Revolver bar manager Clarita Hinojosa and owner Gary Reynolds. Gina Luna

ELYSIAN BAR • Downtown: You know Elysian for its brewpubs with global-pub-grub menus. However, the posh and old-fashionedy Elysian Bar, located downtown where (great) goth club the Noc Noc used to be, has a sweeping stairway and a spendy menu of steaks, seafood, and so forth made by Andrew Gribas (formerly at Volterra in Kirkland), plus a bar program that includes Murray Stenson and other local greats. It's kind of a strange move for the company, and it's a big one, with 230 seats. (1516 Second Ave, 467-4458,, $$$)

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer: Jan 13-Feb 14 at Bagley Wright Theatre
Part theater, part revival, and all power, this one-woman show will have your head nodding and hands clapping!

REVOLVER • Capitol Hill: Revolver—located in the space previously occupied by Dinette and owned by Electrokitty Recording Studio honcho Gary Reynolds—has about a billion records on the shelves above the liquor that will be played for those enjoying the amber lighting, '60s-style stools, round mirrors, and great woodwork (along with the liquor). As The Stranger's resident vinyl fanatic Dave Segal put it, "Revolver's style is cool, but it's an understated cool, and therefore cooler than most." (He also recommends the wallpaper in the bathrooms.) For food, there's a short Creole-ish menu. (1514 E Olive Way, 860-7000,, $–$$)

CHIPPY'S FISH AND DRINK • Ballard: Ethan Stowell, fish-'n'-chips, Ballard... it was inevitable. It's pricey—and while quality seafood should be pricey, there will be understandable balking at $14 to $19 for fish-'n'-chips—but it's probably really good. (4741 Ballard Ave NW, 257-4390,, $$)

BABIRUSA • Eastlake: Replacing sandwich shop Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki—but still run by next-door Blind Pig Bistro—Babirusa serves lunch, but is also a bar and casual snacks-or-dinner place. The mostly under-$10 menu has a burger, fish 'n' chips, and small plates that sound similar to the good stuff you can get at Blind Pig. (A babirusa is a kind of pig with tusks found in Indonesia and, in taxidermied-head form, on one of Blind Pig's walls.) (2236 Eastlake Ave E, 329-2744,, $–$$)

THE BEAR AND THE BEE • Belltown: The owners of nearby Bathtub Gin, the Rabbit Hole, and Lava Lounge opened this sandwich place, and it looks as cute as the name sounds. The sandwiches, like "Schoolhouse Tuna" and "Roast Beast," are around $10 each. (2211 Second Ave, 992-3472,, $)

BOX AND BOTTLE • Greenwood: This sibling of the Blue Glass in Ballard offers take-out or eat-in "fun, quick, global street food"—including wraps, fresh pasta, gallo pinto, poutine, edamame hummus, and more—from chef Singyn Hunter (the Blue Glass, Lindblad Expeditions vessels). (8576 Greenwood Ave N, 258-4985,, $$)

EETBAR • Ballard: The former Nick's Off Market/Amber Den space reminded new owners Eric London and April Bacarro of the kind of Dutch neighborhood spot called an "eetcafe." He's half Finnish, she's Filipino, they've traveled a ton, and EETBAR is their collaborative tribute to all the good drinks and snacks they've had at home and out in the world. (1556 NW 56th St, 783-0131,, $–$$)

MEEPLES GAMES • West Seattle: Meeples is "Your Friendly Local Gaming Cafe" in West Seattle, with tile-laying, role-playing, board, card, and dice games, plus miniatures, with espresso, sandwiches, pretzels, "healthy snacks," and beer on tap, too. (3727 California Ave SW, Suite 2B, 535-7896,, $)

BÚN - VIETNAMESE CREATIVE RICE NOODLES • International District: This mod-looking place has pho and lots of other Vietnamese noodle dishes, and you can write on the walls in the foyer. (516 Seventh Ave S, 623-5297, and one other location, $$)

LANTERN BREWING • up north: Tiny, family-owned Lantern Brewing now has a nice-looking tasting room, open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. (938 N 95th St, 729-5350,, $)

NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES: PARLOR LIVE downtown: It's the second edition of the Bellevue comedy club/restaurant/lounge, where Fox Sports Grill used to be • TOP POT on Western: Even more doughnuts recommended