Watering Hole: Capitol Hill's Rosebud Restaurant & Bar (719 E Pike), a narrow, dark bar adorned with modern art that seems a little awkward amidst the 1920s cabaret music.
Barkeep: Travis, a two-month newbie to the bartending life. Previously, he worked an office desk job before changing career paths. With an urge to "make money and meet people," Travis still looks like he's dressed to work on Wall Street.
Fancy a $10 neon drink?
The Booze: Blue Pacific. It's a martini that hasn't officially garnered a spot on the menu. Made with Coconut Pearl Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, pineapple, and Blue Curacao, this drink makes one wish they were on a inflatable armchair in the middle of a pool. Although the color resembles blue Gatorade that seems to glow in the dark, it's delicious.
Full Disclosure: I'm not sure how many people are dying to dish out nearly $10 (and in some cases, $15) for a single drink, but it's certainly not me. Sure, sometimes I like to feel a little posh and splurge, but the remorse afterward always makes me regret not just ordering a Rainier. Granted, if looking your best with a blue coconut drink in hand for a half-hour is your cup of tea (or, in this case, vodka), Rosebud might be the spot. After all, when I went up to a stranger at the bar and asked if he'd like his photo taken with my drink he replied, "Do you have a model-release form?"