Zig Zag Café – Downtown



1501 Western Ave #202 | Downtown

Open: 5–2  daily
Happy Hour: 5-7 daily

Leaving Pike Place, we headed toward Seattle’s waterfront and toward the bar we meant to stop into before getting unapologetically sidetracked with The Alibi Room. It had gotten quite foggy during this last round, which, combined with the lack of tourists on this day-after-Christmas, made our voyage a bit eerie and surreal. Walking down the huge flight of steps to cross an unusually empty Western Ave, we reached our destination and found that many others had beaten us there. The place, dimly lit with red neon, was fairly busy (but not packed) for a night when most everyone else stayed home.

We walked passed the very social bar to a two-person booth-and-chair table and appreciated the fancy, almost regal chandeliers, windows, art, lamps, and velvety-jacquard fabric gracing the walls and booths. Our uber-informed waitress (she knew every last detail about every item on the menu) helped us with the unfamiliar “House Drink” (cocktail) menu, and persuaded us to try the Batch #5, Red Sea, and Water Lily. These drinks were strong, and pushed this already-drunk duo over the edge. We proceeded to order some much-needed food from their somewhat-exotic and delicious options—the lamb and grilled cheese (we’ll let you guess who got which).

Heads Up Seattle Bar Hoppers HEADS UP  

Zig Zag is a bit fancy, but this is still Seattle—suits & gowns or North Face jackets & yoga pants are equally welcome here, as with everywhere else in this city.

Bottoms Up Seattle Bar Hoppers BOTTOMS UP

A large and intriguing cocktail menu, combined with the potency of their beverages, means that we’ll need a few experiences here before discovering our favorites.

Restrooms Seattle Bar Hoppers RESTROOMS

A big, cool neon sign directs you to a door that leads you to the restrooms. You have now officially left Zig Zag and have entered a maze that eventually leads to your relief. Good luck finding your way back to the bar.

Another Round? Seattle Bar HoppersANOTHER ROUND?

This is a nice place for dinner, drinks, or both (as if we’d go out for dinner and not get drinks!) located right in the midst of Seattle’s two biggest non-Space Needle tourist attractions—Pike Place and the Waterfront.

bar 3 of 4 on 12/26/13: Rachel’s Ginger Beer | Alibi Room | Zig Zag Café | Diller Room


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