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Sambar, Seattle

5416 Sixth Avenue N.W.
Seattle , Washington
Tel: 206 781 4883's insider take:

"Tucked away" doesn't even begin to describe Sambar. This teeny-tiny bar is attached to Le Gourmand, which is one of the city's most notable restaurants, in one of its least likely spots (the no-man's-land between Fremont and Ballard). Sambar has some of the best specialty cocktails in the city—the Madagascar (bourbon and vanilla bean syrup) is a must—and a good list of wines, dessert wines, port, and cognac. It also benefits hugely from the delicious small plates available from Le Gourmand's kitchen. The scene is lively and loud, and the only thing "French" about it is the occasional burst of bad techno music. The crowd skews a bit older than those at most of Ballard's bars (if the guy next to you is wearing a tweed jacket with elbow patches, he's not being ironic), but as with most of the city's watering holes, the crowd is mixed and all are welcome.

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