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Black Bottle, Seattle, Washington

2600 First Avenue
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 441 1500's insider take:

Belltown has become a bit of a dumping ground for trend bars, but Black Bottle, a latecomer to the worldwide "gastropub" obsession, is a welcome addition to the scene. "Gastrolounge" might be a better descriptor, as the focus here is on wine and specialty cocktails, and there's a rather limited beers-on-tap selection. The small-plates menu, which ranges from cumin pork tenderloin to octopus carpaccio, is hit-or-miss, but at $8 a pop, you can afford to experiment. Attractive without being showy, this small boxy space has wood floors, exposed brick walls, and a few simple wooden tables. It's packed and loud on weekends, but much more sophisticated and fashionable (and far less obnoxious) than most of the neighborhood's fratty bars.

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