ADDRESS: 5501-B Airport Way S.
PHONE: 206-763-6764 MERGEFORMATINET
WEB SITE: http://georgetownliquorco.com
HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Don’t let the name fool you; Georgetown Liquor Company offers up what Georgetown does best: PBR and microbrews, well-tattooed workers, and a bevy of unique patrons. Housed in a turn of the century building, the venue offers 100% vegetarian fare with most items able to be served vegan, making it a distinct addition to the bars lining Airport Way South.
With a creative menu and high-quality ingredients, the cuisine you’ll find here is not cheap bar food, though it remains on par price-wise with the other offerings along Airport Way.. An appetizer will set you back about $7, a full entrée (of which there are only two) costs about $10, and a sandwich (served with soup, salad, or chips and salsa) is the best value at $8.
If you’re feeling decadent, the goat cheese wontons ($7) are little pockets of hot goaty fun, complimented well by a ginger dipping sauce. I also recommend the polenta appetizer; filled with parmesan and asparagus and topped with a minty peach-ginger puree, it is cornbread gone gourmet.
The sandwich menu is where the most fun is, with a wide selection of hot, cheesy, meaty stacks to quell any appetite. Of course, the meat is fake – sandwiches are made with a few hearty slices of Fieldroast, a meat substitute made locally in Georgetown – and one can always opt for vegan cheese. The names of each sandwich follow the sci-fi theme of a somewhat unnerving mural on one wall. My favourite is the Picard ($8); lentil-sage fieldroast, roasted red onions, fresh mozzarella and cream cheese on toasted ciabatta served with vegan au jus for dipping. Delicious! Other notables include the Darth Rueben (one of the best vegetarian ruebens I’ve had, served with Emmentaler Swiss on marble rye bread for $8) and the Luna (grilled cheese and tomato made with aged gouda, primrose brie and fresh mozzarella for $7). At only slightly higher than the price of most appetizers, the Luna is a good deal. Served with soup, it makes for excellent comfort food.
Speaking of comfort food, absent from the menu is any kind of fried potato, which I often consider a serious breach of bar food etiquette. While the chips and salsa alternative doesn’t do it for me, a $5 bowl of the vegan corn and potato chowder will give you that potato fix, and is pretty tasty even if it’s not fried.
The menu features three salad entrées. The vegan ranch salad with fake bacon bits is great; also available are an Arugula salad and Portobello Mushroom salad, all priced at $9. These are big salads, best to be shared between two people.
While entertainment doesn’t appear to be high on the bar’s list of priorities, you will find a DJ spinning reggae every other Monday. In keeping with the sci-fi theme, they show cult classic movies on Sunday nights, and for the retro video game connoisseur, the bar features an array of Atari 2600 and Super Nintendo games, a welcome respite from the more common bowling, deer-hunting, and zombie-head-exploding games.
Expect to spend $15-$20 per person, because you’ll want a beer with your meal and microbrews are $4. There is a very tempting cocktail menu, and though they don’t make their own liquor (as the name suggests) they make a mean mixed drink. Happy hour (from 4-7 Monday through Friday) features $1 off all appetizers and microbrews as well as good deals on other drinks.
So if you find yourself bar hopping on South Airport Way with a rumble in your stomach, don’t overlook this new establishment, tucked away from the bustle of other bars, yet still firmly situated under Boeing’s flight path. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will be surprised at the compelling menu and reasonable prices. Good for a late breakfast or lunch date as well, this is the best vegetarian food you’ll find in Georgetown.