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A weekly food-blog feature in which we walk into a bar unannounced and ask the bartender to make us his or her favorite drink.

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First Call: Gainsbourg

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A weekly food-blog feature in which we walk into a bar unannounced and ask the bartender to make us his or her favorite drink.

Watering hole: Gainsbourg, Ozzie's Restaurant and Lounge, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., 781-2224. GREENWOOD

Barkeep: Clarita Hinojosa

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Getting Seattleites drunk since: 2006

Alright, Clarita. You know the rules. Hit me!

My favorite drink is actually something on our menu that was made by Hannah. (She's talking about SW music writer Hannah Levin, who helped start and now works at Gainsbourg.) It's called a Jane Birkin...

This is lovely. What are the ingredients?

Smirnoff vodka, cucumber, and muddled lemon, with some soda water and pomegranate liqueur poured on top of it. I like that it's light and refreshing. Plus, it's not too sweet, so I can have more than one. It's a great summer drink.

Well, we've only got, like, two weeks of summer per year in Seattle. What the hell brought you here from sunny Austin?

I wanted a bigger arts scene. I went to a lot of rock clubs in Texas, but I wanted to have more than that. I wanted to go to art school and be near more galleries and show venues.

Understandable. What's the last show you went to?

I saw Psychic Ills and Indian Jewelry at the Funhouse on Monday.

I was there, too! Great show. Obviously, we've got similar tastes. Tell me--if you could play any album in Gainsbourg, what would it be?

One album? I can't do that.

Okay, fine. Three.

The Dead Boys' Young, Loud, and Snotty, Sonny Sharrock's Guitar, and... ZZ Top's Tres Hombres--that's an awesome album. I love it.

Nice choices. Would they go over well with the Gainsbourg crowd?

It depends. We get people in their 30s and 40s during dinner and, obviously, a younger crowd later in the night. Yesterday, we had a lot of Europeans in here for Bastille Day.

Whoa. Europeans? As in European men? I'm totally going to stick around this bar.

I think most of them are family men.

Oh. Well, in that case, I'll just have another drink. Cheers, Clarita.

 
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