The Fairmont Olympic Hotel opens its not-so-secret bar
Today, the historic downtown Fairmont Olympic hotel opens its new Underground Founders Club, tucked away just behind a library at the Olympic Bar. Advertised as an intimate enclave for alcohol drinkers, the Founders Club is a decadent hideaway, complete with leather sofas, plush red armchairs, and a mirrored ceiling, accommodating up to 30 people. The Founders Club focuses on aged, limited-edition spirits and cocktails from award-winning beverage curator Jesse Cyr. Founders Club cocktails include the Waterhouse Syndicate, made with 1792 bourbon in small batches, and the Self Starter with Yuzugin, apricot brandy and absinthe.
The Founders Club is a complement to the Olympic bar that opened in April after a $ 25 million restoration of the hotel. The Founders Club is open Tuesday to Saturday, 6 p.m. to midnight, by reservation only.
Ballard’s Sabine Cafe & Market opens its back bar
Ballard’s favorite French restaurant, Bastille, has closed during the pandemic, but owners James Weimann and Deming Maclise have restarted the space as Sabine Café & Market last October. One year later, Sabine Bar opens tonight, Wednesday November 17, in the former Bastille Back Bar space. Sabine Bar offers cocktails with fresh juices, draft beer, and a small menu of Middle Eastern fare like za’atar fries, Dungeness crab dolma, and cheese baklava. The bar is open Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Facing East moves five minutes east of its long-standing location
Taiwanese and Chinese restaurant Bellevue Facing east is moving from its location of the past 15 years to a smaller location about five minutes up the road at 12736 Bel-Red Road. Known for its popular dishes like Taiwanese pork burger, beef noodle soup, and sweet and sour pork ribs, Facing East’s new location has a larger kitchen and will be take-out only, with a selection. expanded take-out items. The owners’ daughter, Jade Wong, said the move was like ‘turning a new leaf, but we’ll still have the classic things we’ve always had’.
The new space will feature works commissioned by artists Eian Hsu, Caroline Lee Liu and Charlotte Hong. East Facing was originally scheduled to open this Thursday, Nov. 18, but the move process is taking longer than expected, Wong said, pushing back the tentative opening date to next week.