches," "

I don't recall anything crazy in Chapel, mostly the cocktails that seemed overobsessed with cheap dried herbs, it was otherwise a fairly relaxed atmosphere (even the upstairs) which seems to have carried over into Pine Box. In Pine Box's defense, I like their beer list better and their food is pretty good. The decor was fun in Chapel, but I'll enjoy Pine Box more and hopefully it stays around.
Posted by undead ayn rand on April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM · Report this

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