Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fifth Floor for Cocktails

Frolik reinvents the hotel bar scene


Hotel bars get a deserved bad rap for either being perpetually dated or uncomfortably trendy.

The newly opened Frolik shows them how to do it right.

Which starts with abandoning the usual stuffy, overpriced lobby bar for the glory of an outdoor patio with views of the Puget Sound. Your perch: the fifth floor of the downtown Red Lion Inn (the former Terrace Kitchen space).

Under the direction of Tavern Law mixologist Mike McSorley, Frolik debuts inspired cocktails including the smoky, unforgettable Scotch & Tell (blending single malt Islay with allspice and sherry) as well as the peppery Frolik Fizz.

Small plates provide more punches of flavor: bourbon bacon popcorn, duck confit flatbread, and fresh Taylor Shellfish oysters.

And if you get bored, there's ping-pong, video games, and one of the earliest (and longest) Happy Hours downtown, starting at 4p and going all the way until 10p.

That sounds more like a Happy Night to us.

1415 5th Ave, Downtown
(206) 971-8000

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best bets: Smoked salmon deviled eggs; bourbon bacon popcorn; grape and pistachio "bon-bons"
Nearby: Knee High Stocking Co; Radiator Whiskey; Shorty's

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