Posted by: tinyoliphant | December 11, 2009

Bookstore Bar

From my recent job as a food blog researcher, I’ve come to discover a few things about food blogging. It takes patience, a steady hand, good lighting, and a stomach that isn’t too empty. Observe here, two food photographers in their natural setting: DSLR in hand, perfect angling of the plate for maximum photogenicity, and strategically placed candles for optimal lighting. I dabble a little in their sport, and start out optimistically, but ultimately my stomach gets the better of me and eating wins over picture-taking any day in my book.

The Bookstore Bar is the bar of the Alexis Hotel and is a cozy little place to hide in from the record-breaking Seattle cold. Being a huge nerd, I was excited to find what a bookstore bar would entail. I imaged comfy chairs and stacks of old tomes and modern hardbacks to entertain and delight as one waited for their drink to arrive. In the end, it’s an ordinary bar with books on the walls as decoration. Cute, but as a bibliophile, just a smidge disappointing. I met four girl friends here for a late afternoon/early evening happy hour, another stop on our quest to sample all of Seattle’s happy hour offerings. This place mostly has small round tables (the lone booth in the back was already occupied by the time we got there), so it’s better suited for couples than for groups. However, our waitress was very accommodating and pushed two tables together for us, which just barely fit us all and the hoard of food we were to order.

The food was general happy hour fare, everything for $4 each. We ordered a couple burgers, mussels, chowder (with whole clams!), 3 cheese mac & cheese, pulled pork sliders, and crab cakes. Way too much food for five girls! Everything was good, but on the salty side. The shoestring fries that came with the burger were excellent, and I want to try the bleu fries (tossed with bleu cheese and bacon!) next time. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was too busy stuffing my face to be a proper photographer.

Bookstore Bar
1009 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 382-1506


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