Last week, J. and I got to accompany Shelby and Nick on a very important errand. The fact that said errand needed to be completed in one of my favorite bars in Seattle only sweetened the deal.
Shelby and Nick recently went to Boston which you can read all about their gastronomical and other adventures on Shelby’s awesome blog. But during their time there they started chatting with a bartender named Misty at a bar called Drink. When she found out they were from Seattle, Misty sent them on a mission. To give Murray at Zig Zag a $20 bill that she had signed.
Murray is kind of a Seattle legend. He’s been tending bar in this town for years, he makes every list and is pretty much the guy you go see if you want a good drink. Murray and Zig Zag aren’t known for their list of crazy martinis. The drinks are old school. From a time when people didn’t water down their beverages with such crazy things as Diet Dr. Pepper. No judgement, there was a time in my life where I pretty much exclusively drank vanilla vodka and Diet Dr. Pepper.
Zig Zag is tucked away in the odd offshoot of the Pike Place Market. No matter where you park you have to climb up or climb down three flights of stairs to get there. And if you didn’t know it was there you could easily walk right by. When you do find the door, you walk into a small but not tiny place awash in warm light. The only windows face to front and then the place tucks back into the building so it gives off the distinct vibe of being separate from reality. Taking you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Since J. loves a good Manhattan, we’ve gone a few times for date night. Even meeting Shelby and Nick for happy hour there before. It’s great for special occasions, the atmosphere lends itself well to an occasion. It’s also great for people who love old school and interesting cocktails. And it truly is cocktails. Some of the drinks will put hair on your chest.