WS beverages – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:30:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Election Day, Night Out, WS Little League viewing party, and more for your West Seattle Tuesday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-day-night-out-ws-little-league-viewing-party-and-more-for-your-west-seattle-tuesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/election-day-night-out-ws-little-league-viewing-party-and-more-for-your-west-seattle-tuesday/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:49:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924707 (Black-headed Grosbeak, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)

Busy Tuesday in West Seattle (and beyond):

ELECTION DAY! Get your ballot into a mailbox today (postage no longer needed) or into a King County Elections dropbox by 8 pm tonight – West Seattle’s dropbox is by the High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond). Here’s our most-recent election refresher.

WADING POOLS: Could get to 90 today, so they’re open. West Seattle’s Tuesday pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-8 pm, and Delridge (Genesee/Delridge), noon-6:30 pm.

MOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: Fourth BikeWorks session of the summer. Free or reduced-price bicycle repairs are happening on the driveway behind Neighborhood House High Point, 2-4:30 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: The Delridge Grocery Coop is scheduled to continue its weekly farmstand, 3-7 pm at the Shell across from DGC’s future store. (5441 Delridge Way SW)

‘NIGHT OUT’ BLOCK/BUILDING PARTIES: Tonight’s the night that neighbors gather to build and celebrate community in the spirit of safety. 6-9 pm is the basic window. West Seattle has more than 260 registered block parties that’ll be closing off side streets; some have also chosen to be shown on this map.

WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE WATCHING PARTY: It’s a must-win game tonight for the West Seattle Little League All-Stars at the Northwest Regionals in Southern California, 7 pm vs. Alaska. WSLL says the Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction will again host a viewing party with the ESPN+ video feed. (4752 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 7 pm meeting at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

GEEKS WHO DRINK: Weekly trivia at Whisky West (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. 21+. (6451 California SW)

SEE THE FUTURE … by browsing our complete calendar.

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First-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival set for next month https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/first-ever-west-seattle-beer-music-festival-set-for-next-month/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/first-ever-west-seattle-beer-music-festival-set-for-next-month/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 22:58:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921972 Before we get back to previews of imminent summer fun (and other news) – we want to be sure you know about the first-ever West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, which is sponsoring WSB right now to help get the word out. First thing you need to know – this is a 21+ event. It’s happening August 24th through 26th at the Masonic Center in The Junction, offering what organizers describe as “an amazing selection of unique beers, spirits, customized food pairings from local culinary heroes, and an event soundtrack of live music throughout the weekend.”

It’s a benefit, too, with ticket proceeds helping WestSide Baby serve thousands of families in need.

So far, 30 local and national brewers are participating in the West Seattle Beer & Music Festival, with 70 beers, both specialty and familiar. The spirits will be offered in handcrafted cocktails in a special lounge. And the food pairings will be featured in “Sips and Bites” popups “curated by local culinary stars working directly with festival brew masters.” Food on Sunday will include a pig roast, and that’s also Dog Day – when you’ll be able to bring your furry friend.

As for the music – showcased acts include Rippin’ Chicken, Funky 2 Death, Marmalades, and Unsinkable Heaviesplus others – as well as DJ Indica Jones.

“We are thrilled to bring this festival to our community. It’s a very exciting time to be on the Westside,” said West Seattle Beer & Music Festival Association chair Joe Jeannot. (Read more about organizers here.)

READY TO GET YOUR TICKET(S)? There’s a range of festival ticket options, starting at $25. All include a souvenir pint glass, available for pickup at the festival. Limited and VIP ticket offerings are available, with amenities listed by organizers as including “early access, preferred seating, special drinks, private restrooms, custom T-shirts, private pours, and epicurean creations.” Get your ticket(s) here!

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West 5: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-5-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-5-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:20:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921601 You probably recognize this now-iconic mug – known best to hold the Mai Tai at West 5.

The West Seattle Junction restaurant/bar is one of our newest WSB sponsors, and we’re officially welcoming them in this week when we all celebrate what’s local as Summer Fest approaches.

