Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Booziest Catch

Bait Shop hooks hipsters


Seattle residents have been known to sartorially emulate lumberjacks and the Brawny paper towel man, but now the cool crowd might go for the Gorton's Fisherman look.

And it’s all thanks to Linda Derschang’s latest bar.

Derschang, the nightlife guru behind Linda’s Tavern and King’s Hardware, netted the former Bako space on the northern end of Broadway for the newest addition to her growing empire. It's the Bait Shop, and it's decked out with wood paneling and nautical décor sourced from Pioneer Square’s Cuttysark.

Because what kitschy-chic blue-collar vibe would be complete without the hood of a ’77 Firebird hanging on the wall?

A frozen drink machine churns out margaritas and Painkillers, plus two cocktails on tap — a rum-soaked Dark & Stormy, and the Murray Stenson, a bourbon concoction named for Seattle’s most famous drink-slinger.

So climb aboard. It’s the perfect place to troll for the Hill’s trophy catches or hole up in a corner with your crew.

Bait Shop
606 Broadway E. (Mercer St.), Capitol Hill
(206) 420-8742

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Dark & Stormy, barbecue pork rinds; fish & chips
Nearby: Altura; Remedy; Sun Liquor

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