Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Unicorn Love

As much as I love exploring the city and trying new places, I also love to return to places I already discovered.  With limited dollars, it is sometimes difficult to chose between venturing out and returning to the tried and true.  Unicorn is one place I return to again and again.

Why?  Good question.

Unicorn is different.  I mean that in so many ways.  Unicorn is not like those other bars.  The place is not like anyplace I have ever been before, and I have been to many places in many different cities (in many countries even).  It is also does not fit my usual hangouts.  While I enjoy unusual places, I tend to chose more low key, straight-forward places to be my regular spots.  I like a place where I don't have to worry too much about how I am dressed or how I am feeling.  I want something unpretentious.  Of course that means different things to different people.  My last hangout was a pretty serious cocktail bar, but I tend to gravitate towards dive bars, but ones with some character (and not just characters).

Maybe Seattle is different.  It seems like you do not have to worry about how you are dressed anywhere.  I can wear a sport coat and feel overdressed almost anywhere.  I have multiple hangouts here for multiple moods.  Though there are so many really great bars here (and I have many more to try out), Unicorn is in a class by itself.

A year and a half ago, we were visiting Seattle before we moved here and saw this place while aimlessly wandering around Capitol Hill.  I was immediately attracted to the crazy painted windows outside, but we really did not know what would be inside.  I can say that it exceded my expectations.  From the carnival ride bar and lighting fixtures to the stuffed exotic animals, the place has its own flavor.  That is an understatement.  Unicorn's schtick may seem like a gimmick, but it does not get old to me.  I could sit and stare at the decor for hours.  I probably have, considering the drinks.

The drinks are tasty.  Like many places in Seattle, they are pricey, but here they tend to come in beer glasses and so seem worth the money.  I am a big beer drinker, but sometimes it is difficult to resist Unicorn's magical liquor concoctions.  They have girly names like Unicorn Jizz, My LIttle Pony, and Shay Shay Mar Mar, but they will knock you on your ass more quickly than many "man" drinks.  My partner is partial to the Hellicorn, but I cannot get used to the idea of cinnamon whiskey.  This may not be a "serious" cocktail bar, but they know how to make a good drink.  And who wants to be serious all the time?

The food is just bizarre, but that is not a criticism.  They tend to feature riffs on carnival food, and typically like to deep fry stuff.  They serve a variety of house-made corn dogs.  The Unicorn-Dog (seen above) is the corn dog version of a Seattle hot dog with cream cheese and Sriracha sauce, but they also have a truffled version and something called Unicorn Balls (seen below).  I do not remember what was in them (corn I think), but they were tasty.  They also have "green food" for the more health inclined.

The place can get crowded on the weekends.  I tend not to like overly crowded places, but this place usually seems worth the hassle.  There are also plenty of times during the week where there is not too much of a crowd.  The music is all over the place, but always awesome.  The patrons are also a varied lot, which is a big plus in my bar book.  I hear they are building a dance club.  That sounds awesome and scary at the same time.  I cannot wait.

If you buy a drink in the birthday boot, you get to wear the Unicorn headdress.

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