The first thing to realize about a neighborhood bar is that it

The first thing to realize about a neighborhood bar is that it will have its own internal hierarchy. Regulars (and there will be plenty of them) will get served first, and they may get charged less. The bartenders might not have all that much to say on your first or second visit, but if you act respectfully and tip well, they’ll remember you, and eventually make you one of their own. Solo Bar is a perfect example of this principle. Drawing from an eclectic range of Queen Anne residents, theater-goers, and the ever-thirsty performers that entertain them, it’s often lively at the most unexpected of times. What elevates it above your typical neighborhood bar is the regularly-changing artwork on the walls, the better-than-expected wine list that features an eclectic mix of local and international wines (and seriously, how many neighborhood bars have a Torrontes by the glass?) and a cadre of bartenders that run the gamut from young and hip to … older and still hip. With an interesting assortment of tables, couches, and stools, it’s a comfortable place for a friendly gathering, a romantic liaison, or shooting the breeze with the bar crowd.


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