The Belltown space vacated by Spanish tapas restaurant Pintxo (recently relocated) is now home to sibling Bar Abajo, also a Spanish-influenced enterprise serving primarily gin and small plates.
Pintxo owners Cory and Amanda Chigbrow opened Bar Abajo last week focusing on “gins and tins,” with a long list of local and international gin options (a favorite drink of Spaniards with their elaborate “gin tonics”) plus beer, red sangria, and frozen cocktails. Soaking up the booze will be tinned fish, almonds, olives, cheese, and charcuterie. “Abajo” is Spanish for “below,” referencing the venue’s position underneath yet another bar owned by the Chigbrows, The Upstairs.
The Chigbrows have been busy: aside from the new Bar Abajo and Pintxo’s move to bigger digs, they’re also working on another restaurant called Commonwealth, which is aiming for a fall debut. That project is in progress at 2219 4th Ave. Diners will enter through a back alley off Bell Street and select from a menu of craft cocktails with Southern influences reflective of co-owner Amanda’s Kentucky roots. There are promises of an outdoor space with a fire pit in the slightly clandestine space.