Tag Archives: Deck/Patio

Southlake Grill: Another Take On SLU

3 Sep

Last week I met up with a friend at Southlake Grill in the South Lake Union area to take advantage of the sunny weather before the clouds started rolling in. Since the SG is located away from the water, there’s a ton of parking compared to what you may (or may not) find down near the waterfront establishments. That brings me to another point – there are no water views here. That’s not to say the place isn’t great but just don’t expect to see Lake Union from your table. SG is located on the corner of Thomas St. and Pontius Ave. N. and has an outdoor patio facing this intersection so you can catch all of the action. Since the sun was still out by the time I arrived, I snagged a table outside and people watched for a bit. The patio is super cute and “naturey” feeling despite being basically downtown. Half of the area has greenery lining the walls/fencing which makes it less “concrete jungle” and more like a serene garden. Unfortunately, patio time was cut a bit short as the sun started setting  behind the tall downtown buildings and it got cold fast!

Southlake Grill's Patio

Since it got a little chilly outside, we moved inside and grabbed one of the available booths. The interior of SG is what I would consider small to medium in size but it feels quite large because of the two story ceiling. The Cascade Loft area takes up the second story of this space and can be used for private events or other special occasions. On the main floor there’s a bar area with flat screen TVs as well as booth seating and tables in the middle of the restaurant. The cuisine is pretty much typical pub/bar food (think burgers, salads, and pasta). I had the fish and chips which was very good. I’m no food critic but I liked the fact that the beer batter wasn’t too thick, the cod was firm but not dried out and the fries were pipping hot.

Southlake Grill is part of a “Neighborhood Grill” network of sorts with locations in and around the Seattle Metro area (check them out here). Have you been to any of these restaurants? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

Rated: Cool

Great for: Happy Hour | Deck/Patio

Reminds me of: The “Cheers” theme song

Citrus: Hot new lounge hits South Lake Union

4 Aug

The main bar at Citrus

When I hear the word lounge, images of a small, intimate space with plush chairs and couches fill my head. I also imagine that the space is very contemporary, urban, and hip thus drawing a crowd with these same characteristics. This is precisely was what I envisioned for Citrus, one of South Lake Union’s newest restaurants  so I set out on a Saturday night with my friend to see if I was right. Citrus is located on South Lake Union in between Joey’s and BluWater Bistro so if you’re at all familiar with this area you know that parking can be a pain (or the luckiest day of your life short of winning the lotto if you happen to snag one of the few “free after 6pm” spots ). Instead of driving in circles waiting for someone to vacate a free spot, I just parked in the lot next to the restaurant which set me back about $3 for 2 hours. When we approached the entrance, it was clear that things were going to be lively inside by the large group of well dressed men and women standing out front chit chatting away and the music bumpin’ from just inside the door.

When we got in, I was immediately struck by the awesome water feature located behind the front desk. It sort of reminded me of a wide yet narrow fish tank where the fish are replaced by millions of tiny, mesmerizing bubbles. There is another identical “wall of water” about 50 or so feet away that serves to define the middle area of the restaurant which is an elevated seating area. This is also where the DJ was stationed for the night (there is no dance floor per se but that didn’t stop anyone from bustin’ a move). Over on the left side of the restaurant was a more traditional seating area with booths along the wall and down the center of the section. There’s also a small bar towards the back as well as another seating area with leather couches, chairs and even a fireplace. At the very back of the restaurant is the entrance to the outdoor patio that faces Lake Union. That side looked pretty full so we busted a roger (aka made a right turn) over to the main bar area. Thank goodness we did because this is where it was going down! First off, this bar had almost everything for everyone. In regards to seating, there were seats at the bar as well as bar height tables. In the drink department, you can get beer, hard alcohol, or even blended drinks such as daiquiris or margaritas made to order quickly (those bartenders are fast!). Personally, the best discovery of the night was that happy hour is 4pm-6pm and 10pm-close, Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday. Most happy hour dishes are a reasonable $5 or $6 dollars so we went ahead and ordered the chicken skewers and calamari which were both tasty.

Citrus was definitely a welcome respite from the Seattle club (or restaurant by day, club by night) scene. I liked the fact that they featured different seating zones, reverse happy hour, and an in house DJ. I was able to eat, drink, dance and people watch all in one place! Even though they’ve only been open a few weeks, Citrus is quickly becoming the go-to spot in South Lake Union so hurry on over there and check it out for yourself.

Have you been to Citrus? Let us know in the comments!

Calamari from the happy hour menu

Rated: Sexy | Cool

Great for: Ladies Night, Guys Night, Happy Hour

Reminds me of: Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It

Check out these other South Lake Union events and restaurants:

If Happy Hour Is a Home Run…

30 Jul

After a seemingly long day at the office, nothing sounds better than happy hour (aka drinking and venting). Well…almost nothing. If happy hour on a stressful day is a home run, HH on a rooftop deck is a grand slam. The latest long ball: Seattle’s new Hard Rock Café.

Unpretentious Staff & Inviting Entryways

New restaurants located downtown are notorious for ostentatious environments, uninviting doorways and pretentious staff.  At the Hard Rock Café, my friends and I entered the lively atmosphere and were immediately greeted by friendly, down-to-earth staff. Walking through the wide doorway framed with interactive murals and memorabilia, guests are welcome to casually make their next move: appreciate the entryway art, head into the shop, take to the bar OR proceed toward the hostess podium—which is appropriately set back from the entrance. So for folks who just want a peek, the environment seems to encourage both roamers and paying customers. Smart play Hard Rock. Roamers who enjoy themselves, always come back.

Can’t beat the view & the drinks are good too

Now, three flights of stairs doesn’t have to take long, but when the walls are lined with memorabilia from musical greats such as Kurt Kobain, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, I couldn’t help but stop to “smell the roses.” Half way up I made another pit stop at the 2nd floor bar and performance stage. Jammed to a girl band for a bit, then kept it pushin. Making it up the last flight of stairs, my victory was awarded with a view described in one word: dope. Pike Place Market. Water view. Downtown tourism. And my personal fave—blue skies.

If you’re looking for a new place to spend your next “early release” day from work, the Hard Rock Cafe is complete with laid back staff, a dope view and good drink specials. And if you can’t make it for happy hour, the drinks are still reasonably priced. There are cabanas, a firepit, and plenty of couches to relax on.

Kudos to the Hard Rock for reading the ‘Easy Ways to Piss off a Seattle-ite’ memo and actually heeding the warnings. That’s a grand slam in my book.

Rated: Cool (with Crazy potential)
Great for: Happy Hour |
Date night | Live Music
Reminds me of: Jimi Hendrix

After experiencing the Hard Rock Café, check out these other grand slam patios and decks (see the calendar for more events):

  • Chinoise Cafe | Queen Anne
  • Matador | Ballard/West Seattle/ Tacoma
  • Ocho | Ballard
  • Oddfellows Cafe & Bar | Capitol Hill
  • Sostanza Trattoria | Madison Park
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