The mister and I sauntered into this place at 11:30pm on a Saturday night.
This was our first mistake.
The thing is, this place has remarkable potential in both aesthetic and product. Unfortunately, after scanning the room and seeing 20 somethings with much more pressing needs than a tasty old cocktail in a quite dive, we knew we were out of place. But we simply couldn't believe it. I have never wanted to like a place more...it has all the right elements of the (perhaps now overdone?) speakeasy.
- Impossible signage? Check.
- Bare-bones decor? Check.
- Seedy lighting? Check.
- Barkeep with slicked hair and kerchief in his Levis? Check.
But alas, what was missing was perhaps the most important part of a preprohibition hide-out. THE COCKTAILS. Since it was late, I was in the mood for a night cap and asked the waitress (who didn't great us for 10 minutes) about their scotch, to which she replied that she wasn't aware of their scotch list. Not acceptable. There is a really precarious time for a drinker...that time where she is waiting for the first cocktail. Once that first one is in her hand, there is a wellspring of patience from which she can draw to wait for the second, or the third, or the check. This is basic service knowledge to my mind. In addition, if a place is selling a theme (like speakeasy or french bistro), the service and selection are the first things that should reflect the theme, with the building and decor following behind. Still Liquor got this equation backward.
However, Still Liquor has only JUST opened, like one week ago. I was not in the mood to be cranky about it, so I let it go and ordered Oban. Unfortunately, the mister ordered one of their signature cocktails and though it wasn't bad, it certainly wasn't worthy of drinks we've tasted oh HERE or say HERE.
Quite promptly, the place filled with more and more kids. Seriously, I am only 31, and I have never felt older, and this almost never happens on Capitol Hill. I felt like I had wandered into the lusty late-night Belltown. We got to the point where we couldn't hear each other, couldn't concentrate for continued annoyance at the meet and greet happening, and couldn't get our cocktail waitress's attention to pay our bill. I hate to say it, but this place reminded me of the Bauhaus for booze. Therefore, if you people need to take over yet another place for your "to see and be seen" shenanigans, I suppose Still Liquor is totally up for grabs.
The potential is really quite tangible, and I am guessing that the more we go back on Wednesday nights and the longer they are in business, the better it will be...but I will not be giving them that second chance any time soon.