Zach Geballe

Oliver’s Lounge Marks 40 Years of Cocktails and Culture

For four decades, the downtown bar has had a window to a city in flux.

The Bar Code: Aging Wine Gracefully

How to use that time that is just going to pass anyway to do something different with your wine.

The Bar Code: Get Rid of All That Glassware

What you drink out of matters, but not that much.

The Bar Code: The Art of Saying “No”

The model of service most servers and bartenders are taught treats “no” as a last resort. But sometimes there is no other choice.

The Bar Code: Has Seattle Reached Peak Craft Cocktail?

Customer expectations have reached a point where nearly every bar and restaurant in Seattle has an understood obligation to offer craft cocktails, even if that’s not the focus of the establishment. That’s a problem.

The Bar Code: How to Attract the Tech Worker

Tech workers represent something of a white whale: Laden with disposable income, they’re inclined to spend it on drinks in a way that previous generations of Americans largely have not been.