Friday, August 21, 2009

sweet news: Daily Candy on Tavern Law

It reads:

Barely LegalTavern Law Bar Opens

The verdict is in. In light of recent evidence, your temporary prohibition (which began last night at 2 a.m.) of all alcohol is lifted.

Bust out your desk drawer flask, Don Draper.

Twisted classic cocktails and elegant pub fare continues at Tavern Law, Spur owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough’s new project, opening tonight. With its curved mahogany bar, masculine leather booths, and bookcase stocked with vintage law tomes, the remodeled mercantile building recalls a privileged private library.

Study up on the short chalkboard menu with rotating specials like carnaroli risotto, braised pork belly, and fried oysters with beefsteak tomato and horseradish aioli.

Cocktails like the vintage Monkey Gland (gin, orange juice, grenadine, absinthe) and the newly fashioned Pike & Pine (rye, rosemary, lemon, kummel, egg) make a case for sticking around late into the night.
Setting a precedent.

Photo credit Kristin Zwiers for Tavern Law.

Tavern Law, 1406 12th Avenue (206-322-9734 or
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Bethany from the Stranger writes about our opening

The Stranger's blog gave a countdown to Tavern Law's opening this evening. They wrote:

Tavern Law Opens in Fifty-Two Minutes

Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Tavern Law—in the Trace Loft building at 12th and Madison on Capitol Hill, brought to you by the gentlemen of the massively popular Spur Gastropub in Belltown—opens very, very soon, and people who love good cocktails are very, very excited. Look for anything with cranberry—chef Brian McCracken's family owns a cranberry farm, and barkeep David Nelson knows what to do with carefully sourced ingredients. In terms of food, McCracken and co-chef Dana Tough will be making classics like oysters Rockefeller, the fabled Monte Cristo, clams casino, and more. Tick tock.

Paul Orchard welcomes Nelson's Tavern Law to Capitol Hill

If you're not familiar with the Northwest Beer Guide (aka The Pickled Liver), take a look by clicking the link above. Today, Paul "Fruit Tree" Orchard reports on Tavern Law's arrival on Capitol Hill, offering a look into the history of the Speakeasy and more. Paul first achieved Craft Beer enlightenment in 2003 and is guest columnist for the Seattlest's craft beer column when he isn't reporting elsewhere.

Nancy Leson of the Seattle Times on our opening day

The Seattle Times reports today:

Tavern Law open. Don't expect a Spur-of-the-moment seat
Posted by Nancy Leson

With all the early press -- both locally and nationally, my guess is there won't be a lot of room to move at Tavern Law when the Capitol Hill restaurant and speakeasy-styled drinks-joint makes its public debut at 12th and Madison tonight. Doors open at 5 p.m. and listen up: it's 21-and-over.
Considering the talent at hand (chefs Brian McCracken, Dana Tough and their barman David Nelson -- who brought us Belltown's Spur gastropub), and the foot traffic alone on this Pike/Pine corridor (they're ensconced in the Trace Lofts complex), chances are you might just have to poke your nose in and head elsewhere. Not that you'd have far to go given the implosion of worthy places to eat and drink within a few short blocks.
Chefs Dana Tough (left) and Brian McCracken want you: to check out their new place.

photo/Kristin Zwiers

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tavern Law is Opening Friday August 21 at 5pm

Our opening day is Friday. We look forward to seeing many of you on Friday, over the weekend and in the coming weeks.

Brian, Dana, David et all