Revolvers groovy decor.
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  • Revolver's groovy decor.

A new bar called Revolver will be opening May 8 on that bar-intensive block on Olive Way that slants northeast of Bellevue Ave. E. The main twist to Revolver, which is owned by Electrokitty Recording Studio boss Gary Reynolds, will be its focus on vinyl recordings. Over 2,500 records (with strong local representation) will sit on the shelves at Revolver, but they're not just for decoration; the staff will play entire album sides while patrons drink alcohol and house-made sodas and eat Creole food. Your night of revelry is incomplete without surface noise. Autechre said so.

There are also plans to have DJ nights (full disclosure: I'm being considered for a psych-rock night with DJ Explorateur; KEXP Audioasis DJ Sharlese and Tiny Dancer are also slated to spin Seattle-centric records). Clarita Hinojosa (aka DJ Dazzlesh*ts) will be Revolver's manager and she's responsible for DJ bookings. She previously worked at McLeod Residence and Gainsbourg and has operated the boards for board operator for KEXP's Sonic Reducer show, and is a noted visual artist.

Revolver's official opening (4 pm-2 am, 21+) will feature DJ sets by former Fallout Records honcho Tim Hayes and MF Cake (aka Kurt Bloch). More info here.

Press release after the jump.


Gary Reynolds, owner of the Electrokitty Recording Studio in Wallingford, is opening Revolver, a retro vibe-heavy vinyl bar featuring comfort Cajun grub and booze, at 1514 East Olive Way.

“The idea is to spin album side records,” Reynolds said. “It’s just like looking at one of those classic 1960s HiFis, that’s it.”

To complete the retro vibe, the walls of Revolver will feature over 2,500 records, ranging from Jimi Hendrix to local artists such as Head Like A Kite and Dream Salon. Patrons can request the bartenders to play specific records while lounging and drinking.

“I think a lot of people really like vinyl, and it’s had its resurgence. But a lot of people don’t have them in the house, they’re a pain,” Reynolds said. “That’s what I like about the concept, people can sit and listen to records the whole records, the way the artist intended.”

There will be some nights when bartenders won't be able to take requests, but that's when the space will be hosting one of its DJ nights or record release parties. Some upcoming DJ nights will feature psych rock by Explorateur, Veins Local Jams by Sharlese and Tiny Dancer.

One DJ in particular, Clarita Hinojosa aka Dazzlesh*ts, will not only participate in these nights but is also assisting in the operation of Revolver Bar. Hinojosa previously opened and managed the McLeod Residence bar from 2006 to 2008 and took part in the opening of the Gainsbourg Bar. In the past, she was a board operator for the KEXP show Sonic Reducer and as a visual artist has had many shows in Seattle as well.

While the bar will have a solid backing in music, Revolver will also feature a kitchen serving casual yet exceptionally yummy down-home Creole food. Dishes made popular by Gary's catering business will be offered like gumbo with chicken and Andouille sausage slow simmered with a dark roux and also corn crusted Idaho catfish on macrina bread. The bar will also serve up classic cocktails, creative house-made sodas, 8 draft beers, and Malus Ginger Beer.