Imagine that you’re hanging out in your friends’ not-completely-renovated basement, playing around with their record player - but instead of drinking whatever beers they happen to have left in the fridge, you’re sipping really sophisticated wine in South Park. This is Left Bank, and it’s the definition of a neighborhood spot. It also happens to be the coolest Seattle wine bar you probably haven’t been to (yet). You don’t have to choose between a down-to-earth bartender (who still knows his sh*t about grapes), BYO vinyl Tuesdays, flights of five reds for $10, and a chill space to shoot the breeze and eat some takeout with your glass of Slovenian white - you can have all of the above. And if you truly want to feel like you’re in that friend’s basement, they sell a rotating “cheap beer” for three bucks, too.
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