Seattle has Tiki bars and arcade bars, bars with taxidermy or carnival themes — so why not a seaplane-themed bar for aquatic-aviation enthusiasts? In just about a month, owner Christian Thomason hopes to complete the finishing touches on just such a neighborhood pub called Bar Charlie at 3801 Stone Way N, Suite D. Thomason tells Eater he's eyeing an opening date of December 19.
The establishment will be decked out with seaplane photos and actual plane parts, including an engine, propeller, and gauges. Thomason is crafting tables from black limba wood and a bar top and large communal table from Sapele wood slabs.
As far as food, expect menu items like barbecue pork sliders with garlic aioli on a brioche bun, hatch chili mac and cheese, and a charcuterie plate.
Thomason has had mentoring help from Chris Navarra, who owns or co-owns multiple restaurants in town, including German-themed bars like Prost! in Phinney Ridge and West Seattle. But don't expect a heavy transatlantic theme on the beer side; Thomason will have taps from local and regional breweries including Rooftop, Stoup, Two Beers, and Fremont Brewing. There will also be a lengthy cocktail list that relies heavily on Northwest-distilled spirits.
Keep an eye on Bar Charlie's Facebook page for an updated opening timeline.