There are times when it is best not to go hard, and some of them even don't involve a chick with an adam's apple. For a bar with a much less gross excuse, The Cask, opening today.
Purposefully focusing on just beer & wine and none of the hard stuff, the Cask is a pub/store from a pair of tippling enthusiasts boasting a long dark-wood bar built atop oak barrels, opposite a two-seat banquette-lined wall arted with local paintings, while up front there's a fridge-lined retail space so you can "try a beer and then take it home", making it the only bar where your pick-ups are guaranteed to work. Beerwise, they've got dozens of all-import bottles ranging from Carnegie & Co. Porter, and Black Douglas Ale outta England, to the Belgian-style L'Amalthée from France's Brasserie Lebbe, and the Saxo Blonde; there's also a handful of rotating taps including the cask conditioned Riot from Elliot Bay Brewing, Fremont IPA, and a Pilsner from Lazy Boy, which'll put you flat on your back, or at least one of 18 distinct reclining positions. The boutique wine list includes international vino (New Zealand's Dash Sauv Blanc, an Argentine Durigutti Malbec), hyper-local numbers (a Darby Chaos Blend, and a McCrey Grenache outta West Seattle), and a slew of other Washington wines like Airfield's Bombshell Red -- presumably inspired by Angie Everhart/the kind of thick secretary from Mad Men.
The C's also got plans to host jazz and other music performances on their tiny cask decorated stage, and they've got beer & wine-appropriate noshables including bites from nearby Heavenly Bakery (jalepeno cheddar biscuit, soft pretzels), selected gourmet chocolates, and mixed nuts, which you're free to take home, but don't say you haven't been warned.