A custom lantern at Golden Beetle, which opens on Friday February 18

Photo: golden-beetle.com

I had a chance to visit one of Seattle’s most inspiring chefs, Maria Hines, at her new Ballard restaurant Golden Beetle yesterday—look for the full article over on Nosh Pit soon.

Details about the food have been rolling in over the past few weeks as Hines and crew finalize the menu, and we’re all very excited about the sous-vide snails with wild mint, lavender, and pomegranate peel, but when I walked in I was very pleased to see that it isn’t just a new restaurant we’re talking about here, it’s a new bar too.

In fact, the 45-seat bar takes up more than half of the dining room.

Hines has made some exciting staffing decisions in the booze arena. Bar manager is Andy McClellan, formerly of Lola, and among the bartenders is Marley Tomic-Beard, last seen at Spur.

McClellan and his staff have put together a menu of specialty cocktails ($10 each) to compliment the Eastern Mediterranean food. I love the sound of the Lion’s Milk Swizzle: Efe Raki (a Turkish liqueur), lemon, orange flower honey, and orange flower water. Bitters and tinctures will be made in-house.

Hines told me she wanted a bar where industry friends could come hang out before and after shifts—she’s doing an early HH from 5 to 6pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. The HH features $3 menu items—I don’t have all the details but Hines was tantalizing me with talk of french fries cooked in beef fat and some pretty sick sounding falafel, so I expect good things.

The late-night menu is small plates and desserts between $2 and $12 and is offered from 10 to midnight on weekdays, 10pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Golden Beetle is set to open Friday, February 18 at 1744 NW Market Street.