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Georgetown Liquor Company

ADDRESS: 5501-B Airport Way S. 

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.

By J.D.Roy





Balancing the Scales: Café Presse

By Joseph Schell

Our reflection flickered in the rain streaked café windows as my mother and I walked down the sidewalk. From outside I see an industrial sized clock hanging over the bar, the kind you would expect to see in a train station. As we walked to the door I look skyward, halfway up the storefront a small square yellow sign with a red quill emblem protrudes, reading “Presse”.

Now I’ve been to Café Presse several times. The one detail of this often noisy and crowded café that has always impressed me is it seamlessly maintains a high degree of sophistication. A complexity upheld through certain elegance; soft earth tone atmosphere and gracefully simple culinary expression.

A traditional French Café/Bar, Presse offers a very affordable menu along with a full bar and reasonable French wine list. In South Capital Hill just off of Madison on 12th, Presse is the second joint venture of Le Pichet owners Joanne Herron and Jim Drohman.  In this endeavor the duo created a bustling hot spot with the perfect balance of a neighborhood café and vogue French bistro. On one hand you have convenience and relaxed ambiance anchored by an espresso machine, world soccer matches on the weekend and huge stand of diverse magazines and newspapers (from 52 countries). On the other you have subtle refinement; an ample wine rack, walls of chic exposed concrete and rough checkered brick, complimented by steel girds, a lathe ceiling and a refreshing Parisian menu. A juxtaposition that in theory is hard to pull off, one Presse does effortlessly.

The layout of the restaurant is complete with a bar and small table dining in the front room. The café is separated by a hallway and the kitchen and in the back is an adjoining room with larger tables lining the aft wall. The backroom is graced with large windows facing west, a great spot to catch the afternoon sun.

We waited a few minutes to get a table for two; service was prompt and courteous. We started off with a cheese platter (4 different cheese and bread) and a couple glasses of a smooth French red wine. For my entrée I ordered the Huîtres à la Breton, a plate of six local oysters served on the half shell in a bed of rock salt and the Betterave, noix et bleu (highly recommended, excellent), a small beet salad with pecans and bleu cheese. My mother ordered the Omelette au choix, a two egg with choice of herbs, mushrooms or Comté cheese.

Everything was prepared well and we ended our dinner over another glass of wine and left without feeling rushed out the door even though there was a crowd of people waiting.

With dinner for two and drinks for under fifty bucks, this cafe should be one every ones to-do list, if not just to get out of the autumn rain. With coffee, wine and free WiFi this is one place you’ll never have to leave.


1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-709-7674
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Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. daily;
limited breakfast menu 7-9 a.m.;
full menu available 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m.


After 10 p.m.


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