This is a big year for West 5, celebrating its 15th anniversary in the spring. Co-proprietor Dean Overton explains that the idea of opening a place grew out of the closure of the old Admiral Benbow. He and business partner Dave Montoure thought that the neighborhood needed a good bar that kept the spirit and flavor of the neighborhood alive. Since Dean and Dave are both West Seattle born and raised, they thought they were suited to bring that idea to life.

Once they secured West 5‘s location in the Junction, Dave and Dean stocked the place with items from some of the other former West Seattle establishments, such as the giant plaster ship painting, which came from the old Vann’s (now the Maha).

West 5‘s signature lighted crown in the rear of the restaurant came from the time when the space was a bowling alley.

Looking back, Dean says he and Dave were ahead of the curve in trying to bring a great establishment to the Junction. (One that happens to be TV-free!) Over time, they believe that they’ve been around this long because they let the community have a say in which direction West 5 would take. While that’s meant some changes to the menu – don’t worry, some faves like the legendary mac and cheese are still there! – and drinks, it also creates a sense of togetherness for both the patrons and staff.

As always, West 5 will have its outdoor café for Summer Fest next weekend, starting Thursday night with the Yadda Yadda Blues Band. But you are welcome to visit any time of year – 4539 California SW – lunch, dinner, drinks, and/or weekend brunch.

We thank West 5 for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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COFFEE, PAST & PRESENT: Shuttered shop for sale on Alki; new shop headed for Admiral https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/coffee-past-new-shop-headed-for-admiral/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/coffee-past-new-shop-headed-for-admiral/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:47:17 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920912 Two coffee-related notes:

(WSB photo from March)

EX-TULLY’S FOR SALE: Almost four months after Tully’s Coffee closed on Alki, the 2676 Alki SW building it had been renting for more than a decade is listed for sale. The flyer says you have to call the listing agent to inquire about the price, and also notes that leasing the space is an option too. Tully’s was officially evicted from the building, as it has been from others around the metro area, some weeks after the sudden shutdown. (Thanks to Jonathan French for the tip.)

NEW COFFEE SHOP FOR NORTH ADMIRAL: That’s what’s on the way to the space next to Mioposto at 2141 California SW:

The mortgage broker who originally was in the space has moved to Sunrise Heights. Documents on file with the city say the coffee shop for which the space is now being renovated will be called West Seattle Grounds. We have a message out in hopes of finding out more.

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Can Bar opening this summer in South Delridge https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/can-bar-opening-this-summer-in-south-delridge/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/can-bar-opening-this-summer-in-south-delridge/#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:29:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920383

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The South Delridge area will see the arrival of a new neighborhood bar and restaurant later this summer, with Can Bar set to sail into the stretch of 17th Avenue SW between Delridge and Roxbury.

David Gradwohl says he and his partners — Josh Baymiller and James Imonti — are hoping for a mid-July open of their nautically themed bar and restaurant, with an eye toward being able to meet the community during White Center Jubilee Days (July 18-22).

The “Can” in Can Bar is a reference to the prominent role canned beer will play in the bar’s offerings. While there will be six taps for draft beer and a full bar, there will be no bottled beer available.

Gradwohl, who is also involved in La Cocina Oaxaqueña on Capitol Hill, says the increase in options for canned beer “spurred the idea” behind ditching beer bottles.

The nautical theme was largely the brainchild of Baymiller, who has spent the last eleven summers captaining a charter boat operating out of Elfin Cove in SW Alaska. Instead of heading north to be on a boat this summer, however, Baymiller has turned a 1960 Owens vessel into Can Bar’s bar, but cutting it in half lengthwise. The bar top was fashioned out of wood from the half of the boat that is not the bar, while other pieces — cleats, rails, port windows — will serve as decoration throughout the space.

There are also plans for patio seating behind the building, though it will not be available when Can Bar first opens. Eventually, however, the partners expect to feature a fire pit as part of the spacious area behind the building, providing a comfortable gathering spot for locals.

