Bar Vacilando is the vibey cocktail bar that must be a total secret, because it’s typically pretty empty. But this works to your advantage for any situation where you’d prefer to be able to hear your conversation and not wait 20 minutes for a gimlet. The cocktails are also good (get the Honey Badger) and priced suspiciously reasonably, and there’s a hidden back patio that looks like an Anthropologie photoshoot waiting to happen.
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Blotto is a Capitol Hill pizza pop-up that operates out of a window in the Broadway Alley building. Get a vodka pie.
Old School Frozen Custard
Old School Frozen Custard in Capitol Hill serves custard that’s rich and reliably delicious.
We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
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Magnuson Cafe & Brewery
Magnuson Cafe & Brewery is a restaurant in Sand Point that serves bar food and homemade beer.
The Octopus Bar
The Octopus Bar is a nautical-themed bar in Wallingford with creative drinks and bar food like pizza and nachos.
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The Pine Box
The Pine Box is a bar in an old mortuary, and it’s great. Come for a casual weeknight dinner or drink.
If you think cider is lame, you’ve never been to Capitol Cider. It’s one of our favorite places for a casual hangout in Capitol Hill.
Captain Black’s is a bar in Capitol Hill that you hit when the weather is nice. Post up on the rooftop patio and get the fried chicken.
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