Tavern Law, a legal speakeasy in Capitol Hill

     Throughout history there has been struggle between mature adults and their alcohol versus those who would rather see the world ‘dry’ of all intoxicants. Back in the early 20th Century the dream of no alcohol was a reality with the demise of over one thousand breweries (along with distilleries & wineries) due to the government banning the manufacturing of spirits, wine, and beer. However, out of continued demand for alcohol birthed the “speakeasy”.

A speakeasy was an establishment which illegally sold alcoholic beverages during the period of United States history known as Prohibition (1920–1932, longer in some states). During this time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcohol was illegal. The term comes from a patron’s manner of ordering an alcoholic drink without raising suspicion—bartenders would tell patrons to be quiet and “speak easy".” –source, Wikipedia

     Years after the amendment to ban all forms of alcohol another was attached to our constitution in the form of the 21st Amendment. With its passage the speakeasy no longer became relevant and eventually closed while others converted to bar, pubs, and eateries.

     The 21st Amendment may be a thing of the past but the term speakeasy remains affiliated with breweries (see, Speakeasy Brewing in San Francisco), historical references to what was, the occasional news article, and now a new 21 and over bar, Tavern Law.

     Nestled in the bosom of a mixed use condominium and retail location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood Tavern Law is the brainchild of chef’s Brian McCracken, Dana Tough, and Restaurant / Bar Manager David Nelson. The intent with regards to Tavern Law was to provide a local fun place where people could find the same detailed craft foods with excellently paired drinks that one found at Spur.

"Capitol Hill is a vibrant, fun neighborhood and there's always energy out on the streets," says McCracken of their decision to hit the Hill with their second location. And given the proximity of colleges and an oft-changing restaurant landscape, "Capitol Hill will always stay young," says Tough. "People go out every night of the week." Unlike Belltown, "it's not so much a destination spot, it's a self-contained neighborhood."

“If anybody can capture the zeitgeist of Capitol Hill and its growing collection of go-to eat-and-drinkeries it's these young cowboys of cuisine…” –source, Tavern Law’s Blog

     No doubt this place will appeal to the younger crowd after word spreads from tonight's official opening starting at 5:00 PM. More details will be coming from regarding this new bar on ‘the Hill’. Good luck guys and welcome to the neighborhood.


Trace Lofts

Tavern Law & Tavern Law ‘blog’
1406 12th Avenue Seattle WA (206) 322-9734

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