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Fearless Critic restaurant review

Daily 5:00pm–midnight

Features Date-friendly, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Capitol Hill
1406 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA
(206) 322-9734
Tavern Law
Another Prohibition Era–obsessed cocktail bar, but one with great nibbles, too

Tavern Law is up to its ears in its own B.S. This is the kind of place where there’s a long-winded explanation for every detail and drink, where dapper dudes in vests and ties serve up Old Fashioneds, Sidecars, and Rob Roys.

The interior is dark and attractively done up in a modern yet stately library motif, save for the incongruous and irritating presence of a TV over the bar. There’s a “secret” upstairs, which can either be reserved in advance or accessed by picking up an old-timey telephone and asking the waitress if there’s room for your party. The 21 Club it’s not.

The drink menu is encyclopedic. Some experiments work better than others (booze with Earl Grey tea is not our favorite combo) but Tavern Law’s seasonal flights of fancy and twists on classics are typically outstanding. Actually, the best thing to do is just tell the bartender what type of liquor you want and let him take his inspiration from the moment and ingredients on hand.

Tavern Law is another installment from the people behind Spur Gastropub, so there are tasty haute small plates to match the fancy cocktails—foie gras terrine and crispy pork belly are two that make frequent appearances and never disappoint. Fried oysters are another winner, as is a lovely burger.

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