What's better than free shit? Nothing, especially when you're dealing with a freelance writing budget. That's why your terminally broke friends here at Voracious thought>"/>
What's better than free shit? Nothing, especially when you're dealing with a freelance writing budget. That's why your terminally broke friends here at Voracious thought it would be fun to try and sustain ourselves on nothing but bar snacks for an entire week. We're not talking complimentary appetizers or happy hour buffets, we're talking pure-and-simple snacks; the stuff you can get whenever you saddle up to the bar. What we discovered during this challenge was that 1) this city is severely lacking in free, good bar snacks and 2) free bars snacks do not equal dinner, even when they're shaped like fish.
Put away your debit card and bring the big purse, because we have compiled a list of Seattle's Top 5 Free Bar Snacks.
Rob Roy, 2332 Second Ave., 956-8423.
Don't pretend you don't get excited when you pass by the gigantic-sized bags of this sea snack at Costco. Rob Roy offers all-you-can-eat Goldfish during the evening hours. But when the clock strikes 8 p.m., this free bar snack morphs into a $2 menu item. Get that glass slipper handy, because you're going to need something to scoop these crackers into your bag before you leave.
Oliver's, 405 Olive Way, 623-8700
We can hear you now: Peanuts, shmeanuts. What's so special about peanuts? Nothing. Unless you're at Oliver's and they come in a cute little old-school glass container so you don't have to worry about how many hands have touched your bar snack before you get a chance to dig in. Germaphobes rejoice. These roasted peanuts haven't been touched by anyone 'cept you. Enjoy!
ART, 99 Union St., 749-7000
You expect to get pretzels at a bar, but pretzels and wasabi peas? Yes, please!
Spur, 113 Blanchard St., 728-6706
You don't automatically get these homemade fried hominy bits at Spur anymore -- you have to ask. They're served warm in a little jar, bright with character and charm. Do yourself a favor and just ask for two servings. One is not enough, under any circumstance. Just make sure to save room for a cocktail or two. You're going to get lots of funny looks if you leave with a full stomach and a zero blood alcohol level.
Shuckers, 411 University St., 621-1984
The classiness of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel isn't just evident in the white-linen, high-tea Georgian Room; it can also be found at Shuckers. The bar snack du jour is a mix of spicy almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame and Cajun corn sticks. Sure, it probably came from Sysco or some other high-volume restaurant supply chain, but it's so ridiculously good. Bar patrons who arrive early enough also get to enjoy homemade Parmesan crisps (they run out quickly!). Shuckers gets extra points for its hard-core dichotomy: entrees will cost you upwards of $40, but you can just as easily fill up on tasty snacks at the bar for free. Tacky says what?