MARILYN • POOL • FRIENDLY
We said goodbye to our friend Sam as we started our walk home from Lava Lounge. It’s a bit of a hike for us, especially on what was a chilly Black Friday, so we sought warmth—and our third bar of the night—at The Retro. Marilyn & Audrey, Frank & Dean, and Dizzy & Miles grace the walls of this restaurant-by-day, lending a hint of classic cool to its aesthetic. This cute, cozy bar has plenty of nooks and crannies that offer different experiences, including a raised-stage area with club chairs, and a sectioned off room with its own (not-so-retro) jukebox and free pool table. All of the patrons on this particular night were sitting at the bar, occupying each of the 7-or-so stools.
We each ordered a glass of red and sat by the windows near the entrance that reflect the animated, neon
Marilyn from the bar’s back wall, and offer a view of an older section of downtown that includes Macy’s and other beautiful buildings. Here we discussed the inaccurate, but purposefully cartoonish tourist map of Seattle posted on the door (where the heck is Magnolia?) and the disappointing selection of songs being played—Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t particularly hip, sexy, or refreshing, and certainly weren’t doing the bar’s “retro” vibe any favors—but a good bar caters to it’s customers and perhaps this was the preference of the small, seemingly regular, late-night crowd.
Complimentary happy hour plates on Thursdays and Fridays.
A small beer selection and complete liquor shelf make this more of a place for cocktails and well drinks.
Ladies and gents have their own clean, locked door restrooms.
We’d like to come back another night to sit at the bar and see what makes this bar special, drink wise. It seems like a great place to take a load off after spending a day at Pike Place or shopping Downtown.