As for food, the Can Bar team intends to serve high-quality hot sandwiches, featuring meat they prepare in-house. Though the menu has yet to be finalized, visitors can expect smoked brisket sandwiches and po’ boys, as well as vegan options, to pair with “finger food” sides.

The bar will initially open at 3 p.m. every day of the week, closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights and staying open later on the weekends. Current plans are to have a “happy hour” from 3 to 6 daily with food and drink specials.

Once football season arrives in the fall, the partners intend to open earlier on the weekends to accommodate viewing on the video screens they are mounting around the bar area.

And yes, before you ask – Can Bar will be 21+.

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NEW WEST SEATTLE BAR: The Alley to open in the back of Be’s Restaurant https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/new-west-seattle-bar-the-alley-to-open-in-the-back-of-bes-restaurant/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/new-west-seattle-bar-the-alley-to-open-in-the-back-of-bes-restaurant/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:32:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920255 (WSB photos. Above, Jade Nguyen and Tony Larson)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Soon to join the West Seattle bar scene: The Alley.

Jade Nguyen explains that her parents – who have operated Be’s Restaurant in The Junction for more than 30 years – wanted to open a bar.

The private room in the rear of the restaurant at 4509 California SW, which hadn’t undergone much updating over the years, seemed like the perfect space.

So it’s undergone a transformation in recent months – with Jade teaming with veteran local bar specialist Tony Larson to create a space with a “speakeasy” motif. We talked there with Jade and Tony earlier this week.

The lighting will be dim; the decor and cocktails will transport you back in time to the Prohibition-era. Even the bartenders/servers’ uniforms and chilled glassware will be intended to enhance the mood.

Tony says he is “huge on bars as a place for people to talk, to put your phone down.” The Alley will be that kind of place.

You’ll enter from the alley, one door down from California/Oregon. There might not even be signage. Probably just a light to let you know you’re in the right place. Most of the drinks will be familiar: “a decent-sized menu, about two dozen cocktails, you’ll recognize most of them.” Manhattans, for example. And Sazeracs. And some “new classics,” promises Tony, who will do some bartending in the early going too (you might know him from the launch team at Alchemy [WSB sponsor]).

Music? Jazz, says Jade, who has also been working on the decor – The Alley’s somewhat industrial-looking legacy windows will be covered by velvet drapes; a crystal chandelier catches your eye over the corner “lounge” area on one end of the bar. Other touches include an antique fireplace grate and some wall bricks that are newly installed but look like they’ve long been in place.

Food? Small bites. And before too long, you’ll be able to dine next door, as Jade says she expects to expand Be’s dinner offerings into later hours once the bar’s open – Vietnamese food, in particular (she’s working on a new menu for that).

Hours for The Alley will be 4 pm to midnight Sundays-Thursdays, 4 pm-2 am Fridays and Saturdays. Happy hour 4 pm-6 pm. They expect to be open by West Seattle Summer Fest Eve (July 12th).

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UPDATE: Local food and beverage purveyors delight hundreds at Taste of West Seattle 2018, helping the Helpline, delectably https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/helping-the-helpline-delectably-local-food-and-beverage-purveyors-delight-hundreds-at-taste-of-west-seattle-2018/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/helping-the-helpline-delectably-local-food-and-beverage-purveyors-delight-hundreds-at-taste-of-west-seattle-2018/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 06:44:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917620 (UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with tally, vote winners)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Dozens of West Seattle food and beverage providers provided bites and sips tonight to help the West Seattle Helpline keep up its work, centering on preventing homelessness and other emergency assistance. It’s work that warms the hearts of those who do it:

Above are First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s Rev. Ron Marshall from the Helpline board, with Judi Yazzolino (right) from the West Seattle Food Bank and Judi’s niece Amie Edmondson. Among the taste providers, many WSB sponsors, including Leslie Thomson from Dream Dinners in The Junction (where you put together meals and take them home for cooking later):

The team from Metropolitan Market:

Pecos Pit was offering tastes of their “sticky sauce”:

From Mission Cantina, mango salsa:

The sign said it all for Salty’s on Alki:

