The pandemic has cooped us up in quarantine for over a year. With the days getting longer, we are growing itchy for a well-crafted cocktail and snack consumed on a patio! Soon, the Octopus Bar will join Murphy’s, Julia’s and Westward in offering pandemic-friendly dining for Wallyhood dwellers.
Coming in March: The Octopus will offer indoor and outdoor seating via newly constructed “STREATERIES” on both Bagley and 45th!
Last year, the Octopus Bar bobbed just down the road to its new location at 2121 N 45th Street. While the space evolved, the walk-up window, The Salty Shack, kept the restaurant afloat and Wallyhood fed. They have sold 10,000 tasty sandwiches and many to-go cocktails since October.
The New Octopus
When the Octopus Bar took the helm of it’s new location last year, they sought to retain the nautical charm of their original Wallingford bar and pay respect to their new space. This location has been a local watering hole since the 1940’s and was most recently home to the Iron Bull. They planned their renovation without knowing how evolving pandemic health restrictions would take focus. To honor COVID-19 safety, they have added Porthole-adorned table dividers, new windows that open half way and seating for 54 patrons in a space designed to accommodate 216.
A Voyage for All
The space is warmly eclectic, filled with paper boats and painted tabletops, artfully created by co-owner, Liza Danger. Fishing nets, buoys, and life preservers join refurbished planks, vintage sails and a beautifully salvaged bar, to create a whimsical, sea-inspired experience. Looking ahead, a re-purposed boat table will one day host birthday parties. A wall constructed to look just like the Washington State Ferry separates dining tables from what will be a dance floor and stage offering live music, lip-sync battles and karaoke.
Two bars bring seating for dates, happy hours and anyone who, like me, seeks to whip out a good book with their belly against the bar. A game area will entertain those looking to roll the dice. Nearly a dozen hidden televisions featuring sports networks will keep Seahawks and Kraken fans gathering to cheer.
The space is perfectly set up to acknowledge the safety needs of our current pandemic environment and evolve to accommodate the “new normal” we are all eager to meet. Liza tells me The Octopus Bar is excited to greet patrons and return to their generous support of charitable causes.
I hope to see you there, neighbors!
Check out their website for updates.