photo credit: Brooke Fitts

Interior of bar with warm lighting and string lights on ceiling



Columbia City

$$$$Perfect For:Drinks & A Light BiteDrinking Good WineSmall PlatesDate NightEating At The Bar

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This Columbia City aperitivo bar and bottle shop is owned by next-door Italian restaurant La Medusa, and while it seems logical to grab a drink with your date here while waiting for your dinner table, we encourage you to stick around for amari and snacks. Persephone’s space is effortlessly cozy, decorated with string lights, a lot of happy green plants, and wacky labels from shelves of natural wine bottles.

Three different cocktails in different glasses on the bar.

photo credit: Brooke Fitts

Grab a seat and get acquainted with a bitter red spritz you’ll choose from the huge chalkboard selection of amari and an all-star lineup of fried food like crispy fish meatballs, saffron arancini, or the incredible chickpea panelle sandwich with mayo and lemon on a toasted sesame roll. If you’re not into the bitter herbal stuff, don’t let the Campari scare you away—you can always order a glass of prosecco.

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Suggested Reading

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La Medusa

La Medusa is an Italian restaurant in Columbia City that specializes in homemade pasta and Sicilian dishes.

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The sister bar to Walrus & The Carpenter, Barnacle is one of the coolest places in Ballard to have a cocktail. There are some small plates, too.

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