Rosebud

Smoke-free since its inception in 1994, the Rosebud has long been popular for its breathable air and bistro aesthetics. Snag one of the drinking den's bay-window tables if you get there early, or recline on the comfy black-and-white striped couches. A backyardlike patio is a cozy spot to grab a smoke, if you must. Deep mauve walls are the canvas for local artists' work, which changes regularly (recently, we spotted mixed-media cowboys in various states of undress). Ambience and fancy appetizers aside, what keeps the crowd coming back are the impossibly cheap well drinks ($2) and the unusually long happy hour (4–8:30 p.m.) when they're available. Every other hour is equally pleasant, since the price only goes up a dollar and doubles are a measly fiver. Bartender William Wilson, of dark rockers Legion Within, has a friendly smile and heavy hand—and also organizes a silent film series on Mondays, so you can watch Nosferatu while contemplating your own nocturnal adventures. 719 E. Pike St., 206-323-6636, www.rosebud-restaurant.com.

 
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