One-on-one scenarios require a specific kind of bar. Whether it’s a romantic date night with several glasses of wine or awkward cocktails with your digital nomad cousin who’s in town to “reconnect” (crash on your couch for a week), Dandylion is the bar you need. There’s just something comforting about sitting with another person at a bar that looks like a hunk of tree. A lot of bars in Seattle feel like small-town spots, but being surrounded by other people’s conversations in a nice space makes you feel like you’re truly in a big city. The tapas menu is hit or miss, but you can’t go wrong with the charcuterie or lemon ice cream with olive oil and salt.
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