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Amee uses her own half & half: a mixture of sweetness and sass
The Watering Hole: Loretta's Northwesterner , 8617 14th Ave. S, SOUTH PARK

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A Poor Man's Piña Colada at Loretta's

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Amee uses her own half & half: a mixture of sweetness and sass
The Watering Hole: Loretta's Northwesterner, 8617 14th Ave. S, SOUTH PARK

The Atmosphere: Thanks to the closure of the South Park Bridge, it may take a few U-turns and head scratches to figure out an alternate route that won't have you winding up in the back roads of Tukwila. Those holding out 'til the end will be pleasantly surprised by little Loretta's, however. Inside, fishermen memorabilia adorn the dark paneled walls while the glow behind vintage lampshades creates eerie shadows on the faces of young couples and old timers.

The Barkeep: Amee Shepard. Satisfied that she is no longer "landlocked," the Kansan tended bar at Hattie's Hat for nine years, and isn't shy when it comes to speaking her mind. "I don't have the beat-around-the-bush mentality," she says with a smile, adding, "I hate when people are like, it's hot in here, and I'll be like so? Why don't you just tell me to turn the AC up then?"

The Drink: The Poor Man's Piña Colada. While the cocktail is made with the same ingredients a traditional piña colada (Malibu rum, pineapple juice and cream, shaken), its presentation is less glamorous. Instead of being served with extravagant fruit garnishes or filled to the brim in a pineapple, the Poor Man's Piña Colada stresses simplicity in a pint glass adorned with only a colored straw for tropical flair.

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Loretta's mini oasis awaits in back
The Verdict: The frothy, sweet drink is light and disappears quickly with a few deep slurps. Despite not being able to enjoy the concoction amidst palm trees or sandy beaches, Loretta's comes fully equipped with a furnished trailer in its backyard. Decorated with retro furniture and even a TV, the metal hut presents an entirely new landscape worth unwinding in. Come warmer weather, the outdoor bar makes for some crowded drink fetching, allowing the silver tank to pose as a prime getaway retreat and perfect piña colada hot spot.
 
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