Late last year, Capitol Hill’s Neumos music venue and adjacent Moe Bar shuttered for an overhaul. Neumos celebrates its grand reopening on Wednesday, showing off upgrades to its sound system, bathrooms, and other facility aspects, but 10-year-old Moe Bar is no more.
As of Wednesday at 4 p.m., the former Moe Bar will reopen as a new venue called The Runaway. The name is “a nod to the seminal band, The Runaways, and the spirit of Joan Jett,” according to a release. The establishment is co-owned by Jason LaJeunesse, a former Ernest Loves Agnes owner who’s also involved in its new replacement, Contadino, with Brian Clevenger (Vendemmia, Raccolto).
The bar features new black-and-white graphic collages, wood tones, and plenty of thematically-appropriate furniture, like ‘70s spaghetti lamps, basil-green upholstery, and plush-tufted chairs and bar stools.
The Runaway will have a full bar a revamped cocktail list, with six to eight signature concoctions made to order. Shift Drink, for example, features rum, lime, Fernet, and maraschino, while Chutes and Ladders showcases mezcal, grapefruit, lime, and habanero. This is all overseen by bartender and cocktail consultant Veronika Groth, who has managed the drinks programs at Poppy, Lionhead, and Ernest Loves Agnes. There are also 16 taps with beer, cider, and wine, and two original draft cocktails.
From 4 to 10 p.m. daily, Runaway patrons will have access to food from Paseo’s just-opened sandwich shop next door. There will also be a happy hour menu featuring food and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
1425 10th Ave, (206) 709-9951, Facebook page. Open daily at 4 p.m.