West 5 is famous for its mac-and-cheese, which Dean and Sidney were serving up out on the patio:

Circa is known for its gumbo:

And what’s a repast without wine? Viscon Cellars was pouring:

The Westy was on the event’s lineup card too! We’ll be following up with the Helpline for the Taste tally tomorrow.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Fundraising total was $70,000, reports Layla Al-Jamal Judkins from the Helpline. And the winners of the voting by attendees:

Best Sip: Cafe Osita
Best Sweet: Bakery Nouveau
Best Pour: Beveridge Place
Best Taste: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes

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HAPPENING NOW: Second sold-out West Seattle Junction Wine Walk https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-second-sold-out-west-seattle-junction-wine-walk/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-second-sold-out-west-seattle-junction-wine-walk/#comments Sat, 19 May 2018 02:02:43 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917084

The West Seattle Junction Association‘s second Wine Walk is sold out! CAPERS is the epicenter – that’s where Ben Viscon of Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is pouring tonight, and where the limited supply of same-day tickets were snapped up after they went on sale an hour before the Wine Walk started:

But even if you didn’t get a Wine Walk ticket, you can do some evening shopping – for example, Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor) has kicked off its 45th anniversary sale – 30 percent to 50 percent off! – and you can shop with a soundtrack as musician Zechariah Valette is performing there:

The Menashes are featuring wines from Aluel Cellars. More than a dozen wineries are paired with businesses for the Wine Walk. At Fleurt, it’s Coral Wines – and a lot of smiles:

At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), Convergence Zone Cellars is pouring:

Each winery is selling bottles as well as offering tastes. And if you enjoy candy with your wine – stop by VAIN (WSB sponsor), where they’re hosting Dolcetta, as well as Ellensburg Canyon Winery. The Wine Walk is on until 9 pm tonight; again, it’s sold out, but watch the Junction Association’s channels for word of the next one!

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SATURDAY: West Seattle Rotary continues 70th-anniversary celebration with wine pop-up https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/saturday-west-seattle-rotary-continues-70th-anniversary-celebration-with-wine-pop-up/ Wed, 16 May 2018 16:20:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916849 (Photos displayed at West Seattle Rotary 70th anniversary lunch last November)

On Saturday, you’re invited to join the Rotary Club of West Seattle in a celebration that will cap the club’s 70th-anniversary festivities, a pop-up celebration of wine:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle will hold the culminating event of its 70th Anniversary Year Saturday, May 19th, at the Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th Ave SW) from 4 – 6:30 pm.

You’re invited for:

Wine tastings from local wineries.
Heavy appetizers served.
Wine & wine-related items for auction and for sale.
West Seattle Rotarians free admission; Guests $10 donation

WS Rotary 70th Anniversary Commemorative glasses will be given to the first 100 guests. Included in the auction/raffle are the following:

3L 2015 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon, etched and signed by winemaker and Drew Bledsoe (retail value w/o signatures: $540)

3L 2014 Fidelitas Cabernet Sauvignon, signed by owner/winemaker Charlie Hoppes

Wineries participating include Icy Road Vineyards, Bledsoe and DoubleBack Wineries (Walla Walla), Fidelitas Wines (Woodinville), and West Seattle’s Viscon Cellars.

The event will be an opportunity to taste numerous excellent Washington wines and to learn about the Rotary Club of West Seattle.

The celebrating began at a lunch last fall – here’s our coverage.

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BIZNOTE: Don’t panic if you see the cow come down during Best of Hands Barrelhouse work https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-dont-panic-if-you-see-the-cow-come-down-during-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-work/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-dont-panic-if-you-see-the-cow-come-down-during-best-of-hands-barrelhouse-work/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 18:29:28 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916686 (WSB photo)

It’s been somewhat slow going for the Best of Hands Barrelhouse crew as they continue remodeling the former deli space at 35th and Webster. After a few recent reader questions, we checked back in with Nick Marianetti, who replied with this update:

Things are moving along quickly now that SCL and PSE have us on their schedules and are installing the power upgrades we require to operate a brewing facility and taproom. Build out on the inside has been moving along steadily, and our neighbors will begin to see changes to the outside of the building as well. … We’ll be pulling off old siding and replacing it; re-roofing the taproom side (old market side); installing new HVAC systems; painting the whole building, and adding a patio on the south wall of the taproom! We will also be giving the iconic cow a new paint job, so if we’re required to take her off the roof to do so, fear not, she will return to her perch atop the building!

