Not only is Essex one of the most quietly beautiful bars in Seattle, it's also one of the best bars in Seattle. This is the way my dream bar would look, had I the resources to create one. Marble bar and tables, candle-lit, the banquette sleek and horizontally paneled with burnished wood, patterned wallpaper, Essex feels historic, yet hip. And too dim for photos.
Our bartender, Niah, was excellent. You could tell he knew his craft and loved it. He made Mr. Pants a fine Pisco Sour, and made me a personal concoction, created for an upcoming competition. Among other beautiful things, it tasted of smoke, caramel, and the orange fragrance from the twist, and best of all it was not sweet. I love cocktails, but most are too sweet for me. He gave us tastes of various brands of rye whiskey after I said it was one of my favorite spirits.
We have to go back to try the food, as we only had a small plateful of Doritos, scooped hilariously from a cut crystal bowl at the end of the bar.
were sorely tempted.