Opening dates are still a moving target at this time. Once the power installs are completed we can install our brewing system, and then we will have a better idea of how quickly we can be up and brewing.

For more backstory, check out our first report on the Best of Hands plan in February 2017.

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BECAUSE YOU ASKED: What’s up with The Hydrant, almost three years ‘coming soon’ in West Seattle Junction? https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/because-you-asked-whats-up-with-the-hydrant-almost-three-years-coming-soon-in-west-seattle-junction/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/because-you-asked-whats-up-with-the-hydrant-almost-three-years-coming-soon-in-west-seattle-junction/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 20:21:21 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915594 EDITOR’S NOTE: This has continued to be a frequently asked question in the WSB inbox, with an empty space in the heart of The Junction sporting “Coming Soon: The Hydrant” in its window since before Summer Fest in 2015. Our newest WSB contributing reporter reached the proprietor.

Story and photo by Tony Lystra
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

After nearly three years, the West Seattle Junction’s bar for dogs and their owners may finally soon become a reality.

Since 2015, Beya Mark and her husband Cliff have been planning to open a bar called The Hydrant that serves both humans and dogs. The bar would be next door to the Marks’ upscale pet store, Next to Nature, in the 4500 block of California SW.

But the windows at The Hydrant’s proposed location, a prime piece of Junction real estate, have been papered over for all this time. An interim liquor license to serve beer and wine is still posted on the door; it expired Jan. 11, 2016. The mysteriously shuttered storefront has become a neighborhood curiosity.

Beya Mark, who leases the storefront with her husband, said a family emergency delayed the bar’s opening. Now, she tells WSB, preparations for opening are nearly complete.

“The Hydrant is definitely still on,” she said.

Beya Mark said the bar could open this summer, but at this point she’s reluctant to make promises.

She said The Hydrant will serve European and local wines, beer, and high-end coffee. It will be a sort of community hub for dog lovers, she said.

Because businesses that allow dogs can’t serve food under state food safety rules, Beya Mark said she plans to partner with nearby restaurants so people can order a bite to eat and enjoy it at The Hydrant.

“It’s a lifestyle,” she said of being out in the neighborhood with your dog. “We want people to just be able to come in and relax.”

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New owners, new start: See inside as Corner Pocket reopens in West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/new-owners-new-start-see-inside-as-corner-pocket-reopens-in-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/new-owners-new-start-see-inside-as-corner-pocket-reopens-in-west-seattle/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:26:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915056

It’s been the #1 question in the WSB inbox lately – “what’s up with the Corner Pocket reopening?” This afternoon, we got answers – and photos.

As of less than half an hour ago, the basement bar at 4302 SW Alaska (actually entered off California) is starting a long weekend of “soft opening,” 3 pm to 2 am tonight, tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

Almost a year and a half after its sudden, scandalous shutdown, the Corner Pocket is reopening under all-new ownership – we reported last December on the group led by Pete Olive, with others who have been his co-proprietors at a Renton bar and arcade.

(Scott Fjelstad, Pete Olive, Terrence Vaccaro)

The Corner Pocket continues to be a place to play – pinball as well as pool.

During our visit about an hour ago, the new proprietors showed us the redone bar, seating, floor, pool tables. Overall, their intent – having been regulars in the olden day – was to bring in “major improvements” to what otherwise they hope will re-launch as a familiar neighborhood hangout. Even the restrooms have been upgraded – this is a view from inside the women’s room:

After the four nights of soft openings, official opening night is Monday, and the hours will continue 3 pm-2 am, with food available 5 pm to close (not during soft open, we’re told, but the menu will be available next week).

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Whisky West: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/whisky-west-welcome-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/whisky-west-welcome-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:01:53 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=914864 Today we’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors, Whisky West in Morgan Junction! Here’s what they would like you to know about their business:

Whisky West is a local, family-owned business, operated by Colin and Donna Pickering, who have called West Seattle home for years. After owning and running the Whisky Bar in Seattle’s Belltown, they decided to open a new location a little closer to home.

Whisky West, conveniently located just north of the corner of Fauntleroy Way and California Avenue SW, specializes in whisky, craft cocktails, and good bar food. Colin hails from northern England, where the cuisine has a distinct British flair. Fish & chips, scotch eggs, and meat pies are all standard fare. Whisky is by far not the only standard; the bar boasts 20 rotating beer taps and an exquisite bottle program. Whisky West is proud to feature trivia, whisky tastings, and the occasional music.

As a family-owned place so close to home, the Pickerings’ main goal is to have a comfortable, laid-back place for anyone to hang out and unwind. While there are well-executed craft cocktails on the menu, the bar and staff are not pretentious; it’s the perfect place to stay, and have fun with old friends and new.

The space has changed a lot over the years, from its humble beginnings as a local hardware store to the more recent Feedback Lounge. Since the Pickerings took over the spot, opening in July 2016, the inside has changed considerably, adding lots of light, large windows that can open to the great outdoors in summer, to the warm wood covering the bar, perfect for cozying up in winter. With a local charm and down-home feel, we hope to make you part of the family for years to come!

We thank Whisky West for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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JUNCTION NOTES: Spring Clean; flower baskets; Wine Walk https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/junction-notes-spring-clean-flower-baskets-wine-walk/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/junction-notes-spring-clean-flower-baskets-wine-walk/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:51:21 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=914605 Three notes about West Seattle Junction Association events:

SPRING CLEAN: Junction Plaza Park was headquarters today for WSJA’s second annual Spring Clean. Volunteers got to enjoy the morning sunshine, as well as coffee, breakfast, and a tote bag, while taking on tasks including litter pickup, storm-drain stenciling, painting over graffiti, and weed-pulling.

FLOWER BASKETS: As we’ve mentioned, this is also the second year The Junction is offering flower-basket sponsorships, and executive director Lora Swift tells us about two dozen of the hanging baskets are still available for sponsoring. You get a name plaque that goes up with the basket (and no, you don’t have to maintain the basket, that’s done professionally as always). Go here ASAP to sign up for yours! (We’re proud to have WSB sponsoring one again this year.)

WINE WALK: Also running low – remaining tickets for the springtime Wine Walk in The Junction, 5-9 pm Friday, May 18th. You get ten tasting tickets, snacks, plus a special glass, and the chance to sip while wandering between the merchants that’ll be hosting 14 participating wineries that night. Buy online here (where you can also see the list of wineries and merchants), or in person at CAPERS (4525 California SW).

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FOLLOWUP: Eviction lawsuit filed in Tully’s Alki closure https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-eviction-lawsuit-filed-in-tullys-alki-closure/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/followup-eviction-lawsuit-filed-in-tullys-alki-closure/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:38:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=912153 Not a surprise, given what we reported last weekend, but if you’ve been waiting for something official – here it is. 2+ weeks after the sudden shutdown of Tully’s Coffee at 2676 Alki SW – and other remaining Tully’s stores – an eviction lawsuit (unlawful detainer) has been filed.

As was alleged in the notice posted last week, the landlord says Tully’s parent company Global Baristas hasn’t paid the March rent. The overdue sum of $5,103 is broken down as $4,860 rent plus a $243 late fee. The court documents say Global Baristas has until next Thursday to pay up or show otherwise why it shouldn’t be evicted from the shuttered shop. This is the fifth unlawful-detainer suit filed against Global Baristas in King County Superior Court since February 1st. (Side note: Documents in the online court file include the lease terms going back to when the original Tully’s ownership took over the former Alki Taco Time in fall 1999; the initial rent was $4,050, so it’s only gone up 20 percent in 18+ years.)

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